Grounds for Success

Susan Carkeek, Vice President & Chief Human Resources Officer

Welcome to the University of Virginia

University Human Resources hosts a comprehensive orientation experience in three steps; an in-person program, e-learning modules to be completed within two weeks of the in-person component, and a follow-up checklist to assist you in jumpstarting a successful career at the University. We focus on delivering the right content at the right time to support your successful transition to our University community.

Letter from Susan Carkeek, Vice President & Chief Human Resources Officer

Welcome to the University of Virginia and congratulations on your new position!

The University is an exciting place. Designed by founder Thomas Jefferson, the University is known for its outstanding academic programs, its picturesque “Academical Village” and Grounds, and its award-winning Health System. It is also the largest and most-sought-after employer in the region. But what truly makes the University a wonderful place is the special people working here. You have joined an outstanding community and I expect in no time at all you will consider many of them not just colleagues but friends.

This University is more than just a place to work: it’s a place you can build a career, it’s a place you can make a difference. University Human Resources is here to help you succeed in doing just that. We offer a wealth of benefits, programs and learning opportunities to help you make the most of your time at the University.

If you have any questions about working at the University, I hope you will feel free to contact us at or ask any of the HR staff to help you. If you have suggestions about how we might serve you better, I’d appreciate hearing them. Our goal is your success!

Once again, welcome to U.Va.!


Susan Carkeek

Orientation Resources:

Orientations for staff are scheduled by Human Resources Consulting Services at 434.924.4598; faculty sessions are scheduled by each hiring department or by contacting Human Resources Service Center at 434.982.0123.

New Faculty, Professional Research Staff & University Staff Resources

Information from the Faculty & Staff Guide (link below) that features information about the University and Charlottesville

  • Community Resource Guide: Services and programs available to Central Virginia residents through the University of Virginia

  • Faculty & Staff Guide: A guide to the University of Virginia and the Charlottesville community

  • Faculty & Staff Housing (On Grounds): Housing options on Grounds for faculty and staff

  • Find a Physician: Search directory featuring physicians and healthcare professionals affiliated with the University of Virginia Health System

  • Maps & Directions: Directions to Charlottesville and search tool for University buildings by building name, school, clinical services, etc.

  • Parking & Transportation: Permit parking, event parking, the University Transit Service, etc.

  • President’s Page: President Teresa Sullivan’s biography, recent speeches and writings and archived “President’s Reports”

  • Employee Development: Opportunities for pursuing career enrichment, personal advancement, and life-long learning

Getting Around Charlottesville and Albemarle County