Supporting the College

Human Resources is committed to supporting the College’s mission, strategic plan, and institutional priorities & goals. The office’s core services and competencies include employment, orientation, employee benefits, human resources development, personnel records, and compliance with federal and state employment laws.

Eckerd College supports a faculty dedicated to fostering student learning through effective teaching and mentoring, productive scholarship and artistic endeavor, and broad participation in the campus community, as well as a staff dedicated to creating an environment that fosters the College’s learning community and supports the students in their intellectual, artistic, and moral development.

Benefits at Eckerd College

A healthy and supportive work environment is much more than just a salary. At Eckerd, the provision of an excellent benefit package continues to be an integral part of employment in higher education. We hope you will take the time to review the information provided here in order to best utilize the benefit package we offer.

Eckerd College provides a Benefits Plan to all full-time faculty and eligible regular employees. Faculty must be under contract to teach five or more regular courses (or the equivalent) to qualify for the plan. Support Staff (Exempt and Non-Exempt) must be employed at least 30 hours per week in a 10 or 12 month established position to qualify for the plan.

The plan provides the opportunity to select from a variety of benefits. Contributions to the plan can be paid on a pre- or post-tax basis.

Health benefits at Eckerd fall into one of four categories: medical, vision, dental and employee assistance (EAP). Please select one of the links below to learn more about a specific feature of the health benefits package.


Health insurance allows you or your covered dependents to be compensated for costs incurred as a result of illness or accident. The nature and extent of this compensation is contingent on certain conditions being met as outlined in the plan description for the insurance you select.

Health insurance is available through Aetna. There are three plans to choose from, HMO (Health Maintenance Organization), PPO (Preferred Provider Organization), and the HDHP/HSA (High Deductible Health Plan with Health Savings Account). You have the option of changing your enrollment during the Open Enrollment Period.


Plan Benefits under our VSP Vision plan are voluntary and can be elected upon hire or during Open Enrollment.


Eckerd College offers Dental Benefits through Guardian. Employees are eligible for these benefits on their date of hire, and can enroll by completing an enrollment form. Dependent coverage is available. Employees may change their coverage during the annual open enrollment period.

The Dental plan is a PPO, and the benefit reimbursement differs when utilizing in network versus out of network providers.

Employee Assistance Program

Eckerd Provides access to an Employee Assistance Program (EAP) through Charles Nechtem – a local provider of a range of behavioral health services. Through the EAP, employees and their families are offered up to six counseling sessions per year.

Charles Nechtem is an employee resource program to help with practical solutions, information and support. It is designed to work for everyone, whether you are trying to cope with a family problem, finding child or elder care, a personal issue that is weighing you down at home or at work. LifeWorks can give you and your dependents information, ideas and support on a wide variety of everyday issues, including:

  • Parenting and child care
  • Everyday Issues
  • Education
  • Work
  • Older Adults
  • Midlife and Retirement
  • Health and Wellness
  • Disability
  • Emotional Well-Being
  • Financial
  • Addiction and recovery
  • Legal
  • Managing People

Charles Nechtem offers you and your family:

  • Fast, confidential access to caring, professional consultants – real people to talk to when you need an answer
  • Face-to-face sessions with consultants on specific issues
  • An award-winning Web site with hundreds of online articles, workshops, interactive self-assessments, locators and much more
  • Free booklets, audio recordings, and other materials to help you get the answers you need in the format you want
  • Referrals to resources, services and support in your community
  • A commitment to always be there when you have a question or need help

For more information, or to take advantage of the program, call: 1-800-531-0200 or visit

Eckerd College provides both short and long term disability insurance as part of the benefits available to employees. Disability insurance allows for a percentage of an employee’s salary to continue to be paid to him or her in the event that he or she becomes disabled and is unable to work. Provided below is a brief description of Eckerd’s disability benefits. Disability benefits are distributed through Aetna. If you have questions about disability, or believe you may qualify for disability insurance, please contact the Human Resources Office.

Short Term Disability

Short Term Disability (STD) coverage provides a percentage of salary continuation on a short-term basis for an employee with an approved disability, per plan guidelines. STD pays a maximum of twenty-four weeks of benefits at a percentage of salary up to a maximum amount per week. This benefit applies to full-time, non-faculty employees. For more information, please contact the Human Resources Office.

Long Term Disability

Long Term Disability (LTD) provides a percentage of salary continuation for an employee with an approved disability after six months of continuous disability. All employees working a minimum of thirty hours are eligible following the completion of six months of employment.

Additional LTD benefits can be elected for a greater percentage of salary up to a monthly allowable maximum. For more information, please contact the Human Resources Office.

Retirement Annuity

Eckerd offers a defined contribution plan, or 403(b). Within this plan, Eckerd College contributes a percentage of your regular base gross earnings into an annuity provider selected by the employee. Contributions begin the first of the month following the completion of one year of employment with Eckerd College. The one year waiting period is waived if the employee was previously employed for one year or more in a full-time capacity at another higher educational institution. Faculty must be under contract to teach five or more regular courses to be eligible.

For more information, or to enroll in a plan, it is recommended that you contact one of the vendor’s representatives directly.


Christine Carter
813-632-5126, Fax: 813-910-2090

Supplemental Retirement Annuity

In addition to the percentage contributed by Eckerd on behalf of the employee, employees have the option of setting up their own retirement annuity through the TIAA-CREF. This supplement to Eckerd’s contribution can be elected on an employee’s date of hire. This is a pre-tax employee contribution. As with the main retirement annuity, enrollment is not automatic; employees wishing to participate in the supplemental retirement annuity should make an appointment with the TIAA-CREF Representative. 

Voluntary Early Retirement Incentive Program for Tenured Faculty

Tenured faculty with at least 15-years of service and at least age 60 prior to September 1st of the initial year of participation are eligible. The program requires that the terminal year of participation be completed no later than the academic year (through August 31st) that the faculty member reaches age 65.

Eckerd College provides Group Life Insurance benefits to all full time employees. Basic coverage is provided to all eligible employees at no cost. Optional coverage can be purchased at additional cost and is described below. Some plan basics are described below.

Basic Life and Accidental Death and Dismemberment Insurance

Basic coverage ensures a benefit equal to one times the covered employee’s annual earnings. If not a multiple of $1,000, this amount will be rounded to the next higher multiple of $1,000.

Optional Life and Accidental Death and Dismemberment Insurance

Option 1

An amount equal to 2 times the covered employee’s annual earnings.

Option 2

An amount equal to 3 times the covered employee’s annual earnings.

The combined amount for Basic and Optional Life Insurance shall not exceed $1,000,000.

There are a number of additional benefits that further enhance and enrich employment at the college. Among these are the Flexible Spending Account, and supplemental insurance provided by Assurant.

Flexible Spending Account

A flexible spending account allows an employee to pay for certain health and dependent care expenses with pre-tax dollars.

Supplemental Insurance

Members of the Eckerd faculty or staff are eligible to participate in voluntary benefit plans offered by Aflac through payroll deduction. Aflac provides benefits that are meant to supplement your existing insurance in the case of specified events (e.g., accidents, cancer, and other specified events such as heart attacks or strokes). You can learn more about the supplemental insurance available to you by contacting the Human Resources Office or Eckerd’s local Aflac representative, John Domeier at 727-821-5590.

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Health & Wellness

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Our mission is to create a culture that supports health and wellness and empowers employees to become aware of their overall health status. Support them in actively taking steps to maintain or improve their health and well being. Creating and maintaining this culture will lead to a happier, healthier community and a positive return for Eckerd College.

Program Initiatives

Encourage physical activity and healthy living through value based incentives.
Improve nutritional knowledge of the campus community.
Provide convenient on campus physical fitness and wellness education programs.