Designing Sustainable Communities for Living and Learning

East Quad

Faculty Involvement

University Housing encourages a broad spectrum of faculty involvement in our residence halls. Residential Learning Initiatives has designed several opportunities that both respect faculty members’ time while supporting their teaching and research. Examples of these initiatives include opportunities for faculty to serve as Faculty Principals or Faculty Associates, Living and Learning Community partners and advocates for residentially-based study groups.

Faculty members are in a unique position to make a difference in the lives of USC students. By simply indicating they are available, whether it is for dinner or a facilitated research experiment with students, both the faculty member and the student will gain new insights. University Housing is here to support faculty in this process and this offers the opportunity for faculty to align their goals with the needs of USC students so that everyone wins!

Download our Faculty Involvement brochure to learn more about these opportunities.

In 30 minutes faculty could:
  • Attend a program hosted within a residence hall
  • Have coffee with a student to discuss their experience at USC
  • Connect students with relevant campus resources
  • Propose an Associated Learning Community in partnership with your academic department
In 60 minutes faculty could:
  • All the options above PLUS plan a living and learning community event or program with a residence hall staff member
In over an hour faculty could:
  • All the options above PLUS actively participate in a Community Education Team
USC Connect and Living and Learning Communities

USC Connect is a university-wide initiative to enhance the educational environment at USC by helping students integrate learning within and beyond the classroom. Everyone learns more when they apply the ideas learned in class to their own lives and experiences. Characteristics of living and learning communities at the University of South Carolina include: shared goals among faculty, staff and students; student leadership opportunities; promotes meaningful student-faculty interaction; enhances and supports learning; community personalization through language, visual cues and traditions; anticipatory socialization; and commitment to diversity and inclusion.

More information about USC Connect can be accessed online at