RD supervising staff during opening

Professional Development: RD & CD


The Resident Directors and Community Director participate in a comprehensive training program prior to fall opening.  Additionally, staff receive on-going training throughout the academic year.

Career/Skill Development

All Resident Directors and Community Director participate in a professional development opportunity which allows staff to gain additional experience, further develop skill-sets, and create or enhance bridges to other departments within the University.  Staff members have the choice of serving on a departmental ad-hoc committee, acting as the Residential Life representative on a University-wide committee, or working in another functional area within the University.  After an RD's first year, they may also enhance their professional development by working on a collateral assignment either with Residential Life or another department on the campus.  Opportunities have included work with the Career Development Center, Sexual Assault Prevention, Safe Zone Project, Office of Student Conduct, Assessment, AOD & Prevention, & you can even create your own!

Departmental Committees

Each Resident Director and Community Director serves on a departmental committee. Our committees include: RA Selection, RA Training, RD Search, and Residential Life Training, and Leadership and Recognition.  Returning staff members may have the opportunity to serve as a co-chair of their committee.


Once RDs and the CD have acclimated to the department and University, they may consider some additional opportunities such as instructing a 2-credit First-Year or Senior-Year Experience course or serving as a student conduct hearing board chair.

Helpful Links

Below is a listing of links to get involved with professional organizations locally and regionally.Conferences attended by staff include:  ACUHO-I, ACPA, CSPA, NACA, NACADA, NASPA, NEACUHO (Annual, Diversity Retreat, Drive-In, LGBT & Friends Retreat, Mid Levels Professional, New Professional, Operations, Professionals of Color & Allies Retreat, and Women's Winter Renewal) and NODA.

American College Personnel Association

Association of College and University Officers-International

College Student Personnel Association

North Eastern Association of College and Campus University Housing Officers

National Academic Advising Association

National Orientation Directors Association

National Association for Campus Activities

National Association of Student Personnel Administrators

Southern Tier Young Professionals


Last Updated: 7/18/14