Resident Assistants at Saint Joseph's
Resident Assistants, or RAs, are vital within the University as they are involved in direct and extended contact with resident students. The Resident Assistants are typically the foundation of the hall to which they have been assigned and, as representatives of the University, are interested and trained individuals who are available for advice, counsel, support and encouragement. RAs serve as role models, mentors, peer-advisors and programmers. They develop community among resident students and uphold our shared community standards. The RA role is crucial to the residential experience, but it's also fun and rewarding and provides some very real leadership skills.
Meet Our Resident Assistants
Cardinal Campus: Villiger Residence Hall. Residential Area Manager: Shennell Tyndell.
Central Campus: LaFarge Residence Center. Residential Area Manager: Max Shirey.
City Ave Apartments: Rashford Hall & Lannon Hall. Residential Area Manager: Erica Langholz.
Merion Campus: McShain Residence Center. Residential Area Manager: TBD.
Overbrook Campus: Ashwood Apartments and Townhouses. Residential Area Manager: Max Shirey.
West Campus: Pennbrook Apartments and Merion Gardens Apartments. Residential Area Manager: Bryana Lewin.
Resident Assistant Selection Process
Can you picture yourself as an RA? Want to develop leadership skills and marketable resume experience? Want to make a difference in the SJU residential community? To become an RA candidate for the 2022-2023 academic year, students must complete the following:
1. Information Session
Interested students are encouraged to attend an information session to begin the RA application process. Information sessions are scheduled at the following dates, times and locations:
|Wednesday, November 10||5:30 p.m., Banquet Hall South (Campion 253)|
|Monday, November 29||6:30 p.m., Sunroom 1 (Campion 202)|
|Wednesday, December 1||4:00 p.m., Wolfington Community Room (Campus Ministry)|
|Tuesday, December 7||7:00 p.m., Center for Inclusion and Diversity (Campion, 2nd Floor)|
|Tuesday, January 18||8:00 p.m., President's Lounge|
Virtual sessions will be hosted by Residential Area Managers (RAMs) for their specific areas; the Zoom link and info will be included if you are unable to attend one of the in-person sessions above.
RA applications will be available electronically from Monday, November 29, 2021, through Thursday, January 20, 2022. Completed applications, including recommendation forms, must be received by 4 p.m. on January 20.
Our application form will be available here on November 29. If the link does not direct you to the application form, please try to open the application in a different browser and on a computer, not a phone.
3. Recommendation Form
Applicants must provide one recommendation (each candidate is limited to one recommendation form; if we receive more than one, we will only accept the first one we received). The recommendation may be completed by a member of the Saint Joseph’s University community or by someone else who can speak to your work ethic and leadership ability (professor, advisor, high school guidance counselor, etc.). Letters written by friends or family members will not be accepted. Please note that RAMs may not be used for recommendations. Recommendations must be received by the Office of Residence Life by January 20, 2022, at 4 p.m. The link to the recommendation form is already available for you to access here.
4. RA Seminar
The first part of the RA Seminar process will be held over the weekend of February 5-6, 2022. Applicants will be scheduled by Residence Life to participate in one of the sessions that weekend. For those applicants unable to interview that weekend, you must email RA_Selection@sju.edu by the application deadline to see if we are able to accommodate. Your application will have more instructions.
Participation in the seminar weekend is a requirement of the selection process and does not guarantee a Resident Assistant position. Candidates will be emailed as to which seminar session they are assigned to in the morning or afternoon on Monday, January 31, 2022.
5. Individual Interview
RA Applicants will participate in one individual interview. The individual interview is a chance to answer and ask questions in a smaller setting with a member of the Residence Life professional staff and at least one current RA. These will take place between February 17-21, 2022.
Candidates will be sent a link to sign up for their individual interview on Monday, January 31. Please note: you will be assigned a session for the Seminar, but you will register for your own individual interview.
All candidates will be notified of their selection status and placement decisions by March 9, 2022 (approximately two weeks before Housing Selection). Please contact the RA Selection Committee with any specific questions at RA_Selection@sju.edu.
Thank you for your interest in becoming a member of our RA team! We hope to meet you through the RA selection process!
For general inquiries and information please call 610-660-1060 or email us at email@example.com. Our normal office hours are Monday through Friday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.