New Management Certificate of Excellence

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Human Resources has launched a new Management Certificate of Excellence. The series of five required and three elective courses replaces the Management Essentials Certificate with expanded UD-specific information and best practices that managers should know to succeed in their roles as people leaders.

Newly hired or newly promoted managers, as of Jan. 1, 2023, are now required to complete the certificate within the first six months of entering their role. Current and aspiring managers are strongly encouraged to participate as well. Learn more and enroll.

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Employee Health and Wellbeing

January 25, 2023

To the University Community,

The University of Delaware is dedicated to its employees and actively provides opportunities and resources to assist everyone in achieving their professional and personal goals. An important aspect of that support is a comprehensive and holistic approach to wellbeing for faculty and staff.

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Since 2016, the Employee Health and Wellbeing (EHW) program has been based in the College of Health Sciences, and during that time, the program’s development and growth have been enriched by the expertise and dedication of the faculty, staff and students there.

Building on that strong foundation, Employee Health and Wellbeing will move to Human Resources, effective immediately, where it will be part of the newly formed Talent and Organizational Development area. This change will enable EHW programming to be more fully integrated into the overall Human Resources function, aligning EHW with other aspects of professional and personal development, to enhance employee engagement and success. In this way, these programs can be offered holistically across the institution.

Looking ahead, the focus of these efforts will be to:

  • Prioritize physical and psychological safety in the workplace while supporting mental health;
  • Create a culture of inclusion and belonging, to support collaboration and teamwork;
  • Cultivate an engagement strategy that promotes wellbeing, recognition, and mentorship throughout the organization;
  • Continue to develop and facilitate learning and development initiatives for individuals, teams and units; and
  • Continue to promote health and wellbeing through use of wellness dollars.

Through this new direction, the University will be better able to provide an environment where all employees feel supported, connected and engaged.


Melissa Bard
Vice President and Chief Human Resources Officer

Bill Farquhar 
Dean, College of Health Sciences


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PeopleSoft HR Systems Outage
Upgrade Delayed

Due to unforeseen circumstances, the upgrade of PeopleSoft Human Resources has been delayed.  As a result:

  • HRRPT will be available to users Tuesday Jan. 31
  • HRPRD will not be down this week.  

We are currently reviewing the new dates for the HRRPT and HRPRD upgrade.  We will share the revised dates with you once they have been finalized.

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The Way We Work

The COVID-19 pandemic forced changes to our workplace. Many employees learned how to perform the functions of their job in a new way during a difficult time, meeting the challenges head-on. Given these experiences, the University of Delaware is embracing approaches that optimize people, time and space by leveraging flexible work arrangements

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Doing so supports a variety of organizational goals including operational excellence, talent recruitment and retention, sustainability and employee wellbeing. Please consult with your supervisor or local HR representative if you have questions or need guidance on issues related to flexible work arrangements.



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We provide leadership and support in creating an equitable, diverse and inclusive working and learning environment. 

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We strive to build a culture where UD employees, spouses and retirees are healthy, fueled, and inspired to be their best selves.

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