New Employee Orientation

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:

  • Feel particularly responsible for the mission of the university, to such an extent that they routinely exceed expectations;
  • Embrace, not only the goals of their discipline and department, but also, the institutional vision;
  • Sense that they belong to a faith-based community which extends beyond the mere job responsibilities;
  • Have a sense of ownership about the university and their place/function in it;
  • Value team success over individual accomplishments;
  • Reach beyond the specifics of their job description;
  • Understand that their interactions impact students;
  • Recognize that serving students means knowing their life histories as well as their demographics;
  • Understand that the Mission remains constant while all else-environment, companions, techniques, knowledge, programs-changes.


Sr. Walter Maher, CCVI
Vice President for Mission & Ministry
(210) 829-3939