Texas Tech University

Frequently Asked Questions

These frequently asked questions relate specifically to campus climate. The list is not exhaustive but aims to provide individuals with useful information for situations dealing with campus climate.

Staff | All Faculty | Tenure Non-tenure track | Administrators | Prospective Employees | Students 

General

1. What resources related to Title IX does our campus have available?

2. Are there policies that govern the institution's response to different types of situations?

Yes, these are called our Operating Policies. They can be found here at  https://www.depts.ttu.edu/opmanual/

3. Where can I find information on child and/or elder care?

The Department of Human Development and Family Studies in the College of Human Sciences operates a Child Development Research Center (CDRC) which provides educational/developmental programs for approximately 80 families with children from birth through five years of age. The CDRC serves as a site for instructional experiences for university students who work with children in laboratory, student teaching, and practicum courses. In addition, the Center provides interdisciplinary research opportunities for faculty and graduate students. More information is available here http://www.depts.ttu.edu/hs/cdrc/

Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center (a separate institution from Texas Tech University) operates the Garrison Institute on Aging. The Garrison Institute on Aging is a unique organization whose mission is to promote healthy aging through cutting-edge research in aging-related health issues, including Alzheimer's disease, as well as through innovative educational and community outreach programs that target students, clinicians, researchers, health care professionals, and the public. More information is available here https://www.ttuhsc.edu/centers-institutes/garrison-aging/mission-vision.aspx

4. Does Texas Tech have a family or parental leave policy?

Texas Tech has three options that can assist with employees needing to take leave to care for family members. The first option, the Family Medical Leave Act (FMLA), entitles eligible employees to take job-protected leave for specified family and medical reasons. Texas Tech University requires eligible employees to submit all paperwork (including FMLA applications and certification forms) for any absence from work due to a qualifying reason under the FMLA. FMLA is unpaid leave, however Texas Tech requires employees to use all eligible sick and vacation leave accruals while taking FMLA. After all eligible sick and vacation leave accruals have been exhausted, employees will be placed in a leave without pay status. More information about FMLA is available here.

TTU also has parental leave, a second option for those employees who do not qualify for FMLA. For additional information, please review OP 70.32 or contact TTU's Human Resources department.

The third option, the Modified Instructional Duties policy, is available to TTU full-time faculty and is described in detail here. 

5. Are there dedicated mental health services available to TTU employees and students?

Yes. More information is available on the following websites

6. Where can I find information on equity pay raises?

7. Where can I find information on TTU holidays?

Staff members and administrators follow OP 70.42: Holidays. That information is also available here. Faculty members and students follow the published Academic Calendar.

Staff

1. I have major concerns about a staff policy. Who do I talk to?

A first place to start is to consult with Human Resources for clarification and guidance. Staff members may also consult with their Staff Senators. Not sure who that is? Check out the Staff Senate page. 

2. Are there socials for staff?

Yes! Many staff organizations host their own socials. Not sure if your department or area of interest has a staff organization? Many of them are listed here https://www.ttu.edu/site/

The Staff Senate also hosts a regular Leadership Luncheon. More information is available here http://www.depts.ttu.edu/staffsenate/events/leadership_luncheon.php

3. Where can I get information on different kinds of training for staff?

4. Are there professional development opportunities for me?

Yes! First, be sure to check out the training link provided as a response to question #3, above. In addition, there are several opportunities housed in the President's office related specifically to leadership training and development. Those are described in detail here https://www.ttu.edu/administration/president/special/leaderinstitute.php

https://www.ttu.edu/administration/president/scholarships/index.php

Employees should also consult OP 70.41: Employee Training and Development and OP 70.29: Employee Tuition Assistance Program.

5. Are there awards for staff?

Yes! Learn more about them here. Please also consult OP 70.26, OP 70.30, and OP 70.34.

6. Does TTU support continuing education for staff members?

Yes. TTU has an Employee Tuition Assistance program that is available to all TTU employees. More information is available here: https://www.depts.ttu.edu/opmanual/OP70.29.php

Faculty

All Faculty

1. How do I bring forward a concern?

Operating Policy 32.05 describes processes related to faculty grievances. More information is available here. 

Depending on the type of concern, OP 40.02 and OP 40.03  may also be relevant.

2. What is the Faculty Ombudsperson for?

The Office of the TTU Faculty Ombudsperson opened January 1, 2015. The office provides a safe place where faculty may seek assistance in addressing conflicts, disputes, or complaints beyond turning to their supervisors. The ombudsperson acts as an independent, impartial, confidential, and informal resource for faculty who are dealing with any work-related difficulty including interpersonal conflict or academic or administrative concerns. Visiting with the Ombudsperson does not replace any steps required in formal internal or external procedures of Texas Tech University. The Ombudsperson is an advocate for a fair and equitable process, not an advocate on behalf of individuals or the institution. More information is available here.

3. Where can I find information about dual-career couples?

4. Where can I find information about diversity hires?

Please contact the Division of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion for detailed information on pursuing diversity hires for your open positions.

Tenured/Tenure Track

5. What kinds of tenure and promotion mentorship resources are available?

The Office of the Provost maintains a list of helpful Operating Policies related to tenure and promotion questions. More information is available here https://www.depts.ttu.edu/provost/tenure_promotion.php

Additionally, the Teaching, Learning, and Professional Development Center hosts an annual Tenure Academy for interested faculty members. More information is available here https://www.depts.ttu.edu/tlpdc/Tenure_Academy/

Non-tenure Track

6. Are there professional development opportunities for non-tenured/tenure track faculty?

Yes! A great place to start is by looking at the opportunities available through the Teaching, Learning, and Professional Development Center (TLPDC). Additionally, you might review the President's Leadership Institute, an annual program designed to inform participants about leadership roles in higher education and, more specifically, at TTU.

7. Are there awards for non-tenured/tenure track faculty?

A number of TTU's faculty awards have specific criteria. These vary by type of award. OP 32.24 generally describes TTU's standing faculty awards. If you're not finding the information you need here, please contact Senior Vice Provost Rob Stewart.

8. Are there OPs specific to non-tenure-track faculty?

An overview of faculty types, including links to additional information, is provided in OP 32.17. If you're not finding the information you need here, please contact Senior Vice Provost Rob Stewart.

9. What HR information is applicable to non-tenured/tenure track faculty?

All HR information is applicable to non-tenured/tenure track faculty unless it states otherwise in the policy.

10. What are our rights concerning grievances and job protections?

Unless otherwise stated, the general faculty grievance policies apply to all faculty types. Those policies are detailed in OP 32.05, OP 40.02, and OP 40.03. Job protections vary depending on type of appointment. Those types are detailed in OP 32.17.

Administrators

1. I've hired my new faculty and staff...now what?

As you prepare to welcome new faculty and staff into your colleges, departments, and schools later this summer, please plan to have the following resources and information ready for them so that they can have as smooth a start as possible. Your own procedures for getting new faculty started might include items not mentioned here, and we would like to learn about them. Questions and comments may be directed to Jodie Billingsley in Human Resources or Rob Stewart in the Provost's Office.

Systems Access and Processes

  1. Obtain TechID
  2. Activate eRaider account and email
  3. Secure Parking permit
  4. Obtain building and office keys
  5. If applicable, confirm classroom access (e.g., Raider Rooms, class labs)
  6. Familiarize with emergency alerts
  7. Explain sick leave reporting
  8. Provide or explain relevant internal systems access, as applicable:
    1. Blackboard access
    2. Textbook ordering
    3. SmartEvals course evaluations
    4. Strive.edu
    5. Grade reporting

Introduction to the College and Department

  1. Notify about College and Department "kick-off" meetings as soon as possible, as well as University New Faculty Orientation
  2. Make office space ready
  3. Provide opportunities to meet Department and College leadership
  4. Review College and Department mission and vision statements
  5. Review College and Department organization charts
    1. Show where the employee's position supports the College and University.
    2. Include staff names as well as faculty; mention their years of service at TTU.
  6. Local flair and fare – Query the new faculty employee's interests and offer information about colleagues' favorite Lubbock and area hangouts and attractions.

Position Preparedness

  1. Review position expectations, including procedures for performance appraisals and tenure and promotion guidelines, if applicable
  2. Review communication expectations and resources
  3. Match with a peer colleague or mentor as a "go-to" contact

2. What kinds of trainings are faculty in my area required to complete and why?

Faculty, staff, and student employees are required to complete EEO non-discrimination and sexual harassment prevention training, Title IX, Clery Act, and Ethics training within the first 30 days of employment and then receive supplemental training every two years.

Staff members should take advantage of New Employee Training, facilitated by Human Resources. More information is available here https://www.depts.ttu.edu/hr/EmployeeResources/NewEmpTraining.php

Faculty members are required to attend the New Faculty Orientation, facilitated by the Teaching, Learning, and Professional Development Center (TLPDC). Additionally, the TLPDC maintains a website of resources for new faculty members, available here https://www.depts.ttu.edu/tlpdc/Resources/NewFacultyResources/index.php

Additionally, All new employees can find helpful information about things like eRaider, ID cards, and benefits here http://www.depts.ttu.edu/hr/EmployeeResources/NewEmp.php

3. How can I encourage a culture of open communication?

By creating an inclusive environment. Take some time to read through the FAQs available on this section of the website. TTU has a number of resources available to you to help cultivate an inclusive, equitable environment in your area. Those resources are identified and described in many of the responses to the FAQs.

4. Where can I find resources for developing an inclusive climate in my area?

The Teaching, Learning, and Professional Development Center offers workshops and consultations focused on inclusive teaching practices and on the impact of bias in the classroom and department. The TLPDC has collected a significant reading list and can work with you to recommend specific resources related to developing an inclusive climate or other issues.

In addition to the resources available at TTU, here are some other resources you might find useful:

Prospective Employees

1. What makes Texas Tech a great place to work?

With a career at Texas Tech University, you are limited only by your own ambition. We foster an environment of success, both for our students and our employees. When you work here, you become part of our campus community that's dedicated to advancing each other personally and professionally. Here are some resources that provide helpful information about our TTU community:

2. What kinds of faculty/staff organizations are at TTU?

Texas Tech is proud to house a wide variety of faculty and staff organizations. Here is a sampling of those:

3. What kinds of work/life resources are in place at TTU?

Texas Tech's Gender Equity Council has consolidated a list of work and life resources. That information is available here.

4. What is the Lubbock community like?

Curious about life in Lubbock? We are a thriving community of over 250,000 in the Lubbock metropolitan area alone. Check out these additional resources for more information on what makes Lubbock a great place to live:

5. Does working at Texas Tech come with any discounts for businesses in the Lubbock community?

Yes. Please check out all of the information about TTU Employee Discounts here: https://www.depts.ttu.edu/hr/EmpBenefits/EmpDiscounts.php

Students

1. How can I find out more about student life at TTU?

2. How can I find out more about student diversity at TTU?