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Faculty Benefits

Here at the University of Houston (UH), we enjoy a number of both personal and professional benefits. As university employees, we are offered an excellent benefits package to include medical, dental, life, accident, short-term disability, long-term disability, and flexible spending accounts. Some of our integrated, and competitive benefits packages are intended to identify the various needs of you and your family. Medical coverage is provided through Employees Retirement System of Texas (ERS) at no cost to full-time benefits-eligible faculty and staff. Dependent medical coverage and other insurance coverage is available at affordable group rates. As of June 26, 2015, same-sex spouses and dependent children of those spouses became eligible for medical/dental and life insurance coverage.

You can also take advantage of professional resources and enjoy perks such as access to a world-class library, research facilities, technology and employee discounts with various external vendors.

Professional Development

 

National Center for Faculty Development & Diversity through the UH institutional membership, all faculty have access to free professional development, training, and mentoring. These services are provided by highly trained and successful mentors that offer a confidential “safe space” for problem solving and can be accessed 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, 365 days a year. It’s all about learning the secrets to increasing your research productivity, getting control of your time, and living a full and healthy life.

Office of Faculty Engagement and Development provides resources to support growth in teaching proficiency and effectiveness, successful faculty career progress, research productivity, and service to the University. Professional development is supported at all stages of faculty careers and for all faculty groups, including actively promoting existing opportunities for professional development.

Provost's Travel Fund a source of support for Tenured/Tenure-Track faculty and librarian travel when presenting peer-reviewed work at important professional meetings. The fund was established by the Provost in the spring of 2008 to provide a vehicle to strengthen research and creative programs while enhancing the university's national and international presence in the scholarly community.

Global Faculty Development Fund established to further faculty involvement in the globalization process of the university. This Provost initiative will increase both the assortment and quality of UH’s global programs by helping faculty to defray the costs of engaging in innovative global activities.

Provost Visiting Scholars Program designed to support visits by faculty who are potential candidates for current or future faculty hires, and contributes to increasing Tier One excellence, student success, and equity and diversity at UH.

Learning and Talent Development the UH Department of Human Resources’ Learning and Talent Development unit offers staff and faculty classes and resources on leadership and management. Staff and faculty have the advantage to access Lynda, an online educational company offering video courses taught by industry experts in software and a variety of business skills.

Research

The Office of Research Development advances research by identifying relevant funding opportunities for faculty; working with research teams to successfully apply for opportunities; providing workshops and resources on grantsmanship; and seeking collaborative opportunities across local, regional and national entities for faculty.

Office of Contracts and Grants (OCG) assists faculty in submitting proposals and managing their awards. As such, OCG plays a role in helping the University fulfill its research, instruction and public service missions.

Office of Policies, Compliance and Committees (ORPCC) works with faculty to ensure compliance with federal regulations in areas concerning human subjects, animal subjects, conflicts of interest, grant congruency, and responsible conduct of research. ORPCC conducts congruency reviews prior to award set up (verification of IRB, IACUC, COI, safety approvals).

Office of Tech Transfer and Innovation  manages patents, copyrights and trademarks, and works with faculty and the Intellectual Property Committee to file patents for inventions. The principal goal is to foster research and scholarship through the effective transfer of University-wide technology to industry.

Animal Care Operations (ACO)  provides professional veterinary and husbandry services to support animals used in biomedical and behavioral research, including the maintenance of standards for animals, facilities, equipment and procedures. ACO provides such services to faculty, such as animal procurement, training, veterinary consultation in research design, transportation of animals and veterinary care. ACO also provides professional veterinary medical, husbandry and proposal review services to support animals used in biomedical research.

Strategic Research Communications is responsible for raising the visibility of UH research and innovation programs nationally, among peer institutions and throughout Houston’s regional industry. In addition, the team manages programs to engage UH researchers and inventors, and supports Division of Research business communications.

Teaching

Teaching Innovation Program (TIP) this program is an award opportunity for departments to develop and implement a plan for new and innovative approaches to teaching in the online and hybrid environments.  The Provost and Office of Academic Affairs is committed to providing resources and support to departments and faculty who can present a collaborative and innovative plan for accomplishing the TIP program objectives.

Learning Opportunities the Faculty and Departmental Instructional Support office provides learning opportunities that include consultations, workshops, and knowledge base services to UH faculty or graduate teaching assistants.

Writing Center staff can assist in designing discipline-specific writing assignments that effectively communicate your expectations, developing rubrics that ensure workable feedback and reduce the grading workload, and training TAs on an individual and departmental basis.

Libraries UH Libraries offer services such as teaching support, course reserves, distant education support, off campus access, open educational resources and research services.

Libraries' Technology Training Program offers free technology courses to staff and faculty. Classes are held in the Learning Commons Training Lab of the MD Anderson Library. Some of the trainings offered include Excel, Photoshop, Adobe Creative Suite and Web design.

UH Bookstore offers Faculty Enlight which makes it easier for faculty to research, discuss, discover, and adopt learning materials.

University Information Technology offers classroom equipment, telephone service, video conferencing assistance, and computer labs.

Dean of Students is available to help faculty promote positive behavior in the classroom. The office aims to help students chart a path toward success, overcoming barriers as they arise and ensuring that the proper support services are being utilized as needed. The Office also provides Student Advocacy Services and is dedicated to helping students find answers and resolutions to any barriers to their success. Faculty and staff can refer students to the Dean of Students office or advocacy@uh.edu.

Faculty Awards the Office of the Senior Vice President for Academic Affairs is proud to sponsor a number of awards for faculty, with the vision of promoting and recognizing excellence at UH.

Center for Students with DisABILITIES (CSD) provides individual and departmental consultation and assistance to faculty and staff regarding student ADA accommodations and disability-related issues. CSD offers faculty and staff customized training on working with students who have disabilities. Some of our services and resources include a dedicated testing center, adaptive equipment, and computer labs.

Veteran Services Office is a hub for info and services that address the needs and concerns of our nation’s Military, Veterans and their dependents who attend UH.  Veteran Services can assist faculty when dealing with Veteran Issues in the classroom to ensure their success in the classroom. Veteran Services has a wealth of knowledge and resources all Veterans on Campus.

Diversity Resources

Center for Advancing UH Faculty Success: The University of Houston is the recipient of a National Science Foundation Institutional Transformation (IT) ADVANCE grant to create a Center for ADVANCING UH Faculty Success. The goal of the NSF ADVANCE program is to increase the number and success of women faculty in the science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) fields. The five-year ADVANCE grant supports sustainable activities and programs that are part of a systemic effort that will transform the institution.

Center for Diversity and Inclusion (CDI): CDI fosters an inclusive university community by providing services, programs, and support that engages, empowers, and educates our highly diverse student population and campus partners.

LGBTQ Resource Center: The LBGTQ Resource Center is committed to cultivating safe spaces on campus and providing LGBTQ friendly policies. The center also offers monthly Cougar Ally workshops to assist faculty, staff and students in increasing their awareness of issues that Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender and Queer people face.

Women and Gender Resource Center: The Women and Gender Resource Center (WGRC) promotes gender equity, and justice through advocacy, education, and support services. The WGRC serves students, faculty, and staff of all gender identities and expressions.

Family Related Resources

Dual Career Program the UH Dual Career program provides assistance with career searches for qualified Dual Career couples. Although there is no guarantee of job placement, the Office of Faculty Recruitment, Retention, Equity and Diversity will help facilitate the job search process at UH and in the local community. The UH Dual Career Program is a partnership between the departments, deans, the Provost's Office and broader community. For a successful career search, the spouse must take a great deal of initiative. Spouses are urged to conduct an active job search, using the Dual-Career Program.

Family and Medical Leave provides faculty and other employees with up to twelve (12) weeks of job protection for covered family and medical situations. Covered leave is unpaid, but can run concurrently with an employee's worker's compensation, as well as paid leave, when available and appropriate.

Flexible Spending Plans available to employees to take advantage of flexible spending accounts that can be used for Health Care, Dependent Care, or Consumer Spending for specific expenses. 

Commuter Spending Accounts (CSAs) are similar to flexible spending accounts in that they deduct money from the employee’s paycheck before it is taxed and put in an account to use for a specific type of expense. In this case parking or mass transit for work commutes. You can either utilize the CSA to pay for eligible parking expenses near your workplace or to pay for public transit or vanpool expenses to get to and from work.

Non-Resident Tuition Employment Waivers  a teacher or professor at UH or another Texas institution of higher education, and their spouse and children are entitled to the tuition and fees set for Texas residents without regard to the length of time the teacher or professor has resided in Texas. The teacher or professor must be employed at least .50 FTE on a regular monthly salaried basis. The teacher or professor must employed on or before the official census date of the respective fall, spring, or summer term.  For more information please refer to the MAPP for Non-Resident Tuition Employment Waivers in UH Policies and Procedures.

Parental Leave individuals who do not qualify for Family and Medical Leave because they are new to UH or work a part-time schedule that does not meet the FMLA minimum, may qualify instead for Parental Leave, which provides up to twelve (12) weeks of job protection for the birth of a child or the adoption or foster placement of a child under 3.

Employee Assistance Program (EAP) the UH EAP is a service designed to help employees find balance between their personal and professional life. The EAP is available to all faculty and staff and provides free and confidential access to: licensed counselors, financial advisors, legal services and more.

Lactation Rooms  UH recognizes the importance and benefits of breastfeeding for working mothers and their infants and in promoting a family-friendly work environment, UH has accessible lactation rooms across campus.

Extension of Probationary Period for Childbirth or Adoption an Untenured/Tenure-Track faculty member who becomes a parent due to the birth or adoption of a child and who is responsible for the primary care of that child will be given upon request a one-year extension of the probationary period. The policy details are listed on page 9 of the UH Faculty Handbook.

Teaching Relief full-time Tenured/Tenure-Track faculty who are primary caregivers of an infant or newly adopted child may apply for one semester of teaching relief, during which time other duties will be assigned in lieu of teaching. The policy details are listed in the UH Faculty Handbook.

Back-Up Care provides temporary care when regular child or adult/elder care arrangements are not available. Care reservations are required and requests can be made one month in advance or up to the day the care is needed in your safety net, subsidized by your employer, for when disruptions to your regular dependent care arrangements (for children or adult/elders) happen and you need to get to work. Through this arranged temporary care for you, quickly and conveniently, at one of our high-quality child care centers or find a fully screened and credentialed caregiver to come to you, where and when you need one.

Childbirth and Adoption Workload Redistribution Program  this program is designed to provide flexibility in the teaching obligations of Tenured/Tenure -Track faculty members at UH who are the primary or co-equal caregiver to a newborn infant, or to a newly adopted infant or child.

Sick Leave full-time faculty earn sick leave hours at the rate of eight hours per month. Part-time faculty earn sick leave hours at a rate proportionate to the scheduled work hours for their position.

Sick Leave Pool the sick leave pool provides a source of additional paid sick leave for employees who have suffered a catastrophic illness or injury and have exhausted all accrued leave. If sick leave pool hours are needed the employee or their designee must submit an application to Human Resources.

UH Children’s Learning Centers conveniently located on campus, the UH Children’s Learning Centers is dedicated to ensuring that every child's needs are met in a stimulating and developmentally appropriate environment that is joyful, safe, warm and secure. To assist in the recruitment of Tenured/Tenure-Track faculty and as a hiring incentive, the Provost has reserved 10 infant slots prior to the start of each fall semester.

Guaranteed Childcare Spot at UH Children’s Learning Centers (CLC) to support the recruitment of Tenured/Tenure-Track faculty members, the Provost is able to include in new faculty offer packages access to 15 total guaranteed childcare spots (5 infant, 5 toddler, 5 pre-school) for an August 1st, start date during each academic year. The spots have to be claimed by May 31st.  To support the retention of faculty members, the CLC will give high priority to Tenured/Tenure-Track faculty member’s children and will be able to match faculty members’ children with spots if they apply at least six months in advance. Families will further, in order to receive high priority placement, have to agree to accept a spot at the beginning of an academic semester rather than mid-semester. For additional information, please contact the Office Faculty Recruitment, Retention, Equity and Diversity at (713) 743-3213 or fac-redd@uh.edu

UH Charter School UHCS is a Texas Education Agency Recognized Public school serving kindergarten through fifth grade students in a model constructivist program. They provide a student-centered curriculum that enhances the intellectual development, technological fluency and leadership ability of students.

Collaborative for Children finding quality child care is important and Collaborative for Children is a rich resource for finding the right provider. Collaborative for Children is a nonprofit that strengthens early education throughout Greater Houston.

UH Summer Camps UH offers summer camps for all ages, in a wide range of interests and specialties including sports, music, STEM, pharmacy, art, business and recreation. Many UH summer camps offer discounts for the children of faculty members.

Houston Area Summer Camps this searchable resource is a rich resource for camps of all types throughout the Houston area.

Medical and Life Benefits

Insurance UH faculty and staff enjoy a comprehensive choice of insurance plans including medical, dental, vision care, life, accident, short-term disability, long-term disability, long-term care insurance and flexible spending accounts.  Optional benefits include accident, cancer, critical illness and hospital protection plans as well as universal life with long-term care. Medical coverage is provided through Employees Retirement System of Texas (ERS) at no cost to full-time benefits eligible faculty and staff.  Dependent medical coverage and other insurance coverage are available at group rates.

Health and Wellness Resources

A.D. Bruce Religion Center a non-denominational facility offering programs and activities in many different spiritual traditions with an emphasis on Interfaith Dialogue. No religious affiliation is required to host or attend an event at the A.D. Bruce Religion Center.

Campus Recreation & Wellness Center a vibrant facility with indoor and outdoor pools, spas, and a sauna; a fitness zone comprised of weight, cardio, and functional training spaces; an indoor track, climbing wall, multi-purpose rooms for group fitness, and courts for volleyball, soccer, basketball, racquetball, and squash.  Faculty membership rates are available.

Counseling and Psychological Services (CAPS) the CAPS staff consist of licensed psychologists, doctoral and master’s level mental health professionals, and advanced graduate trainees in counseling and clinical psychology. CAPS recognizes the critical roles of faculty and staff at the university, as you are often the frontline contact with students. We offer crisis triage and consultative support to UH faculty and staff. For more details, including self-help resources, please visit the faculty and staff page of our website.

Dining Services Nutrition Information the UH Dining Services offer free nutritional news and tips on a variety of topics such as vegetarian menu options, understanding food allergies, dietary sodium and the importance of hydration. Staff and Faculty also have the option of purchasing a meal plan that is payroll deductible.

Dental Services  Our dentist and staff make up an experienced team of licensed professionals who aim to provide UH students, faculty, and staff with the most affordable, high-quality, and convenient dental care available. UH PPO Dental Insurance is accepted.

Health Center  the UH Health Center has been accredited by the Accreditation Association for Ambulatory Health Care (AAAHC) since 2012 and offers general medical, immunization and pharmacy services to faculty and staff.

Health Center Pharmacy the UH Student Health Center Pharmacy is committed to excellence inpatient care. Our pharmacists serve as an integral part of the health care team to help provide optimum outcomes and medication management. Health Center Pharmacy's limited formulary carries a variety of both prescription and OTC medication at competitive prices. Pharmacy services are available to all currently enrolled students, faculty and staff.

Human Resources the UH Human Resource’s Wellness website offers monthly wellness tips on such topics as eye health, nutrition, and cholesterol and stress reduction. Power Up is a wellness initiative that offers weight management programs such as Naturally Slim and Real Appeal, online weight loss programs available to HealthSelect (Blue Cross Blue Shield of Texas) plan members.

University Eye Institute the UH Eye Institute has been serving the vision needs of the city of Houston since 1952. Faculty who are insured with HealthSelect (Blue Cross Blue Shield of Texas) are eligible for one free eye exam per year. The clinic also offers competitive pricing for glasses and contact lenses.

UH Wellness UH Wellness seeks to empower the campus community to make healthy choices across all dimensions of wellness through evidence-based programs and services that contribute to student success. The office offers educational programs on-request to classrooms, student organizations, and other campus events. UH community members can also take advantage of free educational materials and brief wellness consultations with staff.

Housing

Faculty-in-Residence Program faculty members from an array of disciplines live on campus and work closely with Student Housing & Residential Life staff members to provide opportunities where residents can interact with professors outside the classroom environment.

Houston Association of Realtors  the most frequently visited website for Houston Real Estate. This website recently expanded to cover the entire state of Texas.

Diversity Resources

Center for Advancing UH Faculty Success  UH is the recipient of a National Science Foundation Institutional Transformation (IT) ADVANCE grant to create a Center for ADVANCING UH Faculty Success. The goal of the NSF ADVANCE program is to increase the number and success of women faculty in the science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) fields. The five-year ADVANCE grant supports sustainable activities and programs that are part of a systemic effort that will transform the institution.

Center for Diversity and Inclusion fosters an inclusive university community by providing services, programs, and support that engages, empowers, and educates our highly diverse student population and campus partners.

LGBTQ Resource Center is committed to cultivating safe spaces on campus and providing LGBTQ friendly policies. The center also offers monthly Cougar Ally workshops to assist faculty, staff and students in increasing their awareness of issues that Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender and Queer people face.

Women and Gender Resource Center (WGRC) promotes gender equity, and justice through advocacy, education, and support services. The WGRC serves students, faculty, and staff of all gender identities and expressions.

Employee Perks:

Cougar Gear if you’re a diehard UH Cougar fan, shop the Official Houston Athletics Shop for the best Houston Apparel and Gear available. Show your school spirit and represent any time in Houston Cougars Gear from Nike and all of the hottest brands out there.

Employee Discounts as an employee of UH and the state of Texas, faculty have access to discounts with various external vendors.

Relocation Expenses and Reimbursement: if UH is providing a relocation allowance, this information will be useful in processing a relocation reimbursement.

Events and Entertainment

Things to do in Houston UH offers links to a variety of information about Houston shopping, museums, sports venues and parks. A searchable local event guide is also linked.

UH Calendars and Events  the UH Arts and Athletics calendars are available in one place so faculty can plan for upcoming campus events such as football games, theatre performances and concerts. Many campus events are free or offer faculty discounts.

UH Athletics UH Athletics is the home of a wide variety of team sports played on campus, including football, men/women’s basketball, baseball, track and field, volleyball, soccer and softball. Priced affordably.

Blaffer Art Museum  the UH Blaffer Art Museum furthers the understanding of contemporary art through exhibitions, publications, and public programs of merit and distinction. Its exhibitions and programs are free and open to the public.

Cynthia Woods Mitchell Center for the Arts  the UH Cynthia Woods Mitchell Center for the Arts is an interdisciplinary collaboration in the performing, visual and literary arts. Many events are free.

Moores School of Music the UH Moores School’s primary purpose is to educate and train professional performers and teachers, but it also serves the community at large with public concerts and class offerings. Priced affordably.

School of Theatre and Dance  the UH School of Theatre and Dance offers a full schedule of performances each year. With Tony award nominated faculty, and nationally renowned dance faculty, the program provides an opportunity to see wonderful works on stage. Priced affordably.

UH Retirement TRS & ORP Supplemental

Teacher Retirement System (TRS) all TRS-eligible employees at Texas public institutions of higher education and Texas public educational institutions (e.g., K-12 ISDs) are automatically enrolled in the Teacher Retirement System (TRS) on their first day of employment. TRS is a traditional defined benefit pension plan that provides formula-bases retirement annuities. Vesting occurs after 5 years of participation.

Optional Retirement Program (ORP) eligible employees at Texas public institutions of higher education may elect to participate in the Optional Retirement Program (ORP) as an alternative to TRS. ORP is a defined contribution plan that is similar to a 401(k) plan with employer “matching” contributions. The vesting period is after a year and a day of participation.

403(b) Plan the tax deferred annuity program or supplemental retirement annuity is offered to all employees, upon date of hire or anytime thereafter. Investments are through life insurance companies and mutual fund companies licensed to do business in the State of Texas. You may defer monies into the plan as either before-tax or Roth contributions or both.

457 Plan TexaSaver is a voluntary retirement savings program offered through ERS to all employees, upon date of hire or anytime thereafter. You may defer monies into the plan as either before-tax or Roth contributions or both.