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ERIC Number: ED300725
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1980
Pages: 9
Abstractor: N/A
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Skills Essential to the Role of Resident Hall Adviser.
Cowan, Gerri A.
As the impact of residential living on the overall college experience is recognized, resident advisers must be human growth educators as well as facilitators of dormitory functions. This new role for resident advisers makes the task of staff selection more complex than it has been in the past. Personnel administrators must pay closer attention than ever before to those qualities deemed essential to the role of resident hall advisers. Many skills have been identified as essential to the role of resident hall adviser. Organizational skills and administrative abilities are needed for such tasks as moving students in and out of dormitories, making room and roommate assignment changes, and reporting maintenance needs. Resident advisers must be capable of facilitating situations and assuring that institutional rules and regulations are observed. They must be able to approach situations with assertiveness and handle problems hastily and discreetly. Other important skills are in communication and basic counseling techniques. Resident advisers must be able to clearly and concisely communicate policy and procedural matters. Resident advisers appear to succeed largely on the basis of their personal adjustment to living in a high-intensity living environment. Resident advisers must be trained in a broad spectrum of abilities. Well-trained and skilled resident advisers can make a difference in the academic success of the student living in the dormitory. (Author/NB)
Publication Type: Opinion Papers
Education Level: N/A
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Language: English
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