Become an RA/APA

Do you like to help other people?

Do you want to make a difference in other people’s lives?

Are you, or do you want to grow as a student leader?

Do you want to be part of something bigger than yourself?

Join Our Team!  Apply to be a student staff member!

        If you are interested in the Sorority Community Assistant position, this is a separate hiring process. Please contact Tracy Machtan, Associate Director of Fraternity & Sorority Life, at for more information.

ra/apa aPPLICANTS must meet the following requirements:

RA/APA applicants must meet the following requirements:
    • Currently are living on campus for their second semester, or have lived on campus for 2+ semesters.
    • Have already successfully completed the SAHE 317 class, or enroll in the SAHE 317 class during the Fall 2016 semester. New hires must successfully pass the class before starting the position.
        o SAHE 317 Classes will be offered during the Fall 2016 semester at the following times:
             TR 9:30am – 10:20 am
             MW 4:00pm – 4:50pm
    • GPA Requirements
        o To be a Resident Assistant, a 2.5 semester & cumulative GPA
        o To be an Academic Peer Advocate, a 3.0 semester & cumulative GPA
    • Be in good conduct standing with the university.

What are we looking for?

We are looking for motivated leaders who would like to help mentor and educate first-year and upper-class students as they transition to college and continue their journey towards graduation. We create staff teams that represent the diverse communities within our residential areas, so individuals of all different backgrounds and personalities are encouraged to apply. Ultimately, we are looking for students who like to help others and want to have a meaningful impact on fellow students’ lives.

What Student Staff Positions are Available?

The Academic Peer Advocate (APA) position is responsible for the academic transition on all of our first year student floors. This position supports, promotes, and facilitates academic excellence and achievement among our first year students and Sophomore Year Experience. They are responsible for intentionally reaching out to faculty and getting them involved in the residence halls and University Apartments. 

The Resident Assistant (RA) position serves as an advisor for a floor community with major responsibilities including: assisting students with personal problems, interpreting and enforcing housing regulations and University policies, developing positive communities, and providing  community building activities.

What are the benefits?

We would like to highlight that you earn a free room & meal plan as compensation for your services, but there is so much more. There are immeasurable personal and leadership development opportunities, to the point that this will be a highlight to place on your résumé when you are looking for internships or jobs after college. You will have the perfect answer when an interviewer asks you “Talk about a time you had to work through a difficult situation” or “Tell us how you balance multiple priorities as deadlines approach.”


We will have a few openings in some of our residential communities for the Spring 2017 semester. If you are interested in starting employment during the Spring 2017 semester, the priority deadline to turn in your application is Monday, August 1st. To be eligible to start working in Spring 2017, you must have lived in the residence halls or University Apartments for two or more semesters, including this semester. Therefore, first-year students are not eligible to start in Spring 2017.

If a specific building has an open position, you will be contacted to set up an individual interview with that building. If you are not contacted for an interview or do not receive a staff position, you will still be eligible for the Fall 2017 process.

Fall Selection Process

The Fall 2017 application timeline will be posted in October 2016.


When you fill out and turn in an application, you are applying for both the Academic Peer Advocate position and the Resident Assistant position. As a department we interview for both positions and then place people into positions based on their qualifications, interviews, and where we think each person would most benefit our students.

Apply for Spring 2017 Hire here! You must apply by August 1st, 2016.


Contact the Residential Life Office at (812) 237-3993, or the Student Staff Selection Committee via e-mail at