Academic Human Resources

2072 Administrative Services Building
1009 Greene Street
Ann Arbor, MI 48109-1432

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Academic Human Resources

Academic Human Resources administers and provides consultation related to programs, policies and procedures for Instructional and Primary faculty, as well as Graduate Student Instructors, Graduate Student Research Assistants and Graduate Student Staff Assistants. AHR is also responsible for union contract issues and processes for academic employees.

Labor Relations

The Academic Human Resources Office administers the collective bargaining agreements for the Lecturer's Employee Organization (LEO Local 6244, MFT/AFT/AFL-CIO) and the Graduate Employees Organization (G.E.O. Local 3550, AFT/AFL-CIO)

Under these collective bargaining agreements Academic Human Resources is responsible for:

  • Contract negotiations
  • Contract administration, including interpretation of contracts
  • Grievances, discipline and discharge process
  • Arbitration and litigation

Additional Responsibilities

Other Academic Human Resources responsibilities include:

  • Verifying sabbatical service and exceptions
  • Approving reduction in force requests (for staff and primary staff employees in academic units with 10 or more years of service)
  • Approving retirement agreements for faculty, including variances to the furlough policy and the phased retirement policy
  • Approving supplemental salary requests (including overloads in excess of 25%)
  • Providing leadership programming for deans, associate deans and department chairs
  • Providing advice and consultation to faculty and academic administrators covering the entire range of personnel issues for faculty, including leaves of absence, sabbatical eligibility, salary issues, outside consulting requirements, appointment criteria, etc.
  • Coordinating the collection and review of Regents Communications for any personnel action at the senior faculty ranks (appointment, tenure or promotion), appointment to an academic administrative position and appointment as a named endowed chair requiring Regental approval
  • Administering the several faculty grievance procedures
  • Managing the tenure and promotion process for the Provost's Office
  • Posting waivers for academic appointments

Academic Human Resource Staff

Jeffery Frumkin, Ph. D.  - Associate Vice Provost and Senior Director

Jeffery Frumkin is the Associate Vice Provost and Senior Director for Academic Human Resources.  He has been at the University of Michigan since January 1998.  Previously Dr. Frumkin worked at the University of California, Michigan State University, the Minnesota State Colleges and Universities System, and Eastern Michigan University.  Dr. Frumkin earned his BA, MA, and Ph.D. from Michigan State University in Higher Education Administration. 

Alexandra Matish, J.D. -  Associate Director

Alexandra Matish joined Academic Human Resources in June of 2008.  Prior to coming to University of Michigan, she worked as an Assistant General Counsel at Wayne State University, where she focused on labor and employment law and collective bargaining issues.  Alexandra also worked as a union-side attorney in a law firm specializing in public sector labor law in educational settings.  Alexandra has a Bachelor’s degree in International Relations from James Madison College at Michigan State University and a Juris Doctor from University of Detroit Mercy School of Law.  She is the contract administrator for the labor contract with the Lecturers’ Employee Organization (LEO).  Her current responsibilities also include, LEO and GEO general contract administration and advising units on faculty personnel matters.

Melissa Sortman - Associate Director

Melissa Sortman joined Academic Human Resources in May 2016.  Melissa worked for a public sector union representing higher education employees prior to coming to the University of Michigan.  Her experience includes over 16 years of collective bargaining experience, including all aspects of contract administration, public sector labor law and employee representation.  Melissa has a Bachelor’s degree in Communication and English from Western Michigan University.  Melissa is the contract administrator for the labor contract with the Graduate Employees’ Organization (GEO).  Her current responsibilities also include, LEO and GEO general contract administration and advising units on faculty personnel and policy matters.  

Kim Andrus - Senior Academic Labor Relations Representative

Kim Andrus has been with the University of Michigan since October of 2000.  She held several positions in the Medical School from 2000 to 2009 in the Division of General Medicine and the Division of General Pediatrics involving faculty affairs and HR generalist work.  Kim was then promoted to an Academic HR Consultant position in 2009 with the Stephen M. Ross School of Business, Human Resources Office, and remained with Ross until 2016.  She then joined Academic Human Resources in September of 2016.  Kim is responsible for bargaining support for the LEO and GEO chief negotiators/contract administrators, advising units on faculty personnel matters and consulting on disability cases with Work Connections.  Kim has a Bachelor’s degree in Human Resources Management from Eastern Michigan University.

Tammy Deane, M.B.A. - Business Administrator

Tammy Deane has been at the University since June 1995.  She held numerous positions within University Human Resources including a position in Academic Human Resources from 1997-2000.  She moved to the College of Engineering in May of 2000 where she worked in the College’s Human Resource Office.  Tammy returned to Academic Human Resources in April 2006.  She processes the monthly Academic Regents Personnel Action Items and coordinates the Promotion and Tenure process for the university, in conjunction with the Provost Office.  In addition, she is the finance, HR and facilities department administrator for several University Human Resources departments.  Tammy has a Bachelor’s degree in Business Management and a M.B.A in Organizational Leadership.

Tiffany Fox – Academic Human Resource Specialist

Tiffany Fox joined Academic Human Resources in August 2016.  She has been with the University serving in various HR capacities since 2006, including progressive roles as an Employment Process Senior Associate (EPC), I-9 Center Coordinator and Employment Team Lead for the Shared Service Center.  Some of her Academic Human Resources duties include providing advice to schools and colleges on policy and practice interpretations for instructional faculty, research faculty and GSRA appointments; tracking of the Visiting Scholars designation process and case management of background checks for faculty and grad students; as well as providing support for negotiations, grievances, the Collegiate Lecturer Program and Lecturer Professional Development Fund.  Tiffany has a Bachelor’s degree from Eastern Michigan University in Teaching - Secondary Education.

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