Spring 2015 RA Selection

Thank for your interest in the Assistant Coordinator and Resident Assistant positions!

Valparaiso University firmly believes that living in a residence hall provides students with a learning experience that integrates and complements the more formal educational activities of the classroom, laboratory, studio and stage. The role of the Resident Assistant is to help create and facilitate an environment of student learning in the residence halls, through planned and intentional educational outreach programs, as well as through informal activities. As a campus leader and role model, the Resident Assistant position provides an opportunity to observe and correct undesirable behavior while teaching new skills in problem solving, decision making, and critical thinking; to assist students in taking responsibility for their actions; to orient students to college life and aid in their emotional and academic adjustment; and to help students develop individual social skills.


The online applications (listed below) have three core sections: General Information, Discussion Questions and two (2) References. Please be prepared to complete each section in its entirety, as you will not be able to return and complete work later. ***Please Note: if a page on the application appears to be blank, simply scroll up.


Available Applications:

  • New Resident Assistant
  • New Assistant Coordinator


You may locate the applications listed above by clicking here.


If you have any questions about the positions or the selection process, feel free to contact me by e-mail at Shavonn.nowlin@valpo.edu or call me at 219-464-6004.


Thank you again for your interest, and good luck throughout the selection process!


Shavonn Nowlin
Residential Learning Coordinator
Student Staff Selection Committee Chair

Important Information & Dates

Friday, October 31: All AC/RA Applications DUE

Wednesday, November 5 & Thursday, November 6: AC/RA Interviews

Tuesday, November 18 & Wednesday, November 19: AC/RA Decision Letters sent (via email & campus mailbox)

Friday, November 21 by 5pm: AC/RA Acceptance Due
AC/RA Application Information

Applications must be fully completed by Friday, October 31, 2014 or they may not be considered.

Before you begin, please have the following available:

  1. Your availability for an interview on Wednesday, November 5th and Thursday November 6th

  2. Email addresses for an RA in your current building AND 1 (one) VU faculty or staff member (NO RLCs)

If you have any questions about the positions or the selection process, feel free to contact Shavonn Nowlin by e-mail at Shavonn.nowlin@valpo.edu or 219-464-6004.

All Individual Interviews

Candidates are interviewed, on an individual basis by a panel of current Residence Life Coordinators. During this interview, candidates will be asked a variety of questions assessing their knowledge of the Resident Assistant position and the skills and abilities each candidate possesses. There will be anywhere from one to three people interviewing you, so be prepared to speak with a small group of current staff members during the interview. Individual interviews will take place on November 5th and November 6th and will be 30 minutes long.


Position Overviews and Descriptions


Assistant Coordinator Position Description and Overview


Resident Assistant Position Overview


Resident Assistant Application

Click Here to Complete the Resident Assistant or Assistant Coordinator Application




Contact Information

Office of Residential Life
Harre Union, 250
1509 Chapel Drive
Vaparaiso, IN. 46383
219-464-5256 (Fax)

Twitter: @ValpoReslife

Facebook: www.facebook.com/ValpoReslife

Important Dates