SPH HR Team Service Chart (PDF)



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.

Annual SPH Faculty and Staff Awards

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.

Nominate a SPH staff member through this easy, online form.

  • 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


Employee Benefits at a Glance

Complete U of M benefit info: Office of Human Resources Benefits website.

Leaves and Absences


FMLA (Family and Medical Leave Act)

See the University FMLA policy and the helpful guidance on the Academic Health Center hub.

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.

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:

For reclassification of a position:

Performance Appraisal

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

Professional Development

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.

Required Trainings

Technology Training


Related University Policy

Employee Engagement

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

University Links

New Employees

New Employee Checklist

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.

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

Required Trainings


Visit the UWide Policy Library for all University of Minnesota policy topics. Frequently used policies include:


Employee Exit Checklist

Exit Interviews

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.

Faculty Emeriti

Other Resources