Residence Life is pleased to host for a second year the inaugural Division of Student Affairs (DSA) Faculty Fellow.
Dr. Lori Moore, Associate Professor within the Department of Agricultural Leadership, Education, and Communications will continue her important work with Residence Life enhancing the living and learning experiences of students on-campus.
The DSA Fellows Program highlights the Division’s commitment to enhancing student learning through the creation of seamless academic partnerships and integrated curricular and co‐curricular transformational, high impact learning experiences.
We sat down with Dr. Moore to ask her a few questions about her experiences in her role this last academic year and her plans for the coming year.
After serving as the inaugural Division of Student Affairs (DSA) Faculty Fellow within Residence Life the last year, what contribution or impact are you most proud of? Why?
I am extremely happy the Research Team within the Department of Residence Life was established and designated as a High Impact Practice (HIP) within the Division. We were able to involve five undergraduate and two graduate students in the research process.
What project or program are your most excited about undertaking this next academic year? Please briefly describe the project or program.
I am most excited to continue working with and hopefully expanding the Research Team. Several members of the returning to the team this semester and several more have expressed interest in joining the team in the Spring.
I am also excited to explore opportunities to expand and sustain partnerships between academic and student affairs.
Through this appointment, how has your understanding of student affairs and/or Residence Life at Texas A&M University changed or been reinforced?
I think because of my involvement in the Leadership Living Learning Community (L3C), I had a solid working knowledge of the roles and responsibilities of the Department of Residence Life as a whole, but serving as a DSA Faculty Fellow has given me a much broader understanding of the size, scope, structure, and function of the Division of Student Affairs at Texas A&M University. It has also reinforced my belief in the importance of holistic student development.
What would you tell other faculty who are considering serving as a future DSA Faculty Fellow?
I would tell other faculty members considering an opportunity as a DSA Faculty Fellow to do whatever it takes to be able to be a part of this program. Serving as a DSA Faculty Fellow has been, by far, the best professional development activity of my career. It has helped me build a bigger network of collaborators across campus and exposed me to new areas of research that still align with my research agenda. I would also say that this opportunity has allowed me to connect with students in a different way than I normally do as a faculty member. Having an office space in Hullabaloo Hall has allowed me to experience the excitement of TAMU students and reinvigorated my commitment to holistic student development.
The Division of Student Affairs Fellows Program provides an opportunity for faculty to serve in a fellow position within the Division focused on enhancing existing and identifying new Student Affairs/Academic Affairs partnerships that enrich academic degree programs and instructional initiatives, foster seamless learning opportunities for students, and ensure high‐quality academic partnerships between Student Affairs and academic college or targeted academic affairs units.
Dr. Moore teaches undergraduate and graduate classes in introductory leadership, leadership theory, youth leadership, adult education, and methods of teaching. She is also the co-coordinator for the university-wide Leadership Living Learning Community (L3C). Her primary research focus is on the effectiveness of collegiate leadership programs, including pre-collegiate experiences and leadership education delivery methods.
In addition to teaching, Dr. Moore will work alongside the Residence Life Academic Support Initiatives team to engage in scholarly activity related to retention/persistence of students who participate in Living Learning Programs, detail the impact of participation in High Impact Educational Practices, as well as examining peer mentoring’s impact in the residential experience.