Housing

RA Selection Spring 2015

Fall 2015 Resident Assistant (RA) Selection Information

Residence hall floors are staffed by full time students who act as a primary resource and mentor for residents.The Resident Assistants (RAs) facilitate programming, enforce policies, and serve on duty. Their primary duties are to create a floor community where students feel they belong and are an important part of the community.  

New Candidates: Apply to be an RA for Fall 2015 (start date of August 2015):

Timeline
  • Application opens December 1, 2014, at 5:00 pm.
  • Applications due January 27, 2015, by 3:00 pm.
  • References due January 30, 2015, by 3:00 pm. 
  • Individual and Group Interviews will take place in February. The RA Selection Committee will be notifying you in February of specific times and locations.
  • RA Candidate Notification Letters will be sent in March.
Application Process:
  • Update your Resume. During the application, we will ask that you submit your most recent resume. If you are creating a resume for the first time, the Career Development Center has some great tips about building your resume.
  • Think about why you are applying. Some of the questions that you should think about answering are:
    • What is your personal definition of community and how will you develop a positive community on your floor?
    • What do you hope to learn from the Resident Assistant position?
  • Ensure you have valid email addresses for your two references. One reference MUST be your current Resident Assistant (or a WIU faculty/staff member if you currently live off campus). The second reference should be someone who is aware of your abilities and work habits. References will be emailed the appropriate recommendation forms after the submission of your application.  Please note that the later you turn in your application, the less time you will have to get your reference completed.
  • Complete the New RA Online Application

Note: Freshmen who apply before the end of fall semester will not yet have a GPA. Please enter 0.0 in the GPA sections of the application. GPAs will be checked at the end of the Fall 2014 semester.

***Important Information for Transfer Students***

Transfer students that entered WIU in the Fall 2014 semester or earlier, must have or will have completed by the end of the Fall 2014 semester:

  • Lived in a residence hall or community living setting (military, etc), for the equivalent of two academic semesters
  • Have a semester and cumulative GPA of 2.4 or higher at the end of the Fall 2014 semester.
  • Be in good judicial standing with the University

Note: Fall 2014 Transfer Students who apply before the end of fall semester will not yet have a GPA. Please enter 0.0 in the GPA sections of the application. GPAs will be checked at the end of the Fall 2014 semester.

Transfer students entering WIU in the Spring 2015 semester, must have or will have completed by the end of the Spring 2015 semester:

  • A minimum of 30 semester hours earned from your previous educational institution. (an official transcript sent directly from your former educational insitution will be required to continue in the process)
  • Official transcripts sent directly from your previous educational institution must be addressed to: UHDS Residence Life, Attn: RA Selection Committee, c/o  LaDawn Thomas, 1 University Circle, Macomb, IL 61455
  • Lived in a residence hall or community living setting (military, etc), for the equivalent of two academic semesters
  • Have a semester and cumulative GPA of 2.4 or higher at the end of the Spring 2015 semester
  • Be in good judicial standing with the University

Note: Your application will be approved pending receipt of your official transcript. In the event, your official transcript is not received by the time of your scheduled interviews, you will not be allowed to continue in the process. Also, if your cumulative and semester GPAs are not 2.4 or higher at the of the Spring 2015 semester, your employment offer (if applicable) will be rescinded. 

Returning Candidates: Apply to be an RA for Fall 2015 (start date of August 2015):

Timeline
  • Application opens December 12, 2014, at 5:00 pm.
  • Applications due January 19, 2015, by 3:00 pm.
  • References due January 21, 2015, by 3:00 pm. 
  • Individual and Group Interviews will take place in late January and early February. The RA Selection Committee will be notifying you in February of specific times and locations.
  • RA Candidate Notification Letters will be sent in March.
Application Process:
  • Update Your Resume. During the application, we will ask that you submit your most recent resume. If you are creating a resume for the first time, the Career Development Center has some great tips about building your resume.
  • Think about why you are applying. Some of the questions that you should think about answering are: 
    • What is your personal definition of community and how will you develop a positive community on your floor?
    • What do you hope to learn from the Resident Assistant position?
  • Ensure you have valid email addresses for your two references. One reference MUST be your current Resident Assistant (or a WIU faculty/staff member if you currently live off campus). The second reference should be someone who is aware of your abilities and work habits. References will be emailed the appropriate recommendation forms after the submission of your application.  Please note that the later you turn in your application, the less time you will have to get your reference completed.
  • Complete the Returner RA Online Application