What are the implications of using terms like residence hall versus dorm? What are the advantages of living on-campus in a residence hall versus off-campus? How do diverse living arrangements impact critical thinking and a sense of belonging? What are some intentional strategies or steps to consider when attempting to build community? How can we use research to inform a roommate selection process that will lead to student success? What are the pros and cons of a traditional versus curricular approach to designing learning experiences and programs? How do you effectively recruit, train, and retain residence life staff?

Join Tony Doody as he talks with Dr. Greg Blimling, author of the The Resident Assistant speak about his new book Student Learning in College Residence Halls.

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Episode Host

Tony Doody

Tony Doody

Tony Doody has over 24 years of practical experience and oversight in senior leadership positions within the Higher Education industry in the areas of Facilities Management, New Student Orientation, Parent and Family Programs, Leadership and Training, Marketing and Communications, Adult Learning, and Major Events and Programs. He currently serves as the Senior Director of Student Engagement at Rutgers University. Over the last 4 years, Tony has presented at over twenty universities and national conferences on topics of innovation, digital leadership, technology, and unconventional leadership. He is the recent Innovation chair for the ACPA 2014 conference, serves on the ACPA Credentialing team, and is co-chair of the ACPA Presidential Task Force on Technology. In addition, Tony has worked over 20 years as a consultant in the areas of executive coaching, leadership development, presentation skills, risk-taking, innovation, social media, conflict resolution, and team cohesiveness. Past clients include J&J, Bristol Myers Squibb, Vistakon, Navigant, Janssen, United Way, Merrill Lynch, Tumi, and Aventis Pharmaceuticals.


Dr. Gregory Blimling

Dr. Gregory Blimling is a professor at the Rutgers University Graduate School of Education where he teaches college student affairs administration. For twenty-two years he served as a senior student affairs officer and for nine years as the Editor of the Journal of College Student Development. A former ACPA President and ACPA Senior Scholar, he is the author, coauthor, or editor of many scholarly articles and books including Good Practices in Student Affairs: Principles to Foster Student Learning (with Elizabeth Whitt) and The Resident Assistant: Working with Students in Residence Halls. His most recent book is Student Learning in College Residence Halls: What Works, What Doesn’t, and Why (Jossey-Bass, 2015).
He is the recipient of the NASPA Contribution to Literature and Research Award, the ACPA Contribution to Knowledge Award, The North Carolina Distinguished Educator Award, the Melvine Hardee Award for significant contributions to student affair, and the NASPA Dissertation of the Year Award. In 2012, the faculty of the Rutgers Graduate School of Education awarded him the Distinguished Leader in Education Award, their national award for significant academic accomplishment in education. He has also received awards for his scholarship and administration from Indiana University, Ohio State University, Bolwing Green State University, and Western Illinois University.