Important Dates & Time Commitments, 2010 – 2011 RA Position
(RA Position Description Addendum) Updated on 11-01-10
Resident Assistants will be expected to be in attendance for the following activities.
If you cannot participate on these dates you should not accept the RA position.
Questions pertaining to these commitments can be directed to the Associate Director for Residence Life
- Leader2Leader Conference – Saturday, February 19, 2011, 8:30am – 4:00pm, WSU Student Union
All new & returning RAs are expected to attend and participate in the Leader2Leader Conference. RAs are required to sign up and register for the conference.
- SPRING ORIENTATION – Sunday, May 15, 2011, 6:30pm – 8:30pm, 2nd Floor Plaza Honors
All new and returning RAs will be required to attend Spring Orientation. This orientation will provide an opportunity for RAs to meet the other RAs on their staff for next year, as well as received information pertaining to the RA job. Dinner will be provided as part of the orientation.
- Return to campus and move into fall assignment – Friday, August 19, 2011
You will be expected to arrive and move into your room by no later than 7:00pm on August 19th. Specific arrival times & check-in process will need to be coordinated with your Community Director. Information will be sent to you during the summer confirming your check-in process.
- RA Training – Saturday, August 20, 2011 thru Wednesday, August 31, 2011; day, evening and weekend activities will take place during training. The Office of Residence Services is committed to employing a competent and a highly trained staff who are capable of demonstrating outstanding leadership, while effectively handling any and all situations that might arise in our residential communities during the year. As such, staff training for Resident Assistants will commence on August 21, 2010. Be advised that training will be time intensive and you should not plan outside activities during training including weekends. Training will continue until opening day when our first-year students arrive on campus. You can expect training to be both, very serious and also fun.
- Opening Weekend – Fall Quarter; Thursday, September 1, 2011 – Monday, September 5, 2011
Opening weekend, and the first week of classes during the quarter, is a very important time for our residential communities. This is the time when our residents are getting acquainted and becoming comfortable with their new community. Floor/unit standards are established during the opening days of the year, and you establish yourself as the leader of your community. As a Resident Assistant, you will be expected to be highly visible and available during this time. The work you do as a Resident Assistant impacts the first impression your residents receive of Wright State
University and enhances the quality of their living experience. Your actions will have an influence on student experiences with regards to academic and living success. Therefore, it is imperative that our RAs be highly available and visible in the residential communities.
- Opening Weekend – Winter and Spring Quarters
All RAs are expected to be available in their communities during opening weekend for the winter and spring Quarters. This is a time to assist our new residents who are moving in, as well as touch base with the returning residents. All RAs will be expected to return to the campus prior to 10:00am on Monday, January 2, 2012 to prepare for Winter Quarter new resident check in. All RAs will be expected to return to the campus prior to 11:00am on March 25, 2012 for Spring Quarter new resident check in.
To complete the job duties satisfactorily, it is necessary for RAs to be in their offices/communities, unless in exams, during closing weeks in order to process check-outs, communicate with residents, and close the buildings down. RAs, generally are the last residents to leave the campus during closing weekends.
- Winter Renewal Training – Friday, January 6, 2012; 4:00pm – 7:30pm
Winter Renewal Training is an opportunity for our staff to come together at the beginning of the Winter Quarter for a brief time where we can touch base, get rejuvenated, and focus our attention on the remainder of the year. This time will be utilized with on-going training, goal setting, staff updates, and teambuilding activities. Dinner provided.
- 2012-2013 RA Selection Process (Dates: TBA – usually late January or early to mid February)
All current RAs are expected to participate in the RA Selection Process for the following academic year.
As outlined in the position description, each RA is expected to serve three office hours per week in the community offices (including during scheduled holiday & break coverage). Scheduling of the specific office hours will be determined during staff training in August, and at the beginning of each subsequent academic quarter.
- RA Leadership Development and Social Activities
Resident Assistants will be expected to participate in a Residential Leadership Development Program (one workshop per quarter minimum). This in-service program will be developmental in nature and will be designed to enhance the leadership skills of our staff. Most sessions are offered during the evenings or weekends. When possible, advance notice of dates will be provided during staff training in August. Residence Services recognizes that RAs will need to step back and relax from time to time. Therefore, periodic social activities will be planned for the RAs during the academic year. Unless designated otherwise, the social activities will be optional for participation.
An effective Resident Assistant must be able to balance academic requirements, job requirements and still maintain a personal life. Given that all three require high degrees of time, outside employment activities are limited to no more than 10 hours per week and must be approved in advance by your supervisor. Paid student leadership positions constitute employment (ie. UAB Executive Board, Student Government positions, Admission’s Tour Guide, etc.).
- Working During the Academic/Holiday Breaks
RA staff responsibilities require you to stay on campus for one week (5 days which may include a weekend) during one of the academic/holiday break periods. The specific break duty dates will be coordinated with your supervisor at the beginning of the academic year. RAs will work scheduled primary and back-up duty, as well as serve office hours, during these duty dates.
RA responsibilities are outlined in the RA Position Description. It is recommended that you review the position description before applying for the job and/or signing the employment agreement in order to ensure that you are comfortable with all aspects of the job.
Due to the time demands of the RA position, Resident Assistants are prohibited from taking more than the normal 18 hour credit load. Special exceptions must be approved, in advance, by the Associate Director for Residence Life. Individuals who desire to take graduate (Master’s, Doctorate, and Medical School) classes, student teaching, participate in an internship or nursing clinical will need to obtain approval from the Associate Director for Residence Life prior to being employed in the RA position.
- RA Class Employment Requirement – EDL 410/660
All new Resident Assistants are required to take the EDL 410/660 RA Class. Returning RAs who have not previously taken the RA class must also enroll in the class. The class will be offered during the Spring Quarter, 2011. Two sections of the class will be offered and RAs will be required to enroll (2 academic credits) for one of the two sections. There will be no exceptions to the enrollment policy – if an RA has not previously taken the class, he or she will need to enroll for the class during the spring quarter. The class is offered during the spring quarter.
The two sections are scheduled for:
- Classroom location: Hamilton Hall Classroom
- EDL 410 Section 01, Wednesdays, 1:30pm – 3:30pm
- EDL 410 Section 02, Thursdays, 4:00pm – 6:00pm