Our outstanding faculty and staff in the School of Public Health (SPH) are the reason why we can achieve so much in our mission of education, research, and public engagement. Take part in honoring your colleagues and partners for their commitment and dedication to SPH and to advancing the field of public health by submitting a nomination.
Everyday SPH Staff Recognition – Spot Awards
Spot Awards are designed to recognize special contributions of staff, as they occur, for a specific project or accomplishment. A Spot Award lets employees know that others have noticed their noteworthy contributions. At the same time, it recognizes and reinforces the behaviors and values that are important at the University of Minnesota and within the School of Public Health.
- Spot Awards may be awarded at any time.
- Nominations for Spot Awards should be submitted as soon as possible after the completion of the project or task, generally within one week of the accomplishment.
- The value of Spot Awards will be set by the SPH on an annual basis. The individual target value is up to $50. The amount of the award is taxable, but the SPH will incur the cost associated with the tax on Spot Awards.
- Awards will be recognized on a monthly basis in the SPHere; division recognition of recipients also will be encouraged.
- Years of Service
Faculty and staff who have worked at SPH for five or more consecutive years are recognized for their dedication and service to the school at five-year intervals. Service achievements are recognized annually at the SPH Faculty and Staff Recognition Celebration..
University of Minnesota Awards
Complete U of M benefit info: Office of Human Resources Benefits website.
Leaves and Absences
- Request/report leaves of absence through the MyU portal (“My Time” tab)
- Approve time off requests through the MyU portal (“Manager Info” tab)
- Information available through U of M Vacation and Leaves website
FMLA (Family and Medical Leave Act)
Health & Wellbeing
The School of Public Health is dedicated to the wellbeing of faculty and staff and believes in the importance of work-life balance. Below are some resources supported by the University to incorporate health and wellness into your life.
- Wellbeing Program info
- Earl E. Bakken Center for Spirituality and Healing
- Wellness assessment and points balance (view through My Benefits tab in the MyU portal)
Regents Scholarship Program
U of M faculty and staff can use the Regents Scholarship Program to pursue undergraduate, graduate, and professional courses.
Policy: Program parameters and eligibility criteria for the Regents Scholarship program.
Procedure: How to enroll in courses under the Regents Scholarship program.
The School of Public Health strives to fairly compensate our faculty and staff members for their strong work accomplishments and performance. By doing this, we recognize and reward excellence as well as foster an inclusive, collaborative, and innovative work environment.
Key documents explaining the compensation philosophy and pay practices within the School of Public Health:
- Fiscal Year 2018 SPH Compensation Plan (84 KB PDF)
- SPH Civil Service Merit Pay Plan (82 KB PDF) – Updated May 2017
- SPH Compensation Principles & Guidelines (rev. September 2015)
For reclassification of a position:
Annual appraisals are important opportunities for supervisors to provide feedback so employees know where they stand with respect to performance expectations. By University policy, every employee is entitled to an annual evaluation, and supervisors are obliged to provide them. By University policy, every employee is entitled to an annual evaluation, and supervisors are obliged to provide them.
The annual performance appraisal period is April 1 – March 31. These dates allow time to calibrate ratings, establish percent increases based on performance ratings, and enter merit increases into the HRMS before the start of the fiscal year.
Key dates for the 2018 performance appraisal process:
During the week of February 26: Staff performance appraisals for 2018 are initiated in the Academic Health Center Performance Appraisal Tool (PAT) system by SPH Human Resources.
By Friday, March 30: Staff members complete their self-appraisals.
By Monday, April 30: Supervisors complete their preliminary appraisals of their staff members.
By Friday, May 18: Each of the divisions calibrate supervisors’ performance ratings to ensure fairness and consistency.
Between Friday, May 18 and Friday, June 8: Most performance appraisal meetings are held.
Monday, June 11: Merit pay adjustments, entered into HRMS by SPH Human Resources, for fiscal year 2019 become effective.
Performance Appraisal Tool (PAT)
The Performance Appraisal Tool (PAT) system is used within the School to conduct performance evaluations of labor-represented, civil service and P&A staff.
Tips & Resources
We support the continuing professional development of all our employees. Through development, the School of Public Health can:
- Retain valuable faculty and staff,
- Support fulfilling individual career paths, and
- Enable school-wide talent planning, including succession management.
The University offers many development and training opportunities and resources, several of which are listed below. Talk with your supervisor or manager about your development goals and opportunities or connect with the SPH human resources team to discuss your options.
- Health Insurance Portability & Accountability (HIPAA)
- Responsible Conduct of Research (RCR) and research-related courses
- Sponsored Project Compliance (for faculty and P&A staff)
- IT@UMN Services for Faculty and Staff
- Technology training
- Self-help resources (self-help guides and Lynda.com online courses)
- ULearn (the U’s learning management system to register for and track development activities)
- Equal Opportunity and Affirmative Action educational workshops and programs and online learning opportunities
- Leadership and Talent Management division of the Office of Human Resources
- Center for Educational Innovation
- Women’s Center Trainings and Education
- College of Continuing Education for credit and non-credit and certificate courses and programs
- SPH Staff LEADS: Program Information (PDF)
- SPH Supervisory Resources
- SPH Individual Development Plan utilizes the Leadership Challenges resources created by Leadership and Talent Development office
Related University Policy
Employee engagement creates motivation and enables success for individuals and teams. An employee’s commitment and dedication coupled with an effective work environment are the key components of engagement.
The University of Minnesota is consulting with an external vendor, the Hay Group, to conduct a series of annual Employee Engagement (E2) surveys to gather information about faculty and staff attitudes toward their workplace. The survey is conducted every other year in October. Benefits-eligible faculty and staff will receive the survey directly from the Hay Group.
2017 E2 survey
2015 E2 survey
Watch a recording of an Employee Engagement Town Hall where the 2015 results are discussed.
2014 E2 survey
2013 E2 survey
- SPH Faculty E2 Engagement Survey Results (2013)
- SPH Staff E2 Engagement Survey Results (2013)
- SPH Spring Assembly 2013 Engagement Survey Results
Welcome to the School of Public Health! There is a lot to learn about the University and our school. The University is a diverse, energizing place to work, with new research and discoveries taking place everyday and we’re glad you are here!
New Employee Orientation
New Employee Orientation (NEO) is your first step toward building a successful career at the U of M and will provide you with the tools you need to become part of the University community.
- Visit the New Employee website for valuable information regarding what you need to know to start your career at the University of Minnesota
- Sign up for a New Employee Orientation session
New Faculty Orientation
New Faculty Orientation is hosted by the Office of the Vice Provost for Faculty and Academic Affairs, and it is just one of the many ways that the University of Minnesota invests in the success of its faculty at all stages of their careers. The two days of orientation will introduce you to critical information, resources, and support for your research, teaching, and outreach efforts.
IDs, Badges & Technology
- IT Services for Faculty and Staff
- Office of Information Technology Getting Started Guide
- UCard Information The U Card is your Official University of Minnesota photo ID card.
- UCard Eligibility
- Privacy and Data Security
- Responsible Conduct of Research (RCR)
- Conflict of Interest Regulations (for faculty and P&A staff)
Visit the UWide Policy Library for all University of Minnesota policy topics. Frequently used policies include:
- Academic Freedom
- Academic Misconduct
- Code of Conduct
- Employee Development, Education and Training
- Employee Work-Life and Personal Leaves
- Equity, Diversity, Equal Opportunity and Affirmative Action
- Individual Conflicts of Interest
- Outside Consulting
- Performance Management
- Research Involving Human Subjects
- Sexual Harassment
Upon leaving your position within the School of Public Health, you will be contacted by SPH Human Resources to arrange for an exit interview.
The retirement process is different for each individual. Employee Benefits has counselors available to help you with your retirement planning. It is suggested that you schedule an appointment with Employee Benefits six to twelve months before you plan to retire.