The University Planning Commission's Vision Statement states that the "University is committed to the effective integration of its Mission throughout all academic programs, campus life, and governance of the University." To begin that integration, all employees are introduced to the UIW heritage and Mission as part of the hiring process. Hiring for mission is a "no-brainer" according to Dr. Steinfels who points out that every organization attempts to hire people who are willing to carry out its goals outlined in its mission statement.
Mission-centered hiring is very important in inducting the new employee into the culture of UIW. A major part of the responsibility of the Office of Mission & Ministry is to conduct a required mission interview with every prospective employee. The purpose of the interview is twofold: ( a) to give persons applying for positions on the campus an understanding of the mission and of their responsibility to uphold it in their area of work and (b) to get an idea of whether the person is prepared and willing to adopt and support the mission. If there is any question about such willingness, the Office of Mission & Ministry has the responsibility to notify the supervisor doing the hiring.
The heart of the orientation process is grounded in the desire to acculturate individuals to the mission and traditions of the University of the Incarnate Word community. The following tenets of a philosophy of orientation remain stable over the years:
As a result of the entire orientation process (pre-employment orientation to re-orientation) employees of the university should:
Contact: Sr. Walter Maher, CCVI
Vice President for Mission & Ministry