Residence Life

Division of Student Services

The Resident Director Experience

What do you enjoy most about working at Reed?

What is the most unique thing about working at Reed?

In what ways are you challenged or able to grow professionally at Reed?

What's so great about Portland?

What's so great about Portland?

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


What do you enjoy most about working at Reed?

Julia

Julia: I enjoy the fact that Reed presents many opportunities to think outside the box while creating new procedures and policies. Since we are a younger student services division, we are paving the way in uniquely Reed ways. It is extremely rewarding to feel ownership over the creation of programs, initiatives, or procedures that can have a tremendous impact on the student experience.

Nick

Nick: The community itself is what drew me to this institution, and it’s what keeps me here. I greatly enjoy working with administrators, students, and faculty members who are actively engaged in conversation on how to function and thrive as a conscientious and caring community. That, and the cultural history of this institution is mind-boggingly fascinating.

Cameron

Cameron: I enjoy the small size of the institution for a number of reasons. It is very hard to do your work in a vacuum. I enjoy not only getting to work collaboratively with individuals in other departs, but getting to know them as well. In addition, the small size of the College contributes to the feeling of a tight-knit community. I enjoy feeling a connection to most students or staff I pass on campus.

Britt

Britt (former RD, current Reed staff): I enjoy how we do things a little differently. I like that we are willing to try new ways of responding to campus and student issues, and that we are comfortable forging ahead on a path that most colleges would be unwilling or unable to. As a staff member, you will find you immediately have an influence on what Reed will become. 


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What is the most unique thing about working at Reed?

Nick

Nick: As others have mentioned, I am perpetually in awe of the intellectual capabilities and broader inquisitive nature of our student population. In my short time on campus, I have learned so much about the rich culture of Reed (and a variety of other topics) from students and the house advisors with whom I have worked.

Cameron

Cameron: The most unique thing I’ve found in working at Reed is the high amount of student investment and engagement. Students truly care about what happens here, even if it seems like a trivial process or standard policy. They will question the motivation and rationale of decisions (and suggest their own alternatives) and keep you on your toes. It’s a great feeling to know that students are not only concerned about the environment they are learning and living in, but willing to step to the plate if they believe something could be better.

Britt

Britt (former RD, current Reed staff): The Honor Principle and the high degree of student autonomy are two important ways Reed stands out among other institutions. Students here are given the responsibility to govern many aspects of campus life, which makes this place dynamic, creative and lively. It is really great to work at a place where students care about what happens to their community.

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In what ways are you challenged or able to grow professionally at Reed?

Julia

Julia: The students at Reed are definitely the biggest challenge; they are curious, engaged, and often critical of everything they encounter. This requires a high level of conversation in every aspect of our work, and accountability to understand both how we do our work, and the "whys" behind that work.


At Reed, we are also privileged to work with a very supportive department and supervisor, who is invested in our professional growth and the experiences we bring to the table.

Nick

Nick: Resident Directors regularly work on different projects associated with different committee assignments. Having only been here for a few months, I’ve had the opportunity to work on items related to student staff member training, programming assessment, as well as tackle research projects related to resident satisfaction surveys and emotional support animals. In combination with other RD responsibilities (for example, building operations and closing), I am actively challenged to grow in my competence as a student affairs practitioner with support from my peers and campus partners, and that’s pretty exciting.

Derek

Derrick: Being a new professional, the opportunity to be challenged to grow as a professional was a major factor in my job search process.  In my experience here at Reed, I have felt extremely supported by my supervisor, and colleagues.  Amy has provided me with a number of opportunities to test my abilities, in addition to giving me the freedom to pursue my own areas of professional interest.

Cameron

Cameron: Working at Reed allows for professional growth in a number of ways. Not only are you able to work on projects that run the gamut within Res Life, but there are opportunities to join committees on campus as well. There is also a healthy amount of funding for regional and national conferences and workshops. Finally, there is a high amount of autonomy in our work. This allows us to become our own professionals without prescriptive guidance, but rather support and accountability for producing the proper outcomes.

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What's so great about Portland

Julia

Julia: Portland has a lot to offer for a variety of folks. I really enjoy that Reed is located in a more residential area, but that I can drive for 10 minutes and be in the heart of downtown. With tons of great food, camping, hiking, sight-seeing, shows, and art, it is hard to feel bored.

Derrick

Derrick: Portland is a fantastic city, and I can honestly say that as of writing this blurb I haven’t been bored a single time since moving here from LA. From the Earthiest to the most painfully hip experience, you can usually find what you’re looking for in under an hour.  I’ve also been impressed by just how kind most of the people who live here are.  Every time I got out I’ve made new friends and acquaintances.  Overall - I give Portland 5 Doc Martens out of 5.

Nick

Nick: The music scene, restaurants and food carts, craft beer, proximity to the coast, mountains, forests, and desert, as well as opportunities for community involvement, make this a city in which I easily feel at home.

Cameron Cameron: I love some very specific things about Portland. Namely, the soccer scene (both playing and watching), as well as the brewing culture, restaurants and food carts. You can’t ignore the fact that you’re surrounded by natural beauty with the coast a short drive away and mountains, rivers, waterfalls, and rolling countryside all possible in a day-trip.

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What do you enjoy about working for this Residence Life department?

Nick

Nick: It’s common practice to engage in critical dialogue with other professionals within Res Life on a variety of subjects related to student support; subsequently, opportunities for change or adjustment manifest often, which presents challenges as well as exciting opportunities for growth. We are also encouraged to invest ourselves (our personal ideas and values) into our projects and tasks, and are granted the flexibility and autonomy to help shape our residential communities. We also interact regularly with other campus community partners and collaborate on different projects, culminating in an experience that provides individuals in this department with fantastic opportunities for professional development.

Cameron

Cameron: I truly enjoy the amount of support we receive as professionals and the amount of latitude we are given to do our work. There is the understanding coming in that you are capable of doing good work for Res Life. You will get all the tools you need to succeed in your role and we seek to utilize individuals’ strengths, but also help each other in areas where we may not be as strong. There is a conscious commitment to knowing and understanding each other as individuals, and as a group, so we can do our best work.

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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