Fall 2014 RA Selection- Step Up & Be Set Apart: Become an RA

Thank you for your interest in the RA Selection Process! 

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 (located 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 your work later.

Please Note: If a page on the application appears to be blank, simply scroll up.

Applications must be fully completed by 5pm on Friday, January 31, 2014 or they may not be considered.

Before you begin, please have the following information available:
1) Your availability for an interview on February 10-14.
2) Your availability for Group Process on February 7.
3) Email addresses for an RA in your current buidling AND 1 Valpo faculty or staff member (who will serve as reference)

If you have any questions about the Resident Assistant position or the selection process, feel free to contact Korey West at ext. 6002 or email me at Korey.West@valpo.edu.

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

Korey West
Residential Learning Coordinator
Student Staff Selection Committee Chair


Important Information & Dates

Wednesday, January 8: All Resident Assistant (RA) /Assistant Coordinator (AC) applications available online

Friday, January 13: AC applications due (Returning RAs Only)

Thursday, January 16 - Friday, January 17: AC Interviews

Friday, January 31: All RA Applications & References DUE

Wednesday, February 5 - Friday, February 7: Returning RA Interviews

Monday, February 10 - Friday, February 14: New RA Interviews

Friday, February 7: Group Process (Two Sessions - 3-5pm & 6-8pm)

Friday, February 28th: RA Decision Letters sent


Position Overviews and Descriptions


Assistant Coordinator Position Description and Overview


Resident Assistant Position Overview


Find Out More! - Informational Sessions and Tables

Monday, January 13th in Lankenau Hall                                                9:00pm - 10:00pm
Wednesday, January 15th in Alumni Hall                                               9:00pm - 10:00pm
Thursday, January 16th in Brandt Hall                                                   9:00pm - 10:00pm             

Monday, January 20th in Guild/Memorial Hall                                        7:00pm - 9:00pm
Tuesday, January 21st in the Chapel View Lounge (Harre Union)           11:00am - 1:30pm
Tuesday, January 21st in Scheele Hall                                                   7:00pm - 9:00pm
Thursday, January 23rd in the Chapel View Lounge (Harre Union)          11:00am - 1:30pm
Thursday, January 23rd in Wehrenberg Hall                                           7:00pm - 9:00pm

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