The residence life “RA” can go by many names… Resident Assistant, Resident Advisor, Community Living Assistant, Community Advisor, Resident Mentor, etc. Finding quality materials and resources related to the “RA” position in residence life and college student housing can be difficult. The following are curated resources to help you with the interviewing, hiring, and selection of RAs.
If you have a resource that you think we’re missing, let us know. We aim to keep this as up-to-date as possible.
Magazines and Other Published Pieces
Building (and Finding) the Better RA (ACUHO-I Talking Stick, July/August 2020) by Matt Venaas and Cate Morrison
Books, Research, and Journal Articles
- Berg, S. A. (2016). Selecting resident assistants: The relationship between candidate assessment and job performance. Journal of College and University Student Housing, 43(3), 26-35.
- Jaeger, A. J., & Caison, A. L. (2006). Rethinking criteria for training and selection: An inquiry into the emotional intelligence of resident assistants. NASPA Journal, 43(1), 144–165.
- Ostroth, D. D. (1981). Techniques for selecting resi- dence hall staff: A review of the literature. The Journal of College and University Student Housing, 11(1), 24–29.
- Stoner, J. C. (2019). Reverse-engineering the RA hiring process: Weighting hiring components to increase future job performance predictability. Journal of College and University Student Housing, 45(2), 48-66.