Throughout the United States, resident assistants (RAs) manage residence hall environments, develop communities, and contribute to the educational mission of student affairs. RA positions provide leadership experiences, opportunities for personal and professional development, and the potential to influence and assist students with whom they live and work. Some, however, ask whether the RA job is too demanding for students (Dodge, 1990) and if too much is expected of RAs (Bierman & Carpenter, 1994). Housing professionals have been encouraged to reexamine student staffing patterns in light of resident learning needs, and, if the RA job is still crucial, to make it more workable for full-time students (Fotis & Butler, 1999).
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Wilson, Maureen E. and Hirschy, Amy S., "Walking the thin line: The challenges of policy enforcement for resident assistants" (2003). Higher Education and Student Affairs Faculty Publications. 30.
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