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Ask the Librarian
Q: What materials do you have about resident assistant (RA)
training?
A: There are many resources to share, and one of the
most informative comes from Virginia Koch, director of
residence life at Auburn University in Alabama and the
Research Committee's incoming chair, who focused
her Ph.D. research on what members are doing for this
training.
Koch presented on her research at the 2012
Annual Conference & Exposition: "Current Practices
in RA Training Programs: Findings of a Study of U.S.
ACUHO-I Member Institutions." One of the RA training
aspects that Koch examined in her survey was what
the training covered. The top 10 RA training topics
are, from 1 to 10: crisis management, community
development, communication skills, administrative
tasks, campus resources, referral procedures, conflict
resolution, emergency response, roommate problems,
and institutional policies and procedures. The top five
subjects that aren't covered are gambling, the history
of residence life, religious literacy, hazing, and hall
government advising. (For more details on those items
and other RA training topics, look at the presentation
in the ACUHO-I library.)
Koch also collaborated with Ryan Young, assistant
director of residence education at the University
of Massachusetts Amherst, and Matthew Jordan,
assistant director of residence life at St. Mary's College
of Maryland, in a virtual roundtable on RA training in
March 2015. The group discussed the importance of
resident assistants and how training can help set them
up for success.
A major theme of many presentations on RA
training in the ACUHO-I library (search "RA training")

is preparing RAs to support a broad community of
students, including study abroad participants and
students who identify as LGBTQ. Additionally, as
campuses adjust to the Affordable Care Act rules, they
may have to adjust their training practices if that training
might run the risk of breaching the 30-hour limit for too
many consecutive weeks. (For more on that, see Ask the
Librarian in the May + June 2016 issue.)
For assistance with the practicalities of planning
and executing an RA training program, check out
ACUHO-I's online course to earn a certificate in RA
training. Authored by Brandon Barile, assistant dean
of students and director of residential education at
Hobart and William Smith Colleges in Geneva, New
York, the course instructs participants on how to do
a gap analysis of existing RA training plans, create
a curriculum, and conduct participant evaluation.
Students in the course will learn applied theory and
practical methods through interesting reading and
exercises.
Finally, here are some suggestions for resources on
the research and theory behind RA training and adult
learning available in the library: Dean F. Kennedy's
doctoral dissertation "Exploring How Resident Advisors
Create Meaning of Their Paraprofessional Fall Training
and Its Transfer: A Constructivist Case Study"; and two
articles from The Journal of College and University
Student Housing, "The Impact of Being a Resident
Assistant on Intercultural Effectiveness and Socially
Responsible Leadership Development During College,"
40(2), 30-45 and "Using the Theory of Planned Behavior
to Predict Resident Assistants' Intention to Refer
Students to Counseling," 39(2), 48-69.
Emily Glenn is the ACUHO-I librarian and is available
to assist with most of your questions. She can be
reached at Emily@acuho-i.org, and she is on Twitter as
@acuhoi_lib.

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Talking Stick - July/August 2016
Contents
Vision
Just In
Calendar
Your ACUHO-I
Transitions
Res Life
Special Focus
Regroup
ACUHO-I Awards
Thinking Ahead
Working Overtime
Conversations
First Takes
Around Student Affairs
New Members
Snapshot
Talking Stick - July/August 2016 - Intro
Talking Stick - July/August 2016 - BB1
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Talking Stick - July/August 2016 - Cover2
Talking Stick - July/August 2016 - 1
Talking Stick - July/August 2016 - 2
Talking Stick - July/August 2016 - Contents
Talking Stick - July/August 2016 - 4
Talking Stick - July/August 2016 - 5
Talking Stick - July/August 2016 - 6
Talking Stick - July/August 2016 - 7
Talking Stick - July/August 2016 - Vision
Talking Stick - July/August 2016 - 9
Talking Stick - July/August 2016 - Just In
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Talking Stick - July/August 2016 - Calendar
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Talking Stick - July/August 2016 - Your ACUHO-I
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Talking Stick - July/August 2016 - Transitions
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Talking Stick - July/August 2016 - Res Life
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Talking Stick - July/August 2016 - 27
Talking Stick - July/August 2016 - Special Focus
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Talking Stick - July/August 2016 - 31
Talking Stick - July/August 2016 - Regroup
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Talking Stick - July/August 2016 - ACUHO-I Awards
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Talking Stick - July/August 2016 - Working Overtime
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Talking Stick - July/August 2016 - Conversations
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Talking Stick - July/August 2016 - First Takes
Talking Stick - July/August 2016 - Around Student Affairs
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Talking Stick - July/August 2016 - New Members
Talking Stick - July/August 2016 - Snapshot
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