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.

Resident 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:

Thursday, December 6th @ 7:00 pm – Saieh Hall 112

Wednesday, December 12th @ 3:00 pm – Center for Identity & Inclusion (5710 Woodlawn Ave.)

Tuesday, December 18th @ 12:00 pm – South Lounge, Reynolds Club (2nd Floor)

Tuesday, January 8th @ 7:00 pm – Campus North Residential Commons, East Commons

Wednesday, January 9th @ 11:00 am – Harper Court 1121W (5235 S Harper Ct.)

Friday, January 11th – @ 5:00 pm – Campus North Classroom 154 (to the right of Dollop)

Monday, January 14th @ 7:00 pm – Stuart Hall 101

Friday, January 18th @ 12:00 pm – UChicago Grad Suite 340 (3rd Floor of University Bookstore)

Wednesday, January 23rd @ 10:00 am – Regenstein A11

Friday, January 25th @ 7:00 pm – Cobb C101



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 of the five information sessions. 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

General Process/4 Phases to becoming an RA

Position Description & Application Instructions


RA Information Session Date & Time & Location:

Tuesday, November 13   6:00 pm – Bartlett Lounge (Trophy Room), Bartlett Hall
Wednesday, November 14  12:00 pm – Center for Identity & Inclusion (LGBTQ Lounge) – 5710 Woodlawn Ave.
Thursday, November 15  7:00 pm –  International House Commons (1st Floor)
Friday, November 16  3:00 pm-  South Lounge, Reynolds Club (2nd Floor)
Monday, November 19  7:00 pm – GGRC East Commons (1st Floor)
Monday, November 26  7:00 pm – Campus North East Commons (2nd Floor)
Tuesday, November 27  10:00 am – South Lounge, Reynolds Club (2nd Floor)
Wednesday, November 28  5:00 pm – Green room, Snell-Hitchcock
Thursday, November 29  7:00 pm – Max Palevsky East Commons (Blue Room)

Thursday, January 10  12:00 pm – South Lounge, Reynolds Club (2nd Floor)
Friday, January 11  4:00 pm – Burton Lounge (2nd floor on the east side of Burton Judson)
Monday, January 14  7:00 pm – GGRC East Commons (1st Floor)
Tuesday, January 15  4:00 pm – Center for Identity & Inclusion (Community Lounge) – 5710 Woodlawn Ave.
Wednesday, January 16  8:00 pm – Campus North West Commons (2nd Floor)
Thursday, January 17  12:00 pm – 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, an 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 8 – 6:00-6:30 pm; 6:30-7:00pm – McCormick Tribune Lounge in the Reynolds Club 
  • April 12 – 3:00-3:30 pm; 3:30-4:00pm – McCormick Tribune Lounge in the Reynolds Club
  • April 15 – 6:00-6:30 pm; 6:30-7:00 pm – McCormick Tribune Lounge in the Reynolds Club


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: