Engineering Human Resources

Welcome to the College of Engineering Human Resources page!  The HR Team is here to assist faculty and staff with any human resources needs including faculty and staff hiring, staff professional development, staff performance reviews, and managing leaves of absence.  Feel free to explore the basic information provided on this page and contact your HR Generalist listed below for assistance and/or consultation.  We'd love to hear from you!

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HR Suggestion Box  

 

 
Cathy Koebrick

Cathy Koebrick, MA, SPHR, SHRM-CP, CCP
Director of Human Resources
Cathy joined the College in 2019, having previously served as the HR Director
for the University's Facilities Management organization since 2011.  She leads
all HR initiatives for the College, providing strategic HR leadership,
as well as managing day-to-day HR operations. Cathy reports to both
the College of Engineering Dean and the University's Chief Human Resources Officer.

College of Engineering
3100 Seamans Center
Phone: 319-335-5078
E-mail: cathy-koebrick@uiowa.edu

Sarah Lobb Headshot

Sarah Lobb, MA
HR Generalist
Sarah has been part of the Human Resources team in the College since August 2016.
She previously held positions as a Department Administrator in the Biomedical Engineering
department,a graduate assistant in the Office of Student Financial Aid, and as a Business
Administrator in the Chemical and Biological Engineering department at Northwestern University.
Sarah provides HR services for all administrative departments, including Engineering Student
Services, Engineering Technology Centers, and the Dean’s Office, plus the academic departments
of Electrical & Computer Engineering (ECE), Industrial Engineering (IE), and Mechanical
Engineering (ME). Sarah also supports the following research centers: the University of Iowa
Technology Institute (ITI), including the National Advanced Driving Simulator (NADS), and the
Center for Bioinformatics and Computational Biology (CBCB).

College of Engineering
3123 Seamans Center
Phone: 319-335-4787
E-mail: sarah-lobb@uiowa.edu

Katherine Voss

Katie Voss, SHRM-CP
HR Generalist
Katie came to the College in 2019 from the Office of the Executive Vice President &
Provost where she had served in Human Resources roles since 2015. Prior to that, Katie
worked in the Office of Admissions, as well as the Mathematics department in the College
of Liberal Arts & Sciences.  Katie is the primary HR support for IIHR—Hydroscience & Engineering,
including the Iowa Flood Center (IFC) and Iowa Geological Survey (IGS).  She
also provides HR services to the following academic departments:  Civil & Environmental
Engineering (CEE), Biomedical Engineering (BME), and Chemical & Biochemical Engineering (CBE).

College of Engineering
3123 Seamans Center
Phone: 319-335-1191
E-mail: katherine-voss@uiowa.edu

All staff receive performance evaluations at least annually.  The annual reviews are due each year by October 15 so that the evaluation ratings can be considered when making January 1 salary decisions.

Performance evaluations are located on UI Self Service, My Career, under Career and Performance -> Performance Review.  The staff member starts the process by launching a performance review form.  The staff member enters his/her self evaluation comments before forwarding the form to the supervisor.

Process Steps

  1. Employee creates review in Performance Review tool (accessed in Self Service). 
  2. Employee completes review form and routes electronically to supervisor via Performance Review tool.
  3. Supervisor completes their part of the review form.
  4. Supervisor conducts review session with employee.
  5. Supervisor electronically routes review form to employee for acknowledgement. (This can be done prior to or following the review session, based on supervisor preference.)
  6. Employee electronically signs review, adding optional comments.
  7. Review is automatically added to ePersonnel and rating is recorded in HR system.

Quick Reference Guide for the Performance Review Tool

Preparing for your Performance Review

The following presentation provides best practices for staff as they participate in the performance review process.

Best Practices for Preparing Your Own Performance Review PDF

Performance Rating

The following five-point scale is being used to provide the overall performance rating.  The rating definitions are available here.

  • Outstanding
  • Exceeds Expectations
  • Successfully Meets Expectations
  • Needs Improvement
  • Unsatisfactory

Optional Templates

Please contact your HR Generalist if you have any questions or need assistance as you complete the performance evaluation process.  We are happy to help!

 

CoE Supervisor Development

The College of Engineering HR Team hosts periodic supervisor development sessions for CoE supervisors.  All supervisors are invited to attend in person as often as they can.  If you can’t attend a session, the materials are posted here for your reference along with video recordings of the presentations.  Please contact any member of the CoE HR Team if you have questions about any of the material.

Employee Engagement, Rewards and Recognition, June 8, 2018
Presentation Slides
Handouts | Survey

Hiring and Onboarding, February 23, 2018
Presentation slides
Handouts

Goal-setting and Performance Evaluations, November 10, 2017
Presentation slides
Handouts

Professional Development, Career Advancement and Promotion, September 28, 2017
Presentation slides
Handouts

Performance Management and Feedback, July 28, 2017
Presentation slides
Handouts

Future development sessions:
To be announced

Supervising undergraduate students provides a unique opportunity to positively influence our students’ career development. Undergraduate students who are in roles as office assistants, tutors, peer ambassadors, designers, and camp mentors, among others, may not always appreciate how their work informs their degrees and future occupations, but research shows that these jobs influence their professional careers after college. Adding students to your staff is a great way to get work done efficiently and to advance projects and initiatives that regular employees don’t have the capacity to take on.

Student employees may have unique needs in the areas of work schedules, training and development, and engagement. Fortunately, the university has many resources to guide you in these areas, and Engineering Human Resources is here to help you apply them to unique situations here in the College.

  • The Office of Student Financial Aid: The Student Employment website offers a comprehensive guide for employers both on and off-campus. Find information on policies related to student employment, such as work-study and limitations on weekly hours, how-to’s for posting jobs and hiring, as well as processes for hiring in the HR transaction system and making salary adjustments and raises.
  • Pomerantz Career Center: The Pomerantz website offers comprehensive resources for recruiting students. You will find HireAHawk on this site, which is the University of Iowa’s primary online recruiting system for hiring students. You can also refer your students to the Pomerantz website for a variety of leadership and professional development activities that could enhance their educational experience. Pomerantz houses the Student Employment Programs office, led by Josh Frahm, Associate Director.
  • UI STEP: UI STEP is a multi-faceted, high impact developmental experience designed to inspire and challenge UI students to find careers that reflect their personal values. Delivered through a for-credit course or individual workshops, this program will equip students to navigate the transition from college student to career professional with confidence. UI STEP also aims to develop our student workforce by targeting professional development opportunities within their student jobs now and into the future.
  • Supervising Today’s Students Series: STS is a certificate program made available through a partnership between UI Learning and Development, Pomerantz Career Center, and the UI STEP program. The training sessions are geared toward faculty and staff who hire and supervise undergraduate students. Courses cover the student employment life cycle starting from recruitment, and provide practical tools for successfully engaging and leading student employees.
  • Sample Offer Letters

                             College of Engineering biweekly student offer letter

                             Sample offer letter from UI Student Employment Programs Office

  • Wages:  The Office of Student Financial Aid completes a wage survey for part-time and work-study student employees on a yearly basis. It’s divided by student job type so that you can see what other students are making across the university for similar work. Engineering Human Resources compiles a report listing typical wages by student job type for the student positions within the College of Engineering.
Job Description Typical Hourly Wage in the College of Engineering
Peer Advisor $10.00
Clerical/Office Assistant $10.00
Teaching Assistants $15.00
Laboratory/Research Assistants $12.00
Electronics & Machine Shop Assistants $10.00
IT Services $12.00
Outreach $8.20
Tutors $10.00
Mentor $11.00


Overall hourly wage: $10.00

When should you increase a student employee’s wages? The Office of Student Financial Aid suggests that supervisors tie raises to positive performance evaluations, and also provides guidelines for how and when to make wage increases in the HR transaction system: https://financialaid.uiowa.edu/studentemployment/employers/university/payraises

 

Please contact Engineering Human Resources if you have questions or would like to discuss any needs related to student employment within the College of Engineering.  We are happy to support both our student employees and their supervisors.

For academic departments and administrative units of the College:
If you are planning to hire a staff member, whether it will be a newly-created position or filling a vacant position, please complete the New Hire Request Form which will be submitted to the Dean’s Office for review through Universal Workflow.  The Dean’s Office will provide a response to your request within two weeks.  If the position is approved, you will then work with your HR Generalist to develop a recruitment plan.

This new process is being implemented as of March 2019 to provide a more efficient process to evaluate the need for new staff hires.  If you have feedback about this process, please feel free to share your comments with Cathy Koebrick, Director of Human Resources, or by leaving a comment in the HR Suggestion Box found on the Engineering Human Resources home page.

For research centers:
Please contact your HR Generalist to evaluate the position and develop a recruitment plan.

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