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New Faculty Checklist

All new faculty coming to the University of Houston receive individualized checklists to complete onboarding tasks. For additional information about common University services, view the areas below.


Step Item Instructions For Questions, Contact:
1 Accept your eOffer in Taleo Accept your eOffer in Taleo. Faculty Affairs
2 Review your personalized checklist Review this personalized checklist. For any questions, please contact the Office of Faculty Engagement and Development at 713-743-7809 or email fed@uh.eduPlease be sure we have an active email address for you. Office of Faculty Engagement and Development
3 Review the New Faculty Website Please review the new Faculty website using the link below. This website will give you information on teaching, research, work-life balance, professional development, and much more. Please take a few minutes to review the information and contact our office if you have any questions.

JeBreyah Chevis
Faculty Engagement and Development
4 Complete onboarding tasks in Taleo Log into Taleo ( complete your onboarding tasks. This will ensure you get an UH email address, employee ID and are set up in our payroll system. Please note that the I-9 task will reflect an incomplete status. You will need to go to the HR Service center with qualified documents, please review applicable documents. All other tasks should be completed. Faculty Affairs
5 Provide transcript to University Please provide your official transcript with your relevant terminal degree posted. Only official hard copies or official electronic transcripts are accepted. Official electronic transcripts must be sent directly from the degree granting institution or their authorized vendor to If you are in the process of completing your Ph.D., you must show evidence of completion by August 1. Faculty Affairs
6 Register to attend New Faculty Orientation Please register for the new faculty orientation that occurs the third Tuesday of August. This event will be hosted by the Provost's office and will include both required and optional events that will help acquaint you with your new community and colleagues. Register to attend New Faculty Orientation. JeBreyah Chevis
Faculty Engagement and Development
7 Visit FDIS Website Please visit the Faculty Departmental Instructional Support (FDIS) knowledgebase website ( to become familiar with the technology and tools available to you at the University of Houston. You will find quick start guides and tutorials, as well as support for instructional design, accessibility, and online teaching technologies. We highly recommend that all new faculty start with the Canvas and MS Teams articles.

Faculty and Departmental Instructional Support

8 Phone call with your Department Chair Arrange a visit or phone call with your Department Chair or Dean/Associate Dean to discuss: 1) office space: office location, building/lab access, keys, phone options, support staff, supplies, etc.; 2) computer equipment, 3) college and Department procedures and policies, 4) scheduled faculty meetings (department or college) and expectations for attendance; and 5) office hours.

Phone number

9 Phone call with your Department or College Business Administrator Arrange a visit or phone call with your DBA or CBA(if you're in a College without Departments) and verify that you have received your UH email address and CougarNet account. If applicable, moving arrangements and guidelines should be discussed at this time as well as any outstanding immigration issues. If you plan to commute by car, ask for suggestions on the closest parking lot/garage to your new office. Additionally, if you will teach this semester, please make sure you speak to your DBA/CBA to ensure you are listed as the course instructor and granted blackboard access, if necessary. Also, please follow up to ensure any outstanding immigration issues are completed.

Phone number

10 Submit photo Please submit a photo of yourself in a “Cougar red shirt”. Please email the digital photo in a .jpg or .png file format to the address below:
JeBreyah Chevis
Faculty Engagement and Development
11 Review HR Benefits and Enrollment Information Please review your faculty employee benefits information on the UH Human Resources website. The FED coordinates Q&A session regarding the options before you need to make your selections between the 1st and 30th day after your official start date. 
Human Resources Benefits

Deanna Holmes
Senior Benefits Coordinator
Human Resources

12 Review Parking Options

Review campus parking options to purchase a permit visit the link below.

Parking Customer Service
13 Get your Cougar Card The Cougar Card is a multi-purpose ID that integrates a number of university functions for daily usage around our campus including access to labs and the Faculty Cafe. You have two methods with which to obtain your Cougar Card. You can order your Cougar Card online through the Access UH portal using your Cougarnet account and clicking login the CougarCard app. You can also go to the Cougar Card office, which is located at the UH Welcome Center, suite 151 (hours may be limited though so check with the office first). For more information on the Cougar Card, visit the link below.
Cougar Card Office


Arrange an appointment with your department chairperson to discuss the following:

  • Your startup package, as detailed in your offer letter
  • If appropriate, the timeline and primary contact responsible for arranging:
    • Securing lab and/or office space
    • Purchasing or moving equipment
    • Transferring research funding from your previous research institution
    • Space remodeling
    • Hiring additional staff

For additional information, visit the Division of Research's links below:


Talk to your department chairperson about your courses for the fall semester. Confirm that you are the instructor of record.

Discuss with your department chairperson the ordering of course materials.

Check with your department to determine if they have the classroom computer equipment you need.

University Life

Adjusting to life at a new university can take time. Use the resources below to find the many benefits that UH has to offer faculty members: