Faculty and Staff

All newly hired faculty and staff are required to attend New Employee Onboarding by your first day. You will be registered for Onboarding by your department representative. The location, time, and parking information will be included in a welcome email that will be sent when registration is complete.

The checklist below lists forms that need to be completed on your first day of employment. You can either (1) print and complete the forms prior to your first day, or (2) complete the forms when you attend onboarding. Notaries will be available. Please use black ink to complete the forms.

You also will need to bring the identification you used to complete your Form I-9 (passport or driver's license and Social Security card).

New Hire Forms Checklist for Regular Faculty and Staff

If you are not a U.S. citizen or permanent resident, contact HRS at 410-706-7171, Monday-Friday, 8:30 a.m.-5 p.m., before arriving at Onboarding.

Retirement Plan Enrollment 

State law requires all regular faculty and staff to enroll in a retirement plan immediately upon employment. 


Regular faculty and exempt staff can choose between the Optional Retirement Program (ORP) and the Maryland State Retirement and Pension System (SRPS). 

An election to join either retirement plan is permanent and irrevocable. Retirement information will be provided during orientation; however, you may wish to consult with a financial advisor prior to your first day.

For basic points to consider in making your decision, review the documents below.

The ORP Vendors are Fidelity and TIAA. The Pension Plan is available through the Maryland State Retirement & Pension System.


Non-exempt staff must join the Pension Plan that is available through the Maryland State Retirement & Pension System.

Law Enforcement officers are required to join the Law Enforcement Officers' Pension System available through the Maryland State Retirement & Pension System 

Retirement Election Forms



Health Benefits Enrollment

UMB participates in the State of Maryland health benefits plans. New employees have 60 calendar days from their original date of employment to enroll in a health care plan for yourself and eligible dependents. Please visit the State of Maryland Employee Health Benefits Division website for additional details on the benefit options available to you. When you enroll, you must complete the following documents:

Effective Dates of Coverage: Coverage will begin on the 1st of the month following the start date of a new hire or the “Qualifying Event” date (such as marriage, loss of coverage, divorce, etc.). Effective dates for newborns will be adjusted to the actual date of birth. Employee will be billed by the State of Maryland back to their effective date of coverage.

UMB uses Maryland’s SPS Workday for employee benefits management. SPS Workday allows UMB employees to view their current benefits, make benefits elections if they are new employees, or make changes to their benefits during an open enrollment period or after a qualifying life event. All dependent information can conveniently be updated at any time.

If adding a dependent, additional documentation is required at the time you submit your enrollment form:

  • Copy of official marriage certificate, must be signed by the Clerk of the Court, if enrolling a spouse on your health/life plans. The marriage license is not acceptable.
  • Copies of birth certificate(s) showing you as the parent for each dependent child being enrolled.

Transfers from a different USM school or State of Maryland agency

If you have accepted a position at UMB and are currently employed with another University System of Maryland school or State of Maryland agency, you will need to do the following:

  • Before you start at UMB, have your Benefits Coordinator complete this form and fax it to the phone number listed at the bottom. We also request that you bring a copy of this form with you to Onboarding to ensure there are no missed benefit deductions. 
  • Have your payroll representative prepare the following on the school or agency letterhead and bring with you to Onboarding:
    • Name
    • Date of hire
    • Category of employment
    • Breaks in service
    • Total number of accrued hours for annual and sick leave