Resident Heads

Few University faculty or staff positions have closer involvement in the lives of College students than the Resident Head in Housing & Residence Life.  By living in close proximity to students, Resident Heads share in many aspects of students’ lives, from the excitement of intellectual discovery and the enthusiasm of new friendships to the loneliness of being away from home and the adjustments that come with learning one’s limits.  It is a demanding job, one that requires genuine enjoyment of students, a willingness to relinquish private time, and an acceptance of a semi-public lifestyle for ten-months of the year.  The position, however, is also a deeply rewarding one and an important element in the education students will receive at the University.

Residence Head Job Description

Resident Head Application

Dean of Students Approval

Resident Head Recommendation Form

Resident Head FAQ’s

Resident Head Pet Policy

Resident Head Information Sessions Date & Time & Location:

Fall Quarter

Monday, November 11 at 5:00 pm – Saieh Hall Room 112

Wednesday, November 13 at 7:00 pm – Campus North Classroom 154 (entrance to the right of Dollop Coffee)

Friday, November 15 at 12:00 pm – Regenstein Library A-11

Saturday, November 16 at 11:00 am – Harper Memorial – Classroom 148

Tuesday, November 19 at 7:30 pm – Center for Identity & Inclusion – 5710 Woodlawn Ave.

Thursday, November 21 at 5:15 pm – Family Resource Center – 950 East 61st Street (1st Floor)

Friday, November 22 at 5:00 pm – McCormick Tribune Lounge – Reynolds Club (1st Floor)

Monday, November 25 at 7:00 pm – Bartlett Lounge (Trophy Room) – Bartlett Hall

Tuesday, November 26 at 12:00 pm – Center for Identity & Inclusion – 5710 Woodlawn Ave.

Monday, December 2 at 6:30 pm – Law School – Room D – 1111 E. 60th Street

Wednesday, December 4 at 7:00 pm – Stuart Hall – Classroom 101

Friday, December 6 at 5:00 pm – Divinity School Common Room – Swift Hall

Saturday, December 7 at 1:00 pm – Harper Memorial – Classroom 148


Winter Quarter

Tuesday, January 7 at 7:00 pm – Bartlett Lounge (Trophy Room) – Bartlett Hall

Thursday, January 9 at 7:00 pm – McCormick Tribune Lounge – Reynolds Club (1st Floor)


Resident Assistants

Resident Assistants, also known as RAs, are assigned to the 39 Houses that make up Housing & Residence Life. Simply put, their responsibilities are to assist the Resident Heads in helping to develop House communities that are supportive of the educational mission of the University. This task requires that Resident Assistants serve in several roles. The most common involve serving as an informal counselor to residents in academic or personal matters and providing a variety of activities – social, cultural, recreational and educational – for residents. In addition, Resident Assistants must serve as administrators of University policy and procedure, advisors to House Councils, disciplinarians, and as sources of information about the University, the Hyde Park community, and the city of Chicago.

All Resident Assistants candidates are required to attend one information session. These sessions provide critical information regarding the process and what to expect from the RA position. For further questions, please contact Housing & Residence Life at (773) 702-7366 to speak with or arrange an appointment to meet with one of the Assistant Directors of Housing & Residence Life.  For a list of information sessions, please review the Application details below.

RA Application

Application Checklist

Eligibility, Qualification Criteria, Terms of Appointment & Time Commitment

Position Description & Application Instructions


RA Information Session Date & Time & Location:

Fall Quarter

Monday, November 4 at 6:00 pm – South Lounge, Reynolds Club (2nd Floor)

Tuesday, November 5 at 12:00 pm – Green room, Snell-Hitchcock

Wednesday, November 6 at 7:00 pm – GGRC East Commons (1st Floor)

Thursday, November 7 at 4:00 pm – Center for Identity & Inclusion – 5710 Woodlawn Ave.

Friday, November 8 at 10:00 am – South Lounge, Reynolds Club (2nd Floor)


Monday, November 11 at 5:00 pm – Campus North East Commons (2nd Floor)

Tuesday, November 12 at 12:30 pm – Bartlett Lounge (Trophy Room) – Bartlett Hall

Wednesday, November 13 at 3:00 pm – Sinaiko Club Room (West side), Burton-Judson Courts

Thursday, November 14 at 7:00 pm – Max Palevsky East Commons (Blue Room)

Friday, November 15 at 4:00 pm – Stony Island House – 1st Floor Lounge


Monday, November 18 at 9:00 am – Bartlett Lounge (Trophy Room) – Bartlett Hall

Tuesday, November 19 at 7:00 pm – Harper Memorial – Classroom 145

Wednesday, November 20 at 11:00 am – Center for Identity & Inclusion – 5710 Woodlawn Ave.

Thursday, November 21 at 6:00 pm – International House – Homeroom (2nd Floor)

Friday, November 22 at 10:00 am – South Lounge, Reynolds Club (2nd Floor)


Monday, November 25 at 12:00 pm – Bartlett Lounge (Trophy Room) – Bartlett Hall

Tuesday, November 26 at 4:00 pm – Campus North West Commons (2nd Floor)


Winter Quarter

Monday, January 6 at 7:00 pm – Stuart Hall Room 104

Tuesday, January 7 at 4:00 pm – GGRC West Commons (1st Floor)

Wednesday, January 8 at 10:00 am – South Lounge, Reynolds Club (2nd Floor)




Resident Dean Assistants

The Resident Dean Assistant (RDA) plays an important role in each residential hall supporting the Resident Deans (RDs) in their work with students.  RDA responsibilities can include many tasks but their primary focus is supporting their RDs as they organize intellectual and social events, both within the halls and at off-campus locations, which inform scholarship outside the classroom and support the sense of community within the House system.

 RDAs are scheduled to work between 10-15 hours per week during the academic year, with the exceptions of reading period, finals week, winter break, College Break Day, and spring break.  RDAs are directly supervised by the Resident Deans.

 To maintain employment an RDA must be in good academic standing with a GPA of at least 2.0 per quarter.  In addition, RDAs must remain in good judicial standing with The College and Housing & Residence Life.

 Please contact your Resident Deans for more about their expectations for this role and application information.

House Orientation Aides

Outside of resident staff, Resident Heads (RHs) and Resident Assistants (RAs), House O-Aides are an integral part of the welcoming group for incoming first-year students in each House. House O-Aides are volunteer returning residents, who have been through their own O-Week experience and are excited to pay it forward. This informal group of House leaders become familiar with all Orientation materials and schedules. They are available to work flexible hours to assist RHs and RAs and specifically to prepare door decks, lounges and common areas prior to the arrival of the incoming class. They host a meeting to inform first-years about the transportation options around Hyde Park and throughout Chicago, including preferred walking and biking routes, use of daytime and NightRide shuttle busses, Metra, ride sharing and the use of their U-Pass for CTA buses and trains. O-Aides plan informal trips around Hyde Park and Chicago throughout O-Week, and attend important events over this period as well, notably, House Activities Night, Resident Deans Activity Night, and the Aims of Education Address and House colloquium.

Information Sessions:

April 2020


Housing Technology Assistants

Housing Technology staff is responsible for providing tier one technical support to residents and HRL staff. This work includes computer and printer troubleshooting, network diagnostics, move-in assistance, and digital signage maintenance. They are also responsible for contributing to projects that the Housing Technology team is working on to further the goals of Housing & Residence Life.

The HTA is scheduled to work for 6 hours a week in the Housing Technology office, and approximately two hours a weeks in their residence hall. They are responsible for computer lab checks, walk-in lobby hours, and providing updates to Housing staff on technical developments that Housing Technology becomes aware of.

If interested, please fill out the following application: