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Residence Education Coordinator

Residence Education Coordinator Experience

Residence Education Coordinators at Michigan Technological University supervise student staff and take care of the day-to-day operations of the residence halls, but Residence Education Coordinators do much more than the average hall director. These professionals are instrumental in developing and implementing our residential learning model by applying their expertise in creation of learning frameworks in the residence halls. This empowers our RAs to focus on supporting our students and building community.  Residence Education Coordinators use their knowledge and experience to create a learning environment encouraging personal growth and skill development in the students they serve.

The six RECs are educators, advisors, and mentors; collaborate with other departments on initiatives; assist with committee work; and learn through professional development. We direct special projects and supervise summer interns. The REC experience will truly help you gain a students-first perspective as you develop skills to become a leader in the field of higher education.

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"I became a REC because as an RA I fell in love with my job. I loved the community I built with my residents and my staff. I couldn't think of anything better than continuing my career in Residence Education!" --Makenzie Joseph

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"My day-to-day life as an REC changes every week! Sometimes I am working on fun and random projects. And sometimes I bounce around from meeting to meeting! I love not having a 'typical week'." -- Makenzie Joseph

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"I have a new perspective and have learned a lot about the culture and mindset of STEM students. Tech students continue to impress me with their resilience, tenacity, and passion for what they do." --Makenzie Joseph

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Huskies smiling at a hockey game

"I became an REC because I wanted to help students reach their fullest potential by providing them support through one of the most exciting, scary, challenging, and fulfilling parts of their life." --Alexis Straub

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"Some days I meet with students of concern, some days I am working on my professional development, other days for me are spent outside at the broomball courts - the list of possibilities are almost endless!" --Alexis Straub

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"Being an REC has helped grow my confidence as a professional and has allowed me to pursue professional development opportunities. Being in a supportive environment has allowed me to grow through mistakes, and celebrate my successes." --Josh Gostlin

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"I have grown in my communication and also my organizational skills. The REC position has allowed me to better understand how to mentor student leaders by allowing me to advise one of our Residential Student Organizations." --Josh Gostlin

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"Being able to work on a small team and getting a lot of hands-on time with students felt like the best way to have a lot of impact with the students I work with." --Josh Gostlin

When you join our Michigan Tech community, you become part of our unique campus traditions like Keweenaw Day, cardboard boat races, Broomball, and Winter Carnival.

Explore the Keweenaw

On a campus that is bound together by snow and STEM, Michigan Tech is located on the south shore of Lake Superior in Michigan’s Upper Peninsula. The area includes an abundance of hiking trails, outdoor recreational pursuits, winter sports, waterfalls, and breathtaking views.  Popular winter activities include snowshoeing, skiing, snowmobiling, snowboarding, and ice fishing.

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Broomball champions pose for a photo

Residence Education Coordinators develop personal, meaningful relationships while supervising their resident assistants and advising student organizations. This is achieved through developing training programs, leading weekly staff meetings, joining Broomball teams, and supporting student events.

Residence Education Coordinators stay connected in the midwest with regional committee work. Professional staff members are also encouraged to participate in other development opportunities such as:

  • Mental Health First Aid
  • Safe Place
  • Search Committee Training
  • Attending conferences

Required Training

Every employee at Michigan Technological University will receive the following required trainings; additional training may be required by the department.

  • Employee Safety Overview
  • Harassment and Discrimination Prevention
  • Annual Data Security Training

The specifications mentioned above are intended to indicate the kinds of tasks and levels of work difficulty that will be required of positions that will be given this title and shall not be construed as declaring what the specific duties and responsibilities of any particular position shall be. It is not intended to limit or in any way modify the right of any supervisor to assign, direct, and control the work of employees under their supervision. The use of a particular expression or illustration describing duties shall not be held to exclude other duties not mentioned that are of similar kind or level of difficulty.

Michigan Technological University is an Equal Opportunity Educational Institution/Equal Opportunity Employer that provides equal opportunity for all, including protected veterans and individuals with disabilities.

If you require any auxiliary aids, services, or other accommodations to apply for employment, or for an interview, at Michigan Technological University, please notify the Human Resources office at 906-487-2280 or


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Michigan Technological University is located in Houghton. Michigan Tech and the Copper Country have a small-town feel. Students and community members say it’s just right—not so big that it’s easy to get lost, but not too small, either. An ideal place to call home, ranks Michigan Tech the safest public college in Michigan.

The area is home to 12,000 residents, and active with locally owned shops, eateries, high-tech companies, music festivals, and parades. Students, staff, and the community enjoy the University-owned ski, snowboard, and tubing hill, golf course, and recreation trails, and other outdoor adventure opportunities the Keweenaw Peninsula offers.