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Are you looking for a challenging position where you can develop your leadership potential, mentor new students and learn new skills while living on campus free of charge? The Academic Peer Advocate and the Resident Assistant positions are vital roles to University Housing and the fulfillment of our mission statement. We hire academically successful student leaders who are responsible and have an open mind.


Academic Peer Advocates (APAs) focus on personal development and academic success. The APA has various responsibilities including meetings, academic interventions, administrative work, assisting with social justice initiatives and developing large scale academic programming. The APA position is very similar to the RA position, but their efforts are primarily focused on helping residents be academically successful.

General Responsibilities include:

  • Assist with Intrusive Early Warning Academic Intervention meetings with residents
  • Developing test taking, studying, memorization, note taking etc. skills with the residents
  • Be a role model and enhance successful academic skills
  • Collaborate with Living Learning Community initiatives and academic units
  • Know University academic and personal support services
  • Assist with the move-in and move-out process
  • Submit all required documents related to the position as assigned by supervisors

Resident Assistants (RAs) are employed by University Housing-Residence Life. RAs are students who are accountable to a supervisor and provide an essential liaison role between University Housing and the residents. The RA position requires an individual acutely sensitive to the needs of students; can be flexible regarding time demands; can perform essential administrative tasks; is sensitive to diversity in lifestyles; and has a genuine desire to be of service to others. Their role is to support the mission of University Housing in the process of facilitating a positive living/learning community in the residence halls.

The RA position is comprised of various responsibilities. Meetings, duty, administrative work, community development, and providing help to residents are all examples of responsibilities which will require varied time commitments. RAs are faced with a wide range of demands and expectations from students, parents, faculty, administration, and other staff members. These expectations apply to all RAs employed by the department. They are not, however, exhaustive. Supervisors will outline additional expectations for staff to follow.


Minimum requirements for the Academic Peer Advocate and Resident Assistant position are the following: 2.5 cumulative GPA and 2.3 semester GPA at the time of application and commencement of employment, 26 credit hours earned by the time employment begins, full-time student status (12 undergraduate credit hours or more or 9 graduate credit hours or more) while employed; in good academic, judicial and financial standing with SIU Carbondale and University Housing. No outside employment is permitted.

Benefits include a fully-furnished room, a full dining plan, Ethernet, local telephone services, a monthly stipend, and the opportunity to develop your own professional skills while positively impacting your residents.


The Fall 2017/Spring 2018 application is available from Dec. 1, 2016 to Feb. 10, 2017. Recruitment and selection will occur during the Spring 2017 semester. Applicants MUST attend a mandatory information session or they will not be selected for interview. Mandatory sessions are posted in commons areas and are listed below.

  • Jan. 23 (Monday) at 3pm (Upper level Grinnell)
  • Jan. 25 (Wednesday) at 6pm (Upper level Grinnell)
  • Jan. 26 (Thursday) at 9pm (Upper level Grinnell)
  • Jan. 30 (Monday) at 3pm (Student Services Building 150-160)
  • Feb. 1 (Wednesday) at 6pm (Student Services Building 150-160)
  • Feb. 2 (Thursday) at 9pm (Student Services Building 150-160)
  • Feb. 6 (Monday) at 3pm ( Lentz classroom13A)
  • Feb. 8 (Wednesday) at 6pm ( Lentz classroom13A)
  • Feb. 9 (Thursday) at 9pm ( Lentz classroom13A)

If you apply, you will be considered for both positions. Complete an APA/RA application packet, consisting of the items below. You will need to log into OrgSync in order to access the application, located under the University Housing page.

Questions can be sent to the APA/RA Recruitment and Selection Committee