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Welcome to the Office of Human Resources. Our goal is to recruit and retain a diverse, inclusive and engaged workforce. We are committed to creating a university culture focused on our mission, guided by our values as we strive toward the priorities and initiatives of our strategic plan.
In addition, our employees:
- Spread innovation and critical thought in their diverse areas of expertise.
- Share their leadership with our inclusive community of learners.
- Engage with students on our beautiful campus and beyond.
- Support local and global experiences that create future leaders.
- Commit to building a university where all students succeed.
We are the Susquehanna University that students choose as a great place to study and we hope you will join us in this awesome place to work!
Employee Affinity Groups
The LGBTQ+ group exists as a safe space for LGBTQ+ faculty and staff on campus to share joys and concerns, and to advocate for LGBTQ+-inclusive policies and attitudes on campus.
Faculty and Staff of Color Group
The mission of the Faculty and Staff of Color Group at Susquehanna University is to promote the interests and advocate for underrepresented members of the faculty and staff.
This organization was created to:
- Foster an open-minded environment in which issues of inclusive, equity and bias can be effectively identified, directly challenged, and intelligently discussed.
- Provide a forum for the exchange of ideas and the discussion of issues of concern to faculty and staff of color at Susquehanna University.
- Promote the recruitment and retention, promotion and tenure, professional development, and advancement of faculty and staff of color at the University.
- Provide a mutually supportive social and cultural community for faculty and staff of color at Susquehanna University.
- Expand and strengthen the relationship and involvement of faculty and staff of color with the wider University community.
In administering its affairs, the university shall not discriminate against any person on the basis of race, color, religion, national or ethnic origin, ancestry, age, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, disability, veteran status, or any other legally protected status. Compliance inquiries may be directed to Jennifer Bucher, assistant vice president & chief human resources officer, Susquehanna University, Selinsgrove, PA 17870-1164, 570-372-4024; or the director of the Department of Education, Washington, D.C.
Benefits are an important part of your total compensation. We strive to provide high-quality, affordable, family-friendly benefit offerings to meet the needs of our diverse workforce. We are also committed to providing excellent customer service and resources to help employees and their families best utilize these valuable benefit programs.
- Benefit Summary Chart (PDF)
- Benefit Summary Narrative (PDF)
- Geisinger HMO Insurance Plan (PDF)
- Highmark PPO Insurance Plan (PDF)
- Highmark QHDHP Insurance Plan (PDF)
- Dental Insurance Plan (PDF)
- Vision Insurance Plan (PDF)
- Flexible Spending Program
- Life Insurance Plan
- Long Term Disability Plan
- Employee Assistance Program
- Wellness at SU
- Travel Assistance
- Tuition/Education Benefits
- Retirement Plan
ConnectCare3 offers independent, third-party patient advocate services for simple to severe illnesses and wellness culture change to help prevent chronic health conditions. They maximize your healthcare dollar and ensure employee peace of mind. Here are just a few of the things CC3 can do for you or another insured dependent on your Susquehanna health insurance plan:
- Help you understand your diagnosis and treatment options
- Locate expert physicians and hospitals for your specific illness
- Identify multiple options for what you need most, including Centers of Excellence and specialized treatments to help you make the most informed decisions
- Assist with any medical or behavioral health conditions, not just critical ones
- Attend physician and hospital appointments with you as needed
Contact ConnectCare3 by calling 877.223.2350 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
Susquehanna University is pleased to continue the Wellness Initiative, providing an incentive for employees to increase awareness of their health and wellbeing. This initiative is voluntary and provides a financial incentive of up to $500 each year for participation in certain screenings, including an annual physical and health risk assessment.
The tuition benefit provides full-time employees and their spouse the opportunity to advance their education by taking undergraduate courses at Susquehanna University after one year of service. The tuition benefit also provides support for eligible dependent children of full-time employees to advance their education toward earning a first bachelor’s degree through tuition remission at Susquehanna University, the Tuition Exchange program, or the ELCA Tuition Exchange with another college or university after three years of service. Part-time benefits-eligible employees are eligible for some prorated tuition benefits.
Travel Assistance is available when employees travel more than 100 miles from home or internationally for up to 180 days for business or pleasure. It offers aid before and during the trip including:
- Passport, visa, weather and currency exchange information, health hazards advice and inoculation requirements
- Emergency ticket, credit card and passport replacement, funds transfer and missing baggage
- 24/7/365 phone access to registered nurses for health and medication information, symptom decision support, and help understanding treatment options
- Emergency evacuation to the nearest adequate medical facility and medically necessary repatriation to the employee’s home, including repatriation of remains
- Connection to medical care providers, interpreter services, a local attorney, consular office or bail bond services
- Return travel companion if travel is disrupted due to emergency transportation services or return dependent children if left unattended due to prolonged hospitalization
- Logistical arrangements for ground transportation, housing and/or evacuation in the event of political unrest and social instability; for more complex situations, assists with making arrangements with providers of specialized security services
Contact Travel Assistance at 800-527-0218 in the US, Canada, Puerto Rico, US Virgin Islands and Bermuda. Everywhere else, +1-410-453-6330. Reference Group #9061
TIAA Retirement Program
Susquehanna University is making saving for retirement under our 403(b) plan easy by offering an Automatic Enrollment feature for new benefits-eligible employees. New benefits-eligible employees will be automatically enrolled with a 5% employee contribution 30 days after their hire date. If an employee wishes to opt out of the automatic enrollment, they may must do so within the 30-day period by making a salary deferral election.
After 12 months of eligible service, employees contributing 5% of their salary will receive a University contribution of 9%. Employees contributing less than 5% will receive a contribution of 2% after meeting the service requirement.
Prior service at an educational institution will count toward the 12 month waiting period. Participation in an existing TIAA account will waive the waiting period.
Student employees and non-benefits-eligible employees are excluded from participating in the university's retirement plan.
Planning for Retirement
Planning for retirement is not something you think about once and then forget about it until you approach retirement age. You should take advantage of the many resources provided by the university and by TIAA. The TIAA website provides tools and calculators, live webinars, and a variety of publications to provide you with the information you are seeking.
Meet with a TIAA Rep
In addition to the online resources, Susquehanna has a representative from TIAA on campus nearly every month to meet with employees one-on-one. If you’d like to schedule an appointment, you can go to https://www.tiaa.org/public/support/contact-us/consultations-seminars or call 800-732-8353 or call 800-732-8353 for help in scheduling.
Living and Working in the Susquehanna Valley
The Susquehanna Valley is a vibrant area with natural beauty and the finest amenities—and Susquehanna University is a major part of that.
The surrounding communities are home to great restaurants, talented artisans and interesting nooks to explore. Come and see why our employees are proud to call this area home and work to improve the quality of life for everyone here.
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Michaeline Shuman (staff)
I was initially interested in working at Susquehanna because of our mission and learning goals which support the development of students becoming “professionals who are more than their professions,” individuals who are engaged in their communities and serve as leaders both in and outside of their work places.
Basil Mokhallalati '18 (graduate)
In my four years here, I found myself taking on leadership roles I never thought I would have, traveling to parts of the world I had never been, and building relationships with faculty, staff and students that feel like family. I am constantly inspired by how such a small school can make such a big impact.
Marcos Krieger (faculty)
Susquehanna University has given me opportunities for growth and professional accomplishments that I had not considered before working here. I became thoroughly engaged with curricular development, interacted with students I do not encounter in my classroom as director of music for Weber Chapel, and had the privilege of directing the Honors Program.
Cheryl Rotzler (staff)
The rewarding part of my job is knowing young people. That’s what gets me motivated. I enjoy seeing the change in students from their first year to their senior year. I think that students feel like I genuinely care about each and every person and really try to listen to them. At times, they have called me their second mom.
Dave Ramsaran (faculty)
I enjoy being an educator working with young minds particularly so in the liberal arts tradition where we learn to question our traditional truths. Critical thinking is central to developing active citizens since we have to solve many complex problems in contemporary society. I am privileged to have the opportunity to help create the environment for this process to take place.
Kathy Straub (faculty)
What I value most highly about the work environment at Susquehanna is the collaborative spirit among faculty, staff and administrators, and the close knit community we work within. We value creativity and bringing new ideas to the table, and support one another as we develop new initiatives and programs.