The University of West Alabama’s Human Resources Department is designed to support the faculty and staff in a way that allows everyone to simultaneously strive to meet his or her goals while accomplishing the designed objectives of the University. Training and development opportunities will be used to promote individual success and increase overall value to the University. The office will also provide resources for onboarding, administering salary and benefits, and implementing policies and procedures. The University prides itself on being the local employer of choice and strives to retain and attract the best possible employees. 

If we can be of service to you or your department, contact one of the departments below. 

Human Resources 
The University of West Alabama 
Station 1 
Webb Hall, Office Number 229 B 
Livingston, AL 35470 

Human Resources Staff 

Robert Upchurch  
Vice President of Administration & Human Resources
(205) 652-3533

Jess Wood  
Director of Human Resources and Training  
(205) 652-3963  

Brenda Killough  
Payroll Supervisor  
(205) 652-3748  

Kaley Akin  
Payroll Assistant  
(205) 652-3901 

Performance Review Process 

Employee Performance Reviews are conducted for all University of West Alabama staff members once a year in the late spring/early summer.  Evaluations will be completed by the supervisor who will evaluate the employee’s workplace performance based on several categories.  All employees are given the opportunity to review and discuss results with their evaluator. 

Performance Review Form 

Performance Review Instructions 

2023-2024 Fiscal Year Holiday Schedule 

Official holidays for the 2023-2024 fiscal year, which begins October 1, 2023, are as follows: 

November 20, 2023 through November 24, 2023 
Administrative offices resume operations November 27 

Christmas & New Year’s 
December 13, 2023, through January 2, 2024 
Monthly payroll will be disbursed on December 12, 2023 
Administrative offices resume operations January 3 

Martin Luther King, Jr. Day 
January 15, 2024 

Spring Break 
March 25, 2024 through March 29, 2024 

Memorial Day 
May 27, 2024 

June 19, 2024 

Independence Day 
July 4, 2024 and July 5, 2024 

Labor Day 
September 2, 2024 

Any questions concerning this schedule should be referred to Robert Upchurch at (205) 652-3533

Other Employee Benefits 

UWA offers employees a range of additional benefits, such as computer and Julia Tutwiler Library access, print and mail services and more. 

Teacher Retirement System of Alabama 

UWA is part of the Teacher Retirement System of Alabama (TRS).  Full-time employees must participate in the TRS, which provides one of the best retirement programs in the nation.  

Family Medical Leave 

The Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA) requires covered employers to provide up to twelve weeks of unpaid, job-protected leave to eligible employees for certain family and medical reasons. 

Life Insurance and Disability Benefits 

UWA provides Basic Life, Accidental Death & Dismemberment (AD&D) and Long-Term Disability coverage through MetLife to its full-time employees at no cost to the employee. 

Health Care Benefits 

UWA offers several health care benefits, including medical, Flexible Spending Accounts and more. 

Faculty and Staff Resources, Training and Professional Development 


Faculty/Staff Handbook 

Student Handbook 

Email Signature Creation 

Disciplinary Procedures 

Monthly Payroll Schedule 

Bi-Weekly Payroll Schedule 

Training & Professional Development

FERPA Training 

Effective Communication and Zoom Phone Training 

Zoom Phone FAQs  

Desktop Phone Training  

Viewing Budgeted Accounts Tutorial 

Progressive Discipline Process + Economic Development

Time Management + Campus Safety

Legal Issues Affecting Higher Education

Manager Training

Unlocking the Magic of AI

Important Forms 

To access the following forms, log in on the TigerHub Portal using your UWA email address and password. On the left side of the page under Tools, click Everyday Tools. Click eForms (you might have to click Show More…). Click Forms. Enter your information on the appropriate form. Click Submit. Unfinished forms can be found by clicking Drafts.  

Human Resources 

Confidentiality Agreement  
Direct Deposit Form  
Employee Pay Form  

New Hire Resources:  

A-4 Form  
Blue Cross Blue Shield Application  
Flexible Compensation Form  
I-9 Form  
RSA Designation of Beneficiary Form  
RSA-1 Deferred Compensation Plan Enrollment Form  
UWA Life Insurance Enrollment Form  
UWA Wellness Center Membership Agreement Form  
W4 Form  

Physical Plant 

Key Request Form  

UWA Alerts 

Stay informed about the University of West Alabama campus by subscribing to UWA Alerts. Subscribing allows you to receive alerts about school closings, emergency situations, and other occurrences that need to be communicated across campus. Users will receive one test notification per month.  

Sign Up for UWA Alerts 

Employment Opportunities 

The University of West Alabama is a state-supported, coeducational institution of higher education governed by a 13-member Board of Trustees. As a regional institution, the University’s foremost commitment is to meeting the educational needs of the State and particularly the West Alabama area. In fulfilling its mission, the University seeks to employ a vibrant, talented, and diverse faculty and staff. The University strives to offer meaningful employment that will make a difference in the community and the lives of those who attend the University. 

The University of West Alabama is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges (SACSCOC) to award associate, bachelor, master, education specialist, and doctoral degrees. 

We are delighted that you are interested in learning more about the exciting career opportunities offered at UWA. As a member of the UWA community you will enjoy exceptional benefits, a charming campus teeming with traditions and camaraderie, and opportunities for growth and development. We strive for a campus culture built on innovation, collaboration, and fulfilling opportunities for meaningful employment. 

Faculty/Staff Job Openings 


Details regarding the contact person, requirements and more are provided in each individual position announcement. In addition to regular mail, all application materials will be accepted by electronic means. 

The University of West Alabama does not discriminate on the basis of race, religion, hearing status, personal appearance, color, sex, pregnancy, political affiliation, creed, ethnicity, national origin (including ancestry), citizenship status, physical or mental disability (including perceived disability), age, marital status, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, veteran or military status, predisposing genetic characteristics, domestic violence victim status, or any other protected category under applicable local, state, or federal law, including protections for those opposing discrimination or participating in any grievance process on campus, with the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, or other human rights agencies. 

The University has designated a Title IX Coordinator who oversees implementation of the University’s Policies and Procedures on Equal Opportunity, Harassment, and Nondiscrimination. The University’s Title IX Coordinator is Byron Thetford, Brock Hall 202 (Station 61), Livingston, AL 35470,, 205-652-3435.   

Any person may report harassment, discrimination, sex discrimination, including sexual harassment, in person, by mail, telephone, or email, using the contact information listed above for the Title IX Coordinator. Such a report may be made at any time (including during non-business hours) by using the telephone number, email address, or by mail to the office address listed above for the Title IX Coordinator. For the University’s Policies and Procedures Regarding Equal Opportunity, Harassment, and Nondiscrimination, please visit  

AA/EO Employer. Minority applications encouraged.