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Faculty Employment and Retention

Search and Negotiations

Faculty Hiring


Faculty compensation is driven by several factors that include discipline, rank, experience, and market conditions.  The university initially pegs faculty salaries for new hires to discipline-specific national medial salary points by rank using data obtained through the College and Personnel Association (CUPA) Faculty Salary Study.  Hiring salaries are negotiated from these starting points depending on qualifications, internal alignment, supply and demand, and other factors. Deans and chairs/directors are encouraged to review the following guidelines during the salary negotiation process.

CUPA: (log in required)

Guidelines: Faculty Compensation and Faculty Hiring


Moving Allowance

The Provost’s Office provides support for moving allowances for new full-time faculty members in tenure-track, clinical, and faculty of practice positions at the rank of assistant/associate/professor. This support is based on an assessment of moving distance and household size. The maximum moving allowance is one-tenth of the faculty member’s salary or $7,500, whichever is greater. This maximum amount includes the Provost’s commitment and any additional contribution funded by the department and/or college. Payments to an employee for moving allowances are treated as W-2 taxable earnings.

University Policy:

Provost's Office Support: Excel Spreadsheet


Research Start-Up Funds

Research start-up funds are committed to faculty members at the point of hiring in order to build, develop, and enhance research programs that are important to the ongoing mission of Texas State University.  These funds represent a clear investment in the research and professional careers of faculty.  At the discretion of the Provost, start-up support is provided to ensure new faculty members have access to necessary equipment and/or instrumentation, supplies, and other resources required to initiate a competitive research/scholarly/creative agenda that will generate externally funded grants and/or contracts.  Start-up request are made to the Associate Provost by department chairs, school directors and/or deans, using the template provided below.  Although start-up packages are negotiated through the Associate Provost, many start-up packages require the approval of the Provost.  The final approved start-up package will be emailed to the chair/director in an excel spreadsheet labeled Dept Name_Faculty Last Name_Start-up Approved.

University Policy:

Start-Up Requests Template: Excel Spreadsheet


Subvention Support and Guidelines

Texas State University is committed to supporting faculty in the publication and dissemination of high quality research, scholarly, and creative works. The subvention program is designed to assist when university and scholarly presses and open-access publishers require authors/creators to provide funds to underwrite the publication and dissemination of these works. Subvention awards provide partial financial assistance to faculty members when departments, colleges, and other units are unable to provide full support.

Guideline: Subvention Program


City of San Marcos Homebuyer Incentive Program

The City of San Marcos offers an economic development program to encourage eligible Texas State University professors to reside in the city limits. This program provides funding for down payment and related closing cost assistance in the form of a forgivable loan to qualified full time tenured professors, tenure-track professors, and research professors who agree to purchase a home in the City of San Marcos and to maintain the home as their primary residence for at least five years. Financial assistance is subject to the appropriation of funding for the program during each fiscal year. For more information, contact Dalinda Newby at or by phone at 512-393-8224.

Eligibility requirements and program details: Texas State Homebuyer Incentive Policy and City of San Marcos Homebuyer Incentive Program Flyer

Application: Texas State Professor Application & Eligibility Verification Form

Faculty Retention Guidelines