Official Professional and Scientific (P & S) Benefits Statement

Pet Policy - Pets are welcome as part of the Hall Director household.

Professional Development - Each Hall Director is provided with a base professional development fund of $2000.00. Additional funds are available for individuals who choose to present programs and/or serve on regional or national committees or teach specific classes on campus. The P & S Council, which all full-time Hall Directors are a part of, offers additional funding.

Teaching Opportunities - Hall Directors are able to elect to teach various courses on campus, including, Psychology 131, honors seminars designed by the Hall Director, Women’s Studies 160: Gender Justice, University Studies 150: Dialogues on Diversity, and various other courses. Teaching some courses provides additional professional development funding.

Campus Involvement - The DOR is well-respected across campus. Hall Directors have served on a wide range of committees, advised student organizations, and served as student affairs representatives to other governance organizations. Hall Directors also have the option of crafting a Collateral Assignment with another office or department on campus in order to gain additional professional experience. Numerous former DOR staff members now work in other offices on campus, which provides even more opportunities for current staff members.

Off-Campus Involvement - The DOR highly encourages professional involvement at the regional and national level. Staff members serve on numerous regional and national committees. The DOR has a strong relationship with UMR-ACUHO, ACUHO-I, ACPA, and NASPA. In addition, staff members have attended NAME, NCORE, WPC, MAP-Works, and a variety of other conferences around the country. Support, in the form of time and funding, is regularly given to those individuals who choose to be involved, present, and share their experiences.

Supervising Graduate Students - We have seven graduate students working within the department managing hall desk operations, co-advising hall councils, serving in on-call duty, adjudicating minor judicial cases, serving on departmental committees, among other various job responsibilities. Several of the professional staff have the opportunity to directly supervise these graduate students. While not all areas have a graduate assistant to supervise, there are additional opportunities to oversee graduate student practicums and to oversee committee work to gain this invaluable supervision experience. 

Continuing Education - ISU offers one of the most recognized Higher Education programs in the country. The opportunities and flexibility exist if you are thinking about going back to school to pursue a Masters or Doctorate, and many staff members have done and are currently doing so, with the full support of the department. Through the P & S Council, ISU offers full-time staff Tuition Remission for up to 3 credits in any academic area each semester. Staff can request reimbursement for an additional 3 credits per semester in a field of study directly related to the employee’s position description. 

Supervision - There are two distinct areas within the Department of Residence live-in staff; the residence halls and the apartments. While we work together often to accomplish the mission of the department and the institution, these two areas have different models of supervision.

Within the residence halls, there is a team supervision model. Within this model, each Hall Director is supervised by a team of Coordinators of Residence life who each have specialty areas. This allows for a unique experience and allows for different levels of challenge and support to the staff. Hall Directors develop relationships with multiple supervisors, experience different supervisory styles, and decision making is enhanced by including multiple perspectives.

Within the apartments, each individual Apartment Community Manager reports to one of our two Area Apartment Community Managers. This supervision structure is set up to meet the unique needs of the individual apartment communities where the apartment community managers work collaboratively to serve the needs of the residents. The individual community managers have a great deal of autonomy within this model.