Who We Are

Photo: Paul Elwood. Paul Elwood
Vice Dean for Administration

Paul Elwood is responsible for the overall leadership and management of the Office of Human Resources which serves the School of Environmental and Biological Sciences and the New Jersey Agricultural Experiment Station. He develops and implements the policies and procedures associated with human resource functions and is also responsible for administrative leadership and support for all matters related to the hiring, reappointment, promotion, and tenure process for faculty. In addition, Paul is responsible for the interpretation and enforcement of employment terms covered by collective bargaining agreements and serves as a university representative in personnel-related activities including affirmative action, grievances, and harassment compliance.

Photo: Teresa Pergher. Teresa Pergher
Assistant Director

Teresa is the initial contact providing direction and advisement to all SEBS departments on personnel-related matters, i.e., searches and recruitment (faculty/staff) and through NTT reappointments, retirements, resignations, terminations, salary in-grades, acting appointments, reclassifications, and making certain that all terms and conditions of employment are handled in compliance with University rules and regulations.

She also provides training education on various human resources topics and university-wide HR initiatives. She often serves on search committees for administrative staff and assists the Vice Dean for Administration in serving as University representative in personnel-related matters such as Affirmative Action, grievances, and harassment compliance. For faculty affairs, she provides adherence to the faculty appointment/reappointment process: managing faculty offer letters and faculty contracts, and coordinates the faculty promotion and reappointment process each cycle. Teresa also oversees the Sabbatical and Competitive Fellowship Leave Programs. As Unit Approver, she oversees recruitment requests in the Rutgers Onboarding Classification System (ROCS) and monitors unit compliance.

Photo: Jason Jordan. Jason Jordan
Coordinator of Administrative Services

Jason is the first line of contact for human resources inquiries and provides guidance to departments/units. He is the primary reviewer and approver for all new hires, reappointments, and other transactions in HCM. He is responsible for ensuring compliance for staff actions in HCM and handles faculty sabbatical and fellowship leave requests. Jason prepares bi-weekly payroll reports for federal retirees. He reviews and approves all Class 3, Class 4, Class 5, Class 6, Class 7, and Class 8 requests within ROCS and HCM. He also plays a key role in the PTL advancement process. Jason completes other work consistent with a broad understanding of the mission and goals of the Office of Human Resources at SEBS.