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City of San Marcos Homebuyer Incentive Program

Due to the Covid-19 pandemic, the City of San Marcos has re-prioritized resources to meet the health and safety need of the community.  As a result, the Homebuyers Incentive Program has been suspended until further notice.

Faculty Awards

Annually, Texas State recognizes outstanding faculty who have made significant contributions in the area of teaching, scholarship, service, and other areas.  The following policies and webpages describe awards that are granted on a university-wide level.  Colleges, departments, and other units offer faculty awards, as well.

Presidential Awards for Excellence in Teaching, Excellence in Scholarly/Creative Activity, and Excellence in Service and Presidential Seminar:

Award for Excellence in Online Teaching:

Mariel M. Muir Excellence in Mentoring Awards:

Part-time Faculty Excellence in Teaching Award:

Excellence in Diversity and Inclusion Awards:

Faculty Development

The Faculty Development office provides opportunities to enhance your knowledge and proficiency in instructional practices, approaches to research, scholarship, and creative activities, and other skills and knowledge that build and sustain successful academic careers for all facutly. The mission of Faculty Development is to provide relevant, equity-minded programming and resources to inspire faculty excellence in leadership, collaboration, teaching, research, and creative activities.

Faculty Development Calendar

Faculty Development Leave

Faculty development leave enables tenured faculty members to accomplish work not possible at the home institution or concurrent with normal duties.  The Texas Legislature established a program of faculty development leave "to improve further the higher education available to the [students] at the state-supported colleges and universities and to establish this program of faculty development leaves as part of the plan of compensation for the faculty of these colleges and universities."  Applications are typically due in early October of each fall semester.

Faculty Senate Program Information

Application: Faculty Requests portal

Final Report Form: Development Leave Final Report Form

University Policy: AA/PPS 04.02.02

Texas Education Code: V.T.C.A. Education Code, Chapter 51, Subchapter C

Non-Tenure Line Faculty Workload Release

In recognition of the essential role of the non-tenure line faculty in effectively delivering curriculum and contributing to the culture of scholarship at Texas State, the non-tenure line faculty workload release program allows full-time, non-tenure-line faculty to receive up to a six workload credit reduction of their normal semester teaching load (at full pay and benefits) to pursue scholarly and creative projects, curriculum development, or teaching improvement projects. Applications are typically due in early October of each fall semester.

Faculty Senate Program Information

Application: Faculty Requests portal

University Policy:  AA/PPS 04.02.03

Faculty Fellowship Opportunities

Faculty are encouraged to participate in distinguished national and international fellowship programs recognized by the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board (THECB) and National Research University Fund (NRUF) eligibility.  Each faculty member considering a fellowship is required to utilize this planning tool and discuss the opportunity with the department chair/school director before submitting an application

Planning Tool: Faculty Fellowship Opportunities 

University Policy: AA/PPS 04.01.32

Faculty Retention Guidelines

The Office of Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs is committed to an effective program of faculty retention, including appropriate and competitive salary.  Deans, school directors, and department chairs are encouraged to develop practices for investing in high-performing faculty before they seek or receive offers from other institutions. 

Guideline: Faculty Retention and Salary Adjustments

Faculty Salary Equity

Texas State University is committed to maintaining a faculty salary system that equitably compensates faculty members for their service. A component of this system is the periodic review of full-time continuing faculty salaries. When funds are made available by the President’s Cabinet or when they deem it useful, the provost and vice president for Academic Affairs (VPAA) will initiate the faculty salary equity study. AA/PPS 04.01.51 provides information about the process that is used to conduct this periodic review.

Outside of this periodic process, salary equity concerns may be directed to the appropriate chair/director and dean, who may coordinate with Faculty and Academic Resources for review and response.

Subvention Support

Subvention support is designed to assist faculty when university and scholarly presses and open-access publishers require authors/creators to provide funds to underwrite the publication and dissemination of these works.  Faculty in need of subvention support seeks funds from their departments/schools, colleges, and sources at the local level, including grant funds, indirect cost recovery funds, and related sources.

Work Life and Inclusion Resources

Providing a healthy work environment is important at Texas State, which is why the university provides several programs and resources to help employees balance life's challenges, harmonize stress, and better manage multiple responsibilities.  The Work Life program promotes health and wellness resources, including the WellCats wellness program, employee discounts, on-campus and off-campus activities, the Bobcat Balance employee assistance program, and other resources for helping employees acclimate and thrive.  Several affinity groups, along with diversity and inclusion efforts, provide opportunities to engage in enhancing the university's inclusive excellence.

Work Life Resources

University Policy: Texas State Employee Wellness Program

Campus and Family Activities