Faculty In Residence
John Strada currently serves as the Faculty in Residence in Martin Hall. Strada is a Senior Lecturer in the Department of Communication, and has been at EKU since 2004.
In his role as Faculty in Residence, John provides support and programming to residence hall students, as well as serves as the main Faculty Liaison for the department. The Faculty in Residence supports the department's mission of blurring the lines between inside and outside of the classroom, while providing special support and opportunities for our students.
Want to learn more about John's experience? Check out a few of his thoughts from the fall semester.
The Friday of the first week was a housing-wide event called “Hall Olympics.” In this event, the RAs and RHCs from each residence hall on campus come together to compete against each other in a series of fun and educational games and competitions.
The night before the event, I hung out with the Martin Hall staff to tie-dye t shirts. I was also issued a team bandana for the event. Aside from meetings, this was the first real chance to hang out with the whole RA staff. I enjoyed the camaraderie and getting to know the students even better. The day of the competition, I went and cheered for Martin Hall. Their faces were painted, and RAs ran around cheering with a giant Martin Hall flag. The 1st place trophy came down to the final volleyball competition. In the semi-final match, the team lost the first set. Tired from the long competition, and a little shell shocked from their first set loss, they were in danger of losing. Between sets, I walked over, and they said to me “what have you got for us coach?” Honored that they had asked me to contribute, I offered some words of motivation and encouragement. The team, re-energized, won the game and went on to win the final match and the overall team trophy.
A couple of important things came from that day. First, I realized exactly how hard working and dedicated this group of staff and students were. I was extremely lucky to be working in this hall and with this group. Working with this type of staff, the Faculty in Residence program was in the right environment to develop and succeed. Second, and more importantly, while taking pictures with the trophy after the victory, it was the first time I felt like part of the “Martin Family.” I had been included as a part of the team, and I knew deep down that we would have a successful year working together to serve the Martin residents, and to grow the FIR program.