Resident Assistants (RAs) are one of the
most vital components of the Housing &
Residence Life (HRL) system at the
University of Montevallo. Our RAs are
among the most qualified student leaders
on campus, representing the best the
university has to offer. They exemplify
the most sought-after traits of excellence
As an RA, you will gain
valuable experience that will prepare you
for future professional and career
opportunities. Your RA background will be
an impressive credential in the eyes of
any prospective employer. As an RA you
will be intricately involved in your
The rewards for
being an RA are immeasurable. It will
enhance your future success, and it will be an experience
you will never outgrow.
The selection process ensures that only
the most qualified candidates become RAs.
The process is designed to not only allow
us to interview you as a candidate, but
to also help you in making an informed
decision about the RA job and if it
is right for you. Applications and references are carefully
considered. You can pick up an application
for RA in the HRL Office, which is the
first step to becoming an RA.
Applications are available during the
spring semester, and the specific date
of application availability will be
announced each academic year. Once
all applications have been submitted,
they will be evaluated and then you will
be contacted to participate in the group
interview process .
After the Sunday group
interview, the candidate pool will be narrowed
and the remaining will be invited to
interview with the Residence Hall
A final interview will be conducted with
the Director and Assistant Director of Housing
and Residence Life to
make final decisions.
Once interviews are
completed, each applicant will receive a
letter offering a position for the
following semester, inviting them to
become an RA, or a letter informing them
they will remain in the candidate pool.
All RA candidates are required to attend
an RA training program which will begin
approximately one or two weeks before the
Residence Halls open.
The rewards of being an RA are numerous
and varied. Much of the value gained from
being an RA cannot be expressed in
dollars. As an RA, you will gain
experience as a student leader, event
planner and facilitator of social and
educational development, rule enforcer,
operations supervisor, facilities manager,
university liaison, and paraprofessional
counselor and peer helper.
In addition to the
intangible benefits, RAs receive a full
private room scholarship including a
microfridge, $200 per month, free
housing and meals during training, and
student leadership training.
Not just anybody can qualify to
be an RA. Strict criteria are used in
selecting the right person for the job.
RAs must display a great sense of
commitment, maturity, initiative, academic
excellence, and effectiveness in
work-related skills. All RAs must be
enrolled at the university as full time
students and maintain a 2.5 GPA. They must
exhibit exceptional interpersonal and
organizational skills and be a strong role
model for all resident students.
Residence Hall Directors (RHDs) at the
University of Montevallo are graduate
students or seniors who provide a critical link
between the HRL Central Staff and the
residence halls. RHDs are the managers of
the residence halls. They supervise the
RAs in the halls and are expected to
provide leadership in the residence hall.
Some of the duties include
counseling/advising residents and RAs,
event planning for the residents,
administrative duties, and participation
in the RA and RHD selection and training
RHD applications are
available in the Housing & Residence Life
benefits include a scholarship for a
partially-furnished apartment (including
local phone service, cable, and all
other utilities), a meal plan, tuition waiver for
six credit hours in the graduate program,
and $500 per
month for four months per term.
Student Office Assistant
The Housing and Residence Life
office hires four
student workers each semester. Student
workers have many responsibilities
including answering incoming calls to the
office, light typing, filing, and
other duties assigned by the Central
Staff. Student workers are a vital and
valued asset in the Housing Office.
In exchange for working
hours per week, student workers receive a
scholarship for a double occupancy room
not to exceed $1800.00.
Applications for student
office assistants are available in the Housing &
Residence Life Office.