Peer leader applications now available for 2021 – 2022 academic year

flyer to apply for positionsResidence Life & Student Housing (RLSH) provides a complete residential college experience that serves as a converging point for one-of-a-kind living and learning opportunities in dynamic Dallas.

We bring together partners from all over campus and Dallas to help us offer unique opportunities for students, faculty, staff, and SMU departments to get involved in life on campus. Undergraduate and graduate students can now explore opportunities to serve as a peer leader and to get involved with life on the Hilltop.

Applications are now available for the 2021 – 2022 academic year and are due March 5th at 11:45p.m. via Available peer leader positions include:

Engage Dallas Student Director: The Engage Dallas Student Director leads the commons in service around their community need, and provides the community with a point of contact for all things Engage Dallas.  Student Directors plan and execute service events and educate the community about culturally conscious serving in South and West Dallas. Learn more about Engage Dallas.

Honors Mentor: From the beginning of the school year, Honors Mentors take an active role in welcoming the honors residents in their Residential Commons. They continue to meet informally with the honors students, serve as a resource, and encourage their participation in their Residential Commons and other University Honors Program events. Learn more and connect with your Honors Mentor.

Peer Academic Leader (PAL): Peer Academic Leaders (PALs) are a diverse group of undergraduate students with a common goal to help students better understand the University curriculum, utilize academic resources, and navigate academic challenges. Under the direction of the University Advising Center, PALs work directly with students in their residential community, empowering them to take ownership of their collegiate careers through mentorship and educational programming.

Peer Chaplain: Student leaders provide a listening presence to fellow students struggling with academic pressure, relationships, homesickness or other stressors through programming, 1-1 meetings, and small group settings. The aim of the peer chaplain is to help connect a peer’s personal experience to their purpose in life so that they find meaning not only in what they do but in who they are.

Student Wellness Champion (SWC): Student Wellness Champions are a diverse group of students trained to educate their Residential Commons and campus community about college lifestyle and wellness issues in a positive, interactive, fun, and nonjudgmental manner. In this program, students serve as liaisons for the Office for Community Health Promotion and the Dr. Bob Smith Health Center and act as health leaders on campus. Student Wellness Champions are given the opportunity to specialize in a health area of their choice: nutrition, mental health, physical activity, stress management, time management, sleep, resiliency, alcohol and drug prevention, sexual health, violence prevention, and healthy relationships. Learn more about the Student Wellness Champion program.

Questions about any of the above available leadership positions can be directed to Dr. Dustin Grabsch at or by calling 214.768.4887.

Call for applications – Faculty-in-Residence (FiR) positions

August 13, 2020

Dear Colleagues:

The Offices of the Provost and the Vice President for Student Affairs are now seeking faculty candidates for two Faculty-in-Residence (FiR) positions. The successful candidates will begin a three-year appointment in the fall 2021 semester.

Qualifications include:

  • Full-time Instructional Faculty Status or equivalent as determined by the Provost. For staff, a 2-2 teaching load (12 credit hours total) as part of normal duties (no extra compensation) is the minimal teaching load
  • Approval from Department Chair
  • Approval from Dean or Equivalent
  • Prior experience engaging students outside of the classroom
  • Demonstrated interest in the undergraduate residential educational experience
  • Knowledgeable of general academic requirements, procedures, and campus resources

In the fall of 2014, SMU transformed the residential experience into a Residential Commons model, which places greater emphasis on students engaging with faculty inside and outside of the classroom. The FiR role is an integral part of this model.

The FiR program increases interaction between students and faculty members beyond the classroom, and emphasizes a culture of mentorship, intellectual discourse, and community which are cultivated in all aspects of the collegiate experience. The FiR role is a cornerstone of the residential life experience that will create opportunities for students to informally interact with faculty members living amongst them.

The initial application for FiR consists of a thoughtful letter of interest, approval from your dean and chair in a signed statement of support, acknowledgement of residential polices, and a curriculum vitae or resume. Additional information about the FiR position is available at the Residential Commons recruitment and selection website. Please submit your completed application via the webform on the recruitment and selection website. Questions about the application process should be directed to Dr. Dustin Grabsch at 214-768-4887 or email them at The deadline to apply is September 14, 2020.

We welcome your application!


Elizabeth G. Loboa, Ph.D.
Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs

K.C. Mmeje, Ed.D
Vice President for Student Affairs