Learning and Development at SMU

New Employee Orientation Checklist for Faculty

This checklist is provided to help you quickly and easily complete all required elements of your Total Orientation Process with SMU.  If you have any questions, you may go back to the on-line tutorial content to review the information.  You may contact the Department of Human Resources via telephone at (214) 768-3311.  Our Customer Service Representative will direct you to the appropriate person to answer your questions.

Please note that all completed forms mentioned in the Checklist should be mailed to:

Southern Methodist University, Department of Human Resources - New Faculty, P.O. Box 750232, Dallas TX 75275-0232

Benefits Orientation Sessions for New Faculty

Sessions will be offered at Expressway Tower, HR Training Room, Suite 208. Please select one of the sessions below and submit your RSVP here

  • Wednesday, August 6, 2014: 10:00 am - 12:00 pm
  • Wednesday, August 13, 2014: 1:00 pm - 3:00 pm
  • Tuesday, August 19, 2014: 8:30 am - 10:30 am

As a visitor to the building, you may park in any undesignated parking spot at the Tower.  Please note the Visitor Parking is designated one hour parking and you most likely will be here longer than one hour.  If you already have an SMU Parking Permit, make sure you park in the All University Parking lot to the east of the Tower - designated as SMU Parking.

Before the first day of the month in which contract begins:

On the first day of employment:

Federal law requires your completion of the Form I-9. Please bring your original, unexpired documents to Human Resources to complete the Form I-9 by your first day of employment. You are not eligible to begin work until the Form I-9 has been completed. Please make arrangements to complete your I-9 in person at:

Expressway Tower
6116 Central Expressway
Suite 200
Dallas, TX 75206
Business Hours: 8:30 am-5:00 pm, Monday-Friday
(214) 768-3311

Before the first week of the month in which contract begins:

    Within 31 days of the first day of the month in which contract begins:

    Benefits:  Required Participation (see age restrictions)
    • 403(b) Retirement Savings Plan (Age 36 or older)
    • Emeriti Health Savings Account (Age 40 or older mandatory pre-tax contribution, under age 40 optional post tax contribution)
     Benefits:  Optional Participation
    • If enrolling dependents, please review the Dependent Eligibility requirements.
    • Benefits elections for the following benefits are made through my.SMU.edu> Self Service> Benefits> Benefits Enrollment.  If you experience difficulties, contact the Benefits office at 214-768-3311 for assistance.   
    Health and Wellness Plans
    Flex Spending Account - Health Care and/or Dependent Care
    Health Savings Account
    Dental Insurance
    Vision Insurance
    Supplemental Life Insurance
    Accidental Death and Dismemberment

    • Long-Term Care Insurance:  If you wish to purchase Long-Term Care Insurance, choose the Long-Term Care tab and follow the instructions to apply for coverage.
    • Wellpower Wellness Program (benefit eligible faculty/staff):  create your personal profile - start earning credits!

    Within 90 days of the first day of the month in which contract begins:

    Tools for Faculty Managers

    • TIMEaccess Training for those who will manage non-exempt (hourly) employees
    • New Manager Orientation:  New Managers may participate in this optional orientation series to learn the tools and resources available to them in their new role.  

    Questions Questions may be directed to following departments: 
    Email Us Recruitment:  RecruitU@smu.edu 
    Email Us
    Benefits-Total Compensation BenefitsU@smu.edu
    Email Us Orientation-Professional Development DevelopU@smu.edu