What We Do

Human Resources (HR) is responsible for providing a comprehensive range of services that improve the lives of those who work, learn, and visit the University of Kansas. Our department's mission is to empower a community of excellence. The department is an administrative unit under the Office of the Provost.

HR is led by Mike Rounds, Vice Provost for Operations and Chief Human Resource Officer, and is comprised of the following units:


The HR Help Desk provides first line support to the thousands of employees who work for the University. They manage HR's customer service responsibilities and ensure customer inquiries are addressed efficiently and effectively. The unit also provides administrative support to HR for a number of programs, e.g. the tuition assistance program. 

The HR/Pay team is responsible for supporting the overall operation of the HR/Pay system, including security, reporting, training, development, end-user support, and overall administration.

The Benefits team is dedicated to assisting employees in making informed benefits decisions related to plans and programs offered by the University. Responsibility areas include retirement planning, employee and graduate student health insurance, life insurance, flexible spending accounts, disability insurance, and long term care insurance.

The Employment team supports staffing and position management needs for the KU community. Responsibility areas include job title administration, recruiting and onboarding, and appointment processing.

The Employee Relations team works to partner with employees and managers to ensure that the University offers everyone a positive, constructive, and efficient work environment. Responsibility areas include labor relations, grievance resolution, workplace violence matters, counseling and disciplinary action, exit interviews, and performance management.

The Office of Learning and Development provides training and professional development programs for university employees, including coordinating and providing training and development courses, supporting organizational development needs, facilitating teambuilding activities, and delivering leadership and performance coaching programs. Learning and Development also maintains the Learning and Performance system of mytalent.ku.edu

The ADA Resources Center for Equity and Accessibility is responsible for promoting an accessible and inclusive campus. Responsibilities include providing accessibility-related training and technical assistance to campus units, collaborating with KU units to provide accommodations for faculty and staff, coordinating accessibility compliance functions, fostering student advocacy for campus-wide accessibility, and creating opportunities to learn more about KU’s disability demographic profiles.