Resident Advisor selection

Resident Advisor Selection

The Resident Advisor (RA) is a member of the Office of Housing and Residential Life team within the Division of Student Auxiliary Services. The Office is committed to a comprehensive Residential Life program – one that blends academics with co-curricular activities to create a total educational environment in which all residents are assisted and supported while increasing their ability to be successful. RA's are essential in creating this environment. The quality of their efforts has a significant, direct bearing upon the quality of life experienced by all members of the University community.

Under the leadership of Community Directors, Associate Directors, and the Director of Housing and Residential Life; the RA serves as a leader, role model, and liaison between Housing and Residential Life and on-campus residents. In addition, the RAs will gain leadership skills, engage in on-going professional development, and help students in their community through a curriculum model. In this position, RAs will be required to actively participate in developing a strong sense of community within their buildings, create and implement educational programming, refer students to resources, and perform other responsibilities that promote the success of the residents.

Please be reminded that to fill an RA position is contingent on maintaining good standing academically, judicially, and financially with Wayne State. You must be a fulltime student (12 credit hrs. per semester as an undergraduate, 8 credit hrs. per semester as a graduate student) and maintain a cumulative/semester grade point average of at least 2.75 as an undergraduate or 3.0 as a graduate student.

General Requirements

  • Applicants MUST attend one information session. Applicants should plan to arrive on time
  • Applicants MUST participate in the RA selection process, including submitting an application, supplemental materials, and attending the group & individual interview days. 
  • A link to the application will be provided to all information session attendees. 
  • Must maintain full-time undergraduate (12 credit hours)/graduate (8 credit hours) student status with a cumulative and semester GPA of 2.75 for undergraduates or 3.0 for graduates for the duration of employment beginning of selection as an RA. 
  • Must obtain at least 24 credits by the end of the Fall/Winter semester prior to appointment
  • Must commit one full academic year to the position. 
  • Must be in good financial standing with the University and the Office of Housing and Residential Life. 
  • Must not be on disciplinary probation through the Dean of Students Office or on housing probation through the Office of Housing and Residential Life.
  • Must submit to, and pass, a formal background check through the Wayne State University Police Department.
  • Must complete and sign a housing license agreement for the academic year in which a student is employed.
  • No prior on-campus living experience required.

Any questions regarding Resident Advisor positions or the selection process please email WSU RA Selection.

Information Sessions

  • Thursday, November 7th
    • 5pm
    • Atchison Community Room
  • Friday, November 8th
    • 11 am
    • The Thompson Community Room
  • Tuesday, November 12th
    • 2 pm
    • Anthony Wayne Drive North Community Room
  • Wednesday, November 13th
    • 8 pm
    • Towers Community Room
  • Thursday, November 14th 
    • 6pm
    • University Tower
  • Monday, November 18th
    • 6 pm
    • Ghafari Community Room
  • Tuesday, November 19th
    • 12 pm 
    • Atchison Community Room
  • Wednesday, November 20th
    • 10 am
    • Anthony Wayne Drive South Community Room
  • Sunday, November 24th
    • 8 pm
    • Towers Community Room
  • Monday, November 25th
    • 10 am
    • Anthony Wayne Drive South Community Room
  • Tuesday, November 26th
    • 12 pm 
    • Student Center – Hilberry D

Once you have attended an info session, you will gain access to the Resident Advisor Application in the Housing Self-Service Portal within 24-48 hours. Before completing your online application, we ask that you submit a resume and cover letter, both in the form of a PDF. 

The WSU RA Selection Team asks that you answer the following questions in the form of a cover letter:

1)     Why are you applying for the position and what do you hope to learn from serving as an RA?

2)      Developing an involved, positive, and academically engaged community is an essential part of being an RA. How have your experiences and skills prepared you to relate and support the development of the residents and the residential community?

3)     As an RA you will interact with people who have different thoughts, backgrounds, and cultural identities. Describe a moment that challenged your personal beliefs, values, and experiences. What was your response? What did you learn about yourself and others?