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Welcome to the Missouri Southern State University Human Resources website. We hope our site is easily accessible and informative for visitors and employees. Human Resources strives to provide leadership and expertise on human resource issues, enabling our faculty and staff to perform to the highest standard by being knowledgeable and active participants in the policies and benefits of Missouri Southern State University. It is a goal of Human Resources to be a source of information, provide leadership and empower employees by actively encouraging shared governance philosophies and practices effectively meeting the objectives of our mission.

We seek to recruit, encourage and develop employees who are committed to the values, standards and mission of the University. Human Resources has updated its processes and procedures relative to the hiring of employees through the use of available technology systems. The on-boarding of new employees has been streamlined and updated to facilitate faster access to resources so our employees can be up to speed and on course to success.

If you encounter any difficulties or have questions, you can get immediate assistance by calling us at 417-625-9527. You may also send us any comments by clicking on the e-mail link to any staff member. Again, welcome to Missouri Southern State University.

Contact us:

Department Email

3950 E. Newman Rd.
Hearnes Hall Rm 217
Joplin, MO 64801

Phone: 417-625-9527
FAX: 417-625-9505

Evan Jewsbury, M.S., PHREvan Jewsbury

Chief Human Resources Officer

Employee relations; wage and salary administration; personnel policies; benefits administration; annual staff evaluations; general HR information; Title IX Deputy Coordinator; Family Medical Leave administration; legal Issues; job descriptions; personnel actions including disciplinary.

Judy D. Wilmoth, PHRJudy Wilmoth

Human Resources & Workforce Development Manager


Assistance with information and processing of employee benefits (health, dental, vision, retirement, LTD, life, AD&D, etc); employment procedures for faculty, professional and classified staff; employment advertisements; benefit overviews; new employee orientations; workers' compensation; general HR information; process control and workflows including requisitions and applicant flow; manager of workforce development training.  Judy is also MSSU's Privacy Officer. 

Jan GarnerJan Garner

Payroll Manager

Management of Payroll operations; general payroll information; State and Federal tax information; vacation and sick leave balances; investment elections including 403(b); payroll deductions, vendor payment and reconciliation; direct deposit inquiries/selections.

Debra Schow-SmithDebra Schow-Smith

Human Resources Training Specialist

Conduct and develop training programs; centered on workforce compliance, safety, computer technology and other campus wide programs of interest to employees; Brown Bag luncheons; student worker orientation training; coordinates special training events.  Debra utilizes a variety of classroom and online resources to meet the needs of campus learners. 

Linda DayLinda Day

Payroll Assistant

General payroll information; Federal and State tax information; vacation and sick leave balances; direct deposit inquiries/selections; Web-time processes/Electronic timesheet information.

Dee Kirby Dee Kirby

Human Resources Coordinator 

General HR information; policies and procedures resource; employment opportunity, recruiting, applicant processing, and questions; website maintenance; verifications of employment; general payroll & benefits information; address changes; department file maintenance and storage; vacation and sick leave balances; paperwork processing, etc.