Education Abroad

Roles and Responsibilities

Role and Expectations of Resident Director

The role of an education abroad resident director extends beyond the traditional classroom and/or academic advising setting.  Education abroad, by definition, is a 24/7 involvement for participants and resident directors alike. The resident director will handle non-classroom issues and situations which differ significantly from the demands and challenges of the classroom environment.

In the position of resident director, daily interactions and close living quarters will acquaint you with student life and culture outside the classroom. You will need to establish appropriate boundaries between yourself and the students while you are resident director of an education abroad program.

In this leadership role, it is critical for the resident director to understand and accept that they are a role model. Their behavior, actions and words will always be on display. They will want to maintain professional and neutral relationships with all students in their group and avoid displays of preferential treatment and/or favoritism. Such displays, at best, will be resented by students and, at worst, misunderstood and considered objectionable.

Above all, the resident director will often have to put the needs of the students above your own and view this experience as a team effort, not an individual one.

Primary Duties and Responsibilities:

Pre-Departure

In-Country

Post-Program

Required characteristics/abilities: