1st Edition

The Faculty Factor Developing Faculty Engagement with Living Learning Communities

Edited By Jennifer E. Eidum, Lara Lomicka Copyright 2023
    276 Pages
    by Routledge

    276 Pages
    by Routledge

    This practical resource examines how colleges and universities foster sustainable faculty involvement in living learning communities (LLCs). This volume delivers evidence-based research as well as practical examples and voices from the field, to guide and support faculty serving in different capacities in LLCs, to serve as a resource for student affairs practitioners collaborating with faculty in residential environments, and to offer guidance to administrators developing new and revising existing LLC programs.This book demonstrates that faculty are key to creating equitable, engaging, and sustainable LLCs in diverse higher education settings. Chapters delve into both the micro-level experiences of individual faculty – and their families, as in the vignettes at the beginning of each chapter – and the macro-level campus-wide planning that positions LLCs as a meaningful learning experience for students. The book is divided into three sections. The chapters in the first section envision a future of faculty-student engagement that meets the needs of new-majority students and faculty through intentional planning and forward-looking models of faculty engagement. Campus culture and administrator involvement play important roles in creating residential spaces where equity and inclusion are prioritized among students and faculty. The second section outlines ways to capitalize on faculty and residential life partnerships for successful LLCs. Authors focus on key areas of LLC development, including collaboration on programming, co-developing LLC curricula, fostering broad campus partnerships, and creating the conditions for effective faculty-student engagement. The third section serves as a resource for new and seasoned faculty-in-residence (FIR) who may wish to better understand their roles, as well as the roles and expectations for partners and families living with them, and strive to find a reasonable work-life balance. The chapters detail the lived experiences of FIR—they provide both a theoretical context as well as concrete ideas for new and seasoned faculty members who are serving LLCs.In the conclusion the editors look toward the future of faculty involvement in LLCs. They explore pathways for both expanding and deepening faculty involvement in LLCs and underscore the many avenues for faculty support and incentives presented throughout the book to enable administrators, staff, and faculty themselves to advocate for resources they need to thrive while working with students in LLCs.

    A Series on Engaged Learning and Teaching Book. Visit the books’ companion website, hosted by the Center for Engaged Learning, for book resources.

    Series Foreword —Jessie L. Moore and Peter Felten Foreword—Karen Kurotsuchi Inkelas Acknowledgments Introduction to Faculty Engagement in Living Learning Communities—Jennifer E. Eidum and Lara L. Lomicka Part I. Creating the Conditions for Successful Faculty Engagement in Living-Learning Communities 1. Elevating Equity in Living-Learning Communities. Faculty Strategies for Engaging "New Majority" Students—Laura S. Dahl, Ethan Youngerman, Christopher J. Stipeck, andMatthew J. Mayhew 2. Campus Cultures that Attract and Sustain Faculty Leadership in Living-Learning Communities—Frank Shushok Jr. and C.L. Bohannon 3. A Model for Faculty Engagement in Residential Learning Communities—Shannon B. Lundeen and James C. Penven 4. Designing a Residential Campus. Faculty Leadership in Developing Strategy, Vision, Partnerships, and Learning—Connie Ledoux Book and Jeffrey P. Stein Part II. Building Effective Faculty Partnerships in LLCs 5. Starting with a Shared Approach. Fostering Student Affairs–Academic Affairs Collaboration in Living-Learning Communities—Ryan W. Erck, Leia Duncan, and Terri Garrett 6. Laying the Foundation for a Living-Learning Community. Building Strong Faculty-Residential Life Partnerships—Carl Krieger 7. It Takes a Village. Strengthening Campus Partnerships and Developing a Faculty Handbook—Jennifer B. Post 8. “Mine” the Gap. Connecting Curriculum, Courses, and Community—Jonathan W. Manz, Mark Daniel Ward, and Ellen Gundlach 9. Fostering Faculty-Student Engagement in Living-Learning Communitiess—Jody E. Jessup-Anger and Mimi Benjamin Part III. Lived Experiences of Faculty-in-Residence 10. Who? What? Where? Why? Understanding Faculty-in-Residence Programs—Dustin K. Grabsch, Jennifer E. Eidum, James C. Penven, and Jennifer B. Post 11. The Hidden Helpers. Engaging Families-in-Residence as Resources for Student Success—Rishi Sriram 12. Keys to Faculty-In-Residence Success. Balancing Career and Life—Kirsten Kennedy 13. Forging Forward. Concluding Thoughts and Practical Tips for Faculty—Jennifer E. Eidum and Lara L. Lomicka Editors and Contributors Index


    Jennifer E. Eidum is the Faculty Director of the Global Neighborhood and an Assistant Professor of English at Elon University in Elon, North Carolina. Lara Lomicka Anderson is the Faculty Principal of Preston Residential College and a Professor of French and Applied Linguistics at the University of South Carolina in Columbia, South Carolina.

    “Despite my own scholarship base in Living Learning Communities (LLCs), I really could have used this book as a transition resource for my own principal role. It is a valuable foundation for any faculty member thinking about joining an LLC, or any higher education institution working to engage their faculty with LLCs. Whether you consider yourself an LLC novice or a seasoned pro, there is much to be learned through this book.”

    Karen Kurotsuchi Inkelas, Professor in the Higher Education Program in the School of Education & Human Development and the sixth Principal of Hereford Residential College at the University of Virginia