Department of Residential Life

Professional Development

Residential Life supports robust professional development for Resident Directors, including attending conferences, becoming involved in professional organizations, and continued education. There are myriad opportunities also at Pacific Lutheran University and in the Puget Sound region of which Resident Directors have been able to take advantage.

Paul Metellus, Resident Director for Pflueger Hall: One of the best things about working in Residential Life and PLU is the investment in professional development opportunities on and off campus.  This does not only include conference attendance, but opportunities to get involved in other areas and committees that make me a more robust professional.”

Professional Development Opportunities


Workshops & On-Campus Education


  • Six Sigma Green Belt Training
  • Diversity Trainer
  • Ombudsperson
  • Me­­­n Against Violence Trainer
  • Lutes as Active Bystanders

Staff and Administrator Leadership Development

For professional development opportunities involving mentoring/coaching/advising, university-wide committee participation, and facilitation/presentation/teaching, please see RD Opportunities for more information!


Passion Projects and Experiential Opportunities

Resident Directors do so much at PLU beyond the Residential Life department. PLU is an incredibly collaborative campus that provides opportunities for Resident Directors to gain a wide variety of professional experiences. Below are just a few examples of ways in which RDs have collaborated across the institution.

  • Planning Residential Life Institute (RA/CA Training)
  • Planning and facilitating new student staff (RA/CA) hiring process
  • Planning and facilitating new professional staff (RD) hiring process
  • Creating new themed communities (e.g., First in the Family Community, Kreidler Community in collaboration with Student Involvement and Leadership) and events for those communities (e.g., Social Action and Leadership Alternative Spring Break)
  • Planning and coordinating the Intentional Individual Interaction (Triple I’s) process as part of the community development model
  • Participating in the Residential Life marketing and assessment strategic planning
  • Planning and facilitating Student Leadership Institute (for student leaders across campus)
  • Participating in/facilitating Student Involvement and Leadership Retreats: (e.g., Students of Color Retreat, Men’s Retreat, Women’s Retreat, Queer Student Retreat
  • Present/facilitate for Emerging Leaders Program Series and/or EXPLORE! Retreat
  • Facilitating Returner Reflection Series
  • Programming with the Men’s Project
  • Serving as an On the Road guide for New Student Orientation
  • Serving as a New Student Registration counselor
  • Co/Instructing or presenting for a PSYC 113: Educational and Career Planning section
  • Act Six Mentor
  • Club Advisor
  • Collaborate with Student Media (e.g., RDs have had DJ shows on LASR [Lute Air Student Radio])
  • NASPA Undergraduate Fellowship Program (NUFP) Mentor