Document Type

Dissertation

Degree

Doctor of Education (EdD)

Department

Higher Education

Advisor's Name

Roger Geertz Gonzalez

Advisor's Title

Committee Chair

Advisor's Name

Benjamin Baez

Advisor's Name

Glenda Musoba

Advisor's Name

Teresa Lucas

Keywords

Faculty, Residential College, Faculty Satisfaction, College Students

Date of Defense

10-20-2011

Abstract

The purpose of this phenomenological study was to examine the effects that faculty who live in residence with college students perceive result from their experience. This study examined the perspectives from current and recent residential faculty members. Data were gathered through individual structured interviews with current and former residential faculty who gave firsthand accounts of how they felt that experience impacted them.

Literature consistently showed that faculty-student interaction is very important to the development and success of students (Astin, 1993). Research has clearly demonstrated positive outcomes that result for students. The present study was undertaken because there is a dearth of research, however, regarding this impact on the faculty members themselves. Given the importance of faculty-student interaction outside of the classroom (Lundberg, 2004), it is crucial to recruit faculty for these communities. Thus, more information regarding this experience will be valuable to faculty and administrators considering working with residential colleges.

The study was conducted at a mid-sized private university in the Southeastern United States. The reason for this choice was the fact that this school has a 25-year history as a residential college system and utilizes 12-15 residential faculty members yearly. The researcher conducted interviews with 13 faculty members and coded and analyzed the data. The study findings indicated that the faculty perceived great benefits from serving as residential college faculty members. Perceived benefits as described by the participants included increased skill in teaching, feeling a sense of community, stronger relationships with other faculty members and students, and an increased affinity toward the university. While there were some challenges such as lack of training, institutional politics, and loss of privacy all participants in the study felt they gained from the opportunity and would do it again in the same situation. This study enhanced the limited formal knowledge available regarding how faculty experience living in residential colleges with students.

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