Leadership Opportunities

Residence halls offer many opportunities to enjoy rich experiences while developing leadership skills. Through the hall councils and the Residence Hall Association, student residents can become more involved with their peers and with campus-wide decisions.

Students working in paraprofessional positions, such as head residents and resident assistants, are vital to the residence hall program and provide great services to their fellow residents. Students on college work study can become a desk assistant for their building or another building on campus.

For more information, contact the Office of Residence Life at reslife@ut.edu or (813) 253-6239.


Head Residents manage one of the smaller buildings on campus. This year, the Office of Residence Life will offer positions for head residents in Urso Hall, McKay Hall, ResCom and Smiley Hall. Head residents are responsible for the administration of an entire residence hall or area and assist students with a variety of issues. They are charged with making their residence halls as comfortable, enjoyable, and educational as possible. Depending on the building, the head resident will supervise 4-9 resident assistants. The head resident reports to an area coordinator.

Resident Assistants (RAs) serve the University community as programmers, community builders, policy enforcers, and liaisons between the student body and the Office of Residence Life. They are assigned to a residence hall floor area. Each RA supervises a floor of 20-40 men and women. They are trained by the professional residence life staff to help develop floor unity and plan educational and social programs. Their major concern is to facilitate the personal and social growth of each member of their residential unit. RAs are friends, administrators, counselors, peacemakers and resource persons. To apply, please complete a time involvement formonline application, and submit one faculty/staff reference form.

Desk Assistants (DAs) staff the main desk area of each residence hall. These are college work-study students who answer phones, take messages, answer questions and perform other related duties as directed by the head resident and/or area coordinator. DAs also check out materials to residents from the desk area, such as vacuum cleaners, recreational equipment, and act as liaisons to the head residents and/or area coordinator during operating hours.

START Members are University of Tampa students who assist the Office of Student Conduct and Orientation in the implementation of orientation programs for all new students at UT. They report to the Student Conduct and Orientation Coordinator and work closely with the START Captains, serving as leaders for a designated group of new students at fall orientation. To apply, please complete the online application and submit it to VC 210 on or before March 8, 2013.

Move-In Team members volunteer to assist new and returning students during the fall move-in process. Members will be among the first of the UT community to welcome students and their families to campus. The team will assist with checking-in and checking-out carts, unloading vehicles, traffic control, elevator management, and water distribution. This position may involve some amount of lifting and manual labor as well as extended time in the heat and sun. The team will be comprised of current students, faculty, and staff. Move-In Team site coordinators are in charge of leading a group of volunteers at a designated residence hall. To apply, please complete the online application by April 7.

Information Desk Attendants (IDA) provide knowledge about University services and events to the campus community and guests of The University of Tampa. IDAs are responsible for providing excellent customer service 24 hours a day while managing the daily operations of the Vaughn Center information desk including the distribution of loan keys, logging packages and dispatching LASER Team. To apply, please complete the online application by April 7.


Hall Councils develop, plan and implement various activities; educational and cultural programs, intramural events, dances, movie nights, picnics, formal and informal dinners, community service projects and more.

Hall councils provide a governmental structure for each residence hall. Each council provides opportunities to get involved with hall programs and issues. Each student who signs an agreement for University housing is a member of their respective hall council by virtue of his or her housing status.

All students are encouraged to attend and participate in the weekly meetings that determine policies, programs and events in their residence hall. Hall council members determine how their residence hall's allocated programming funds are to be used. They also represent their residents to the Residence Hall Association, the hall staff and the University community.

The Residence Hall Association (RHA) plans and coordinates programs and activities during the academic year. RHA also works closely with hall representatives to develop and implement policies that promote respect and acceptance of all students in the residence halls. Through their committees, RHA members are able to inform the UT community of residents' concerns. RHA meets every Tuesday at 8:30 p.m. in the Brevard Community Room or you can contact this organization at rha@ut.edu.

The Team CHAOS program will train students to program and present information around the topics of alcohol and other drugs, tobacco education, sexual health, body image, women’s issues, diversity, and wellness (financial management, stress, career preparation, etc.) Past programs include Club CHAOS, The Vagina Monologues, Safe Spring Break, and UT Wants You Back Alive. Team CHAOS meets every Friday at 3 p.m. in the Brevard Community Room. For more information, please contact this organization at teamchaos@ut.edu.