While strong preference is given to Academic Council faculty followed by academic staff, senior level administrative staff are eligible. At least one of the Resident Fellows must maintain 50% FTE appointment at Stanford throughout the term of appointment as an RF.
The initial term of appointment is four years, with an option to apply Residential Education to continue for an additional 4 years. All appointments are renewed annually, subject to satisfactory performance and programmatic need. Residential Education reserves the right to enact changes in the program during the appointment period.
Resident Fellows live in apartments or cottages in or adjacent to student residences. RFs and their families receive their meals in the residence dining halls and their accommodations at no charge. The dollar value of room and board is not subject to income or social security taxes. Faculty members who are participating in any university residential loan or housing allowance program administered by Faculty Staff Housing continue to maintain full eligibility for these programs during their term as Resident Fellows. Some departments provide course relief for untenured faculty serving as Resident Fellows.
The specific responsibilities of Resident Fellows look different for different communities. The expectations of a Resident Fellow in an all-frosh house will be different than those of a Resident Fellow in a theme house. Among the responsibilities that are common for all Resident Fellows, regardless of the type of community they lead, are the yearly hiring of the house’s student staff positions, supervising and mentoring student staff, planning and leading an Autumn retreat for their student staff, convening weekly staff meetings, and engaging with residents on a regular basis. While most Resident Fellows are not professional counselors, they are also expected to be alert to students’ wellbeing to help identify who needs additional support. Each house receives a budget to fund programing, staff development, community building, and some administrative needs. Resident Fellows are expected to manage this budget with the help of their ResEd support staff. Resident Fellows are also expected to engage with the larger RF community and participate in various RF events, trainings, and meetings.
Since the demands of the Resident Fellow position vary from residence to residence and depend to some extent on the time of year, it is virtually impossible to fix the number of hours Resident Fellows are expected to devote to the role. However, the following are some ongoing activities for which Resident Fellows must budget time:
Yes. A spouse or partner of a faculty or staff member with a Resident Fellow appointment is considered to be an additional Resident Fellow in the house; most RF pairs share the responsibilities of leading the community.
Being a Resident Fellow is a substantial commitment to add to an already full plate, and ResEd is firmly committed to providing each Resident Fellow with a strong support network through our professional staff. Resident Fellows receive direct and ongoing support from their local Program Associate and Residence Dean.