Health at SMU

Faculty and Staff Eligibility

Full-time Employees

Full-time Faculty and Staff engaged to work 12 months per year; 35 hours or more per week.
Eligible for all benefits.

Temporary full-time Faculty (those employed for one semester only) are not eligible for SMU Benefits. 

Full-time Employees - Partial Year

Full-time Faculty & Staff engaged to work less than 12 but not less than 9 months per year; 35 hours or more per week.  Eligible for all benefits.

Temporary full-time Faculty (those employed for one semester only) are not eligible for SMU Benefits.

Part-time Employees

Part-time Staff engaged to work at least 12 months per year; at least 20 but less than 35 hours per week.  Eligible for all benefits except Tuition benefits.

Part-time Faculty are not eligible for SMU benefits.  The members of the University faculties who are part-time receive appointments with the titles of "Visiting" or "Adjunct" preceding the appropriate rank of Professor, Associate Professor, or Assistant Professor.  Part-time faculty may also be appointed as Lecturers and as Scholars-in-Residence.

Part-time Employees - Partial Year

Part-time Staff engaged to work less than 12 but not less than 9 months per year; at least 20 but less than 35 hours per week.  Eligible for all benefits except Tuition benefits; eligible for 403(b) Retirement Plan at age 21.

Part-time Faculty are not eligible for SMU benefits.  The members of the University faculties who are part-time receive appointments with the titles of "Visiting" or "Adjunct" preceding the appropriate rank of Professor, Associate Professor, or Assistant Professor.  Part-time faculty may also be appointed as Lecturer, Executive-in-Residence & as Scholar-in-Residence. 

Post Doctoral Fellows

Full-time Post Doctoral Fellows employed for a limited period of time, typically less than one year; 35 hours per week.  Eligible for Medical, Dental, Vision, Basic Life ($10,000), Supplemental Life Insurance, AD&D Insurance, Long Term Care Insurance, 403(b) Retirement Plan (no SMU matching contribution), paid Sick Leave, Social Security, federal withholding, Workers Compensation, Unemployment Compensation & holidays.

Post Doctoral Fellows are not eligible for the Emeriti Health Account, 403(b) Retirement Plan (with SMU matching contribution), Long-Term Disability, Vacation Leave and Tuition Benefits.

Temporary, Contractual or Student Employees

SMU benefits are not available for these employees.

Use the appropriate right-hand link for information regarding dependent or domestic partner eligibility.