Human Resources Reboots to Serve an Expanded University

Human Resources (HR) is realigning and expanding its team to provide a better depth of service and experience to serve the University’s growing numbers of faculty and staff.

“We are working hard to provide a consistent level of service and to cross-train where possible”, said Colleen Dutton, assistant vice president for human resources. “Realigning the structure of HR and bringing in additional talent and skill sets allows us to better meet the needs of the campus”.

Since Dutton started in June 2012, the department has expanded from a team of 18 and will soon have 25 staff members, three of whom are bilingual. It has also established a new mission — to enable the success of others — and made commitments based on feedback from employees of all levels across campus to improve customer service and align HR functions with growing campus needs.

Human Resources will oversee talent management at UT Dallas through a five-year plan with four key areas of focus:

To that end, the department is working to simplify HR processes to incorporate best practices, streamline tasks and make it easier for employees to do their jobs.

For example, elimination of unnecessary forms has cut the job posting and job audit paperwork required in the hiring process down to two pages. New technology systems, such as the PeopleAdmin7 applicant tracking system, are expected to make the job posting, recruitment and onboarding process for new employees even more efficient through automation.

“What we do should help others be their best at what they do best”, Dutton said. “When we enable others to succeed, we in turn advance the University’s strategic plan and success”.

Faculty and staff can email questions, concerns or feedback to, or use the department’s contact list. The department’s updated organization chart (PDF [Portable Document Format File] ) has been posted online.

“With the increase of our faculty and staff and rapid growth of the University, these positive, service-focused changes will help ensure all employees have the support they need to excel in their roles”, said Dr. Calvin Jamison, vice president for administration. “We want UTD to be an employer of choice, where people feel they can succeed and grow in their careers, and I believe we are on course to achieve this with HR’s new direction”.

Download the Organization Chart (PDF [Portable Document Format File] )


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