As a member of the PSSR, you will:
Belong to a community of scholars
Enroll in cohort classes
Gain early leadership opportunities
Interact with faculty experts in your field
Navigate college with ease
The Public-Spirited Scholars in Residence, sponsored by the College of Liberal Arts and Social Sciences, prepares students to embrace their role as public-spirited scholars dedicated to understanding and improving the human condition. Such understanding is essential, because concern for individual well-being lies at the heart of a free society.
This unique living and learning community will support students as they learn how to improve the human condition and sustain a free society through the tenets of public-spiritedness, citizenship, public service and global awareness.
Tenet 1: Public-Spiritedness
The learning community prepares students to embrace their role as public-spirited scholars dedicated to rigorous understanding and improvement of the human condition.
Tenet 2: Citizenship
Our public-spirited scholars will learn how to promote civic life, cultural trends, public policies and political reforms that will sustain healthy citizenship for their own and future generations.
Tenet 3: Public Service
Since experience in civic and political life provides the best training for leadership in service to the public good, we encourage our public-spirited scholars to seek out and learn from co-curricular and extra-curricular activities.
Tenet 4: Global Awareness
Issues that affect individual well-being and our ability to sustain free societies increasingly emerge not only in our local, state, and national communities – but also in our global communities. Public-spirited scholars should not only be aware of these challenging issues, but should gain knowledge and skills essential for resolving them.
For more information about the Public-Spirited Scholars in Residence, contact Kathy Rise at
Residential College Director
College of Liberal Arts and Social Sciences