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Graduate Employment

Academic Initiatives

The Graduate Assistant for Academic Initiatives supports the mission of University Housing by assisting in the development of various initiatives created within the department to support the academic mission of Appalachian State University, which includes increasing retention and graduation rates. These initiatives include, but are not limited to, the residential curriculum (Peak), Student-Initiated Residential Learning Communities, the Faculty-in-Residence program, assessment, and additional programming designed to improve residents' academic success.

Residence Director

Residence Directors (RDs) have primary responsibility for the day-to-day supervision and management of a residence hall that houses approximately 250-450 students. This includes training and supervising 5-9 Resident Assistants, implementing University and departmental policies and procedures, advising the residence hall council, performing administrative responsibilities such as serving on departmental committees, and coordinating the residential curriculum (Peak) for their residence hall.


Advertisement of, application for, and specific timelines relating to all graduate assistant positions within the Division of Student Affairs are handled via the Graduate Assistant Preview Program (GAPP) (opens in a new tab). For information or questions regarding any of the positions listed on this page, or other graduate opportunities within Student Affairs, please visit the GAPP website.