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SMC Residence

SMC Residence Leadership

Dean of Students

Duane Rendle

The Dean of Students oversees all aspects of SMC Residence, including admissions, the hiring of Dons, and the enforcement of discipline.


Duane Rendle was born and raised in Victoria, BC where he completed a BA in Psychology at the University of Victoria. In 1995, Duane moved to Toronto to do a Master's degree in Industrial Relations& Human Resource Management (MIR-HR) at the University of Toronto. While at UofT, Duane found a home in one of St. Michael's graduate residences and quickly began participating in the life of the College. After serving as a Don for two years, Duane was hired as the Dean of Men & Dean of College in 1998. Whe SMC went co-ed in 2005, his title was changed to Dean of Students. Duane lives in mid-Toronto with his wife Nancy, and their two children, Matthew and Jacqueline. He cultivates a wide range of interest including history, politics, and sports.

Assistant Dean, Residence Life


Katie Geib

The Assistant Dean, Residence Life oversees residence life programming, manages the don team, responds to crisis siutations, and provides para-counselling.

Residence Operations Coordinator


Johnathan Warda

The Residence Operations Coordinator oversees the operations of SMC Residence, manages admissions, processes fees, and liaises with current & prospective residents.

Contact Us

SMC Residence Office

Brennan Hall, Room 203
81 St. Mary St. 
Toronto, ON M5S 1J4 
TEL (416) 926-7127 
FAX (416) 926-2268


Dons live in residence and supervise the residence houses while helping students transition into university life. Dons are senior or graduate students who demonstrate superior leadership qualities. They value the residence experience and enjoy working with students.

Dons are expected to promote the goals of residence life through active participation in life at SMC. Dons may be asked to assist the Dean of Students in the education of residents in areas such as study skills, alcohol & drug awareness, and human rights issues.

Most importantly, Dons serve as supportive, informed listeners and resource counselors for residents in need of assistance.


Dons are given extensive training to ensure they have the skills to support students in residence. Training includes:

  • Alcohol and Addiction Issues
  • CPR and First Aid
  • Depression and Eating Disorders
  • Health & Wellness
  • Diversity
  • Communication Skills
  • Conflict Dispute Resolution
  • Residence Programming


Senior Dons

There are three Senior Dons at the SMC Residence - one for each of our three constituencies (Elmsley Hall & Brennan Hall; Queen's Park & Historic Houses; and Sorbara Hall).

In addition to regular Don duties, Senior Dons assist the Dean of Students in formulating residence policy, participating in the Don's hiring process, providing guidance and instruction to the Dons in their constituent houses, as well as being the first line of defence for problems that arise outside of regular business hours.

2015-2016 Donship Applications


St. Mike’s expects its Dons  to  be  individuals  of  integrity, intelligence, leadership and common sense.  They must be enrolled full time at the University of Toronto and be entering at least their third year of undergraduate studies. Dons are also expected to be in good academic standing and to have demonstrated a high level of academic achievement (applicants are expected to have a minimum GPA of 2.5).

The successful candidate will also have an understanding and willingness to support the mission of St. Michael's as a Catholic College federated with the University of Toronto. In return for their services, Dons are provided room and board from the third week of August until May 1.  All Don’s rooms have an adjoining ensuite washroom.

How to Apply

1. Submit the 2015-2016 Donship Application form here.

2. Submit one letter of reference (maximum two letters) - preferably from someone who understands the role that Dons play and can comment on how your particular skills and abilities would translate to the position. Reference letters must be submitted here.

3. If you are currently a resident at SMC or another UofT college, please have your Don complete the Don Evaluation Form here.

Deadline: Thursday February 19, 2015

Not all applicants will be interviewed. A selection committee will determine a short list of candidates who will be interviewed in March. For more information about the Donship role at St. Michael's College, please attend one of our information sessions:

Thursday January 29, 2015: 9pm-10pm - Father Madden Hall, 81 St. Mary St.

Tuesday February 10, 2015: 9pm-10pm - Charbonnel Lounge, 81 St. Mary St.

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