UHR Wins Award for Super Temps Program

Posted: May 23, 2013

University Human Resources (UHR) received the College and University Professional Association for Human Resources (CUPA-HR) 2013 HR Innovation Award.

CUPA-HR’s HR Innovation Award honors a team’s or an individual’s demonstrated human resources innovation. The innovation can be technological in nature, based in process improvement, a novel partnership that advances the profession, or a new approach to an HR department’s current challenge; but most important, it must advance the HR profession or contribute to the overall excellence of the profession.

University Human Resources received the award for its Super Temps program. Super Temps is a two-week paid training program for University of Virginia temporary employees who possess superior interpersonal and technical skills with proven success in senior-level administrative or project management roles and willingness to commit to long-term temporary work. Selected “Super Temps” receive the required training for many of the University of Virginia’s highly sought-after integrated system responsibilities, which enables them to contribute immediately to departments. To date, nearly three-quarters of all Super Temps have been hired on full-time by the university.

“The Super Temps program solves two important issues — meeting some of the unmet staffing needs of the university and putting talented and capable people back to work in positions that tap into their unique personal strengths,” says Temporary Search Group Manager Janet Turner-Giles. “Our Super Temps are in high demand all across the university, with many departments expressing interest in employing them before training even begins.”

Super Temps is a collaborative effort of three separate divisions within UHR— the temporary search group, the HR IT team and the employee development team. Thanks to the generous support of PeopleAdmin, CUPA-HR is pleased to offer a $3,000 contribution to the University of Virginia’s endowment or a scholarship of the HR department’s choice.

CUPA-HR is higher ed HR. We serve higher education by providing the knowledge, resources, advocacy and connections to achieve organizational and workforce excellence. Headquartered in Knoxville, Tennessee, and serving more than 1,900 member organizations and more than 15,500 HR professionals around the country and abroad, the association offers learning and professional development programs, higher education salary and benefits data, extensive online resources and just-in-time regulatory and legislative information. Our membership includes 91 percent of all U.S. doctoral institutions, 77 percent of all master’s institutions, 57 percent of all bachelor’s institutions and 600 community colleges and specialized institutions. We also partner with other higher education and HR management associations to advocate on legislative and compliance issues that impact the higher ed workplace. www.cupahr.org

CUPA-HR’s annual Higher Education Human Resource Awards honor excellence in higher education human resources and recognize service and commitment to CUPA-HR and innovation in the profession.