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					                               Anderson University
                             Department of Student Life
                                 Decker Hall- 206
                                 Phone: 641-4190

MEMO TO:      2011-12 Returning Resident Assistant Applicants
FROM:         Tim Johnson, Assoc. Dean of Students, Decker 206, Ext. 4192
DATE:         January 2011
RE:           RA Interview Process

We are pleased you have a desire to return as a Resident Assistant next year. You
have played a vital role in your hall and the university community. Please read the
information below carefully. If you have any questions, please contact one of the
Resident Directors or Tim Johnson.

Heidy Tandy, Rice Hall, Ext. 4209                 Trent Palmer, Smith Hall, Ext. 4207
Tamara Shelton, Morrison Hall, Ext. 4212          Lindsay Harger, Mansfield, Ext, 3779
Michael Scott, South/Tara, Ext. 4213              Megan Estelle, Martin Hall, Ext. 4208
Alecia Carmicheal Fair Commons, Ext. 2814         Joe Thomas, Dunn Hall, Ext. 4210
Jose Torres, Myers Hall, Ext. 4211                Tim Johnson, DOSL, Ext. 4192

  I.   Job Descriptions, Application and Self Evaluation (2 Downloads):
          1. Go to http://www.anderson.edu/studentlife/leadership/, where you
             will find the job descriptions, application and self evaluation.
          2. Download & Review the current job descriptions.
          3. Download the application and self evaluation. Complete these
             forms electronically.
          4. SAVE AS A .PDF & Attach forms to an email and send to
             RA_process@anderson.edu.
             Please include Your ID# and Your Name in the subject line.
          5. Finally, Print all completed forms, staple together (sign) and return
             them to the Department of Student Life, Decker 206, by 5pm,
             Wednesday, January 26th.

 II.   Resident Director Interview: February 1 - 21, 2011
       Please dress professionally for all interviews.
       Contact your current RD to arrange an interview time for your
       evaluation/interview. At the conclusion of this meeting, your RD will submit
       an evaluation form to the Department of Student Life.
       If your first choice is to serve in another hall than where you currently serve,
       you need to contact the RD of your first hall choice after your evaluation
       with your current RD to set up an interview.
       The interviews will each last approximately an hour.

III.   Final decisions will be in campus mail on Friday, February 25, 2011
       PLEASE NOTE: RAs in the Traditional Halls may serve in ONE



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(paid or volunteer) Student Life leadership position at a time.




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                                                                                        Date received: __________
                                                                                        Received by: ___________

                        RETURNING RESIDENT ASSISTANT APPLICATION
                                        2011-2012

Thank You for your interest in Returning as a Resident Assistant during the 2011-2012 academic year.

1. Please complete this application and self evaluation questions electronically. DO NOT HAND WRITE.
   The gray areas will expand as you type. SAVE AS A .PDF & Attach completed forms to an email and send
   to RA_process@anderson.edu. Please include Your ID# and Your Name in the subject line.
2. Also, print your completed application, including self evaluation, staple, and return to the Department of
   Student Life (D206) by 5pm, Wednesday, January 26, 2011.

PERSONAL INFORMATION
   l. Full Name

    Last                         First                Middle         e-mail address

    2. Permanent Address

    Street                           City                  State     Zip      Phone

    3. Summer Address

    Street                          City                    State    Zip      Phone

    4. Age             Birth Date              Male     Female        ID #             T-Shirt Size

    6. List additional work or sports that you are considering being involved in:


ACADEMIC/SPORTS INFORMATION
l. September 2011 Classification: Sophomore     Junior     Senior
     Major
     Minor
2. Date first entered A.U.
3. Previous Semester GPA              Current semester hours

  Cumulative GPA                         Cumulative semester hours

4. Will you be taking more than 16 hours next semester?             Yes      No
5. Educational Involvements
    a. Are you a sports medicine major?                 What sports will you be working with?
    b. Will you be student teaching?                If so, which semester?
    c. Are you a nursing major?                     What year?
    d. Do you plan on being involved with Chorale? Yes        No
6. List internships or practicums                                     Which semester?
7. Anticipated graduation
RESIDENCE HALL INFORMATION
l. I am presently an RA in
                                   (Residence Hall or Apartment)
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2. This is my                       year(s) as an RA.
                  # of Years


3.. What floor/hall activities have you planned this year?

4. What hall would you prefer:          1st Choice
                                        2nd Choice


5. Roommate preference:                 1st Choice
                                        2nd Choice
                           I prefer a Private Room
                                    No Preference
6. Are there any commitments which may keep you away from the floor/residence hall many evenings and/or
   weekends next year? Yes         No
     If Yes, please explain: ___________________________________________________________
  _________________________________________________________________________________
COMMITMENTS
1. I will be able to participate in SOCI3800 (Practicum in Group Leadership) this semester (Semester II, 2010-2011) on
   Mondays 7:00-8:50 p.m., March 21-April 25, 2011 and one all Student Leader Gathering-date TBA.
   Yes      No

2. I will be able to return to the campus on Sunday, August 14, 2011 by 6:00 p.m. for Staff Fall Workshop and
   participate fully through Workshop and Check-in, August 25 & 26, 2011. Yes             No

3. I will be able to be on duty for hall closings at Thanksgiving Break, Spring Break and at the end of both
   semesters. (November 23, December 16, 2011 and March 11, 2012 until 12:00 noon, and on Sunday, May 7, 2012
   until 5:00 p.m.). Yes      No

4. I will be able to return to campus by 10 p.m. on Sunday, January 8, 2012. Yes      No

5. I will commit to attend RA Small Groups, in service training (one per semester), RA Pump Up (January 9, 2010), and
    the four AU Student Leadership Events during 2011-12 (i.e. Fall & Spring Leadership Retreat, Christmas
    Party, and Year End Celebration). Yes     No

6. I will be able to be on campus for Homecoming, Family, and Lil’ Sibs Weekends. Yes               No

7. I will support and participate in Chapel, Spiritual Emphasis Week, Impact Your World Week, and Heritage
    Week. Yes        No

By signing below, I am acknowledging the following:
       1.       The RA position is a job.
       2.       I have read the professional development expectations and the job description and
                I am willing to make a commitment to fulfill them.
       3.       If I do not fulfill these expectations, I understand there will be consequences
                (i.e. salary reduction, additional duty hours, job termination or other consequences
                as determined by the Department of Student Life.)

       ____________________________________        _____________
                   Signature                           Date
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Don’t stop here!! Proceed to RA Self Evaluation Questions on next page Please respond to all 11 Questions



                                              RA Self Evaluation

The following questions are designed to help you reflect on the last year and encourage you to think about your
RA commitment for another year.

Please type your answers and feel free to add more lines if needed. Return with your application.

1. Relationship Building
       a. Have you had significant interaction with … (check one)
               All your residents
               More than half
               Less than half
       Explain




       b. Do you think your residents view you as approachable and available? Why or why not? Give three
          examples to clarify your answer.



       c. How have you been connected with your residents on your floor? (Give practical examples)



2. Discipline
       a. Have you had experience with discipline issues? Which ones?



       b. How have your residents responded to confrontation with you?



       c. Was confrontation harmful or helpful in your relationship with them?



       d. Are there confrontations you avoided? Why?




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3. Time Management
How do you feel you have balanced your life the past year as an RA? (i.e. spiritual life, amount of time for floor, academ
relationships with friends)



4. Administrative Duties
How did you handle the administrative duties of this job? Were you faithful in RAOD duties, bulletin boards,
meeting time deadlines, and came to meetings and events on time and ready to work?



5. Programming
Did you successfully meet program requirements? How did you handle success or disappointment in this area?
List one activity you planned for each area of the wellness programming model.



6. Staff Relationships
Do you feel connected on a significant level with the RA staff as a group and individually? Why or Why not?
Describe your connection with them.



7. Role Model
Are you a good role model academically, spiritually, relationally (i.e. interact with most of the residents on your
floor regularly), physically (i.e. amount of sleep, general wellness)? Were you able to be vulnerable/honest
when you were struggling? Did you have that kind of relationship with some residents/staff/RD on your floor?




8. Attitude
Are you a good role model academically, spiritually, relationally (i.e. interact with most of the residents on your
floor regularly), physically (i.e. amount of sleep, general wellness)? Were you able to be vulnerable/honest
when you were struggling? Did you have that kind of relationship with some residents/staff/RD on your floor?




9. I believe my strengths as an RA are…




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10. a. I believe I could improve as an RA by…



   b. How will you work on these next year if hired again?



11. If you were to return, how could your RD effectively challenge you, generally and particularly in the areas
    you need improvement?




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                                    RESIDENT ASSISTANT JOB DESCRIPTION
                                            TRADITIONAL HALL

Position: Resident Assistant                                      Employer: Anderson University
Responsible To: Resident Director                                           Department of Student Life

Term of Employment: From the beginning of the Residence Hall Staff Fall Workshop through the noon closing of the
halls at the end of Semester I. From the beginning of Semester II, arriving by 10:00 p.m. three days prior to the first day
of classes, through Semester II hall closings at 5:00 p.m.

GENERAL STATEMENT: The Resident Assistant (RA) is a part-time student staff member of the Department of
Student Life. The RA is primarily responsible for assisting the Resident Director in working with and being responsive to
the students living in their building/complex. Primarily the focus is on the living unit as creating and maintaining a
living-learning environment where emphasis is placed on fostering and stimulating educational, spiritual, social and
physical growth. An RA needs to know, enforce, and explain the policies and community expectations of Anderson
University. It is expected that the RA is genuinely interested in the welfare of students and the University, and
consequently is constructively supportive of the personnel policies and expectations of the University and will model that
out in their own life.

SELECTION CRITERIA

    A. Academic
          1. Class standing: Senior, Junior, or Sophomore student during the term of employment.
          2. Grade Point Average: 2.3 GPA (Sem. Or Cum.) or higher is accepted. Students must maintain a 2.3
             GPA during their term of employment. Failure to meet these standards will result in RA Probation or the
             potential of immediate job termination.

    B. Residential
          1. Full-time on-campus resident during term of employment.
          2. Have lived in an Anderson University on-campus residence for at least one full semester prior to term of
              employment or intern during an estimated time period.
          3. Proven ability to adjust to college living in an on-campus housing situation.
          4. Must be in good standing at the time of application or during tenure (free from disciplinary or academic
              probation).

    C. Personal
       Strives Toward:
           1. Growing in their personal relationship with Christ.
           2. The ability to balance academic work with demands of the position.
           3. Integrity and ethics in job related and personal experiences.
           4. Respect for the worth of individuals.
           5. Exhibiting leadership skills.
           6. The ability to relate to a wide spectrum of students.
           7. Being organized and meeting deadlines in a timely manner.
           8. The desire to assist others, tempered with an awareness of personal limitations.
           9. Skills in establishing rapport along with the ability to relate well.
           10. The desire and ability to communicate concern for others.
           11. The willingness to accept and assertively implement residence hall responsibilities.
           12. Employing compassion toward fellow students, staff and faculty.
           13. Emotional maturity, dependability, responsibility and physical stamina.




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MAJOR TASKS/RESPONSIBILITIES

  A. Building of Relationships
        1. Accessibility: Accept the obligation to be accessible and visible to the students living in the unit. This is
            a major responsibility of the job. It means scheduling at least 2 out of 5 weekday evenings, including
            Resident Assistant on Duty (RAOD), Sunday through Thursday, to be on your floor, publicizing your
            availability to residents, and periodically reporting to your Resident Director concerning the use of your
            time and types of contacts you’ve made.
        2. Student Adjustment: Assist students (individually and collectively) in adjustment to college. Areas of
            concern may include academic difficulties, roommate conflicts, health problems, spiritual difficulties and
            relationships. It is expected that the RA will initiate contact with individual residents.
        3. Welcome Sessions: Plan initial welcome and orientation of residents to on-campus living.
        4. Floor Meetings: Conduct at least two floor meetings per semester. This includes a floor meeting the first
            week of each semester.

  B. Development of Self-Discipline
        1. Discipline: Facilitate the development of self-discipline among residents. This includes encouraging the
            development of a living-learning community among all residents by:
                       i)       Inspiring residents to respect the rights and property of others; to act with reason and
                                to assume responsibility for their actions.
                       ii)      Helping residents maintain quiet hours for study and sleep.
                       iii)     Interpreting, explaining, and supporting university policies to all residents.
                       iv)      Being aware of potential and actual discipline problems and reporting it to the proper
                                person.

          2. Rules and Regulations: Adhere to the rules and regulations of Anderson University on and off campus.
             Violation of Anderson University rules and regulations will result in disciplinary actions and/or
             probation/dismissal.

  C. Academic/Career Assistance
        1. Serve as a resource and referral person for services available to residents for evaluation of their
           academic/career development.
        2. Help residents develop effective study habits, refer students to the LRC.
        3. Encourage resident participation in intellectual and social programs on campus and in the community.

  D. Activities
        1. Floor: With your Resident Director and residents, determine the student development needs of your
             group, and establish organized programs for your floor. Content areas to be covered need to be
             diversified—spiritual, physical, social, emotional/relational, vocational, service, and cultural. (Must
             conduct a minimum of one program in all 7 areas per year).
        2. Total Hall: Work with your Resident Director in developing, implementing, and evaluating
             programmatic events. Each semester should include one event that focuses on development tasks of
             college students. Consideration need to be given to the development of the whole person—spiritual,
             physical, social, emotional/relational, vocational, service, and cultural. (Must conduct a minimum of one
             program in all 7 areas per year).

  E. Communication/Administrative
        1. Referral: Serve as a liaison between students and the Resident Director. This includes
           maintaining communication on areas relevant to students.
        2. Procedures: Administer residence hall policies and procedures such as room inventory condition
           forms; opening and closing of hall maintenance requests; and other office responsibilities as
           assigned by the Resident Director.

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        3. Missing Students: Inform the Resident Director immediately if you become aware of any
            student who is missing from the floor/hall; has repeated absences over night; or fails to return as
            scheduled.
        4. Drills: Assist the Resident Director in all emergency drills (Fire, Tornado).
        5. Hall Openings: Semester I and II: Return when stated in RA Expectations.
        6. “On Duty”: Accept the rotation responsibility of “RA On Duty”. This includes spending one
            weekday evening (Monday through Thursday) and weekend duty. The “on duty” time will be
            spent monitoring open house, performing duties assigned by the Resident Director.
        7. Special Weekends: Be on campus in your hall during New Student Days, Homecoming,
            Lil’ Sibs Weekend, and Family Weekend.
        8. Weekends: Remain on campus three out of four weekends a month. (Check with Resident
            Director about exceptions related to off-campus University sponsored activities, i.e., retreats,
            staff development, etc.)
        9. Support and Participate in; Chapel, Spiritual Emphasis Week, Impact Your World Week, and
            Heritage Festival Week.
        10. Hall Closing: Resident Assistants are required to remain on duty Semester I until 12:00 noon the
            day the hall closes and
            Semester II until 5:00 p.m. the day after graduation to assist the Resident Director with closing
            procedures.
        11. Additional Tasks: Complete additional tasks and procedures as assigned by the Resident
            Director.

F.   Staff Responsibilities
        1. Effective Team Member: Work as an effective team member within the total Residence Hall staff and
            commit yourself to building positive relationships with staff members of your specific hall/unit.
        2. Staff Meetings: Attend and participate in all weekly staff meetings.
        3. Communicate with RD: Communicate at least once per week with your Resident Director in addition to
            the RA meeting and RAOD. Meet with RD individually a minimum of two times a month.
        4. Time Expectation: Devote a minimum of 15 hours per week to the RA position, including
            “RA On Duty”.

G. Personal/Professional Development
      1. Class: Enroll Semester II in SOCI 3800, Practicum in Group Leadership (1 hr, CR/NC).
      2. Fall Staff Workshop: Attend and participate in the Fall Residence Hall Staff Workshop and help
         with New Student Orientation Days.
      3. Attend participate in Small Groups and AU Leadership Professional Developments during
          Semester I & II.

H. General
      1. Additional Job Activities: Have no more than 10 hours additional job-related work, on or off-campus.
         This additional employment activity must not interfere with duty, general availability and other job
         requirements as determined by the Resident Director.
      2. Evaluation: Be evaluated by residents and Resident Director.
      3. Upon accepting the RA position, please be sure to stop by Human Resources to complete your student
          employment paperwork. You will not be paid for your work as an RA if your paperwork is not
          complete.




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                 FAIR COMMONS, MANSFIELD, SOUTH CAMPUS, and TARA EAST
                         RESIDENT ASSISTANT JOB DESCRIPTION

Position: Resident Assistant                                Employer:     Anderson University
Responsible To: Resident Director                                         Department of Student Life

Term of Employment: From the beginning of the Residence Hall Staff Fall Workshop through the noon
closing of the halls at the end of Semester I. From the beginning of Semester II, arriving by 10:00 p.m. three
days prior to the first day of classes, through Semester II hall closings at 5:00 p.m.

GENERAL STATEMENT: The Resident Assistant (RA) is a part-time student staff member of the
Department of Student Life staff. The RA is primarily responsible for assisting the Resident Director in working
with and being responsive to the students living in their building/complex. Primarily the focus is on the living
unit as creating and maintaining a living-learning environment where emphasis is placed on fostering and
stimulating educational, spiritual, social and physical growth. An RA needs to know, enforce, and explain the
policies and community expectations of Anderson University. It is expected that the RA is genuinely interested
in the welfare of students and the University, and consequently is constructively supportive of the personnel
policies and expectations of the University and will model that out in their own life.

SELECTION CRITERIA

   D. Academic
         1. Class standing: Senior or Junior student during the term of employment.
         2. Grade Point Average: 2.3 GPA (Sem. Or Cum.) or higher is accepted. Students must maintain a
            2.3 GPA during their term of employment. Failure to meet these standards will result in RA
            Probation or the potential of immediate job termination.

   E. Residential
         1. Full-time on-campus resident during term of employment.
         2. Have lived in an Anderson University on-campus residence for at least one full semester prior to
             term of employment or intern during an estimated time period.
         3. Proven ability to adjust to college living in an on-campus housing situation.
         4. Must be in good standing at the time of application or during tenure.

   F. Personal
      Strives Toward:
          1. Growing in their personal relationship with Christ.
          2. The ability to balance academic work with demands of the position.
          3. Integrity and ethics in job related and personal experiences.
          4. Respect for the worth of individuals.
          5. Exhibiting leadership skills.
          6. The ability to relate to a wide spectrum of students.
          7. Being organized and meeting deadlines in a timely manner.
          8. The desire to assist others, tempered with an awareness of personal limitations.
          9. Skills in establishing rapport along with the ability to relate well.
          10. The desire and ability to communicate concern for others.
          11. The willingness to assertively implement residence hall responsibilities.
          12. Compassion toward fellow students, staff and faculty.
          13. Emotional maturity, dependability, responsibility, and physical stamina.

                                                                                                  …OVER
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EXPECTATIONS/RESPONSIBILITIES

   E. Expectations:
         1. Relationship Building.
         2. Maintenance concerns.
             Reporting and follow-up, supplies, vacuum cleaners.
         3. Discipline and Accountability.
             Hold residents accountable for university expectations and confronting and reporting individuals.
         4. On duty one evening a week with beeper—don’t have to be in apartment; but on campus.
         5. On-call an average of two weekends per semester.
         6. Assist with check-in and check-out and vacation periods.
         7. Create and implement a minimum of two all-hall social activities and promote and attend one
             educational event each semester.
         8. Act as a campus resource for the areas of academics, career, employment, and counseling.
         9. Support and Participate in: Chapel, Spiritual Emphasis Week, Impact Your World Week, and
             Heritage Week.

   F. Staff Responsibilities
          1. Meet individually with RD bi-weekly.
          2. Meet weekly with RA staff.
          3. Attend three class sessions of SOCI3800, Practicum in Group Leadership, Semester II.
          4. Attend and participate in RA Small Groups and AU Leadership Professional Developments
             offered during Semester I and II.
          5. Be on campus a minimum of two weekends per month. No weekends away will be granted the
             first and last weekend of each semester. Flexibility will be extended for outside involvements
             unless it jeopardizes or conflicts with your RA responsibilities (discuss with Resident Director).

Stipend:      56% of RA Stipend




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