Human Resources

We Are Smith: Sarah Kroncke

Sarah brings Wall Street to College Park. Sarah Kroncke, MBA '00 uses her investment banking experience to manage both the Mayer and Senbet Funds. They have beaten the S&P 500 nearly every year since inception, and 75 percent of the undergraduates who are fortunate to learn from her are placed on Wall Street.

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



Karin BaileyHurt
Adjunct Faculty, Marketing Department

Karin Hurt is a leadership speaker, consultant, and MBA professor. She's a former Verizon Wireless executive with two decades of diverse cross-functional experience in sales, customer service and HR. Karin was named as a top 100 Thought Leader in Trustworthy Business Behavior by Trust Across America. She is author of, "Overcoming an Imperfect Boss: A Practical Guide to Building a Better Relationship With Your Boss." Karin knows the stillness of a yogi, the reflective road of a marathoner and the joy of being a mom raising emerging leaders.

ChenDr. Gilad Chen
Ralph J. Tyser Professor of Organizational Behavior and Chair, Management and Organization

Dr. Chen received his doctoral degree in Industrial/Organizational Psychology from George Mason University in 2001. He teaches courses on a variety of organizational behavior, human resource management, and methodological topics.

Dr. Chen’s research is focused on work motivation, adaptation, teams and leadership, with particular interest in understanding the complex interface between individuals and the socio-technical organizational context. He has won several research awards, including the 2007 Distinguished Early Career Contributions Award from the Society for Industrial and Organizational Psychology, and the 2008 Cummings Scholar Award from the Organizational Behavior Division of the Academy of Management.

GrimmDr. Curt Grimm
Dean's Professor of Supply Chain and Strategy, Logistics, Business & Public Policy

Professor Grimm received his Ph.D. in economics from the University of California-Berkeley, with primary focus on industrial organization. From 1995-2003, Professor Grimm served as Logistics, Business and Public Policy department chair. He was named one of the University of Maryland’s 2010-2011 Distinguished Scholar-Teachers.

Professor Grimm has conducted extensive research in both supply chain and strategic management. His research has focused on the interface of business and public policy with strategic management, with a particular emphasis on competition, competition policy, deregulation and microeconomic reform both in the U.S. and overseas. This research has resulted in four books and more than 80 published articles.

KannanDr. P.K. Kannan
Ralph J. Tyser Professor of Marketing Science and Chair, Marketing Department

Professor Kannan’s teaching interests include marketing modeling, pricing, customer relationship management, new product development, and Internet retailing. He has taught these courses in executive programs for Black & Decker, Home Depot, ARINC, McCormick, and Northrup Grumman. He has corporate experience with Tata Engineering and Ingersoll-Rand and has consulted for companies such as Frito-Lay, Pepsi Co, Giant Food, Black and Decker, SAIC, Fannie Mae, and IBM.

His current research stream focuses on new product/service development, design and pricing digital products and product lines, marketing and product development on the Internet, e-service, and customer relationship management (CRM) and customer loyalty.

RussellDr. Joyce E. A. Russell
Vice Dean and Distinguished Tyser Teaching Fellow, Management and Organization

Dr. Russell is a licensed Industrial and Organizational Psychologist and has over 25 years of experience consulting with both private and public sector organizations. She has successfully taught in Executive Development programs, EMBA, MBA, PhD, and undergraduate programs and has published over 50 articles, books, or book chapters and has presented her research at national and regional conferences.

Her expertise is primarily in the areas of leadership and management development, negotiation tactics, executive coaching, training, career development, work teams, and change management. Some of her clients have included: Lockheed Martin, Marriott, Oak Ridge National Laboratory, National Institute of Health, Frito-Lay, Quaker Oats, M&M Mars, ALCOA, Entergy, Yodlee, Black & Decker, Boeing Corporation, Hughes Network Systems, McCormick, Nextel, Tennessee Valley Authority, State of Tennessee, Bell-South, L.M. Berry & Company, Bryce Corporation, among others.

TriantisDr. Alexander J. Triantis
Dean and Professor

Alex Triantis is dean of the Robert H. Smith School of Business at the University of Maryland. Professor Triantis’s research focuses on corporate investment, financing, and risk management strategies, and particularly on the development and application of real options analysis to value investment opportunities and companies. His articles have been published in leading journals, including the Journal of Accounting and Economics, Journal of Finance, Journal of International Economics, Journal of Law and Economics, Management Science, and Review of Financial Studies.

He served two terms as Editor of Financial Management (1999-2005) and serves on other journal editorial boards. Triantis has twice received the Smith School's Krowe Award for Teaching Excellence, and served as Finance Department Chair from 2006 to 2011.


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