Cheryl L. Johnson, vice president for human capital services at Kansas State University, has been appointed vice chancellor for human resources at the University of Pittsburgh. She will join the University in September.Cheryl L. Johnson
“Cheryl is a highly experienced and respected global human resources expert, and we are confident she will inspire the human resources staff and elevate the department to a best-in-class organization that will add strategic value to the entire institution,” said Pitt Chancellor Patrick Gallagher. “She will play a key role in positioning human resources to support the University’s new, five-year strategic plan.”
“I'm excited to join one of the premier research universities in the nation. The University of Pittsburgh is a special community with an extraordinary history of building better lives,” said Johnson. “I am honored and thrilled to have the opportunity to work with the professionals in human resources as we together serve faculty, staff, and students to realize the shared ambition of offering superior educational programs, advancing frontiers of knowledge and creative endeavor, and sharing expertise with private, community, and public partners.”
Johnson will lead Pitt’s human resources department and will be responsible for designing and administering employee benefits, compensation management, employee and labor relations, recruiting, talent acquisition, and organization development, as well as the University Child Development Center.
“The addition of Cheryl Johnson to our University’s leadership group is the result of a process that began in May,” said Pitt Senior Vice Chancellor for Business and Operations Gregory Scott. “We are confident that we’ve found the best person available to lead the growth and development of our human resources department.”
Let’s Move Pittsburgh, a program of Phipps Conservatory and Botanical Gardens, has announced its 2016 Champion Schools grant recipients, providing 40 Allegheny County education centers with a total of $40,000 in grants to support new and existing health and wellness projects that will affect more than 7,500 local children. These awards were generously funded by the Heinz Endowments.
Pitt's University Child Development Center (UCDC) was named a 2016 Champion School. Under the theme of "Teaching Kids to Grow and Cook Food," the UCDC plans to use the funds to implement additional new and innovative gardening techniques on their playground and in the classrooms. All children at the Center will participate in growing, taking care of, harvesting and cooking the variety of vegetables and herbs that they will plant. The UCDC staff is honored and excited to implement their vision with the children and hope for great results that will encourage healthy eating and excitement for working together in our garden.
Champion Schools applicant projects were judged according to need, sustainability and impact. Projects are related to the following themes: Bag the Junk — Increasing Healthy Food and Nutritional Education in Schools, Getting Kids Moving, and Teaching Kids to Grow and Cook Food. The highest scoring applications received up to $1,000 in grant funds to back efforts ranging from the creation of learning gardens, Zumba nights, rollerblading fitness programs and many more creative and exciting initiatives.
On May 18, 2016 the Department of Labor (DOL) has announced the approval of a change to the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA). The new law will become effective on December 1, 2016.
The update is intended to provide greater clarity for workers and employers, including higher education institutions, and is expected to extend protections to over 4.2 million workers nation-wide.
The Office of Human Resources has been working to analyze and prepare for this update since its initial proposal in July 2015 and continues to work to understand and assess the impact of the new legislation.
Chancellor Gallagher has introduced a sexual misconduct training for Faculty and Staff. You should already have received an introductory email from Workplace Answers with instructions on how to access this training. If you have deleted that email, you can still access the training through the my.pitt.edu portal community by just clicking here... (portal login required)
This course defines key Federal statutes and regulations related to gender discrimination, sexual misconduct and sexual violence in an academic environment; incorporating Pennsylvania state specific definitions on domestic violence, dating violence, stalking, and sexual assault. It provides information to individual members of the campus community regarding their rights to safety, dignity and respect; while promoting bystander intervention, explaining reporting obligations and other compliance responsibilities.
TIAA and the Benefits Office are teaming up to offer a workshop on money market changes and alternative investment options in the University of Pittsburgh Retirement Savings Plan.
Money at Work I: Foundations of Investing
Smart investing starts with a grasp of the basics. The more you know, the better you are able to make good investment decisions. TIAA’s workshop leader will highlight investment options to help you make the right choices for your financial needs. You’ll learn about:
Changes to the University of Pittsburgh money market funds
Stocks, annuities, mutual funds, and IRAs
Risk and finding the level of risk that matches your goal
Saving principles that can help you meet your financial needs
Staff employment opportunities are available at the Pittsburgh campus, as well as Pitt's Bradford, Greensburg, Johnstown, and Titusville campuses. Positions are posted on the PittSource. Once you create your account, you will be able to submit applications to various opportunities.
Pitt compensation features one of the region’s best benefits packages, including tuition remission, medical and life insurance, optional dental and vision coverage, and a retirement plan matching $1.50 for every $1 you invest.
Whether you find employment at the Pittsburgh campus or one of the University’s regional campuses in Bradford, Greensburg, Johnstown, or Titusville, you’ll be joining a community that’s collegial, intellectually stimulating, and culturally rich.