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Resident Assistants (RAs) are student peer leaders responsible for learning communities in university housing here at Eastern Illinois University. The RA position provides real-life experiences in working with and helping other people, conflict resolution, team building and many others. The position is a premiere leadership experience and one of the most challenging and fulfilling student leadership opportunities at EIU.

RAs are compassionate, responsible, fun, and out-going student leaders who create a welcoming environment and serves as a resource to their residents. The RA position is more than just a job; it is a leadership journey that offers infinite opportunities for one’s success and development at EIU and beyond.Take a look at the  RA Job Description also see What our Resident Assistants are saying. 

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Applicants must also create an eRezLife account using their EIU e-mail address and add eRezLife Software System (noreply@erezlife.com) to their contacts in order to receive communications regarding the Resident Assistant position. 

Qualifications for the position

  • I will be a full-time EIU student (registered for 12 credit hours or more) in the spring semester. If hired, I will be a full-time EIU student during my term of employment. (Note: Lakeland College of Nursing students are not eligible)
  • I plan to have 27 credit hours by the start of NEXT fall semester.
  • I understand that I must have a cumulative GPA 2.5 or higher when grades are posted at the end of this fall semester, and if hired, for my term of employment I understand I must maintain the department's minimum GPA requirement. (NOTE: Applicants with GPA's of 2.5 or lower when fall grades are posted will not be considered for employment.)
  • I will have lived in University Housing for two semesters prior to my term of employment.
  • I am in good judicial standing with the university. If not, please explain: Monique Harmon

Timeline for the Resident Assistant Hiring Process

Date Event Location
Nov. 4th RA Informational Meetings at 4pm Stevenson Hall, Indiana Room
Nov. 11th RA Informational Meetings at 7pm Pemberton Hall, Great Hall
Nov. 20th RA Informational Meetings at 5pm Thomas Hall, Thomas Classroom
Dec. 2nd RA Informational Meetings at 6pm MLK Union, Oakland Room
Jan. 17th RA Applications Due by 4:00pm  
Jan. 28th - Feb 5th In-Hall Interviews  TBA
Feb. 20th - 23rd Departmental Interview for RA candidates  TBA
Mar. 17h RA Letters delivered to candidates  
April 6th-7th RA Workshop Week 1  TBA
April 13th-14th RA Workshop Week 2  TBA
April 27-28th RA Workshop Week 3  TBA