Introduction to the 2016 Special Issue of The Journal of College and University Student House Resident Assistants in College and University Housing

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Robert Bradley Johnson, Assistant Professor (Creator)
The University of North Carolina at Greensboro (UNCG )
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Abstract: Residents Assistants (RAs), the student paraprofessionals who serve as live-in, frontline staff inresidence halls, have been called "the foundation of nearly every residence hall program acrossthe country” (Blimling, 2003, p. ix). Although the RA position is not ubiquitous internationally,there are similar positions in many institutions abroad (see, for example, Cousineau & Chambers,2015, for a description of RAs in Canada). Almost all U.S. college and university housingoperations use resident assistants (Bowman & Bowman, 1995; Carns, Carns, & Wright, 1993);they plan and implement programming, enforce policy, mediate conflict between students, andrefer students to campus resources (Blimling, 2003). As the college student population hasbecome increasingly diverse and as many students come to college with or develop increasinglyserious psychological problems (Kisch, Leino, & Silverman, 2005; Kitzrow, 2003), the job of theRA has become more complex (Jaeger & Caison, 2006; Paladino, Murray, Newgent, & Gohn,2005; Taub & Servaty-Seib, 2011).

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Journal of College and University Student Housing,
Language: English
Date: 2016
resident assistants, student housing

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