Mary Lucal has been named interim assistant vice chancellor for human resources effective February 1. In her interim role, Lucal will provide leadership for the Knoxville campus HR team and continue the work of the HR Work Group. Assistant Vice Chancellor Dan Berryman recently announced his resignation effective January 30 to assume the role of vice chancellor of human resources for the Pima Community College District in Tucson, Arizona. A national search for a permanent replacement will begin in March.
Human Resources News
Today is the final day for eligible employees to take the employee engagement survey.
There are just two days left to take the 2014 Employee Engagement Survey.
The 2014 Employee Engagement Survey is well underway and the UT Space Institute and UT Foundation are leading the state for participation rates.
All UT employees who work at least 50 percent time should have received an e-mail invitation on Monday to take the 2014 Employee Engagement Survey.
On average, phones in the Human Resources Call Center ring about 20,000 times a year—or seventy-seven times a day—and callers frequently have questions about benefits, retirement, policies, and employment. Dan Trentham leads the center, and chances are he’ll be the one who answers when you call.
Some large-scale changes to the retirement plans administered by the State of Tennessee and offered to UT employees will take effect on July 1. The changes will not impact existing UT employees. But all faculty and staff involved in recruiting and hiring new employees should understand the changes.
Two Human Resources employees helped to generate many little smiles last week through a random act of kindness. Shannon Bruce, Employee and Organizational Development, and Lindsey Raymer, Compensation, helped out with the Chancellor’s Spring Thank-You Lunch, which hosted 1,300 faculty and staff members last Tuesday. With help from their colleagues, they donated balloons from the lunch to the Boys and Girls Club of the Tennessee Valley.
The university’s Sick Leave Bank provides members who are experiencing serious illnesses or injuries an opportunity to request additional paid leave from the bank after exhausting all accrued personal leave. The enrollment period opened this week and ends on Monday, June 30.
The university has announced a plan to increase the system-wide minimum pay rate for regular full- and part-time employees to $9.00 an hour effective January 1. A second increase will follow on June 30 to $9.50 per hour. The increases will impact approximately 223 current employees across the UT system; 171 Knoxville campus employees and eighteen employees from the Institute of Agriculture will benefit. Student workers are not included in the minimum pay increases.