UK pauses hiring in response to coronavirus challenges

Emily Girard

As a result of campus shutdowns in the midst of the coronavirus pandemic, UK has temporarily stopped hiring new faculty and staff. Though this pause does not apply to student employment, it applies to both full-time and part-time faculty, staff, administrative and STEPS positions.

“Our focus needs to be on caring for ourselves and the health of our families,” said UK president Eli Capilouto in an email to students and faculty.  “It is difficult to onboard new employees while we are working remotely and observing appropriate social distancing protocols.”

Capilouto cited “heightened economic uncertainty” as another cause of the hiring pause, explaining that UK needs to focus on the work of its current employees. Capilouto also mentioned that the closure of local courts makes required background checks impossible.

UK will still hire employees who were offered jobs prior to March 23, and UK HealthCare will continue its usual hiring process. However, all other positions and interviews are paused indefinitely. All other areas wishing to advance positions must contact UK Human Resources for exceptions.

”Our core principle since the beginning of this health crisis is ensuring the health, safety, and well-being of our entire community,” said Capilouto. “We will get through this together.”

Questions about the hiring pause should be directed to Emily Curtsinger ([email protected], (859)-257-9632) in UK Human Resources Employment.