Resident Assistant Position (2018–2019)
Housing Overview

Resident Assistant Position Resident Life’s housing options are always open during the academic year. Some close during University breaks while others are open over the summer.

Break Housing

  • Break housing areas remain open during the Thanksgiving, Winter, and Spring Break periods. RA staff members share the responsibility of coverage during break periods for their area. All RAs working in break housing areas will be expected to work during some of the break periods and receive additional compensation for working “break duty shifts.”
  • All buildings on South Campus and Elkton Hall on North Campus are open for break housing.

No Break Housing

  • Buildings where there is no break housing close over the Thanksgiving, Winter, and Spring Break periods. RAs are expected to stay after the halls close to make sure the building is ready for the break. RAs may also be expected to return early to help open the building. RAs and residents are not allowed to live in the building during break periods.
  • North Campus buildings, except for Elkton Hall, do not have break housing.

12 Month Housing (May to May)

  • RA positions in Twelve-month apartments must be available to work over the summer on a May to May contract.
  • This contract includes break housing expectations detailed above.
  • Over the summer RAs may request from their RD a limited amount of vacation time for travel away from campus.
  • This type of housing is available in the South Campus Commons Community.

Housing Types

Resident Assistant Position Our housing options include multiple types of buildings. All RAs focus on community development, but the type of building and residents assigned to an area influence the RA’s role and emphasis.

Traditional Mid-Rise/High Rise

  • RAs live and work in an environment housing primarily first and second year residents. Helping students adjust to college, roommates and issues of maturity and developing independence are primary features of the RA position in this area.
  • Rooms in a Traditional building include doubles, triples, quads, and some singles. RA have a single room on the floor and share a community bathroom with their residents.
  • This type of housing is available in the Cambridge, Ellicott, Denton, and North Hill Communities.

Semi-Suites

  • RAs live and work in an environment with a mix of first year and/or upper class students. The RA’s role focuses on academic support, engaging with the community, being involved, and making the most of community resources.
  • In semi-suite style housing two rooms share a bathroom, although the building may also include standard double and single rooms on the floor with a community bathroom. RAs will have a single room with a private bathroom.
  • This type of housing is available in Oakland and Prince Frederick Halls.

Suites/Apartments

  • RAs live and work in in an environment with a mix of first year and upper class students. The RA’s role focuses on academic support and enhancement, making the most of community resources, and making connections with roommates, suite-mates, apartment-mates and neighbors. RAs must give deliberate and focused attention to community development efforts as the physical structure of these units do not provide lounges and hallways for socializing.
  • Suites are two or more bedrooms that share a furnished living room and bathroom. Apartments are like suites but also include a kitchen. RAs working in these areas will have a single room within a suite or apartment.
  • All suite and apartment style housing is included in break housing areas. This type of housing is available in the South Hill and Leonardtown Communities, and in St. Mary’s Hall.

12-Month Apartments (May to May)

  • RAs live and work in an environment with upper class students. The RA’s role focuses on fostering a sense of community, making the most of community resources, and working with issues related to academics, career exploration, and life after college.
  • RA positions in 12-month apartments must be available to work on a May to May contract and includes break housing expectations. RAs in these areas will have a single room within an apartment.
  • This type of housing is available in the South Campus Commons Community.

Living-Learning Programs

Living-Learning Programs are specialized residential programs that have direct connections with faculty and specific academic departments. In partnership with Resident Life staff, these faculty and academic administrators link the curricular and residential experiences in ways that create opportunities for deeper understanding and integration of classroom material. RAs working in these areas work closely with the Living-Learning programs to create a seamless living and learning environment.

North Campus Living-Learning Programs

BioFire: Easton Hall

BioFire, a First-year Innovation and Research Experience, with focuses on the biological sciences, biochemistry, or chemistry. BioFIRE students participate in a research experience that contributes to a faculty member’s ongoing scientific research.

Carillon Communities: Easton Hall

This is a one year program for freshmen enrolled in Letters and Sciences with multiple cohorts, Once & Future Planet with the Geology Department, iGive with the Center for Philanthropy in the School of Public Affairs, and Novel Humans with the English Department.

College Park Scholars: Bel Air, Centreville, Chestertown & Cumberland Halls

RAs work with faculty and staff from a variety of academic backgrounds to provide residents with a unique living-learning experience. Acceptance in the College Park Scholars program and/or a GPA of 3.0 is preferred for these positions.

Flexus: Women in Engineering & Virtus: Success in Engineering - Easton Hall

This program, coordinated through the Clark School of Engineering are dedicated to supporting women and men in the field of engineering, focusing on the recruitment, retention, and success of these students.

Honors College: Ellicott, Hagerstown & LaPlata Halls

RAs live on a floor in a traditional residence hall with students in the Honors College. Acceptance in to the Honors College and/or a GPA of 3.0 is preferred for these positions.

Honors College: Entrepreneurship & Innovation - LaPlata Hall

RAs will work with students in a living-learning program where students can develop the entrepreneurial mindsets, skills sets, and relationships to launch successful concepts with startup companies and corporate ventures. Acceptance in to the Honors College and/or a GPA of 3.0 is preferred for these positions.

Honors College: Gemstone - Ellicott Hall

RAs work with students involved in a multi-disciplinary program involving University Honors students. Teams of undergraduates are formed to carry out multi-year research projects investigating technology-based solutions to major societal issues.

Honors College: Integrated Life Sciences - LaPlata Hall

Integrated Life Sciences is dedicated to all aspects of life sciences and biomedicine. Students areexpected to apply their knowledge to real-world research and clinical problems and can major in any academic disciplines. Acceptance in to the Honors College and/or a GPA of 3.0 is preferred for these positions.

South Campus Living-Learning Programs

Beyond the Classroom: South Campus Commons Building 1

RAs in these 12-month (May-May) positions work with upperclass students exploring issues related to civic engagement and social change. Residents obtain internships related to areas of interest.

CIVICUS: Somerset Hall

RAs work with a small, diverse and committed group of first year and upperclass students as they examine and create their own unique civil society with a residential community. Current or past participation in the CIVICUS program is preferred.

Global Communities: Dorchester Hall

RAs work with American and International students who wish to explore the meaning of living together in a multicultural world. Current or past participation in the Global Communities program is preferred.

Hinman CEOs: South Campus Commons Building 2

RAs in these 12 month (May-May) positions work with upperclass students who are developing their own business plans. Residents attend seminars and other educational opportunities given by faculty and business leaders. Current or past participation in the Hinman CEOs program is preferred.

Honors College: Advanced Cybersecurity Experience for Students (ACES) – Prince Frederick Hall

The ACES program educates future leaders in the field of cybersecurity by offering a two-year living-learning undergraduate program, the first of its kind in the United States, as well as a complementary two-year advanced program of study in cybersecurity. Acceptance to the Honors College is preferred for these positions.

Honors College: Design | Cultures & Creativity - Queen Anne’s Hall

Working with students in the University Honors College, these RAs will work with students in an academic environment that combines art, imagination, and global citizenship with new media and technologies. Acceptance to the Honors College is preferred for these positions.

Honors College: Honors Humanities - Anne Arundel Hall

Through a joint program between the University Honors College and the College of Arts and Humanities, these RAs collaborate to support interdisciplinary, research-base study for students. Acceptance to the Honors College is preferred for these positions.

Jiménez-Porter Writers’ House: Dorchester Hall

RAs work with students to create a campus-wide literary center to study creative writing in its international, cross-cultural, and multilingual dimensions. Students work with visiting writers, literary journal, and attend special seminars.

Language House: St. Mary’s Hall

RAs here collaborate with foreign language faculty and staff to provide community development for residents and the campus community. RAs must be studying a foreign language represented in the House and successfully complete selection into the House.