Working for the Office of Housing and Residence Life
Residence life staff
Every residence hall has a full-time professional staff
member called the residence director, who supervises a specially
selected and trained student staff consisting of resident
assistants, (RAs), and residence life receptionists. It is this
team of the professional and paraprofessional staff that ensures
the hall atmosphere is conducive to the student's academic
learning, personal growth and physical well-being. Our staff has
been intentionally selected to help provide a safe and positive
experience for all residents. It is important for you to get to
know the professional and paraprofessional staff in your living
area. Please contact them if you need assistance with anything!
Residence life receptionists are student staff members who
serve as a resource at the main lobby desks of both Parsons and
Spangler halls. Desk assistants are available to helps with
lock-outs, contacting the RA or RD, providing toilet paper or
vacuums, checking out game equipment, etc. This is a federal
work study position. Applications are available from the office
of Housing and Residence Life. These positions are typically
filled through an application and interview process at the
beginning of the fall semester. However occasionally there will
be openings throughout the school year.
Resident assistants (RAs) are student staff members who live
on the floor with residents and serve as a resource to
residents. In addition, RAs strive to foster a rich community on
their floor and in the hall. RAs have typically lived on campus
for at least one semester. There is approximately one RA for
every 32 residents. This student leadership position is paid and
includes room and board. The RA application and selection
process occurs early in the spring semester for positions
beginning the following fall semester.
Conference assistants (CAs) is a student leadership position
in the office of Housing and Residence Life during the summer.
The CAs assist with summer SMU residents, summer conference
guests, as well as staffing the residence life offices during
the summer months. This is a paid position that includes summer
housing. The application process for this position occurs toward
the end of spring semester.