Resident Scholars

Resident Scholars

The Resident Scholars program is intended to increase the number of out-of-classroom learning opportunities available to UNC students. By inviting distinguished faculty and visiting scholars to live among students in the residence hall, Carolina Housing maintains its commitment to providing students with chances to enhance their overall university experience.

The Resident Scholar will have the chance to engage students academically in the residence halls, in an informal setting. He or she will also have the chance to meet with students through established avenues such as Community Government and RA-sponsored programming. Above all, we hope that the Resident Scholar uses this unique opportunity to share knowledge and experiences, and increase students' ease with faculty interaction.

How Resident Scholars are selected

Appointments are initiated by self-nomination or by referral from students and faculty members at UNC. All Resident Scholars must demonstrate a commitment to learning outside of the classroom, undergraduate education, and working with diverse populations of students.

What Resident Scholars will do

The Resident Scholar serves the University in a full-time capacity.

  • A full-time Resident Scholars will be provided on-campus housing and is asked to:
    • Hold 2-5 office hours/programs per week in the community.
    • Host a career interest session related to their interests/expertise.
    • Attend at least one Carolina Housing staff meeting per month
    • Attend at least one Community Government meeting per month.

What Resident Scholars participants are saying

At the conclusion of the pilot year for Resident Scholars, the following outcomes were reported:

  • After participating in the Resident Scholars program, 100% of students were very likely (66.7%) or somewhat likely (33.3%) to increase their out-of-classroom interactions with faculty.
  • As a result of taking part in the program, 83.3% of students feel more confident in their ability to approach faculty outside of the classroom.

Additional Information

If you are interested in learning more about the Resident Scholars program, please contact:

Dr. Cathy "Coop" Roberts-Cooper
Associate Director for Residential Learning