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About Us

Prior to September 2015, the academic and staff personnel functions were separate units. Since September 2015, academic and staff personnel functions were integrated into the Personnel unit to better align the organizational needs of the school, faculty, staff, and students.  


The School of Natural Sciences Personnel Unit is committed to providing guidance and support to the Academic and Staff community to effectively nurture the mission of the University in Research, Teaching and Public Service. 



The School of Natural Sciences Personnel Unit provides support in the career success of our diverse faculty, staff, students and research personnel.  We strategically manage, analyze, interpret, and implement personnel policies and procedures to sustain a vibrant, inclusive and internationally recognized academic community.  The Personnel office serves as a resource for information by offering advice, support, training, and compliance.  We value integrity, accountability, respect, and excellent and timely customer service.


Provides the following personnel related services to the School of Natural Sciences:

  • Support the recruitment and separation processes of all academic, staff, and student appointments within the School of Natural Sciences.
  • Serve as an advising resource regarding academic and staff personnel policies and procedures.


Dora Lopes, Personnel Director

  • Responsible for the management of Personnel unit
  • Sabbatical, Active Service Modified Duties (ASMD), and leave related requests
  • Guidance on policy and procedure related matters 

Esmeralda Martinez, Senior Academic Personnel Specialist

  • Responsible for academic personnel related matters
  • Lead on faculty recruitment
  • Appointment of Adjunct/Visiting Professors
  • Advancement cases

Chris Meneses, Staff Personnel Specialist

  • Responsible for staff and student personnel related matters
  • Lead on Visitor Program
  • Liaison to UCM Human Resources
  • Halogen Performance Management

Jospehine Vang, Academic Personnel Specialist

  • Responsible for lecturer (unit 18) related matters
  • Advancement cases

Sauci Xiong, Academic Personnel Specialist

  • Responsible for postdoctoral scholar related matters
  • Responsible for all research appointment related matters
  • Advancement cases
  • Records management
  • APM-25, Conflict of Commitment and Outside Activities of Faculty Members