Book cover for The Faculty Factor: Developing Faculty Engagement with Living Learning Communities
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ISBN: 9781642672534

January 2023

With vignette “Shaping Lives in Campus Communities” by Nishi Rajakaruna

This chapter provides an overview of Faculty-in-Residence programs, including demographics, FIR program structures, and the benefits to FIR, to students, and to the institution. Authors focus specifically on these FIR faculty, and the contributions and challenges of FIR programs to present the who, what, and where of FIR programs, which show us the why underscoring the increasing popularity of FIR programs in the United States, with data gleaned from a nationwide survey of FIRs themselves, as well as current statistics on FIR programs.

Discussion Questions

  • This chapter describes demographic and organizational characteristics of faculty-in-residence programs. How do your experiences with your FIR program align with these characteristics?
  • What are the strengths of your FIR program?
  • What are some gaps in your FIR program? You might consider faculty recruitment processes, faculty demographics, incentives for participation, or organizational characteristics.
  • Who are some possible campus partners who might help you strengthen or expand your FIR program?