Under the direction of the Residence Life Staff, residence hall life plays a major role in the educational process. Each student is challenged to increase social skills, make new and lasting relationships, examine new ideas, learn new skills, and adjust to new and different situations and people.
Director of Residence Life & Student Accountability/ Resident Director of Townhouses
Bryan College Residence Life is guided by our Core Values: Student Care, Student Safety, Student Success, and Student Engagement. We know that Jesus came and gave up his life, “coming not to be served but to serve (Matthew 20:28),” so we desire to model that servant-leadership in the way we do our work. Primarily, we exist to glorify the Lord through our commitment to Him and the way we love and serve those around us. For Residence Life, this has a direct impact on the way we love and serve the students entrusted to us in our residential buildings. We desire to offer physical & mental care to students, a safe living space for residents, an environment that promotes academic and life success, and opportunities for students to engage with peers around campus.
The Bryan College Residence Life Staff is committed to caring for all students at Bryan College and being a steady presence in the Residence Hall. We also recognize that some situations might arise that could require professional attention. The Residence Life Staff works side-by-side with the Dean of Student Support & Care, as well as Bryan College’s Counseling Services. Together we seek to care for students holistically.
The Residence Life team is trained to handle emergency situations (i.e. health emergencies, natural disasters, threats to safety) around campus. Residence Life partners with school security and local law enforcement to provide the safest environment for students to thrive.
Residence Life recognizes the importance of each student’s academic endeavors and success. Residence Life is committed to being a resource for students. Resident Assistants often provide insight to newer students and walk alongside them as they navigate a new academic environment. Furthermore, Residence Life partners with the Academic Resource Center (The ARC) to connect students with advising professionals. Residence Life acknowledges that success most frequently happens in good communities. Our hope is that students mature in relationships that are developed in and through the community, we foster on campus.
Residence Life partners with the Coordinator of Student Engagement and the Student Engagement team to facilitate different activities on campus. The Residence Life Staff also coordinates programming in the hall and in the dorm. Between the Residence Life and Student Engagement teams, students will be given the opportunity to participate in events and gatherings on a weekly basis.
We believe that we are able to operate in our core values through the empowerment of the Holy Spirit, the prioritization of solid relationships, and through the personal sacrifice of living a team-focused life.
In Christian circles, the term discipleship is often used flippantly. Throughout the course of the year, RAs will learn what it means to disciple and how to disciple others. Resident Directors will seek to model that to their RAs by using the discipleship square:
It is the RD’s goal to mobilize RAs to make disciples who make disciples.
Throughout the course of the academic year, Resident Directors walk through a leadership development program with their Resident Assistants. This leadership development program is broken down into four units: personal leadership, team leadership, application, and reflection.
Residence Life seeks to equip young leaders to use the gifts that God has given them for the purpose of building His Kingdom. Our hope is that they leave their time at Bryan as more dedicated disciples who exemplify the person of Christ, and who go and make a difference in the lives of the people around them.
During my freshman year, there was an RA who was not my RA, but she went out of her way so much to make me feel so welcomed. She included me in her hall activities because she knew a lot of my close friends lived on her hall. She would come to our soccer games with a megaphone and a poster board with all of our names on it just to support us.
— Emily Karnes
Resident Assistent | Management | Class of 2023
Bryan College is a small, regionally accredited Christian liberal arts college located in Dayton, TN. With both on-campus and online programs, more than 50 areas of study are offered for Associate’s, Bachelor’s, Master’s, and Doctorate degrees, as well as professional certificates.
Founded in 1930, Bryan College has a rich legacy of educating students to become servants of Christ and make a difference in today’s world.