Performance Review & Development (PRD)

The Human Resources Department designed this page to provide you with all of the resources needed to effectively and efficiently facilitate the PRD process. The PRD process is also an essential part of a supervisor’s responsibility and allows employees to better monitor and improve their own performance. PRD is the mechanism used to provide ongoing interaction, recognize staff members’ performance, and identify training and development needs.

Important note from Dale O. Anderson, Director of University Human Resources
as of March 28, 2014

Under campus policy, supervisors who do not conduct final PRD evaluations for their employees are ineligible for merit increases in years that merit funds are provided for by the Chancellor’s salary guidelines.

PRD MUST BE RETURNED TO Smith School HR: Wednesday, April 23, 2014. NO EXCEPTIONS.
PLEASE RETURN PRD Evaluation Forms with all signatures and ratings.

Should you have any questions about the PRD process, please contact:
Bobvita (Vita) Salters at X5-9571 or Monica Johnson at X5-2665

New Supervisors: Please sign up for PRD training at

If you are in need of PRD refresher training, you may contact UHR at:
301-405-5686 or 301-405-0001

Robert H. Smith School of Business Confidentiality Agreements

As part of our ongoing effort to improve our business policies and processes, all supervisors must have their employees review and sign a confidentiality agreement. This form must be reviewed with your staff members and returned to Human Resources.

UMD–Smith Leadership Academy

As part of your Action Plan discussions and development with your staff that are performing at a higher level, we encourage you to consider the UMD-Smith Leadership Academy program, offered in the fall, as an option for further developing skills (customer service, leadership, teamwork, strategy, financial acumen, project management) and awareness of the Smith School. Recommendations in the Action Plan for employees to attend the Leadership Academy are contingent upon continued strong performance.

Robert H. Smith School of Business Departments

Office of the Dean

Academic Departments:

Accounting & Information Assurance (AIA)
Decision, Operations & Information Technology (DO&IT)
Logistics, Business & Public Policy (LBPP)
Management & Organization (M&O)


Global Initiatives and Center for Social Value Creation
Dingman Center
Financial Policy


Undergraduate Studies
Masters Programs Office
Office of Career Services
Marketing Communications
Development & Alumni Relations
Finance & Administration
Office of Smith Programs & Events
Office of Smith IT
Office of Executive Programs


Ph.D. Program

PRD Tools

In addition to including the links to the multitude of excellent resources and forms that the University of Maryland Human Resources Department provides for the entire campus, we have also developed 4 other helpful PRD tools:

  1. Self Evaluation Form (OPTIONAL) [ WORD DOC ] - this tool gives you the opportunity to speak up about your performance and to note any challenges or concerns that you might have.
  2. Work Plan Examples & Template (OPTIONAL) [ WORD DOC ] - an easy to use form that makes it easier for you and your supervisor to break down goals into actionable and measurable tasks.
  3. Avoiding Performance Review Bias [ PDF ] - this handout outlines “effects” and “tendencies” that might occur when writing a performance evaluation, therefore helping you write fair and equitable performance reviews.
  4. Phrases and Questions to Inspire Positive Dialogue [ PDF ] - this tool gives you tips on how to observe and communicate performance, good and challenging, throughout the year and in the moment. The handout also includes questions to ask that are appreciative in nature versus coming from a place of judgment or negativity. These questions can be helpful in your personal life too, so give them a try!

Important University of Maryland Human Resources PRD Links