Who We Are

The Office of Human Resources, a unit of the Office of the Executive Dean of Agriculture and Natural Resources, oversees functions that support personnel at the School of Environmental and Biological Sciences and the New Jersey Agricultural Experiment Station. We are the first point of contact for issues related to the recruitment of faculty and staff, acting pay, reclassification requests, appointment changes, overtime requests, performance and compensation systems, salary-in-grade requests, layoffs, terminations, resignations, disciplinary issues, and affirmative action. We also manage sabbaticals, competitive leave fellowships, along with the promotion and tenure processes for tenure-track, and non-tenure track faculty.

Photo: Paul Elwood. Paul Elwood
Vice Dean for Administration
848-932-3551
pelwood@sebs.rutgers.edu

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, Master's in Labor and Employment Relations
Assistant Director
848-932-3683
tpergher@sebs.rutgers.edu

Teresa is the initial contact providing direction and advisement to all SEBS departments on staff personnel-related matters (including retirements, resignations, terminations). She manages staff recruitment and compensation analysis for new offers, salary in-grades, reclassifications, and acting appointments. She manages the NTT faculty appointment and reappointment process, making certain that all terms and conditions of employment are handled in compliance with university rules and regulations.

Teresa provides training on DEI and various human resources topics. She often serves on search committees for staff vacancies and serves as the school's representative for layoffs, progressive discipline, and is the liaison for workplace complaints. She manages the offer letter and contracts process for new and reappointed non-tenure track faculty. As the school's approver, she has oversight of in ROCS as an Authorizer-2 approver and serves as the HCM approver for new appointments and reappointments.

Photo: Jason Jordan. Jason Jordan, Master's in Labor and Employment Relations
Personnel Manager
848-932-3707
jjordan@sebs.rutgers.edu

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.

Photo: Brianna Ortega. Brianna Ortega
Administrative Coordinator
848-932-3550
b.ortega@rutgers.edu

Brianna will play a key role in assisting the human resources office with embracing the University's mission of diversity, equity and inclusion with a focus on under-utilized or underrepresented populations for recruitment purposes. In this position, she will seek recruitment sourcing strategies and applications (advertising and memberships) that will ensure a diverse pool of applicants for vacant positions.

She also serves as the HCM preparer for SEBS-HR, performs routine HCM checks and responds to departmental inquiries, and serves as a liaison on OneSource transactions/matters. Brianna completes other work consistent with a broad understanding of the mission and goals of the Office of Human Resources at SEBS.