Resources for New Faculty Members
New faculty members face an onslaught of new faces, new information, new procedures, and students all within a few days of their arrival on campus. The materials below are provided to help faculty members navigate through the tide of requirements that face them as they begin their association with UT Dallas.
First, new tenure system faculty members received a list of Helpful Hints as they accepted the offer of employment from the university. Included in this document are references to syllabus procedures and templates, course evaluations from previous terms, and information about textbook ordering, the academic calendar, and grading policies. Another useful document for new faculty is the New Employee Checklist, also available on the Human Resources website. Because UT Dallas is a state-affiliated agency, the definitions used to classify Veteran status and ethnic/racial status are included here to help new faculty complete their new employee paperwork with less difficulty.
New faculty members are likely interested in the details of the benefits package available to them as a member of the university community; this information is available on the UT System website.
Title III, Chapter 21 of the Handbook of Operating Procedures details the overarching principles and guidelines related to Faculty Governance at UT Dallas. This document provides extensive information about the Academic Senate and the Senate's committees. All faculty are encouraged to visit the Academic Senate website to view documents related to School and Departmental bylaws and the bylaws of the Senate.
Learning about UT Dallas and its Students
The Office of Strategic Planning and Analysis offers a bounty of useful information about the university, its history, its programs, and its student populations. For the new faculty member, particularly useful is the University Profile.
Other useful documents about the university environment include:
- The UT Dallas Police Department Handbook for Faculty provides useful phone numbers and basic information about parking and the Campus Security Act as it is enforced at UT Dallas;
- The UT Dallas Policy on Sexual Harassment reinforces common sense views about public and interactions with other campus constituents;
- A presentation about Faculty Responsibilities in relation to EEO regulations and compliance provides a simple overview of the university's modus operandi regarding the desire to provide a safe, equitable, and harassment-free environment for faculty, staff, and students alike.
- Similarly, the Harassment Prevention document provides useful resources and tips for avoiding sexual harassment in the workplace and in the classroom.