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.

The student Residential Commons Leadership Corps also is blogging at http://blog.smu.edu/studentadventures/category/smu-residential-commons-leadership-corps/

Adventure on the Equator

An update from Dr. Tom Tunks, Faculty in Residence (FiR) for the RC 3 Community: My wife, Jeanne, and I had an outstanding adventure last month in Quito, Ecuador; it foreshadowed the kinds of things we will enjoy doing with members of our residential community starting in the fall. Not that we will be going to Ecuador with the RC, but living with, and doing things with students completely outside a class setting is something we’re looking forward to. The adventure was an Alternative Break trip sponsored by SMU. A group of nine students and the two of us spent about a week in Quito working with the children of people who are vendors in the various markets around the [...]

2014-02-12T11:06:12+00:00 February 12th, 2014|SMU Faculty in Residence|

My Reflections

An update from Dr. Mark Kerins, Faculty in Residence (FiR) for the Morrison-McGinnis Residential Community: As I’m writing this, we’re in the middle of a rare Dallas snowstorm and the roads have been pretty bad – I have to say, right now I’m really wishing I was already on campus and didn’t have to brave the crazy Dallas drivers to get to and from work. So as you might guess from the previous sentence, I am not yet living in a dorm (or a Residential Commons, as they’ll all become next year), which makes me a little different from the past writers on this blog. I think all the posts thus far have been from colleagues who are already living [...]

2014-02-10T09:47:16+00:00 February 10th, 2014|SMU Faculty in Residence|

Happy Australia Day, Mate!

An update from Dr. Robert Krout, Faculty in Residence (FiR) for the Mary Hay/Peyton Residential Community: Australia Day is a national holiday down under and held each year on January 26. One Australian historian observed that the event has traditionally been celebrated with “merriment.” Despite its colonial associations, the occasion is still held on the day when Europeans first founded (conquered/invaded, really) the colony of New South Wales on January 26, 1788, the beginnings of what is now Sydney. Even today the event is celebrated with tall ships coming to Sydney Harbour followed by a grand array of evening fireworks. We celebrated Australia Day in my FiR apartment on the day, with food prepared by Visiting Professor of Music History [...]

2014-02-05T10:34:09+00:00 February 5th, 2014|SMU Faculty in Residence|

Murder Mystery Scavenger Hunt

An update from Dr. Robert Krout, Faculty in Residence (FiR) for the Mary Hay/Peyton Residential Community: As a FiR, I have many opportunities to support and take part in programming with our wonderful RA staff. An example of this was a “murder mystery scavenger hunt,” which took place in November between Mary Hay and Peyton Halls. The theme of the evening as designed by the RAs was helping residents learn more about all of the resources available to them in our residential community. Students also followed clues found at each successive station or destination on the hunt designed to solve a fictitious murder that had supposedly occurred in our RC. These clues eventually led the students to my FiR apartment [...]

2014-01-21T15:38:47+00:00 January 21st, 2014|SMU Faculty in Residence|

The Weekly Update: The Perot Museum

An update from Dr. Robert Krout, Faculty in Residence (FiR) for the Mary Hay/Peyton Residential Community: As a FiR, I have the pleasure of planning outings for our community that combine intellectual and leisure aspects for our residents. A recent example is an afternoon trip downtown to visit the new Perot Museum of Nature and Science. Nineteen students, an RA, and our RCD (Residential Community Director) traveled with me via DART to the Pearl St Station, where we debarked and walked to the museum via the Arts District. This was a good way for students to learn how to use DART to get to destinations such as the Meyerson Symphony Center, Winspear Opera House, Nasher Sculpture Garden, Wylie Theatre, Dallas [...]

2013-12-05T10:45:48+00:00 December 5th, 2013|SMU Faculty in Residence|

Diary of an FiR: What do you DO with them? Part 2

An update from Ann Batenburg, Faculty in Residence (FiR) for the Virginia-Snider Residential Commons: November 25, 2013 As I reported in a previous post, whenever I tell someone about what I am doing here in the residence hall, the first question they ask is, “What’s it like living with students?” The second question that I am inevitably asked is, “What do you DO with them?” Last time, I wrote about Sunday Night Snacks and Pancakes and Potter. This time I’ll describe some other programs and activities – some have been successful and some haven’t been. A smaller-scale but successful effort has been Celebrity Chef. This is actually my diabolical plan to get out of cooking for students – really, with my [...]

2013-12-03T14:03:03+00:00 December 3rd, 2013|SMU Faculty in Residence|

Diary of an FiR: What do you DO with them?

An update from Ann Batenburg, Faculty in Residence (FiR) for the Virginia-Snider Residential Commons: November 18, 2013 As I reported in the previous post, whenever I tell someone about what I am doing here in the residence hall, the first question they ask is, “What’s it like living with students?” The second question that I am inevitably asked is, “What do you DO with them?” Well… The first thing I did with them was, really, not much. At the beginning of this adventure, I wrote about feeling like a creepy middle-aged woman hanging around, and, as it turns out, my intuition was fairly accurate. I ran into a student today in Simmons who greeted me quite warmly when she realized that [...]

2013-11-27T10:50:44+00:00 November 27th, 2013|SMU Faculty in Residence|

Snacks and good conversations

An update from Dr. Robert Krout, Faculty in Residence (FiR) for the Mary Hay/Peyton Residential Community: As a FiR, my number one priority is getting to know and interacting with our residents in a variety of ways that allow each student opportunities to feel included in our community. I have learned that laid-back and unstructured gatherings can be meaningful settings for student-faculty interaction. One of the informal settings I have been enjoying is the weekly “Munch n’ Mingle” in my FiR apartment. This happens on Tuesday evenings, and is scheduled from 7 to 9 p.m. (although residents sometimes arrive early and often stay late). As of this writing, there have been 10 Munch n’ Mingles this semester. Numbers of students [...]

2013-11-20T23:36:58+00:00 November 20th, 2013|SMU Faculty in Residence|

Diary of an FiR: What’s it like?

An update from Ann Batenburg, Faculty in Residence (FiR) for the Virginia-Snider Residential Commons: November 11, 2013 Whenever I tell someone about what I am doing here in the residence hall, the first question they ask is, “What’s it like living with students?” As if the average undergraduate is a life form from another planet. After about two and a half months now, I have an answer worth sharing. First of all, I am more worried about disturbing them than I am worried about being disturbed. Though there is an occasional explosion of silly laughter from the hallway, most of the time it is very quiet in here. I can hear a toilet flush above me, and I can hear the [...]

2013-11-12T16:57:04+00:00 November 12th, 2013|SMU Faculty in Residence|

Diary of an FiR: Living on campus

An update from Ann Batenburg, Faculty in Residence (FiR) for the Virginia-Snider Residential Commons: September 1, 2013 I feel like I live here tonight. It always takes me a few weeks to get comfortable in a new place, and I am feeling pretty comfortable tonight. Thunderstorms drew me out of my humble abode this evening – one downside of living in a residence hall is that the outside noise is often muffled (Boulevarding days, a notable exception), so I cannot hear thunderstorms very well. I found that I have a lovely neighborhood. I thought I heard a marching band playing, but why would a marching band be playing at 11 p.m. on the Sunday night of Labor Day weekend? In a [...]

2013-10-31T10:31:41+00:00 October 30th, 2013|SMU Faculty in Residence|
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