The University of Delaware is one of the nation’s oldest institutions of higher education, tracing its roots to 1743. The college educated the engineers, merchants, and scholars who would build this infant nation and frame the tenets on which it is based.
Today, UD is still producing the country’s most influential thought leaders, artists, inventers, and innovators. The University is among the country’s most prolific research institutions, with demonstrated expertise in energy technologies, environmental sciences, biotechnology and life sciences, and chemical and materials engineering. A robust arts and humanities division is anchored by internationally known programs in theater, art conservation, and material culture studies.
However, at the University of Delaware, we believe that academic accomplishment means little in the absence of real-world application. UD is the birthplace of study-abroad and has one of the most active and honored service-learning programs in the U.S. We are committed to tackling today’s most pressing challenges and to making a positive difference in the state, the region, the nation, and the world.
Enabling this tradition of academic excellence and global engagement is a committed corps of 1,100 UD faculty and 2,700 staff whose passion and talent are unrivaled. Populating its ranks are renowned authors, scientists, and artists, Nobel Laureates, Guggenheim and Fulbright Fellows, members of the National Academies, a Pulitzer Prize winner, and several Presidential Early Career Award winners. The University has more than 100 endowed professorships, honoring faculty for their distinguished service as scholars and educators, and acknowledging their significant influence on campus, across the nation, and around the globe.
Understanding that a university will never be greater than its faculty and staff, UD is dedicated to nurturing its employees—to recruiting the very best people onto campus and giving them compelling reasons to stay. In this booklet, you’ll see some of the policies, programs, and benefits we’ve designed to do just that.
Thank you for joining the University of Delaware. It truly is a great place to work and a great place to be.
Patrick T. Harker