SMU Faculty in Residence

As live-in faculty members in SMU’s Residential Commons, Faculty in Residence (FiRs) serve as the intellectual leaders of their commons. The FiR program creates opportunities for students to know faculty members outside of the classroom and emphasizes a culture of mentorship, intellectual discourse and community.

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It’s a Team Effort

An update from Dr. Robert Krout, Faculty in Residence (FiR) for the Mary Hay/Peyton Residential Community:

Going into this year as a FiR in Mary Hay-Peyton Halls/Fine Arts Community, I knew that I would be working with RLSH staff, RAs, and other residents/students. However, I did not appreciate the intricate and many roles that all of us play in the life of the residential community. I continue to be humbled by the extraordinary efforts of all involved in the operation of our community this year, as well as those of us who will continue as a team when we add Shuttles Hall to our RC in August.

As an example, we had our weekly staff meeting last night around my FiR dining table that seats 10 – a good thing since we number 10 between our RCD, 7 RAs, and RCC (Residential Community Chaplain), and FiR. Each meeting offers opportunities for all to share updates on projects, programs, resident progress and concerns, and many other matters related to the ongoing life of the community. I come away from each meeting impressed with how much each team member does on a weekly and daily basis to provide a stimulating and supportive environment for our residents. I feel very privileged to be part of this team, and look forward to the rest of this semester, as well as working with my new team in our RC next year. This photo features members of both teams at the RC dinner held last month.

FAC Team

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