Director of Housing & Residential Life/Asst Dean of Students
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Director of Housing and Residential Life/Assistant Dean of Students
Jill Engel-Hellman is Kenyon’s new Director of Housing and Residential Life/Assistant Dean of Students. She has a Bachelor’s of Science degree from Allegheny College in Meadville, PA and a Masters of Education degree from the University of Maryland, College Park. Jill has been a part of residential life programs at Binghamton University, the University of Maryland and Denison University.
As a residential college, students’ residence halls experience plays an integral role in every student’s experience. Jill is committed to developing safe, supportive and engaging residence hall communities that create a seamless living and learning environment across campus.
In her spare time Jill enjoys running, biking, gardening and spending time with her family.
The Associate Director and three Assistant Directors of Housing and Residential Life have a wide range of responsibility for the residential and housing aspects of Kenyon's campus. They work closely with the Director to provide a positive atmosphere for academic and individual growth. The Assistant Directors provide guidance, leadership, and supervision to the Community Advisors.
Assistant Directors are part of the on-campus residential community, living in apartments located inside residence halls. It is important that they live in the halls so that they can assist students with their transition, help with problems, supervise the Community Advisors (CAs), walk through the facilities and handle maintenance concerns, interact with students, and serve on the campus-wide emergency on-call rotation system. Assistant Directors house incoming first-year students based on their preferences, matching them to a Community Advisor and most with a roommate, and house upperclass students that need to be summer-housed. With the help of CAs, Assistant Directors also assist in handling roommate conflicts and work to maintain a safe and well-kept environment. Working closely with the Assistant Dean and the Housing Process Coordinator, Assistant Directors manage and carry-out various departmental projects and operational tasks. Each Assistant Director is responsible for a different campus area and different students. First year students are served by two Assistant Directors, while one serves all upperclass students. Assistant Directors maintain an office in Gund Commons.
Community Advisors (CAs) are a select group of 46 student leaders who have been specifically trained to assist residents in on-campus residential areas. CAs are a crucial link between their residents, the Office of Housing and Residential Life, Student Affairs professionals, and other campus departments. CAs are leaders who work to ensure student safety in the residential areas, facilitate interaction, plan social and educational events, serve as a resource, and report maintenance issues in the facilities. Community Advisors who live in the first-year residence halls serve as mentors to our new students in situations common to the first-year college experience. General issues of adjustment and transition, as well as the more specific areas of community development, roommate relationships, policy enforcement, and intentional relations all fall under the wing of the Community Advisors.
CAs have six primary roles: peer helper, resource/referral agent, educator/programmer, community builder, policy enforcer/explainer, and leader/role model. To assist residents with a variety of issues, including concerns and emergency needs, approximately six Community Advisors serve on duty each night from 10:00 pm to 8:00 am during the week, and from 8:00 pm to 8:00 am on Saturday and Sunday.
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Areas of Expertise
2014 - Master of Education from Baldwin Wallace University
2008 - Bachelor of Arts from Mount Vernon Nazarene University
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