New Faculty Orientation


Texas State University, like its home in central Texas, is a melting pot of many ingredients. You’ll learn about 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 Texas State is a very friendly place.        

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.

Mixed in with departmental/school meetings during your first week will be the Faculty Convocation at which the President talks about the state of the University and presents faculty awards. This 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 Scholarship workshops that will support you throughout your first year. 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 hope you find these references useful as you get ready to settle in. And remember or 512-245-2112. That’s us, and we’re ready to help. 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.

Welcome, y’all.



New Faculty Orientation (NFO) is required for ALL benefits-eligible faculty.
New Tenure-Track Orientation (NTTO) is required for all faculty newly hired to the tenure track.


Scholarship and Teaching Excellence Program (STEP) is an ongoing orientation program for all assistant professors in their first year on the tenure track at Texas State.

We are excited to have you join us as a new faculty member and look forward to working with you throughout your career. With over 2,300 faculty members and more than 200 academic programs, Texas State is forging a brighter future because of the dedication and accomplishment of our faculty.

Faculty Development provides opportunities to enhance your knowledge and proficiency i n instructional practices, approaches to research, scholarship, and creative activities—skills that build successful academic careers.

New Faculty Orientation is one way we support your success here at Texas State.  Our goal is to provide you all the tools and resources you need to be successful in your first semester and beyond.

Eat ‘Em Up, Cats!

Candace Hastings, Ph.D.
Director, Faculty Development


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