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Southwest Collection / Special Collections Library

The Southwest Collection/Special Collections Library includes the Southwest Collection; the University Archives; Rare Books; the James Sowell Family Collection in Literature, Community and the Natural World; the Archive of Turkish Oral Narrative; and the Crossroads of Music Archive.

The Southwest Collection is the regional repository for historical information pertaining to West Texas and the Southwest. The library collects and makes available for research more than 1,800 collections of personal papers; more than 5,000 hours of oral history interviews; noncurrent business and institutional records; and a non-circulating library of Texana, Western Americana, maps, periodicals, photographs, newspapers, interviews, films, videotapes, and microfilm.

The University Archives serves as the institutional memory for Texas Tech University by collecting, preserving and making accessible to researchers such materials as administrative and faculty records, publications, photographs, memorabilia, and video and audio recordings. These materials document the legal, historical, fiscal, administrative, and intellectual aspects of the university, as well as the cultural and social aspects of student life.

Consisting of some 38,000 volumes, Rare Books is a rich resource for research. Its holdings provide a wide breadth of materials, including rare and early printed books and maps; artists’ books; and limited edition, illustrated and finely bound books. Areas of strength include the history of science and medicine, European and American literature, book history and book arts, Russian and Eastern European history and culture, Mesoamerican and illuminated Medieval manuscript facsimiles, Greek and Roman classical authors, and dowsing.

The James Sowell Family Collection in Literature, Community and the Natural World contains the personal papers of award-winning contemporary American writers whose work deals with the natural world, the significance of communities, and questions of social justice. In addition to published books, materials available for research include correspondence, drafts of manuscripts, research notebooks, diaries, calendars, photographs, and film. A complete list of writers in the Sowell Collection can be found on the website

The Archive of Turkish Oral narrative is a research facility devoted to the study of Turkish folktales and related narrative forms: folk history, legends, folk minstrelsy, and myths. The archive’s website ( offers a comprehensive view of Turkish culture.

The Crossroads of Music Archive is quickly becoming the premier music archive in Texas. The university is the only state institution actively pursuing musicians and their associates to collect and preserve the state’s vast musical heritage. Additionally, the archive is working outside the state to obtain important music collections that have been overlooked.

All materials may be used by both the university community and the general public for research or reference. The Southwest Collection/Special Collections Library building is located north of the University Library. Reading Room service is provided during regular semesters from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday, Wednesday, and Friday; 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. Tuesday and Thursday; and 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Saturday. All hours are subject to change; please call to confirm hours. Inquiries and donations are welcome. Tours are available.

Contact information: 806.742.3749 or

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Speech-Language and Hearing Clinic

The Speech–Language and Hearing Clinic, with facilities on the east side of the Health Sciences Center, serves as a practicum site for students in the Department of Speech, Language, and Hearing Sciences.

Under faculty supervision, students in speech–language pathology and audiology provide clinical services for the students, faculty, and staff of Texas Tech University and other residents of West Texas and eastern New Mexico. Assessment services and therapy are available for children and adults with hearing problems or disorders in language, voice, stuttering, or articulation. Individuals are accepted by self-referral and upon referral from other professionals. Anyone needing these services should contact the office of the Speech–Language and Hearing Clinic at 806.743.5678..

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Student Union Building (SUB)

The Student Union Building (SUB) is the community center of campus. Referred to as the living room of the university, the SUB has as many as 20,000 students, faculty, staff, alumni and guests come through its doors daily.

In 2006 the SUB completed a $45 million dollar renovation and expansion that has created one of the finest facilities in the United States. The expansion included additional space for the official Barnes and Noble campus bookstore, the Student Organization Involvement Center, 62 registered student organization cubicles, TV and study lounges, Student Government Association office suite, Student Union & Activities Administration offices, Dean of Students, the Center for Campus Life offices, Student Legal Services, Student Judicial Programs, and West Plaza Courtyard between the SUB and the library. In 2007 the Office of Parent and Family Relations was added along with a game room in the lower west lounge. The renovation encompasses a five-concept food service court, a casual dining area with seating for 600 patrons, eight reflection and study rooms, 25 technologically capable meeting rooms for events, the 968 seat Allen Theatre, the courtyard, and the east entrance ATM hub.

The retail and service corridor on the first floor houses a variety of businesses such as the University ID Office, Prosperity Bank, a University Police sub-station, Sam’s Place Mini-market, CopyMail service center, the Union Bistro, and Smart Choices. The Student Union Ticket Booth, located at the Welcome Center on the first floor of the east side, serves as a major outlet for advanced tickets sales for many campus functions as well as being a Select-A-Seat location for events in Lubbock and throughout the region.

The Student Union Building is open from 7 a.m. to 11 p.m. weekdays, 8 a.m. to 11 p.m. Saturday, and noon to 11 p.m. Sunday

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Teaching Academy

The Teaching Academy is a university-wide organization of faculty who have demonstrated excellence in teaching and are committed to the improvement of teaching and learning. Members of the Teaching Academy facilitate and participate in activities that demonstrate, support, promote, and recognize pedagogical excellence at Texas Tech University. Established in 1997 by the Office of the Provost, the Teaching Academy represents strong and visible evidence of the university’s commitment to its teaching mission.

To become a member of the Teaching Academy, faculty must be nominated and supported by two sitting members of the academy and submit a formal application dossier. Applications are reviewed by a standing committee of academy members, and new members are inducted during a ceremony in the fall semester. More information and access to application materials may be found online at the Teaching Academy website.

The organizational structure of the academy includes an Executive Council, elected by the full academy membership and composed of one representative from each college (two from the College of Arts and Sciences). The Chair and Chair-Elect are selected from the elected members of the Executive Council, and the Director of the Teaching, Learning, and Professional Development Center (TLPDC) is an ex officio member. The Executive Council meets monthly to consider the teaching culture across campus and to conduct the business of promoting and rewarding teaching excellence. The Executive Council serves as the review committee for the Chancellor’s Council Distinguished Teaching Award. Executive Council members also serve as liaison to the academy’s standing committees, the New Membership Committee and the Departmental Excellence in Teaching Award Committee, which are elected by the full academy membership. It also developed and now oversees the Teacher Mentoring through Peer Observation (TeMPO) program to facilitate mentoring relationships among faculty using peer-observation.

The Teaching Academy is supported by the Teaching, Learning, and Professional Development Center, through which programs and services are often presented in collaboration with the Teaching Academy. For example, the TLPDC and the Teaching Academy organize and facilitate an annual teaching conference, named in honor of former Provost John M. Burns.

Starting in 2014, the Teaching Academy is also able to award the Lawrence Schovanec Faculty Development Scholarships to fund faculty attending conferences focusing on teaching skills and techniques. These Scholarships are available to all full-time faculty. Although the number of Scholarships awarded and the amount will vary according to funding, at least one will be designated for full-time faculty who are not members of the Teaching Academy.

For more information about the Teaching Academy, visit the website at or call the TLPDC office at 806.742.0133.

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Teaching, Learning, and Professional Development Center

The Teaching, Learning, and Professional Development Center (TLPDC) at Texas Tech University supports the university’s commitment to excellence in teaching and learning. The center aims to develop and advance the whole person by providing practical teaching assistance and other interactive development opportunities for faculty, graduate students and staff, encouraging innovation in teaching techniques such as service learning and supporting technologies such as Blackboard to enhance the teaching and learning process.

The TLPDC supports instructional staff and faculty through consultations, seminars and workshops and customized services; seeks out cutting-edge educational technologies; and provides quality faculty development and professional development opportunities to promote excellence in the classroom. By building strong institutional partnerships and through partnerships with other institutions and organizations, the center strives to be a regional and national leader in the areas of teaching and learning. The TLPDC is located on the first floor of the north wing of the library. Known for a welcoming environment, the staff maintains an informal “open door” policy.

Confidential teaching consultations are an important service provided by the TLPDC to faculty members. At the instructor’s request, a consultant will observe classes and gather feedback from students about their learning. The TLPDC also leads the nationally recognized Teaching Effectiveness and Career Enhancement (TEACH) Program for graduate teaching assistants and partners with the Graduate School to provide numerous professional development sessions for graduate students through workshops. Indeed, multiple collaborations occur to form the robust workshop schedule hosted by the TLPDC such as a partnership with the Ethics Center and the Committee for Academic Advising and Retention. The Service Learning faculty fellows program is another excellent program led by the TLPDC to provide mentoring for faculty initiating service-learning curricula across the university. The TLPDC also provides support for faculty members creating online or hybrid courses. Faculty members planning to teach online should consider investigating the TLPDC Instructional Design services and the hands-on assistance offered in creating online courses in Blackboard. Whether faculty members need informal consultation services or prefer to establish a partnership with TLPDC instructional designers, there are several options available for online course design assistance.

Each semester, the TLPDC sponsors faculty-led sessions focused on the process of teaching and learning. TLPDC staff members also lead a variety of classes to support Blackboard and other supplemental technologies, teaching-oriented topics such as classroom management, evidence-based teaching and active learning strategies. In the fall the TLPDC supports the Teaching Academy in hosting the John M. Burns Conference on the Scholarship of Teaching and Learning. Each spring the TLPDC sponsors the Advancing Teaching and Learning Conference and brings nationally recognized leaders in higher education to West Texas.

For further information about any of these programs, contact Suzanne Tapp (Executive Director/, call 806.742.0133, stop by the center in the library, or see the TLPDC website ( There is always something good happening at the TLPDC!

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Texas Tech Chess Program

The Texas Tech Chess Program was developed following the university’s commencement of May 2007. Its motto is “Academic Excellence through Chess.” The program’s mission is to promote chess as a vehicle for enriching education, to serve as a unit for the development of advanced chess education, to support and promote competitive collegiate chess, and to recruit outstanding undergraduate and graduate students to the university.

In collaboration with the university’s student chess club, the Texas Tech Chess Program offers a variety of services and opportunities related to chess, including regular meetings, tournaments, after-school programs, workshops for teachers, and chess camps for kids.

The Texas Tech Chess Program resources include chess sets, chess clocks, demonstration boards, chess game analysis programs, and tournament management. Many of these resources are shared with the university’s student chess club.

The Texas Tech Chess Program also offers chess scholarships to qualified applicants at either the undergraduate or graduate level. In the past three years, the Texas Tech Chess Program has captured one regional, two state, and eleven national chess titles. The Texas Tech Chess Program has produced three grandmasters, the highest designation in chess.

Contact Information: 303 Library, 806.742.7742,,


Texas Tech Foundation

Texas Tech Foundation, Inc. is organized exclusively for charitable, educational, or scientific purposes, within the meaning of Section 501 (c) (3) of the Internal Revenue Code of 1986 as amended. The Corporation is organized and shall be operated exclusively to support and promote all colleges, schools, programs, and campuses of the Texas Tech University System; to seek and obtain gifts for such system; and to receive, hold, invest, and administer property of any kind, type, or nature for the benefit o the system. The foundation is governed by a volunteer board of directors and is housed within and administered by the development office on the Texas Tech campus.

Gifts are tax-deductible and are so receipted and acknowledged to the donor, and the donor may designate the use and purpose of the gifts. Gifts to the foundation can be made online at

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Texas Tech Police Department

The Texas Tech Police Department is located at 413 Flint Avenue and is operated 24 hours a day, seven days a week. The department provides police services and security for the entire Texas Tech community, an area much larger and more populated than many towns in Texas. The department phone number is 806.742.3931 or, in an emergency on campus, 9-911.

The Texas Tech Police Department employs 52 officers and 37 civilian employees. The officers are licensed by the Texas Commission on Law Enforcement Standards and Education and are fully commissioned.

The Texas Tech Police Department employs Crime Prevention Specialists available to offer presentations on a number of topics, including personal safety, burglary/theft prevention, sexual assault awareness, and drug and alcohol awareness programs. In addition, these officers will discuss crime prevention with any student, faculty or staff member.

The department posts information and crime statistics online at

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Texas Tech University Agricultural Field Laboratories—
Lubbock County

The principal field laboratory units for the College of Agricultural Sciences and Natural Resources are located in northeast Lubbock County (six miles east of New Deal on FM 1729) and on Quaker Avenue just north of 4th street. These field laboratories are heavily used in teaching and research programs.

The northeast Lubbock County unit consists of 982 acres of irrigated farm land typical of the soil types in the South Plains area. Two buildings are used for teaching and research in conjunction with studies related to soils and crops. There are three swine buildings, a horse center, a sheep center, a beef cattle center, the Burnett Center for Beef Cattle Research and Instruction, a necropsy unit and a physiology-metabolism laboratory. The field laboratory facilities are used by students and researchers as integral parts of their studies in the College of Agricultural Sciences and Natural Resources.

The Quaker Avenue Research Farm is located less than two miles from central campus. The Department of Plant and Soil Science uses this 130-acre farm for research on many different crops, including cotton, corn, sorghum, castor, horticultural crops and turfgrass. More than half the farm is equipped with subsurface drip irrigation. Class activities on irrigation, crop breeding, crop production and turf management are often held at this farm.

Also located about two minutes from central campus is the Texas Tech University Native Rangeland Area managed by the Department of Natural Resources Management. This 132-acre tract has been a part of the university since its inception in 1923. Initially, the rangeland was used for field trips and natural history studies, then periodically from about 1960 through 2000, cattle were grazed on the area. The rangeland is now recognized as one of the most important native shortgrass prairie sites remaining in the Lubbock area. Numerous research projects are being conducted on the site by professors and graduate students from Texas Tech. Public schools and conservation groups conduct field trips to the site to observe wild animals and conduct educational programs about the ecology of the Southern High Plains.Back to Top


Texas Tech University Research Farm— Pantex

The College of Agricultural Sciences and Natural Resources operates an agricultural farm at Pantex, located 12 miles east of Amarillo. This farm consists of 5,822 acres of deeded land and an agricultural use permit on an additional 5,304 acres controlled by the Department of Energy. The farm serves as a valuable resource for agricultural research and education, adding strength, flexibility, and prestige to the academic programs at Texas Tech.

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Transportation and Parking Services

All vehicles parked on campus must have a valid Texas Tech ePermit in the commuter lots on weekdays from 7:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. and in the residence hall parking lots 24 hours a day, seven days a week.

By using “My Parking Account” on the Transportation and Parking Services website (, viewers can access and update account information, register motor vehicles and bicycles, purchase a permit, and explore other ways to simplify their on-campus parking experience. The website also provides maps, citation appeals procedures, traffic and parking regulations, and other useful information.

A free on-campus Motorist Assistance Program is available 24 hours a day for anyone who runs out of gas, needs a battery boost or a car door unlocked, or has a flat tire on campus. Call 742.6277 (MAPP).

To contact Transportation and Parking Services, call 742.7275 (PARK) or visit Room 145 of the Administrative Support Center, 407 Flint Ave., from 7:30 a.m. to 8 p.m. Monday through Friday.

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TTU Worldwide eLearning

Texas Tech University offers multiple certificate programs, bachelor’s degrees, and graduate degrees at a distance. These degree programs are delivered through a variety of modalities, including synchronous or asynchronous web-based instruction, as well as interactive video conferencing. Instructional technology available to faculty and students includes:

  • Blackboard learning management system (the Teaching, Learning, and Professional Development Center, 806.742.0133)
  • Confluence wiki (TTU IT Division – Technology Support Department 806.742.1650)
  • Computer-based training – business, financial, and technology skill development for online learners (, TTU IT Division – Technology Support Department, 806.742.1650)
  • SharePoint enterprise services – document collaboration, submission (TTU IT Division – Technology
  • Support Department, 806.742.1650)
  • Online accessibility information (

The Office of the Provost works with Texas Tech colleges and departmental leaders on the development of new, online and distance degree and certificate proposals. The Office of Online Compliance and Regulation is responsible for compliance activities for federal and state regulations as well as accreditation activities related to online and distance learning.

Faculty who are developing or instructing courses in online formats are supported through resources within their respective college or school; the Teaching, Learning, and Professional Development Center (806.742.0133); the Information Technology Division (806.742.5151 or 806.742.1650); and the Office of Online Compliance and Regulation (806.742.7227). For more information about online and distance learning, visit the TTU Worldwide eLearning website ( or contact Dr. Melanie Hart ( or 806.742.2184) in the Office of the Provost or Dr. Justin Louder ( with TTU Worldwide eLearning.

TTU Regional Sites

The Office of the Provost coordinates all programs offered at regional sites in El Paso, Fredericksburg, Highland Lakes (Marble Falls), Junction, and Waco.
Programs at these sites provide distance students with opportunities to earn undergraduate and graduate degrees with a blended delivery of face-to-face, interactive videoconferences, and online classes. Students may complete their degrees without the need to relocate or travel long distances from their homes and work.
Texas Tech partners with regional community colleges for lower-division coursework and offers upper-division courses to complete a bachelor’s degree at the TTU regional sites. Graduate degrees are offered through participating colleges at Texas Tech.
Students pursuing degree programs at TTU regional sites are held to the same entrance requirements as students at the Lubbock campus. Courses, curriculum, and graduation requirements at each site meet the same standards as those in Lubbock.
For more information about the various TTU regional sites, visit or contact Dr. Melanie Hart (, 806.742.2184.


University Press

Texas Tech University Press, the book publishing office of the university since 1971 and a member of the Association of American University Presses since 1987, seeks to advance knowledge and culture, and preserve research and history, by publishing bo oks and journals of scholarly, intellectual and creative merit. The mission of the Press is to disseminate, within its focus areas, significant works of scholarship in as many formats as will serve the university’s broadest constituency throughout the state, the nation and the world.

The Press publishes 25 to 30 new titles each year and has over 400 titles in print. The Press has lists in the following areas: American liberty and justice; costume and textile studies; the culture and history of Texas and the West, of the Great Plains, and of modern Southeast Asia (during and after the Vietnam War); Jewish studies and literature; Latin America and Latino/a fiction; natural history and natural science; and sports in the American West. The Press also publishes several scholarly journals, a series for young readers, the annual winner of the Walt McDonald First-Book Competition in Poetry, and literary fiction that centers on Texas and the West.

The Press’s editors are available by appointment to meet with faculty and staff to discuss their book projects and determine whether those projects meet the publication criteria of the Press. All book manuscripts considered by Texas Tech University Press are intensively peer reviewed by eminent scholars in their fields, and after they receive favorable recommendations, the book manuscripts must then be granted final approval for publication by the TTUP Editorial Committee, a group comprised of distinguished faculty members (OP 30.19). For more information on the submission process, visit

Contact Information: 806.742.2982 (phone), 806-742-2979 (fax),,

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University Student Housing

The Texas Tech residence hall system includes a variety of living options and provides convenient and affordable housing for approximately 7,400 students. Learning Communities provide students with the opportunity to live with others of similar interests. Carpenter/Wells Complex, arranged in three-bedroom townhouses or four-bedroom flats, offers private bedrooms in a suite-style setting. Murray Hall and Talkington Hall offer suite-style accommodations to men and women. Most suites include four private bedrooms, a common living area, and shared bathrooms. Talkington Hall includes a limited number of two bedroom suites. The West Campus Upperclass and Graduate Apartments are apartment-style living with full kitchens and washer and dryers. Priority for assignment to Carpenter/Wells and West Campus Apartments will be given to students of sophomore or above classification. Gordon Hall, a suite-style residence, is designated as the primary Honors College residence hall. The West Campus Upperclass Apartments will be for second-year students and up. The West Campus Graduate Apartments will be for students of at least 21 years of age.

Ethernet computer connections are provided in each room. Talkington Hall, Hulen/Clement, and Wall/Gates halls have Wifi throughout the buildings. The West Campus Apartments will also have Wifi throughout the building. Other services include basic cable television service with Showtime, limitless laundry rooms, vending machines, and in hall 24-hour professional office.

An experienced and trained staff of Residence Life Coordinators and Community Advisors manages each residence hall. Each residence hall office provides assistance to residents with concerns, including maintenance requests, room and roommate assignments, and resource information.

The interests of students living on campus are promoted through the Residence Halls Association and individual hall governments. Each hall government sponsors social, cultural, educational, and recreational activities.

On-Campus Housing Requirement

In support of the Strategic Plan of Texas Tech University, the university requires students with less than 30 post-high school college hours to live in the university residence halls. Institutional research suggests that students who live on campus are significantly more inclined to remain in college and achieve higher GPAs in comparison to students living off campus. Compliance with the university housing policy is a condition of enrollment, as set forth in the Student Handbook and the academic catalog and approved by the Board of Regents.

Requests for exemptions from the on-campus housing requirement must be submitted to the office of University Student Housing no later than May 1 for fall or summer enrollment and November 1 for spring enrollment. A list of exemptions can be found on the website

In conjunction with the university’s support of academic integrity, evidence of deliberate falsification of information, data, or any materials submitted, or providing false or erroneous information in connection with an application for exemption from the on-campus housing requirement will be grounds for disciplinary action. Such action may include, but is not limited to, revocation of a previously approved exemption, restitution of up to a semester’s room and dining plan fees, or probation, as determined by Student Judicial Programs and in accordance with the Code of Student Conduct of Texas Tech University.

Students sign The University Student Housing and Hospitality Services Contract for the summer session or the academic year (fall and spring semesters). Any student wishing to move from the residence halls should consult the Residence Hall Contract for the provisions applicable to cancellation of the contract. Signing a lease for off-campus housing does not relieve the student of contractual obligations that may have been assumed with the university for housing in the residence halls. It is the responsibility of the student to comply with all provisions of the Texas Tech University Housing contract.

It is the responsibility of the student to update any incorrect information regarding place of residence with the Office of the Registrar

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Vietnam Center and Archive

Texas Tech University established the Vietnam Center in 1989 with the missions of funding and guiding the development of the Vietnam Archive and encouraging continued study of all aspects of the American Vietnam experience. The center provides a forum for all points of view and all topics related to Southeast Asia, particularly America’s involvement in the region before, during, and since the Vietnam War.

The Vietnam Archive collects and preserves materials and artifacts focusing on the men and women who directly participated in wartime events. This includes people from the United States as well as from all participant nations. Located in the Special Collections Library, the Vietnam Archive currently contains approximately 20 million pages of material, making it the largest repository of Vietnam War related materials outside the U.S. federal government.

In addition to documents, artifacts, and related items, the Vietnam Archive includes a dynamic oral history project, a library of more than 14,000 books and an unrivaled microfilm/microfiche collection. The Vietnam Archive microform collection comprises material from all the U.S. presidential administrations involved in Southeast Asia from World War II to 1975 and contains a comprehensive collection of other government agency and military branch records. This collection also includes one of the largest French Indochina and Vietnamese newspaper collections in the country.

To ease the burden of researching these vast holdings, the Vietnam Archive has developed one of the largest online document retrieval systems in the nation. Created in 2001, The Virtual Vietnam Archive now provides access to more than 3 million pages of materials, all of which are accessible free of charge through the Internet. These online materials include documents; photographs and slides; and thousands of maps, audio recordings, oral history interviews, films, and more. The Vietnam Archive adds approximately 150,000 new pages of digital material online each year.

In addition to the Vietnam Archive and its component projects, the Vietnam Center also administers a number of special projects and events, including scholarships for Texas Tech students, annual conferences and symposia, and numerous other projects and publications. The Vietnam Center website is

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