Resident Assistant Job Description

Each floor or wing is staffed with one Resident Assistant (RA). RAs are upper-class students who plan activities and programs for the floor, serve as a resource for the residents on the floor, and assist residents with getting involved in campus life. Each RA is trained in helping skills, crisis intervention, conflict mediation, and other areas to help residents cope with the any issues they might experience.

Resident Assistant Job Description

Resident Assistants 2015 - 2016

The application process for the 2015 - 2016 will run from Monday, January 12th until Monday, February 9th.  Students who are interested in applying should consider the following: completing the application below (including the character reference forms), coming to one of the informational meetings (February 2 & 3), speaking with or shadowing a current RA, or coming by the Residence Life Office (Bartlett 306) and speaking with someone about becoming an RA (including picking up a paper application).

New Applicants for RA Positions

Please print off and complete or save the following documents:

Returning Applicants for RA Positions

For current Resident Assistants, you will need to print off and complete the following document:

For further information, contact Ben Wicker, Assistant Director of Residence Life, at 865-981-8193 or

Resident Assistant Compensation

  • $1950 stipend for the year
  • Single room at the double-occupancy room rate
  • Grant for half of the cost of the RA's room
  • Free parking permit
  • Development of marketable, resume-building skills
  • It's fun!

Summer 2015 Resident Assistants

Keep a look out for the application period for the 2015 Summer RA positions. The period of application usually begins after spring break. The Summer RA is a part-time, live-in position that provides free room for the term of employment. The term of employment is from Monday, May 18 – Sunday, August 17, 2015.