Assistant Professor – Human Biology

The Department of Human Biology at the University of Wisconsin-Green Bay invites applications for a tenure-track appointment in Human Biology.  The Human Biology department is an interdisciplinary academic unit that includes molecular biologists, geneticists, microbiologists, evolutionary scientists, physiologists, anatomists, nutritional scientists, and exercise scientists.

Candidates with expertise in physiology, neurobiology, pharmacology, and/or comparative physiology as well as courses related to the candidate’s specific expertise and interests are strongly encouraged to apply.

This position includes the following responsibilities:
* Teach courses at the undergraduate level in Human Physiology (and lab), Neurobiology, and Introduction to Human Biology.
* Develop a strong research program involving collaboration with undergraduate students and faculty.
* Advise students.
* Engage in scholarly activities consistent with rank and academic discipline.
* Perform institutional service and contribute to the ongoing programmatic development of the department.

In addition, the successful candidate will be expected to a demonstrate potential for excellence in teaching, service and scholarship and a commitment to undergraduate education.  The candidate should also possess communication and interpersonal skills sufficient to work effectively with a diverse array of students and colleagues.

For more information and position responsibilities, please see the full position announcement.

To ensure consideration, please submit application materials by Tuesday, January 3, 2017.

My UW System transitioning to local domain My UWGB

As you may have noticed, the UW System portal has undergone changes over the past couple months, including a locally branded UWGB login and domain.  The employee portal used for HR, Payroll and Benefit News, Time and Absence, Payroll and Benefit Information along with other resources will be transitioned from the my.wisconsin.edu domain to a local my.uwgb.edu.  What does this mean for you? The login “button” and branding of this page will be changing to the recognizable UWGB Phoenix colors and theme, nothing more. 

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FLSA conversions on hold following judge’s injunction

As previously communicated, a U.S. District Court judge from Texas issued a preliminary injunction postponing the effective date of the U.S. Department of Labor’s overtime threshold increase.  Based upon this injunction, planned and previously communicated employee conversions from exempt to nonexempt status and other position adjustments have been put on hold.  More information, including some helpful FAQ’s can be found below:

What happened?

After hearing arguements from the DOL and 21 states/50 or more business groups that had challenged the DOL’s change, judge Amos L. Mazzant issued a preliminary injunction against the changes.

Is this a final decision that permanently puts an end to the rule?

No. The overtime rule could still be implemented later down the road.

A preliminary injunction isn’t permanent, as it simply preserves the existing overtime rule—which was last updated in 2004—until the court has a chance to review the merits of the case objecting to the revisions to the regulation.

However, the revised regulation may face an uphill battle: The judge wouldn’t have granted the preliminary injunction unless, among other things, he thought the challenge had a substantial likelihood of succeeding.

[Read more: Federal Judge Halts Overtime Rule]

What’s next?

Employees and supervisors have been notified today and further information will be communicated as it becomes available.  Supervisor and Employee question and answer sessions have been scheduled and communicated to affected parties.

For further questions, please contact Christine Olson at olsonch@uwgb.edu or (920) 465-2846.

Campus to Campus Challenge – Week Seven Results

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During week seven, 24 employees participated in the Campus to Campus Walking Challenge, and as a group we logged 1,675,360 steps.  During week seven, we continued our trek across the french countryside to Paris, then to Zurich, Switzerland, and ended up in Rome, Italy!

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Did you know the best way to lose weight by walking is to take a longer, moderately paced walk (40 minutes at 60-65% maximum heart rate). Shorter, faster walks (20-25 minutes at 75-80% maximum heart rate) are best for conditioning the heart and lungs.

During week seven, Jayne Kluge, Ron Kottnitz, Barb Tomashek-Ditter, Jamel Heim, and Jeff Krueger had the highest number of steps. Keep on exercising – your body will thank you! :)

FLSA Injunction Granted

preliminary injunction has been issued to postpone the effective date of the U.S. Department of Labor’s overtime threshold increase. More information on the impacts of this injunction will be forthcoming.  As soon as we have more information on the impact this will have on our employee population and determine appropriate next steps we will be in touch.

For further information, please see this article from the Society of Human Resources Management.

Reminder: Health Plan Wellness Incentives Are Taxable

The State of Wisconsin extended a number of financial incentives to employees through the Well Wisconsin employee wellness program. If you are covered under the State of Wisconsin Group Health Insurance program, you are eligible for a financial incentive to complete biometric testing and health risk assessment. Depending on your health plan, you may also be eligible for financial reimbursements for wellness related expenses such as gym memberships, fitness classes, the cost to participate in Community Support Agriculture (CSA) programs and rewards for participating in health or wellness programs or challenges. You can learn more information about the benefits available to you by accessing wellwisconsin.wi.gov.

Per guidance from the federal government and the Internal Revenue Service (IRS), these benefits are classified as taxable fringe benefits. This means that any financial incentive you receive from the program is taxable income for state and federal tax purposes.

What this means for you:

  • Throughout 2016 financial incentives will be reported by your employer as a taxable wage and will be subject to applicable withholdings and taxes. You will see withholdings for all incentives issued in the current calendar year reflected on your December pay stub. This will include incentives issued to your eligible family members.
  • Withholding will include 7.65% for Social Security and Medicare and may include withholding for federal and state taxes, depending on the number of exemptions you claimed on your W-4.
  • Federal regulations requires the payroll center to receive financial data regarding incentives issued to employees and their covered family members. Your health information is protected by federal privacy regulations and is not shared with your employer.
  • These taxable fringe amounts will be processed with the code: XHW (Tax Fr – Health/Wellness) earnings code.

Even with the federal government’s tax regulations, eligible employees are able to receive substantial financial rewards for using the wellness incentives offered by the State of Wisconsin and participating health plans. Benefits available through the Well Wisconsin program are also available to any dependent over the age of 18 who is covered by your State of Wisconsin insurance plan.

Please contact Human Resources at payrollandbenefits@uwgb.edu or ext. 2390 if you have any questions.

Campus to Campus Challenge – Week Six Results

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During week six, 29 employees participated in the Campus to Campus Walking Challenge, and as a group we logged 1,893,719 steps!  Since we crossed the continental United States during weeks three through five, we thought we’d try backpacking across Europe next!  During week six, we walked from Lisbon, Portugal to Madrid, Spain, and are enjoying the french countryside as we make our way to Paris!

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The average steps per team member per day was 9,329.  Did you know the average steps per day for an American is 5,117, which is the least of any industrialized nation?  Australians take 9,695 steps per day on average, so a little more than our team members!

During week six, Barb Tomashek-Ditter, Jayne Kluge, Lindsay Hahn, Jamel Heim and Ron Kottnitz had the highest number of steps. Great job team – hope you can find creative ways to stay active even though the weather has turned quite chilly!

Assistant Professor – Chemistry (Inorganic)

The Department of Natural and Applied Sciences at the University of Wisconsin-Green Bay invites applications for a tenure-track appointment in Chemistry (Inorganic).  Candidates with interdisciplinary interests such as environmental and green chemistry are strongly encouraged to apply.

This position includes the following responsibilities:
* Teach introductory and upper-level courses in chemistry, including introductory chemistry (and labs), inorganic chemistry (and lab), and courses related to the candidate’s specific expertise and interests.
* Possibly contribute to the Master’s level graduate program in Environmental Science and Policy.
* Advise students.
* Perform scholarly activities consistent with rank, including developing a strong research program involving collaboration with students, faculty, and individuals inside and outside the University.
* Perform institutional service and contribute to the ongoing programmatic development of the department.

In addition, the successful candidate will be expected to display a demonstrated potential for excellence in teaching and scholarship and a commitment to undergraduate education.  The candidate should also possess communication and interpersonal skills sufficient to work effectively with a diverse array of students and colleagues.

For more information and position responsibilities, please see the full position announcement.

To ensure consideration, please submit application materials by Friday, January 27, 2017.

Assistant Professor – Mathematics

The Department of Natural and Applied Sciences at the University of Wisconsin-Green Bay invites applications for a tenure-track appointment in Mathematics.  Candidates with experience and/or interest in actuarial science and demonstrated research in geometry and/or topology are strongly encouraged to apply.

This position includes the following responsibilities:
* Teach courses at the undergraduate and graduate level in Mathematics, including but not necessarily limited to Proofs in Number Theory and Topology (MATH 314), Foundations of Geometry (MATH 385), and those from the calculus sequence (MATH 202, 203, 209).
* Teach or develop additional undergraduate and/or graduate courses in support of the department.
* Advise students.
* Perform scholarly activities consistent with rank, including developing a strong research program involving collaboration with students, faculty, and individuals inside and outside the University.
* Perform institutional service and contribute to the ongoing programmatic development of the department.

In addition, the successful candidate will be expected to display a demonstrated potential for excellence in teaching and scholarship and a commitment to undergraduate education.  The candidate should also possess communication and interpersonal skills sufficient to work effectively with a diverse array of students and colleagues.

For more information and position responsibilities, please see the full position announcement.

To ensure consideration, please submit application materials by Friday, January 27, 2017.

Welcome Amy McNeely!

img_0023University Advancement welcomed Amy McNeely as the new Development Officer of Annual Giving on September 20, 2016.

Prior to her employment with UWGB, she worked for Marian, Mount Mary, and Marquette Universities.  She also worked for UW-Eau Claire.

Amy has a Bachelor’s Degree in Communication and Women’s Studies from UW-Eau Claire and is currently pursuing certification in Integrative Yoga Therapy.

Amy is from Pulaski, Wisconsin, and married.

She said, “I am excited to work with students and colleagues to raise needed funds for UW-Green Bay.”

Welcome, Amy!