Texas State University, like its home in central Texas, is a melting pot of many ingredients. You’ll learn about new holidays like Juneteenth and Cinco de Mayo. You’ll get used to seeing armadillos and deer mixing with palm trees and prickly pear and cedar and live oak. And you’ll learn that pretty durn nearly everyone is friendly.
This will become immediately apparent at the traditional opening of the academic year, the LBJ Birthday Picnic. Here, on the grounds of the Texas State President’s house (weather willing), you’ll have a great chance to meet and greet, and celebrate one of the University’s most renowned alumni, Lyndon B. Johnson, with Texas food and Texas music and, if you’re in the mood, Texas dancing.
And, mixed in with departmental/school meetings during the first week will be the Faculty Convocation at which the President talks about the state of the University and presents faculty awards. So in combination with those events, this New Faculty Website should help you for the first few weeks as you become accustomed to our teaching and learning community as well as the Hill Country that surrounds it. Here you will find information about your New Faculty Orientation and the Program for Excellence in Teaching and Learning workshops that will support you throughout your first year. Also, we provide access to some basics like how to get your faculty identification card, parking registration, e-mail address and other routine but necessary items. And of course we have our own way of doing course syllabi and curricula vitae, so we’ll point you to the various official University and academic policies you might want to take a look at.
We’ve organized all this information using what we’ll call top tabs and side tabs. The top tabs are specifically related to things you need to know right away. The side tabs are a bit more general and you’ll need them sooner or later, but probably not right now. Most of these are reminders since you’ll hear (or read) most of it during new faculty orientation under “Getting Started,” but hearing and remembering aren’t the same thing.
“Moving and Living” includes a list of Chambers of Commerce members in the communities where most of our faculty choose to live, school district contact information in those same communities, how to get to campus and how to travel around campus once you’re here, including maps. “Getting Started” has the all-important schedule for that new faculty orientation, as well as getting identification, parking on campus and driving in Texas, getting connected with your computer and other campus technology, etc. It also points you to information about setting up and managing your classes, the schedule for the Program in Excellence in Teaching and Learning Program that you will participate in during your first year, and other resources that might be useful in this area. There is similar useful info for setting up and supporting your research program. Service, by the way, is also important but has been left out since you’ll need to settle in for awhile before you’re ready to start contributing in this area.
We finish up with “Contacts,” which as you night expect, gives you some other important phone numbers and websites on campus that could be helpful as questions arise. One of the most important is Academic Development and Assessment since we not only participate in your orientation and host your Program for Excellence in Teaching and Learning, but also are ready for almost any question. In case you’ve already got one, here we are: (www.ada.txstate.edu).
Off to the left side are the more general resources for information. “Texas State Essentials” includes contact information for Human Resources, Benefits like Health, Business Services, Lifestyle Resources, and others. This may overlap somewhat with the Top Tabs, but better twice than not at all, right?
We hope you find these references useful as you’re “fixin’ to get ready to settle in” as some Texans say. And remember www.ada.txstate.edu/newfaculty or 512-245-2112. That’s us and we’re ready to help. And you should know that, as at most campuses, the best sources of guidance and helpful information are usually your department chairs/school directors and their administrative assistants.