UMSL Welcomes Andrew Kersten, Dean of College of Arts & Sciences

On August 1st, UMSL welcomed Dr. Andrew Kersten to the position of Dean for the College of Arts & Sciences.  Provost and Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs, Dr. Kristin Sobolik, said of Dean Kersten, “He has excellent broad-based administrative experience including growing and nurturing interdisciplinary connections and community. He understands the importance of student success and faculty development and will be a great member of our UMSL team.”  Dr. Kersten was formerly the Dean of the College of Letters, Arts, & Social Sciences at the University of Idaho as well as a Professor of History.

Visit the UMSL Daily for more information regarding Dean Kersten.  Human Resources welcomes and congratulates Dean Kersten, and thanks Dr. Terry Thiel, on her excellent service and leadership as Interim Dean for the College of Arts & Sciences.

2018 Merit Increases

The merit increase process is underway for staff and faculty with each College, School and Division working to review and determine increases.  Increases will appear on September paychecks. Biweekly merit increases will be effective on 8/26/18 and paid on 9/19/18. Monthly merit increases will be effective on 9/1/18 and paid 9/28/18.

Faculty Increases

For Faculty, merit increases will be determined within each college or consistent with the terms of any external funding agreements that apply.

Staff Increases

To be eligible for merit increases staff must have been:

a. hired or promoted on or before 01 January 2018
b. benefit-eligible (FTE .75 or greater).

Like last year, staff increases are determined by a combination of your performance rating and comparatio (your pay divided by the midpoint of your pay range).  A total pool of 2% is available for this year.  The merit grid below reflects a pool of 1.75%.  There is an additional 0.25% that will be used for exception requests.  Managers requesting exceptions to the merit grid should send them to so they can be consolidated for review and approval.

To ensure accountability, consistency and fairness in performance ratings, HR facilitated calibration sessions with managers within departments.  In these sessions managers justified their evaluations of staff and held each other accountable to create a consistent use of the rating scale and a common understanding of the SuccessFactor competencies.  It’s important to note that the goal was to create consistency, not force ratings into a predetermined distribution. Staff will receive merit letters from their supervisors in August.

Merit Increase Grid September 2018

If you have questions about the process, please contact Human Resources at ext. 5805.

Next Step Student Internship Program

UMSL’s Next Step, formerly known as the Student Plus Program, is an on-campus experiential learning program that allows students to gain knowledge through university departments, become more engaged with the campus community and enhance their knowledge, skills and abilities.  Next Step also places its main focus on degree completion.

The new paid internship program bridges the college to career transition through practical workshops focused on resume-building experience, career preparation and self-discovery.  Focused on developing the students’ core competencies, Next Step includes: Critical thinking/problem solving, teamwork/collaboration, leadership, career management, oral/written communications, digital technology, professionalism/work ethic, and global/intercultural fluency.

The placement of students within departments depends upon two things: What kind of experience the student is wanting to gain and the needs of the department.  Students will be able to work an average of 28 hours a week.

More information on how to apply, for both students and departments, is provided on the Next Step Program web page.

August 24th is Food Truck Friday!

Join the Office of Student Involvement for another fun Food Truck Friday during your lunch break on August 24. Food trucks, music, and games will be available from 11am – 2pm in the Recreation & Wellness Center Visitor Lot C.  The following trucks will be available:

Slice of the Hill
Holy Crepe
Steak Louie
Angie Burger
Savor of the Southwest
Buzz Hawaiian Grill
Fit Wheel

Questions?  Check out the Office of Student Involvement Facebook Page for more info.

New Employee Orientation 7.23.2018

Welcome New Employees!

The following employees were in attendance at the most recent New Employee Orientation on July 23, 2018.  Please join us in welcoming them to UMSL!

L to R:
Robyn Ridgway- Sr. Asst. Director Student Support Services (College of Business)
Kennedy Tipton- Academic Advisor (College of Business)
Kristen Hood- Social Worker (Child Advocacy Center)
Morgan Bradley- PR/Logistics (MIMH)
Marie Kenney- Advancement Office for Alumni Engagement (Alumni)
Chloe Nelson- Research Specialist I (MIMH)
Amber Holt- Financial Aid Coordinator (Financial Aid)
George Brooks- Courier (Postal Services)
Branch Kloess- Asst. Men’s Baseball Coach (Athletics)

Attend a Fidelity Financial Workshop and Earn 25 Wellness Incentive Points!

Meet with Fidelity one-on-one or in a telepresence workshop to get education, resources, and support. All on-site and virtual resources are provided at no additional cost to you as an employee benefit.


Craig Fischer, Director Retirement Planner, and Ben Wright, Retirement Planner, will be at your location on various dates for one-on-one appointments. Please consider bringing relevant account statements and any paperwork to help address your questions and needs.  Schedule an appointment by calling 800-642-7131 or register online at

Appointments are required. Unfortunately, walk-ins cannot be accommodated. We urge you to schedule an appointment at a time that is convenient for you.

Workshops via Telepresence:

Join Fidelity for a complimentary workshop, where you’ll learn strategies and tips to help you manage your financial future with confidence.

 * All meetings will be presented in the Telepresence rooms System wide.
 * Receive 25 Wellness Incentive Points for attending.

Telepresence Seminars

* Preserving Your Savings for Future Generations – July 26, 2018 @ 12 noon
This workshop will help you learn how to establish an estate plan and identify strategies to help preserve the assets you have accumulated to provide for those most important to you.

*Prepare for the Reality of Health Care in Retirement – August 28, 2018 @ 12 noon
This workshop will help you to understand the costs of health care in retirement, and how you can prepare for them.

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New UMSL Moving Expense Allowance Policy

The following announcement was sent to all UMSL faculty and staff from Human Resources, via campus-wide email, on Monday, July 23, 2018.

Beginning with the 2018 tax year, changes to federal tax law no longer allow most taxpayers to deduct moving expenses. To remain in compliance, the University is revising its policy regarding nontaxable moving benefits for newly-hired faculty and staff members, or those who are required to relocate. These policy changes will become effective August 1. Continue reading

UMSL Title IX Coordinator Interviewed on St. Louis on the Air

                                Dana Beteet Daniels, UMSL Title IX Coordinator

Dana Beteet Daniels, UMSL’s Title IX Coordinator, was interviewed last week on St. Louis Public Radio’s program, St. Louis on the Air, along with other experts on the topic of Title IX.  The program focused on increasing attention to Title IX, and the handling of sexual assault and discrimination issues by universities across the country, with mention of UM President Mun Choi’s recent message reaffirming a, ““commitment to institutional accountability, transparency and the protection of our students, employees, patients and visitors.”

Check out St. Louis on the Air Producer, Evie Hemphill’s, highlights of the interview in her post, “Area Universities Grapple with Increased Attention to Title IX
in Light of Michigan State, #MeToo,” which also features a recording of the interview.


Student Employee Spotlight: Audri Adams

In the last edition of HR Update, we asked for submissions about outstanding student workers.  Thank you to Assistant Teaching Professor, Ann Torrusio, of Pierre Laclede Honors College for suggesting we feature Audri Adams in our first Student Employee Spotlight!

Audri has been a student worker throughout her entire academic career at UMSL.  She earned a BA in History, a Professional Writing Certificate and an Honor Certificate from UMSL in December 2017, and is currently a Graduate student in History at PLHC.  After transferring from St. Charles Community College, Audri worked in the Honors College Computer Lab and then began Office Assistant work in PLHC’s main office, shortly before earning her BA.  She was a Teaching Assistant in the Honors College this past semester, as well. Continue reading

myPerformance Update

The 2018 myPerformance cycle is coming to a close. Supervisors should be meeting with their employees to discuss their appraisal. The final step of the process is to sign off on the appraisal. Once the meeting takes place, the supervisor will make the appraisal available to the employee for final comments and signature. After the employee electronically signs the form, the supervisor will review the final comments and sign-off. We would like to have the final sign-offs completed no later that August 1, 2018.