University of Vermont

Living/Learning Center

Faculty/Staff-Designed Programs

Faculty Involvement in our Residential Communities

About This Program...

A collaborative group of faculty and staff are pleased to announce a new program to increase the connections between students in the residence halls and faculty of the University. By fostering increased faculty and student interactions outside of the classroom we believe that the intellectual life of the University will benefit. We seek to involve interested faculty at a variety of different levels of commitment, from the colleague who is interested in visiting a residence hall one evening a month to one who wishes to live in residence and offer students immediate contact with UVM's faculty in the informal and rich environment of the home.

We encourage you to participate in whatever program meets your level of time and interest.


Supports and Challenges Our Students.

Faculty interaction outside of the classroom is directly linked to student retention, enhanced learning, and increased social and intellectual development.

Inspires Active Learning Communities.

Learning communities can build cohesiveness and transform a residential setting into an active, supportive, and exciting place to live and learn.

Creates Innovative Teaching/Mentoring Opportunities.

This is an opportunity to try new ways to engage students in their learning. The integration of diverse experiences from within and outside of the classroom can be a powerful teaching tool.

(Programs are listed in order of increasing levels of faculty involvement.)

Highest level of involvement: Faculty in Residence

Faculty-in-residence live and teach a class within the Living/Learning Center. Students enrolled in this class will reside in program suites. Faculty will engage in a series of activities that bring them into regular contact with the students in the suites and the larger student community within the residence hall. Faculty are also asked to become engaged in the greater residence hall community and to share their experiences with colleagues. Support/funding can include:

• One-semester, one-course faculty release funds (if needed).
• Rent-subsidized, on-campus apartment in the Living/Learning Center (limited availability).
• Programming funds to support co-curricular activities with students.

Medium level of involvement: Faculty Program Director

Faculty program directors are faculty members who teach residentially based courses. These residential/educational programs offer students the opportunity to live in an environment with peers who share common academic, vocational, cultural or lifestyle interests. Students enrolled in these programs live together in suites or on floors in the residence halls. Examples of successful living/learning experiences include but are not limited to the Integrated Humanities Program, the Ecology and Geology of Lake Champlain, German House, etc. Support/funding can include:

• One-semester, one-course faculty release funds (if needed)
• Programming funds to support co-curricular activities with students.

Lower level of involvement: Faculty Mentor/Advisor

Faculty mentors provide opportunities for ongoing faculty-student interaction in an informal, semi-structured format. Faculty mentors adopt a specific residence hall or residential complex and are available to students and residential staff throughout the academic year. Informal advising and socializing occurs through attending educational programs, social activities, and dining with the students. Support/funding can include:

  • Programming funds to support co-curricular activities with students.

Application Procedure

* Submit a proposal to the Living/Learning Center Program Selection Committee.
* Proposals are due on January 25, 2012 by 4:00 PM.
* Contact John Sama at the Living/Learning Center Director's Office to obtain a Faculty Program Proposal Packet.
* Information can also be obtained from the Center's web site at:
* Contact, 656-4200, if you would like to make an appointment to discuss your idea.
* Consider attending a Program Proposal Information Session.
* Proposals will be reviewed by the Living/Learning Center Program Selection Committee, and you will be notified in late February..

About the Living/Learning Center...

The Living/Learning Center is an academic resource whose mission is to create an environment for students to integrate their academic/artistic studies and their residential experiences and to provide a venue for faculty and students to interact outside of the classroom. The Center encourages faculty, staff and student programs that foster innovative and interdisciplinary learning experiences that bring the intellectual life of the University in close alliance with the students' lives outside the classroom. The Living/Learning Center is part of the East Campus residence complex and is easily accessible to Main Campus.

For more information about the Living/Learning Center, please contact John Sama, Director, at 656-4200,

About the Global Village Residential Learning Community...

The Global Village, to be directed by Prof. Joesph Acquisto of the Department of French and coordinated by Carin Hoffman and Sarah Reid, will have as its focus the connections among language, art and culture at regional, national, and international scales. In addition to course work in a foreign language or related courses, Global Village residents will share their interests and disciplinary expertise within an environment that values a holistic approach to "living and learning." New and existing Living/Learning Center programs will be invited to submit proposals to be a part of the Global Village. The Global Village will make use of the academic and administrative spaces in A and B-Building and throughout the Living/Learning Center.

For more information, please contact Carin Hoffman at 656-4200 or, or visit the Global Village Web page:

About the Department of Residential Life

The Department of Residential Life strives to create a learning environment that augments the academic mission of the university. Residential Life Staff work to provide a safe, secure environment where students are able to live with and learn from each other, to facilitate students' personal, social, and intellectual growth, and to support the academic success of our students. To contact the Department of Residential Life, please call 656-3434 or visit our Web Site at

What Students Say About Their Residentially-Based Experiences:

"There's a sense of belonging to a family of students and some identity in the residential community."

"The teaching format is excellent. It is much more personable than any other classes at UVM, which helps me as a new college student."

"I have learned more than in any other class ... getting to know the profs."

"Absolutely a good experience. My hat is off to the faculty for getting together and doing this!"

What Your Colleagues Say About Teaching in a Residential Setting:

"The residential aspect greatly facilitates student/faculty and student/student interactions."

"The Living/Learning Center provides an ideal setting within which to teach. By housing classrooms, teacher's studies, and reading rooms together, ongoing dialogue between faculty and students becomes the norm rather than the exception."

"Resources provided by Living/Learning have made it possible to teach field-based, project-oriented courses that would otherwise be impossible to do."







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