Guest-in-Residence Application

To be In-Residence at Unit One is a demanding position. The purpose of In-Residence visits is to bring students in contact with people whose work, ideas, or lives are somewhat unusual. People, in other words, who have avoided fitting into one of society's ready-made molds. A residency such as we offer will appeal to you only if you enjoy initiating interaction with undergraduate students, and if you are capable of working with students who may know little, or nothing, about the subject matter you choose to present.

The Guest In Residence Program

Guests conduct at least one event (1-3 hours) per day. Because getting students to commit to long-term projects can be difficult, most events are self-contained programs, with possible follow- up. These programs (workshops, exercises, discussions, films, field trips, etc.) take place weekday evenings and sometimes on weekends. If you need to be gone during a weekend, we will work around your schedule.

As visitors live in the residence hall, they can bring about additional meetings during meals and at odd hours with individual students or with small groups. Such meetings have proved to be an important part of the residency, and students frequently report that they learn most from guests in these informal interactions. Guests are also sometimes invited to take part in ongoing courses at Unit One or elsewhere in the University. These courses meet during the day or early evening. Radio interviews and lectures outside the hall are also possible. These activities are all optional parts of the residency.

Students are not required to attend any In-Residence activity, so attracting and holding students attention (and fitting their schedules) is not always easy. Although the coordinator of the program is there to help, guests usually end up doing a good deal of self-promoting (e.g., introducing themselves to students, encouraging students to attend workshops, inviting students to stop by and talk further about a subject, etc). Guests who have been most satisfied with their visits seem to be those who both engage students at their current level of awareness (social, political, emotional, artistic, etc.) and prod, provoke, challenge, and entice students to new understandings.

Applying to be a Guest In Residence


Transportation within the U.S., an honorarium of $2000 per week, plus room and board are available for this position. Visitors live in the guest suite at Allen Hall. Meals are provided in the dining room. In some cases, additional funding for a residency can be obtained from other University departments. If you require a larger honorarium, please include a note indicating which University departments you think might be interested in co-sponsoring your visit. Inform us as soon as possible if you are intrigued by the program but require additional compensation. We need time to solicit additional funds from the resources available.


If you are interested in being In-Residence at Unit One sometime during the upcoming academic year, you should apply by sending, no later than April 11, the following:

  • A proposal of ideas and envisioned activities for such a visit. Your proposal should indicate the variety of themes or issues you would like to address while you are here and a variety of possible formats for sharing those ideas. You do not need to be an expert on a subject to include it in your proposal, as long as you are able and willing to guide students through a discussion or experiment related to that subject.
  • Materials about yourself and your previous activities--a resume and/or documentation of your work.
  • A one-paragraph summary of your life/work of 150 words or less written in third person--a publicity blurb.
  • Any questions, comments or special requests that you have.

Your proposal will be best understood by our students if you acknowledge the programs settings, restrictions and potentials in your description of your abilities and proposed activities.


Each spring semester a committee of Unit One students and staff decide who will be In-Residence for the entire upcoming year. This committee bases its decisions on an all-hall advisory vote, careful reading of applications, and a desire to have a wide variety of subject matter addressed during the year. Invitations will be made in May.

Please send proposals and inquiries to:
Laura Haber - Program Director
Unit One / Allen Hall
1005 W. Gregory Drive
Urbana, IL 61801

phone: (217) 244-2317
fax: (217) 265-0222