Guidance for New and Adjunct Faculty

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Welcome to SMU

We are glad you are part of the SMU faculty community! We welcome your contributions to the intellectual, interpersonal, and creative development of our undergraduate, graduate, and professional students. You can find information relevant to your role as a faculty member at the main faculty informational site. The information on this page is specifically tailored to questions that our new faculty might have.


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First steps to get started (prior to your first day of work)

The following checklist provides you with information about each of the steps required to get started:

  • Step 1: Schedule an appointment to visit the Department of Human Resources:
    • Schedule through this link OR
    • Email
    • I-9 form: This form is required. At the link, you can learn about which documents are acceptable. During the COVID-19 pandemic, in an effort to help ensure the safety of our community, please schedule an appointment here to complete your I-9. If you have any questions, contact the Office of Human Resources at 214-768-3311.
  • Step 2: Prepare these documents ahead of time to bring with you to your HR appointment:
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Next steps: Important reminders now that you have an SMU ID

Once you have your SMU ID and password, you can access a wide range of resources. Please visit each of these sites for up-to-date information about the advantages of being a member of the SMU community.

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Ongoing Instructional and Technology Supports

SMU has a strong infrastructure of supports for faculty. Our Center for Teaching Excellence hosts regular workshops, curates a rich set of pedagogical tips and webinars, and offers one-on-one consultations. Our Office of Information Technology has a team of Academic Technology Service Directors (ATSD’s) who serve as the primary partners for each School and College. They know our faculty on a first-name basis. Reach out to your ATSD for any questions that arise:


Need personalized assistance?

For additional help, your best contact will be at the department level. You can find a list here of the department chairs to help you with additional guidance across several areas:

  • Obtaining keys or card swipe access to classrooms
  • Gaining access to additional required training that might apply in your area
  • Understanding options for access to office space, photocopies, textbook adoptions, etc.
  • Learning about opportunities to join in department meetings
  • Addressing questions about any university communications or policies
  • Seeking support on any issues (e.g., unexpected absences, student concerns, etc.)