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WKU is located in south-central Kentucky. Bowling Green is 110 miles south of Louisville, Kentucky and 60 miles north of Nashville, Tennessee. A residential and industrial community of about 60,000, it offers the advantages of a moderate size “college town”. The area is bordered by the Kentucky Lake system which provides a scenic opportunity for recreation and relaxation.

 The residence hall system has a capacity of 4,950 students and is comprised of 16 halls and offers a variety of living options: traditional, suite style living, community living, living learning communities, and extended living halls. Western Kentucky University recognizes the fact that its residence hall programs system is an integral part of the total educational process. A major objective of this program is the creation of an environment in the residential setting that is compatible with and supportive of the student’s personal, social, and academic development. The University seeks to achieve these objectives through its residence hall program by the employment of qualified professional staff members, the encouragement of residence hall self-governance, community development, respect and appreciation for diversity, and through conscientious efforts to keeps students cost to a minimum.

WKU offers a variety of excellent Master’s Degree programs including Student Affairs, Communications, and Mental Health Counseling. WKU staff members receive a six hour tuition waiver per semester. The pursuit of a Master’s Degree is highly encouraged and supported.

The Housing and Residence Life staff includes 8 Coordinators, 9 Residence Hall Directors, 7 Assistant Hall Directors, and over 200 paraprofessional staff members. Premium is placed on initiative, independence, communication, and teamwork. Professional development is encouraged through conference and workshop attendance, as well as other avenues. Working on the Housing and Residence Life staff at WKU can offer a positive experience to any Student Affairs Professional!

 


  • All positions are professional, full time positions.

  • Coordinators serve on Student Affairs division-wide committees.

  • Many professional development opportunities (reading groups, various committee opportunities, involvement across campus, etc.)

  • Active role in Admission recruitment.

  • Flexibility with time off to attend conferences and other professional development opportunities.

  • Great networking opportunities.

  • Great contact, support and interaction with the department's Leadership Team.

  • Collateral assignments in Student Conduct, Retention, M.A.S.T.E.R. Plan, etc.

 


  • Can delay beginning coursework for the first semester to allow for transition needs.

  • Directors have reserved parking spaces.

  • Partial tuition waiver for graduate hours.

  • 12 month furnished apartment with cable, internet, and utilities.

  • Department pet policy allows directors to have a dog or cat weighing less than 25 lbs. and no more than 15" in length.

  • Staff discount at on campus businesses.

 


 

 

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 Last Modified 2/25/19