Residence Life

Division of Student Services

The Resident Director Experience

What do you love most about working at Reed?

What is the most unique thing at Reed you enjoy, and why do you enjoy the fact that it exists?

In what ways have you continued to be challenged or have you continued to grow professionally from year to year?

Why do you enjoy working for this Residence Life department?

What's so great about Portland?

To learn more about our staff visit our Staff Bio page.


What do you love most about working at Reed?

Jess

Jess: The people I get to work with, for sure. From students, to the Res Life team, to other staff members across campus, Reed is filled with people who are thoughtful, passionate, and creative - which means that my work is always interesting and evolving.

Nayland

Nayland: Student Services at Reed is relatively young, so their are many great opportunities to work collaboratively with other departments, and within our own department, to come up with great programs for our students. If you've got a great idea, Res Life at Reed is an environment where that kind of professionalism is fostered and celebrated. Also, each day is different at Reed and that is largely due to the quirkiness of our students. Working with Reedies is constantly surprising and usually both inspiring and refreshing.


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What is the most unique thing at Reed you enjoy, and why do you enjoy the fact that it exists?

Julia

Julia: I love the students, and conversations we have with them as staff members. They are incredibly bright students, and because of the Honor Principle and the culture surrounding it, they are receptive to having serious discussions about topics that many students would rather shy away from. I love the dialogs I have with students, and their quirky interests always keep me smiling and learning.

Kate

Kate: The Students! I never know what to expect from them. From sword boffing in the quad to making ice cream with liquid nitrogen to overhearing philosophical conversations about Plato as students are walking to Commons, Reedies keep me on my toes, make me laugh and challenge me in ways I would have never anticipated.

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In what ways have you continued to be challenged or have you continued to grow professionally from year to year?

Kate

Kate: Each year has posed new challenges and growth opportunities for me as an RD at Reed.  In my first year, I started building skills in staff supervision and management of residential facilities.  In my second year, I grew through cross-campus collaboration.  This year I am challenged with learning the inter-workings of a new community on campus now managing apartments and co-op houses.  Each year has been unique, dynamic, and challenging, and it is evident that I have grown both personally and professionally.

Britt Q. Hoover

Britt: Reed is a unique higher education experience in a lot of ways. Our students come here seeking a specific type of experience and I think it is important to understand and respect what it means to be a Reedie. The transition to this institution, as a result, takes more time and patience than it may otherwise at other institutions. However, it is a very satisfying moment you realize you "get it" and can talk to Reedies about the Scrounge Table, stress culture, and the alleged whereabouts of the legendary Doyle Owl.

Also, prior to Reed I worked exclusively at public institutions both large and small; it has been great learning how to now serve and support students at an academically rigorous, small liberal arts private institution.

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Why do you enjoy working for this Residence Life department?

Julia

Julia: Something I really appreciate about Residence Life at Reed is the commitment to thinking critically about how we interact with students and support their development. We are able to openly talk as a staff about how to better our work with students, and affect real change that challenges the status quo of our work and the work of the institution. Being a part of those conversations and continuing to think critically about residence life at Reed is what allows us to do such an amazing job.

Britt Q. Hoover

Britt: I enjoy the level of autonomy in shaping my community and paraprofessional staff while simultaneously enjoying so many opportunities to collaborate with great colleagues and professionals. It's the people that make Reed and Residence Life a very special place to work. I also love the nature of our work in residence life; it's different every day, allowing me to have a well-rounded professional experience.

Kate Kate: I am so appreciative of the constant dialog among the staff. I had a lot of questions as I transitioned to an RD position at an institution that was very different from my previous experiences. I am grateful for the conversations and bouncing around of ideas that the staffs on all levels have entertained. From my student staff, to my peers, to everyone in the Residence Life office, I have continued to learn a great deal from each of them, and I very much value the team environment that is fostered in this department.

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What's so great about Portland?

Jess

Jess: Everything! For one, there is always something fun and interesting going on around town. I've been to roller derby events, tango dancing, concerts, street fairs... the list could go on. I also love Portland's laid-back atmosphere, the amazing food scene, and the fact that we have rivers, mountains, beaches, and desert all within easy driving distance.



Nayland

Nayland: The FOOD! We have such good access to fresh seafood and locally- grown produce, that the options both in restaurants and your own kitchen are hardly limited. The pace of life in Portland is perfect, too. It is not too fast and certainly not too fast. It's rarely too hot or cold that you have to stay inside, either. And don't tell anyone, but it actually does not rain as much as people think it does... just enough to keep everything verdant and clean. 

Britt Q Hoover Britt: Portland, simply, is wonderful. It has something to offer everyone: Great food, a burgeoning music and art scene, excellent parks and recreation opportunities, bike paths galore and easy access to the ocean, mountains, hiking trails and rivers. There are plenty of warm bars to duck into on cold winter nights, bike paths to explore, and unique-to-Portland events to check out on the weekends. People in Portland are laid back,  accepting, passionate, and creative; you'll never have a boring conversation on the bus or in line at the local co-op!

What I like most about Portland is how different each quadrant   neighborhood is: Southeast is young, hip and ever-changing, Northwest  is great for shopping and finer dining, Southwest is the cosmopolitan  center of the Rose City, and Northeast is a bohemian hipster dream. I think Portland is a great place to find and create your own niche.



Contact Res Life

res.life@reed.edu
Phone: 503/777-7536
Fax: 503/517-7691
Office: 28 West,
5436 SE 28th Ave.

Amy Schuckman

Assistant Dean
503/517-7834

Clea Taylor

Director of Housing
503/517-7429

Hours

Monday–Friday
8:30 a.m.–5 p.m.;
closed noon–1 p.m.

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