Department of Sociology

New Faculty Orientation

1. General Administration - Things to Do upon Arrival on Campus
2. Building Information
3. Courses/Teaching
4. IT Support
5. Health and Safety
6. Staff Contacts
7. General Office Procedures

1. General Administration - Things to Do upon Arrival on Campus

2. Building Information

The Department's offices are located in Patton Hall (RLP). The main office (3.306) hours are Monday to Friday, 8 am to 5 pm. Undergraduate Advising (1.216) hours are Monday to Friday, 9 am to 12 pm, and 1 pm to 4 pm. Graduate student cubicles are on the 2nd and 3rd floors.

Main Office Phone: (512) 232-6300
Undergraduate Advising Office Phone: (512) 232-6344
Fax: (512) 471-1748

Mailing Address
The University of Texas at Austin
Department of Sociology
305 E 23rd St, A1700
Austin, TX 78712-1086

Internal Campus Mail Code
A1700

3. Courses/Teaching

  • CLIPS and Canvas - Online tools for managing classes.
  • Uploading Syllabi and CVs (House Bill 2504) - The State of Texas requires that all faculty upload their CV and syllabi each semester before the 12th class day. They must comply with these specific State guidelines. Upload them here. Please contact Valerie Goldstein with questions.
  • Classroom Media Console Key and Code - Please go to Mezes Hall (MEZ) 2.104 with a UT ID to obtain a classroom media console key, if needed. Please see front desk for the computer access code. 

4. IT Support

  • Desktop Support - laits-help@utexas.edu, 471-5000
  • Classroom Support - 232-5400 (RLP), 471-9666 (other Liberal Arts buildings)
  • General IT Support - 475-9400

5. Health and Safety

6. Staff Contacts

  • Julie Kniseley - Executive Assistant. , 232-6305, RLP 3.724.
                Overall office management
                Faculty recruiting, hiring, onboarding
                General faculty and staff HR
                Faculty meetings
                Faculty leaves
                Visiting scholars
                Liaison with International Office (faculty and visiting scholars)
                Account management
                Budgeting (general office, teaching, grad program, events, etc.)
                Non-tenure teaching budget and planning
                Administrative reporting
                Event planning
                Manage Health and Society major administration
  • Kevin Hsu - Senior Administrative Associate. kevin.hsu, 232-6345, RLP 3.306E.
                Accounting (vendor payments, purchase orders, etc.)
                Promotion and Tenure
                Mid-Probationary and Comprehensive Periodic Reviews
                Faculty elections
                Faculty award submissions
                Student fellowships (payment)
                Travel for faculty recruits, new faculty, visitors
                Oversee office supplies, copiers and other equipment
                Office organization
                Manage student assistants
                Manage Sociology and Health and Society websites
                Manage listservs
  • Valerie Goldstein - Senior Administrative Associate. , 232-6302, RLP 3.306G.
                Course scheduling
                Course instructor surveys
                Syllabi uploads
                Room reservations and assignments, including proximity (BACS) access
                Reporting requirements (e.g., CLASP)
  • Michael Schmidt - Graduate Program Administrator. mschmidt@austin.utexas.edu, 232-6347, RLP 3.732.
                Graduate program coordination (admissions, recruiting)
                Day-to-day graduate student management, including cubicle assignments
                Student fellowships (planning and budgeting)
                Reporting requirements (e.g., 18 Characteristics)
                Comprehensive exams
  • Debbie Rothschild - Undergraduate Advisor. , 232-6344, RLP 1.216.
  • Megan Conner - Undergraduate Advisor. meganf@austin.utexas.edu, 232-6344, RLP 1.216.

7. General Office Procedures

  • Mail - The Sociology Department main office and mail room are open during regular business hours; after hours, they can be accessed with a UT ID. Mailing within the UT Austin campus is free, and the Department will pay for business mail to outside the University as long as the Departmental address is used as the return address.
  • Copying/Printing/Faxing - The Department has two machines for faculty, staff, and graduate students to use for official business matters.
  • Telephone - To call a campus number, dial only the last 5 digits (eg 2-6300); to call locally outside the University, dial 9+area code+number; to make a long-distance domestic call, dial 9+area code+number; to call a toll-free number, dial 9, then the number (excluding the 1); to make an international call, dial 88+six-digit authorization code+*+011+number.
  • Room Reservations - Please contact Valerie Goldstein.
  • Supplies - To order office supplies and equipment, please see Kevin Hsu or Julie Kniseley.
  • Letterhead - Please see Julie Kniseley for Departmental letterhead.
  • Kitchen - For use by all Sociology faculty, staff and graduate students. Coffee is complimentary.
  • Custodial Service - Offices are cleaned once a month. To have trash removed for the next business day, please set bins in the hall outside offices.
  • Accounting and Travel - Faculty who have an account and would like to know their account number and/or balance can check it here. Requests for Travel Authorization and accompanying receipts should be submitted online. If an account or trip is funded by the Population Research Center, please see PRC staff. Before making an expense, check with Julie Kniseley or Kevin Hsu first to confirm reimbursement eligibility.   
  • Leave - Please see Julie Kniseley if planning to take leave.
  • Clerical assistance - For class- and research-related matters, faculty should ask their TA and/or RA for assistance. The Department undergraduate student assistants can help with some clerical tasks. Please see Kevin Hsu if temporary assistance from student workers is needed.     

  • Department of Sociology

    The University of Texas at Austin
    305 E 23rd St, A1700
    RLP 3.306
    Austin, TX 78712-1086
    512-232-6300