Residence Education Staff

Senior Leadership Team

Senior Associate Director of Residence Life

The Senior Associate Director of Residence Life is responsible for all of the educational initiatives directed and supported by the Office of Residence Life.  These responsibilities include the selection, supervision, training and evaluation of administrative, classified, and student staff who work in the residence halls, the creation and support of new and existing living/learning residential programs, and the coordination of all programs and services for students who live in campus residence halls.

Assistant Directors 

Assistant Directors are professional staff members with a graduate degree and extensive experience working in a Residence Life and Housing program. These full-time staff members oversee the administrative and educational responsibilities within a designed residential area of campus.  They supervise the full-time and graduate staff and ensure that their area is providing appropriate programs and services to students.  Additionally, one Assistant Director is responsible for Staff Recruitment & Selection and the other is responsible for Staff Training.

Senior Coordinator for Academic Support and Assessment

The Senior Coordinator for Academic Support and Assessment is a professional staff member with a graduate degree. They are responsible for incorporating BGSU’s academic mission and strategies in to the on-campus residence halls through intentional initiatives, programs, and services.  This position serves as the primary liaison between the Office of Residence Life and the residential learning and theme community programs.  The Senior Coordinator also leads departmental assessment initiatives and develops and implements an annual assessment plan that aligns with University, Division, and Department strategic goals and missions. 

Coordinator for Diversity and Retention

The Coordinator for Diversity and Retention is a professional staff member with a graduate degree. They are responsible for developing and managing multicultural, social justice, and retention programs, initiatives, trainings, and resources for residence hall staff and the Office of Residence Life in general. Additionally, the coordinator is responsible for overseeing all aspects of the SMART Program and producing large scale departmental diversity programs (Taste of February and Tunnel of Oppression). The Coordinator also manages the First Year Achievement Program (FYAP) and the Falcon Achievement Program (FAP). 

Coordinator for Leadership and Administration

The Coordinator for Leadership and Administration is a professional staff member with a graduate degree. They are responsible for overseeing all leadership development initiatives for BGSU’s on-campus housing program, including supervising the Graduate Leadership Coordinator and advising the Resident Student Association (RSA) and National Residence Hall Honorary (NRHH).  This Coordinator has administrative responsibilities for the front desk operations throughout the campus, setting policies and procedures to best manage the business operations and safety/security processes.  The Coordinator also assists in the coordination of summer conferences.

Residence Hall Staff

Residence Hall Director

The Residence Hall Director is a professional staff member with a graduate degree. They are responsible for the management of an undergraduate residence hall housing between 300 and 850 students.  The responsibilities may include: the supervision of a Graduate Hall Director, Resident Advisor staff, Student Desk Manager, and hall desk staff; implementation of academic initiatives; oversight of facility issues; advising of hall government; and the coordination of hall discipline programs.

Graduate (Residence) Hall Director

The Graduate Hall Director is a graduate student position responsible for assisting the Residence Hall Director in administering the management of an undergraduate residence hall housing between 300 and 850 students.  The responsibilities may include: the supervision of resident advisor staff and hall desk staff; implementation of academic initiatives; oversight of facility issues; advising of hall government; and, working with hall discipline programs. The Hall Director serves as the staff contact and resource for parents.

Student Desk Manager

The Student Desk Manager is an undergraduate staff member responsible for leadership and supervision of the operations of a Residence Hall front desk. The Student Desk Manager is also responsible for providing administrative support to the Hall Director. The Student Desk Manager keeps the Residence Hall Director informed of activities, problems, and needs of the residents.  The Student Desk Manager helps to establish and maintain open lines of communication between residents of the residence hall and the Office of Residence Life. 

Resident Advisor

The Resident Advisor is an undergraduate staff member of the Office of Residence Life who lives in an assigned residence hall.  The Resident Advisor works closely with and is directly responsible to the Residence Hall Director.  The Resident Advisor keeps their supervisor informed of activities, problems, and needs of the residents.  The Resident Advisor also helps to establish and maintain open lines of communication between residents of the hall and the Office of Residence Life. This appointment is for one full academic year. The RA serves as the staff contact and resource for students.

Student Desk Clerk

Student Desk Clerk is an undergraduate student who assists the residence hall staff in the daily operation of a residence hall. The Student Desk Clerk works under the supervision of the Student Desk Manager (SDM) and performs a variety of clerical tasks, general operational services for residents and visitors, and a variety of safety tasks. Student Desk Clerks may be asked to work a variety of hours to accommodate the coverage needs of the residence hall.

SMART Program

Graduate SMART Coordinator 

The Graduate SMART Coordinator is a graduate student position that provides supervision, leadership development, and guidance to the SMART Team Leaders and Mentors. This position directly supervises and evaluates two SMART Team Leaders and 10-15 SMART Mentors. The SMART Coordinator oversees planning of programs and events; assists in conducting weekly staff meetings, in coordinating SMART staff recruitment/selection process, and in developing and presenting training for Team Leaders and Mentors.

SMART Team Leader 

The Residence Life SMART Team Leader is an undergraduate student leader who has previously served as a SMART Mentor. Each Team Leader works with a committee of SMART Mentors to plan, develop, and implement programming for the SMART Mentees. Team Leaders also provide direction and leadership for the Mentors and perform administrative duties within the program. The team leader is responsible for developing a positive, supportive, relationship with all Mentees and may serve as a direct Mentor for up to three Mentees in the program.

SMART Peer Mentor

The Residence Life SMART Mentor is an undergraduate student leaders who lives in the residence hall. Each mentor is assigned a group of first-year students (Mentees). The Mentor develops a positive, supportive relationship with and offers resources and guidance to her/his mentees, motivates them to feel comfortable navigating BGSU’s campus, and helps them to make a successful adjustment to college life at BGSU. Additionally, the SMART Mentor plans, develops, and implements programming for the SMART Mentees.

Leadership Programs

Graduate Leadership Coordinator 

The Graduate Leadership Coordinator is a graduate staff member who oversees the various leadership efforts and programs for students offered by the Office of Residence Life; coordinates the operations of the Leaders in Residence program and the Advanced Leaders in Residence class, co-advises the Resident Student Association, serves as a liaison between Residence Life and the Office of Campus Involvement, provides leadership and guidance to residence hall government (Hall Council) advisors, and coordinates service learning efforts in the Office of Residence Life.

Academic Programs

Graduate Academic Support Coordinator

The Graduate Academic Support Coordinator assists in providing supervision, leadership development and support to the Office of Residence Life’s Academic Peer Mentors. The Academic Peer Mentor Program is a newly developed program, designed to provide individual mentoring and hall-wide programming to promote academic success and personal growth for students living in the residence halls at BGSU. The Graduate Academic Support Coordinator is directly supervised by the Senior Coordinator for Academic Support and Assessment.

Academic Peer Mentor

The Academic Peer Mentor (APM) is a part-time paraprofessional staff member in the Office of Residence Life who works with an assigned group of students within a residence hall. The Academic Peer Mentor works closely with other APMs on a small team and is directly responsible to the Graduate Coordinator for Academic Support and the Assistant Director for Academic Support and Assessment. The APM keeps the supervisors informed of the academic problems and needs of the residents in their assigned community. The APM provides individual mentoring and hall-wide programming to promote academic success.  The APM helps students with understanding a syllabus, understanding Canvas, time management, study skills, test-taking skills, organization, note-taking, course registration, library research skills, in addition to other academic skills.