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Registration for New Faculty Orientation

Registration for New Tenure-Track Faculty: Resources and Responsibilities

Registration for Nontenure Line Faculty Workshop



  • Date/Time: Tuesday, August 22, 2017, from 8:00am - 1:00pm
  • Location: J.C. Kellam, Suite #1100
  • Coordinated by: The Provost Office and the Human Resources Office
  • Topics covered: Agenda Coming Soon

The following items and information should be reviewed prior to attending New Faculty Orientation. Several of these topics will be covered at NFO, but may need your attention before the workshop.

Preparing for New Faculty Orientation

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Employee Benefits


As an employer, Texas State is proud of the competitive benefits from health plans, life insurance, and retirement programs provided to keep our Bobcats healthy and happy. Many of those advantages are found in the employee benefit programs below. Explore this site to learn more about the benefits available to you.

Insurance Options

Texas State offers a great benefits package for faculty members.  The Employees Retirement System of Texas administers health insurance plans for Texas State faculty and staff.   View the New Employee Benefit Guide here to find plan details and rates.  (Rates are for plan year 9/1/2017-8/31/2018)

Please note:  Texas State has opted to pay the premium during the waiting period for 75%-100% FTE employees – this means that there is no waiting period for medical coverage to begin! 

Retirement Options

Texas State faculty members are members of the Teachers Retirement System of Texas, unless you are eligible for and choose to participate in the Optional Retirement Program.  You can find general information about both plans here.

Work Life and Employee Assistance Program

Providing a healthy work environment is important at Texas State! That’s why we provide several programs and resources to help you balance life's challenges, harmonize stress, and better manage multiple responsibilities that come from work, school, and personal life.  Check out these benefits here.

At New Faculty Orientation, you will receive forms and an explanation of the benefits offered to new faculty members.  Benefits staff will be on hand to answer questions and help with the completion of required forms.  For additional information, please contact the Benefits Office at (512) 245-2557 or by emailing

Required Employee Notices

To view required employment notices, click here.

Upon Your Arrival

University ID

Obtain your University ID called a Texas State BobcatCard from ID Services (located at the LBJ Student Center, Room 2-9.1). A temporary Texas State ID will be provided at New Faculty Orientation.

  • The BobcatCard is for student, faculty, and staff use at Texas State University. Photo ID cards are used for privileged authorization, library use, meal plans, door access, and optional purchasing and banking functions on and off campus.
  • Please note: You are required to show a valid picture ID (driver’s license, passport, or military ID) to obtain a first time BobcatCard as a current semester paid student, current faculty or staff member, or Texas State Affiliate.


NetID Policies and Info

Texas State provides each of its authorized users with a computer account, known as a NetID.  This provides access to the university's information resources. You are the only authorized user for your NetID and password.  Your password should be kept secure and private.  You are responsible for any actions taken with your NetID and password.  You may not use your NetID and password for commercial purposes. For additional rules and regulations related to your NetID and password see the Appropriate Use of Information Resources UPPS.

Upon the completion of the NetID request, the hiring department is responsible for providing the employee their Personal ID (PLID) and NetID information.

Activate your new NetID - Provide identifying information and follow the prompts to set up a NetID password.

Validate Your Personal E-mail Address (to Reset NetID Passwords)

A validated personal e-mail address is a non-Texas State e-mail address used to assist with resetting NetID passwords. It must be validated before you can use the Forgot Password process. This IT security feature helps Texas State know that you are indeed who you say that you are in order to reset your password and use Texas State Online Services.


A temporary parking permit will be provided at New Faculty Orientation. All faculty and staff are required to register with Parking Services any vehicle they drive and park on campus and purchase the appropriate color parking permit. Parking rules are enforced every day of the year.

Parking permit or visitor parking passes can be picked up from the Parking Services Office (located in the Matthews Street Garage).

Red Restricted Permit

Faculty and staff are eligible to purchase a Red Restricted Permit, which allows parking in any non-reserved red surface lot or garage.

  • The Red Restricted Permit costs $335 and is valid for the full year. Full-time faculty/staff with an annual salary of $25,000 or less are eligible for a reduced permit fee on Red/ Restricted Permits. Purchase Now

Reserved Red Restricted Permit

Faculty and staff are also eligible to purchase a reserved (7 a.m. to 7 p.m. Monday-Friday) parking spot.

Additional Permits and Parking Permit

Learn more about your options for motorcycle parking, accessible parking, and carpooling here.

Bobcat Tram Shuttles

Bobcat Shuttle routes are operated for students, faculty, staff, and visitors at Texas State University.  Bobcat shuttle routes and schedules can be found here.

The system is in operation during all class days. Services levels and routes are determined based on demand, student density, and available resources. Local public bus service, (including ADA accessible demand-response service), is provided by the City of San Marcos.

Additional Resources

Emergency Management

University Police

Texas State's University Police Department (UPD) is a full-service agency that provides law enforcement and crime prevention for the university community. Our officers are trained and certified by the Texas Commission on Law Enforcement and are committed to create a safe community in which to learn, live, and work.

In an emergency, dial 911 from any phone on campus or find a blue light emergency phone. If you need general information or non-emergency service from UPD, please call 512.245.2805 and talk to one of our state-certified dispatchers.

TXState Alert System

The University Police Department is responsible for all emergency notifications on campus. Once notified of an emergency, responding officers and police department supervisory staff will determine if the situation requires a campus wide notification.  Once the emergency has ended, notice will be sent out to the community using the same methods as the original notification.


Bobcats Bobbies provides escorts dusk to 1am, 7 days a week during Fall and Spring semesters. Security Services provides escorts 1am till dawn.

Standard Response Protocol at Texas State University

The Standard Response Protocol was instituted at Texas State University in the Fall 2014.  Since that time, all incoming students, faculty, and staff have been educated on the four responses to emergencies.

UPD Crime Prevention Programs for Faculty and Staff

To schedule classes, contact Crime Prevention at (512)245-8341 or  Sign up for courses sponsored through Professional Development at

Total Wellness - WellCats

Texas State Employee Wellness Program

As part of your membership, you will have access to information covering upcoming events, nutrition topics, healthy recipes, and health behavior change coaching strategies via a weekly newsletter, Facebook, and our Web site. 

1. Register online HERE. (Registration is complete when a confirmation number appears.)
2. Submit a Health Risk Appraisal and General Release/Waiver to Carolyn (Clay) Swearingen in the Department of Health and Human Performance.   


Campus Organizations

Texas State Organizations for Faculty and Staff

Alliance of Texas State
The Texas State Alliance encourages, promotes, and celebrates the awareness, equality, social acceptance, non-discrimination, and individual freedoms of all employees regardless of their sexual orientation, gender expression, or gender identity.  Texas State Alliance is dedicated to and supports lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer (LGBTQIA) faculty and staff.
Email     |     Website

Coalition of Black Faculty and Staff
The Coalition at Texas State University is committed to the concerns interests and needs of the collective body of black faculty, staff, and students.  We invite those interested in participating with The Coalition to attend a meeting or contact us via email for more information.
Email     |     Facebook

Hispanic Policy Network
The purpose of HPN is to provide a forum for the discussion of issues and concerns related to the Hispanic community (faculty, staff, and students) and to assist in providing effective solutions for those issues.  Meetings are held the third Wednesday of every month.
Email     |     Website     |     Facebook     |     Twitter

Faculty Senate
The senate monitors all topics of interest to faculty and attempts to assure that the faculty perspective is considered prior to decision make on all important governance issues.
Email     |     Website

Texas State Alumni Association
The Texas State Alumni Association promotes the future by embracing the past.  The Association is the link that forges a strong bond between alumni and the University.  Through the contributions and talents of alumni and friends, we support the goals, values, and accomplishments of Texas State and its alumni.  Meetings are announced.
Email     |     Website

Policy and Procedure Statements