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New Faculty Orientation

August 13-14, 2020


This year's New Faculty Orientation will take place virtually. The goal is to introduce you to UTSA leadership, culture and important resources to help you hit the ground running.

What to Expect at New Faculty Orientation

Over the course of two half days, new UTSA faculty will participate in the discovery of the three destinations that are the foundation of UTSA, and identify their role and responsibility as faculty members of UTSA.  Presenters from different areas on campus will provide information from their respective areas as they relate to research, teaching and service within the three destinations: 

  • UTSA will be a Model for Student Success 
  • UTSA will be a Great Public Research University 
  • UTSA will be and Exemplar for Strategic Growth & Innovative Excellence 

In the morning of the first day, Thursday, August 13, new faculty members will attend Human Resources virtual orientation program. At 1 p.m. on Thursday, August 13, new faculty will then attend the first synchronous virtual portion of New Faculty Orientation which will focus on creating connections, describing the mission/vision and culture as it relates to the UTSA destinations. Representatives from areas that support our destination of being a model of Student Success will provide information and resources. 

The second day, Friday, August 14, will focus on the other destinations and specific information will be provided regarding Research, The Graduate School sharing the concept of our mentoring programs and supporting students, discussion of Promotion and Tenure process, faculty review process and expectations of our new faculty. The second day session will end with a 'virtual' Resource Fair of key campus areas such as the Library, Emergency Management, and others. 

Topics to be presented during New Faculty Orientation are centered on creating excellence: In research and teaching and service, which will position UTSA to be San Antonio's university of the future, as well as supporting our destinations of being a Model for Student Success, a Great Public Research University and an Exemplar for Strategic Growth and Innovative Excellence with the commitment of all.  


New Faculty Orientation is required for all newly hired tenure-track and tenured faculty members and is open to all new full-time non-tenure-track faculty. Questions? Contact Director of Faculty Training and Development Judy Verdon at 210-458-2994.