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trial SharePoint site

June 18, 2019

Hi, this is Ben Eggleston. I’ve set up a “CLAS Chairs and Directors” SharePoint site to explore the pros and cons of using SharePoint rather than Blackboard to provide documents to chairs and directors. I’ve set up the site to be accessible to chairs and directors who have asked to participate in this project. If you would like to participate, just let me know, and I’ll be glad to add you.

To access the site, go to When you do this, you may see the following:

Here you need to get to KU’s single sign-on page. So, you can just enter something like, to tell Microsoft that you are with KU. What precedes the “@” character doesn’t matter (in my experience messing around with this). It seems that the characters “” tell Microsoft to take you to KU’s single sign-on page. Once you sign in there, you should be taken to the above URL. Alternatively if you’re already signed in to KU's single sign-on, the above URL should work directly.

You can also log in to SharePoint at KU by going to (I'm told that “myCommunity” is simply KU’s branding for its SharePoint service.) Once there, you may have to search for the CLAS Chairs and Directors site – in my experience, simply logging into myCommunity does not show you all the sites you have access to. Once you search for it and are looking at it, I recommend “following” it (by clicking the star), so that it will show up among your SharePoint sites if you log in at in the future.

staff searches and staff direct hires

September 5, 2018

It has been the practice for some departments needing to hire staff (whether through a search or a direct hire) to contact the Shared Service Center directly. The staff-hiring process – including position descriptions and budget approvals – now flows through the Dean’s Office before being sent to the SSC. If you need to hire staff, please contact Amanda Burghart (; if the position needs to be filled quickly, please indicate that in your email to her.

Administrative Affairs team overview

September 5, 2018

  • Ben Eggleston, Associate Dean for Administrative Affairs (
  • Amanda Burghart, Executive Assistant (
    • staff hires, including
      • liaison between departments and Shared Service Center
      • hiring a temp worker through an agency to cover a staff vacancy
    • staff affairs such as
      • retirements
      • resignations
    • chair and director searches and appointments
      • Committee on the Evaluation of Chairs & Directors
    • sabbatical leaves
      • Committee on Sabbatical Leaves
    • departmental program reviews (e.g., external reviews)
    • adding or revising a policy in the Policy Library
    • Watson study carrels
    • scheduling for Associate Dean Eggleston
  • Jill Mignacca, Administrative Associate, Senior (
    • faculty hires, including
      • liaison between departments and Shared Service Center
      • tenure-track faculty, lecturers, etc.
    • faculty affairs such as
      • leaves of absence (including Family and Medical Leave)
      • Interruption of the Probationary Period (Tenure Clock)
      • Modified Instructional Duties
      • Differential Allocation of Effort
      • retirements (including phased retirements)
      • resignations
    • promotion & tenure processes, including
      • College Committee on Appointments, Promotion, and Tenure
      • Progress Towards Tenure Review
      • tenure and promotion to Associate Professor
      • promotion to Professor
      • Post-tenure Review
    • administrator searches and appointments
    • affiliate processing
    • back-up scheduling for Associate Dean Eggleston
  • If you are in doubt about whom to contact, feel free to contact any member of our team – Ben, Amanda, or Jill – and we will gladly steer you in the right direction.