The Office of Residential Life plays an essential role in providing support for our students in the context of their learning experiences, both inside and outside of the classroom.  To accomplish this, we create enriching learning environments by partnering with students, staff, and faculty to achieve our Learning Goals.  We facilitate faculty involvement within our residential facilities through our support of academic and experiential learning activities and by providing residential spaces for academic programs, services, and studying.  We strive to fully embrace our Mission StatementCelebration Statement, and the Office of Student Affairs' Mission.


Faculty Involvement

The development of authentic and mutually beneficial relationships is a direct result of faculty interaction with students outside of the classroom.  A number of research studies show that increased faculty interaction outside of the classroom correlates to enhanced learning, increased social and intellectual development, and student retention.

Padgett, R. D., Keup, J. R., & Pascarella, E. T. (2013)

Benjamin, M., & Griffin, K.A. (2013)

Martin, G. L., & Seifert, T. A. (2011)

Brower, A. M., Inkelas, K. K. (2010)


Experiential Learning

The Office of Residential Life partners with several faculty members to create both residential and off campus learning environments.  Our esteemed faculty involved with the Faculty Fellows and Residential College programs as well as in the capacity as Program House Advisors are very successful in coordinating experiential learning for students that connect to specific class curricula as well as the academic mission of this institution.  If you are a faculty member interested in seeing how the Office of Residential Life can assist you in delivering learning outcomes outside of your classroom, please contact any of our Area Coordinator staff or the Director of Residential Life. We have several residential learning spaces that may assist you in delivering a unique learning experience, in addition to professional and student staff members to assist in the development and implementation of off campus learning experiences.  Here are some ideas of experiential learning that you may be interested in providing for your students*:

  • Visiting a local business, government office, or community organization to learn about their practices
  • Cooking cultural cuisine in our residential kitchens
  • Exploring a local museum, cultural center, place of worship, neighborhood, etc.
  • Hosting a movie screening and discussion in a residential space
  • Engaging in community service in Middletown or a surrounding community
  • Playing a casual game of basketball, soccer, pool, chess, cards, etc.
  • Holding a conversation hour (i.e. French hour, Spanish hour, ASL hour, etc.) with residents in their hall
  • Hosting a mini-lecture (or mini-lecture series) in a residential lounge
  • Taking a hike, run, jog, bike, or walk
  • Dining with students at one of our great local restaurants
  • Hosting a discussion based upon current events
  • Creating a panel or hosting a discussion in a residential area to share personal field experiences with students
  • Attending on or off-campus sporting events, plays, concerts, etc.
  • Bringing a guest speaker to a residential facility to speak or for a meet and greet with residents before a campus lecture