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Welcome to UTD! This page will facilitate all of the necessary steps to get started at UTD.
The Center for Teaching and Learning's Instructor Handbook provides helpful information for new faculty to start teaching at UT Dallas. Download the Instructor Handbook
Directions to UTD
- Google Map Link to UTD campus
- Directions to UTD
- UTD Interactive Campus Map
- UTD Visitor Parking
Parking at UTD
UTD has several options for parking passes and permits.
Accounts can be managed via online Parking Portal.
Accessing UTD IT Network via UTD Net-ID
Your NetID is a network account used to access campus computing resources. It usually begins with your initials followed by numbers (e.g., abc123456). Use your NetID and password to access the UT Dallas network, check your @utdallas.edu email, and UTD systems.
Refer to the instructions on how to retrieve your UTD NetID in your welcome email. The NetID online self-service portal is a web-based user interface to activate your network account, manage your password, acknowledge required policies, and request enrollment to NetIDplus.
UTD Human Resources
UTD's Office of Human Resources conducts new employee onboarding and general orientation. New UT Dallas faculty members should carefully review new faculty information regarding required paperwork, your first employment meeting with Human Resources and new employee orientation.
The Galaxy portal is UTD's launching pad for multiple service platforms including Orion, Gemini, and toolboxes such as eLearning, Teams, My Parking, Office 365, etc.
Training on Galaxy and other IT professional services are provided by UTD's Office of Information Technology. IT support can be made via Atlas Service Portal.
UTD‘s Learning Management System (LMS) is eLearning. For training and other information please visit eLearning.
The eLearning team hosts virtual open labs to provide real-time assistance with eLearning and other tools. No registration is required. The lab schedule is every Wednesday, 2pm – 4pm
Link to join.
eLearning is supported by UTD's Educational Technology Services (ETS) that also provides support for:
Center for Teaching and Learning (CTL)
UTD's Center for Teaching and Learning (CTL) aims to improve instructional performance and thereby student learning at UTD. CTL coordinates various events and training opportunities that:
- Provide campus-wide leadership and coordination of activities aimed at supporting excellence in teaching.
- Create a campus culture in which excellent teaching is recognized, respected, and rewarded.
- Enhance student learning through effective pedagogical approaches, assessments, and technologies.
- Support innovation in instructional practices and the scholarship of teaching and learning.
- Encourage and disseminate best practices in teaching that are evidence-based.
- Introduce effective teaching practices to instructors with limited experience.
- Encourage self-reflection, assessment, and improvement by instructors.
In addition to training events, CTL also offers monthly, virtual office hours via Teams (contact CTL for more information:
The Center for Teaching and Learning is located in the McDermott Library, first floor, MC 2.402 near the Student Union (SU). Detailed campus building information can be found on the campus map.
UT Dallas faculty are required to post syllabi for all undergraduate and graduate organized courses within seven (7) days of the first day of classes in adherence to the Texas Administrative Code and UT Dallas Syllabus Policy UTDPP1111.
Syllabus templates are available through the Provost's Website.
Office of Research and Innovation
UTD's Office of Research and Innovation provides research support through its various departments that includes the sponsored projects, research information systems, research integrity and outreach, research core facilities, and innovation and commercialization. The office also offers several opportunities for internal funding.
Faculty Funding Awards
The Provost's Office compiles previous awards obtained by UTD Faculty. These recurring faculty funding awards are opportunities available for all faculty.
UTD has teamed up with Academic Impressions to provide extensive online leadership and professional development resources for its faculty. The skills-based training includes:
- Academic leadership
- Diversity, equity and inclusion
- Enrollment management and marketing
- Faculty success
- Institutional and academic planning
- Student success
- Title IX and compliance
- Women's leadership
Faculty have access to online, on-demand and live training sessions, including all Academic Impressions virtual conferences; exclusive member resources for academic leaders, including current and aspiring female leaders; and resources for improving online teaching and student support.
Below are examples of Early Career Faculty Resources:
Preparing for Promotion and Tenure
- Five Guideposts for Successfully Navigating the Tenure Process | Article
- Writing an Effective and Authentic Diversity Statement | Video Course – 23 minutes
- Building Your Career Network: The Relationships Every Faculty Member Needs to Nurture | Video Course – 1 hour and 34 minutes
- Crafting and Maintaining Your Career Vision: A Workshop for Early-Career Faculty | Webcast Recording – 46 minutes
Research and Scholarship
- Time Management for Scholarly Writing | Video Course – 45 minutes
- The Ins and Outs of Publishing Your Scholarly Work: A training for Faculty Researchers | Webcast Recording – 1 hour and 21 minutes
Productivity and Well-Being
- Managing Difficult Conversations as Faculty | Video Course – 37 minutes
- Using Mindfulness to Improve Overall Well-Being and Productivity | Video Course – 1 hour and 22 minutes
Faculty, staff and students can log in using their UT Dallas email address. For questions about member resources, email Yianna Kappas at firstname.lastname@example.org
Annual reviews and tenure and promotion reviews are coordinated through the Provost's Office. Faculty review materials are managed in the Faculty Review portal.
In addition to the policies above, the Faculty Mentoring Program provides workshops on tenure and promotion. Previous workshop materials are also available for viewing in the ‘CTL Resources' course in eLearning.
Questions regarding faculty reviews can be directed to the Associate Provost for Tenure and Promotion, Mehrdad Nourani: Mehrdad.Nourani@utdallas.edu.
Employee Resource Groups
UTD has various Employee Resource Groups (ERG) comprised of a group of employees who are linked by social factors such as culture, gender, sexual orientation, or a common interest or goal within an organization. Of special interest to faculty are:
Lead UTD is an academic training and leadership development program that covers a wide range of operational and leadership topics to understand the challenges faced by UT Dallas academic administrators.
Visit Lead UTD for more information.
List of Suggested Readings
All are available for checkout at the Galerstein Women's Center, Student Services Building, SSB 4.300
New Faculty: A Practical Guide for Academic Beginners
Christopher J. Lucas
Life on the Tenure Track: Lessons from the First Year
James M. Lang
Lifting a Ton of Feathers: A Woman's Guide to Surviving in the Academic World
Paula J. Caplan
Coping with Faculty Stress (Survival Skills for Scholars)
Walter H. Gmelch
On Being a Mentor: A Guide for Higher Education Faculty
The Academics Handbook
Making Time, Making Change: Avoiding Overload in College Teaching
The Compleat Academic: Career Guide
American Psychological Association
Mentor in a Manual: Climbing the Academic Ladder to Tenure
The Little Orange Book Series