Human Resources

Human Resources
Main 25
700 College Drive
Decorah, Iowa 52101

Phone: 563-387-1134
Fax: 563-387-1391

Employee Resources

Human Resources is excited to launch UKG Ready, a new software tool. As we use UKG, we will continue to add customizations and enable new modules, so please be prepared for the system to evolve as we use it.

In the first stage of our implementation, UKG Ready will replace HireTouch, the applicant tracking systems we have used for faculty and staff recruitment since 2013. HireTouch has been discontinued as a product.

Please see our Welcome to UKG Ready document for instructions on how to log in to UKG Ready, how to use UKG Ready to manage a faculty or staff recruitment process, or how current employees should apply for jobs at Luther College.

Are you an external candidate considering a career at Luther College? Please see our Luther Careers site for links to open positions, summaries of employee benefits, and much more!

We are excited to announce that staff meetings will resume in September 2023.  They are held on Wednesdays at 2 p.m., and Thursdays at 9 a.m., in Peace Dining Room unless otherwise noted. Each month the Wednesday and Thursday agendas are the same. Two meetings are offered each month (other than December) so that staff can arrange for offices to be covered and allow everyone the opportunity to attend. The December meeting is only once and is designed for a fun hour to gather, visit with others, as well as the possibility of singing, laughter, and games.

Dates for 2023-24 Academic Year

Mon. Aug. 28th at 9:00 a.m., Faculty and Staff Town Hall (Note: Will be held in CFL Main Hall)

Wed. Sep. 13th at 2 p.m. (Note: Will be held in Mott-Borlaug)
Thurs. Sep. 14th at 9 a.m.

Wed. Oct. 11th at 2 p.m.
Thurs. Oct. 12th at 9 a.m.

Wed. Nov. 8th, at 2 p.m. (Note: Will be held in Mott-Borlaug)
Thurs. Nov. 9th, at 9 a.m.

Staff Christmas Party:
Thurs. Dec 7th, 9 a.m. – 10:30 a.m.

Wed. Jan. 10th, at 2 p.m.
Thurs. Jan. 11th, at 9 a.m.

Wed. Feb. 7th, at 2 p.m.
Thurs. Feb. 8th, at 9 a.m.

Wed. Mar 13th at 2 p.m.
Thurs. Mar 14th, at 9 a.m.

Wed. Apr. 10th at 2 p.m.
Thurs. Apr. 11th at 9 a.m.

May TBD, Faculty and Staff Town Hall

Staff Meeting Committee Members:

  • Laura Barlament
  • Matthew Bills
  • Bridget Christopher
  • Eric Ellingsen
  • Shelley Hurst
  • Kari Koch
  • Kay Schmitt
  • Erin Zidlicky

We would love to have new members join the committee, as well. Please consider volunteering!


Luther College observes the following holidays and paid closures:

Good Friday Holiday – Friday, March 29, 2024

Memorial Day Holiday – Monday, May 27, 2024

Juneteenth Holiday – Wednesday, June 19, 2024

Independence Day Holiday – Thursday, July 4, 2024

Thanksgiving Closure – Wednesday, November 27, 2024 (campus closes at 3:00pm)
Thanksgiving Holiday – Thursday, November 28, 2024
Thanksgiving Holiday – Friday, November 29, 2024

Winter Closure – Monday, December 23, 2024
Christmas Holiday – Tuesday, December 24, 2024
Christmas Holiday – Wednesday, December 25, 2024
Winter Closure – Thursday, December 26, 2024
Winter Closure – Friday, December 27, 2024
Winter Closure – Monday, December 30, 2024
New Year’s Holiday – Tuesday, December 31, 2024
New Year’s Holiday – Wednesday, January 1, 2025

Good Friday Holiday – Friday, April 18, 2025

Memorial Day – Monday, May 26, 2025

The College will celebrate Martin Luther King Jr. the week of January 20.

Luther College observes modified business hours during summer. While summer hours are in effect, Monday through Thursday participating full-time employees will work 8.5-hour days with 30-minute lunch breaks. On Fridays, participating employees will work 6-hour days with a 30-minute lunch break. Offices that participate in summer hours will officially close at 2:30 p.m. every Friday.

Summer hours will begin on Monday, May 20, 2024. We will return to regular work and office hours (8:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m., Monday – Friday) on Monday, August 12, 2024.

Staff Excellence Awards recognize exemplary performance by staff members who consistently excel in their positions and demonstrate integrity and a strong commitment to the mission and values of Luther College. A secondary purpose is to enable members of the staff to more fully experience the educational mission the college provides its students.

The following criteria will be considered in the review of nominations:

  • Outstanding Achievement and Performance: consistently and substantially exceeds the expectations of the position, performing at a level above and beyond normal job requirements; has made important and significant contributions in their area; has furthered the mission of the college.
  • Personal Interaction: consistently and substantially demonstrates an ability and willingness to work positively, respectfully, and effectively with others; has significantly improved “customer service” or has increased student satisfaction in their area; demonstrates ability and willingness to manage changes in work priorities, procedures, and organization.
  • Initiative and Creativity: has significantly improved a work process or system, or has significantly increased the efficiency of an operation or department; consistently seeks to improve the quality of work assigned; demonstrates efforts to expand work responsibilities.

Two staff members will be selected each year, normally one exempt and one non-exempt employee. The recipients will be announced at the annual December staff meeting or similar event. Recipients will be given the opportunity to choose from one of two prizes:

  1. A Luther-affiliated educational opportunity that the college will fund to a maximum of $4,000. Staff members wishing to participate in a program that costs more than $4,000 will need to make up the difference. Participation will be counted as work time.
  2. A cash payment of $1,000 that will be processed through payroll. All applicable payroll taxes will be deducted.

Nominations should address one or more of the criteria listed above and be submitted through the online Nomination Form found on the Human Resources website. Any current member of the staff or faculty can submit a nomination. No self-nominations will be accepted and all nominations will be confidential. The Director of Human Resources will forward all nominations to the President’s Cabinet for their selection.

LinkedIn Learning is an online course website offering video courses taught by industry experts in software, creative, and business skills. All faculty, staff, and students should visit and sign in with their Norse Key username and password to access this service.

CELT has curated a selection of videos for both faculty development and for faculty to share with students for their skill acquisition. Videos cover a variety of topics from basic computer skills to Excel productivity tips.


If there is a skill that you would like to see on the list please submit your request on CELT’s LinkedIn Learning Request form.

Human Resources

Human Resources
Main 25
700 College Drive
Decorah, Iowa 52101

Phone: 563-387-1134
Fax: 563-387-1391