The USC Residential Faculty program originated in 1978. USC faculty recognize the value of learning that occurs outside the classroom, and each year a number of faculty make the decision to move into the residential community and become acquainted with students in a more informal way. The Residential Faculty program involves special living units within university housing where selected students, staff and faculty members live together in a residential experience that supports academic success. In each program the faculty member serves as mentor, advisor, advocate and facilitator to lead the development of an academic focus for the community in partnership with the Residential Education staff. Having faculty live with students encourages students' engagement with faculty where they live, but also leads to enhanced relationships with other faculty in the classroom and laboratory.