Supervising Employees

Supervisors at the University of Arkansas are responsible for hiring, managing, developing and evaluating appointed or hourly employees assigned to them. It is the responsibility of the supervisor to set expectations for employee performance, provide the necessary resources for employees to complete their work, monitor employee progress and offer regular feedback.

Classified Positions

Classified staff positions are grouped or classed under the Higher Education Uniform Classification and Compensation Act (Act 599 of 2017) with positions that have similar duties and responsibilities and that require similar knowledge, abilities, skills, education and experience. Each classification is assigned to one of 30 pay grades which has a minimum and a maximum pay level. Section 6.1 of this handbook provides more detailed information about the pay grades.

All exempt and non-exempt classified position descriptions and evaluations are managed through PeopleAdmin. The date for an employee evaluation is determined by the employee’s merit eligibility date.

Classified employees with a 50% or greater appointment are benefits-eligible.

Non-classified Positions

Non-classified staff positions are not assigned to a pay grade, but each nonclassified title has a maximum salary for each year of the biennium, called a line-item maximum, which is specified in the campus appropriation act.  The actual pay for each nonclassified position is determined by the University and department budget and by the employee's qualifications; it is not usually as high as the line-item maximum.  Faculty titles and most administrative titles are also nonclassified.  

All non-classified position descriptions are managed through PeopleAdmin; managing evaluations for non-classified staff positions in PeopleAdmin is encouraged, but not required.

Non-classified employees with a 50% or greater appointment are benefits-eligible.

Extra Help Hourly Positions

Extra help hourly employees are hired on a temporary as-needed basis and may not work more than 1,250 hours in a fiscal year (July 1 to June 30). Hourly employees are paid semi-monthly and are benefits-ineligible except for holiday pay (available for non-students). Temporary employment classification descriptions are matched to a starting and maximum hourly pay grid. Hourly employees are eligible to participate in the employee development program.

Supervisor Resources

The Staff Handbook provides information about university policies and procedures related to employment, employee benefits, and programs and services available to supervisors and staff.  Additional policies related to supervising staff are available in Fayetteville Policies and Procedures. Policies on faculty employment can be found in Academic Policies.   Information about salary increases for non-classified faculty and staff can be found in  Campus Guidelines for Non-Classified Salary Increases.

The Supervisor Development Program is designed to educate participants about the skills, knowledge and resources needed to be effective in leading and coaching other employees, while maintaining compliance with federal and state laws and university procedures.