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 academic 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 key links 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.

The RA serves as a leader, role model, and liaison between the University and residents. Under the leadership of Community Directors, Office Service Clerks, Assistant Director, Associate Directors, and the Director of Housing and Residential Life. In addition, the RA will be mentored and developed through training and on-going curricular activities in leadership theory and successful practice.  In this position you will be required to actively participate in developing a strong sense of community within your building, to coordinate engagement activities, to refer students to resources, and perform other responsibilities which will help promote the success of the students who live there. Your Community Director will assist and guide you in this process.

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 full time 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 fair. 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 fair attendees after each fair.
  • Must maintain full-time undergraduate (min 12 credit hours)/graduate (min 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 at selection.
  • 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.

Timeline of Important Dates

Date Event Time & Location

Monday, October 22nd – Friday, October 26th

Publicity for RA 2019-2020 Recruitment & Selection Begins

Campus Housing Buildings & Via WSU Email

Thursday, November 1st

RA Information Session #1
CD Katie

11 AM
Towers Residential Suites

Monday, November 5th

RA Information Session #2
CD David

Atchison Hall

Tuesday, November 6th

RA Information Session #3
CD Brian & CD Ikea

Atchison Hall

Wednesday, November 7th

RA Information Session #4
CD Eric

Ghafari Hall

Thursday, November 8th

RA Information Session #5
CD Eric

Anthony Wayne Drive Apts  

Tuesday, November 13th

RA Information Session #6
CD Ikea

DeRoy Apts

Wednesday, November 14th

RA Information Session #7
CD David

The Thompson

Friday, November 16th

RA Information Session # 8
CD Brian

University Tower Apts

Sunday, November 18th

RA Information Session #9

Towers Residential Suites

Thursday, November 29th

RA Information Session #10

CD Zia

Ghafari Hall

Wednesday, December 5th

RA Information Session # 11

Student Center Hillberry A

Saturday, December 8th

RA Information Session #12
CD Katie

Student Center Room 285

Tuesday, December 11th

RA Information Session # 13

Student Center Room 285

Tuesday, January 8th

RA Information Session #14 – LAST INFO SESSION
CD Katie

Towers Residential Suites

Sunday, January 13th

Entire New RA Application DUE

11:59 PM
Via Online Application

Friday, February 2nd


Applicants will be notified of application status

Via WSU Email

Friday, February 8th

New RA Interview Day

10AM – 9PM
Location TBD

Saturday, February 9th

New RA Interview Day (if needed)

9AM – 2PM
Location TBD

Wednesday, February 27th – Wednesday, March 6th

Fall Applicants notified of hire status

Via WSU Email



RA Spring Welcome Event for 2019-2020 RA Staff