Staff Opportunities

There are many opportunities for personal development at the University, including educational, technical and general well-being.

Undergraduate and Graduate Courses

Full-time regular employees, employed on the first day of the semester, may take two courses free of tuition charges for each traditional semester timeframe, including intersession and summer session, through the College of Graduate and Continuing Education.  Tuition charges beyond two courses a semester are not paid under this policy.

Part-time employees working at least half time and employed on the first day of the semester are eligible for two courses during the academic year (1 September to 31 August). Review the Human Resources Tuition Remission page for further information. 

Job Skills and Technical Training

Classes to enhance computer skills and to provide training on the use of common University applications such as email, calendar, the myScranton portal and Banner are available through the Weinberg Memorial Library and IT Services.

Health and Wellness

Learn about the many ways the Employee Wellness program can support your wellness journey with Weekly Wellness Classes; Energizing Yoga, Lunchtime Yoga Flow, Light Weights & Abs, Mindfulness Meditation, POUND, Flu Shot Clinics and Blood Pressure Screenings, Weigh-in Wednesdays, Walking Programs, and Fitness Challenge (February). For more information check the website at

The Byron Recreational Complex, a multi-million dollar recreational facility is available free of charge to all Staff members. The complex contains three full sized gymnasiums, a six lane pool, saunas, steam rooms, four racquetball courts and a dance aerobics room. The Royals Fitness Center is equipped with treadmills, cross-trainers, steppers, and Cybex weight training equipment, and more.

The Fitness Center is located on Mulberry Street in Pilarz Hall and was constructed in 2011. This 14,000 square foot facility is home to 44 pieces of cardio equipment, each equipped with individual cardio theatre, as well as 22 pieces of Cybex VR3 selectorized weight machines and a state of the art free weight area.  Proper attire, including full t-shirts and close toe shoes are required.

Staff Voluntary Time Donation Policy

In Fall 2021, the President’s Cabinet enthusiastically approved a new Staff Voluntary Time Donation Policy for University staff effective immediately. The new policy grew directly from the initiative of the Staff Senate. The Senate collaborated with Human Resources to develop a policy that puts a fair and equitable process in place to support a long-standing desire by staff to support each other during times of extended absence due to their own or an eligible family member’s illness or medical emergency.

Through the policy, staff members will be able to donate up to a combination of five days of sick or vacation time per calendar year into a timeshare pool from October 1 to November 30 by completing a Voluntary Vacation and Sick Time Donation/Request Form available through Human Resources. The policy will be administered by the Office of Human Resources.

Eligible staff members may request time from the timeshare pool for medical emergencies as defined by the Internal Revenue Service. The amount of time that may be requested will depend on their regular work schedule and the amount of funds available. In order to be compliant with IRS regulations, the policy includes a number of important steps and procedures. Full details can be reviewed on the Staff Voluntary Vacation and Sick Time Donation Policy on the Office of Human Resources website.

Sursum Corda Award

The Sursum Corda ("Lift Up Your Hearts") Award recognizes those members of the University's staff who have made outstanding contributions to the life and mission of the University. For more information about the award click here.

Download a nomination form for Sursum Corda Award.

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