Resources for New Faculty Members
This webpage provides links to useful websites for new faculty members at Dixie State University (DSU) that have been organized to help ease your relocation to DSU and Washington County. Information is available about cities, school districts, healthcare, housing, recreation, questions you may want to ask about your department, and other faculty resources. If you have questions, don’t hesitate to contact the Human Resources Office or the Center for Teaching & Learning.
Web Sites to Explore Before You Arrive
Dixie State University
Map of DSU campus: Enjoy our virtual map of all the buildings on our campus.
Dixie Sun: The voice of Dixie State University is a great way to see what is happening on campus.
DSU Human Resources: Benefits, resources, and policies and procedures.
Utah and Washington County
State of Utah: The official web site for the state of Utah provides information about living, working, and playing in our state.
Official Travel Site for the State of Utah: Great list of fun and interesting things to do in Utah
Washington County: The official Washington County website provides information for residents and visitors
Washington County Visitor’s Guide: Information on lodging, Zion National Park, the history, and other activities in Utah’s Dixie.
St. George City: Information on activities, events, city services, and much more.
Citizen Online Reporting: This program is designed to help our police deparment work with the community
Weather – Current: current local weather
Weather – Averages: average temperatures and precipitation in St. George, Utah
St. George City Chamber of Commerce: great collection of information from cost of living to employment information
Utah Education and School Districts
UEN: Utah Education Network provides information about local and state institutions
WCSD: Washington County School District home page
Dixie Regional Medical Center: Intermountain Health Care (IHC) facility
Community Resources: Available through IHC
Moving to Utah
Moving to Utah: Your online guide for the A to Z of moving to Utah, includes housing information, vehicle and voter registration and even the classifies.
Home Fair: Information, tips, cost calculators, cost-of-living, finding a home, and other resources on moving.
UtahRealEstate.com: This site allows you to specify an area, property type, and other filters to find something to purchase or rent
City-Data.com: This site contains information about bigger cities in Utah, including St. George.
AreaVibes: This site contains a variety of information about thousands of cities across the country, including St. George.
Sabbatical Homes: This site lists services for academics temporarily offering or searching for temporary home exchanges, home rentals, and house sitting opportunities world-wide.
Canvas Instructor Tour: Canvas is the Learning Management System we use at Dixie State University. If you’re unfamiliar with Canvas, this short video tour will help you get familiar with the interface your will be using before you make the move to Utah.
Canvas Instructor Getting Started Guide: Canvas online documentation for instructors.
When You Arrive in Washington County
Utah Driver’s License: Utah Deparment of Public Safely Driver License website, information on how to get your Utah driver’s license
Register Your Vehicle: All the information you need to get registered
SunTran: Public Transportation in St. George
Voter Registration: Registration forms, voter requirements, and additional information
The Spectrum: The Spectrum is one of two local St. George newspapers
The Independent: The Independent is one of two local St. George newspapers.
Deseret News: A state-wide newspaper based in Salt Lake City
Salt Lake Tribune: Another state-wide newspaper based in Salt Lake City with the largest circulation in Utah
Washington County Libraries: Washington County currently has seven branches to serve the residents of the county; St. George, Santa Clara, Hurricane, Springdale, Enterprise, New Harmony, and Washington.
Washington County and the surrounding areas are home to some of the best recreation throughout the year. Below are the links to just a few of the great places available for recreation in our area.
Gateway to National Parks and Rec Areas: This website is a great example of what St. George has to offer within just a few short hours of driving.
St. George City Parks: St. George is home to miles of parks and trails for your enjoyment
Zion National Park: This website provides information on Zion National Park, Springdale, and Rockville.
Grand Canyon National Park: The north rim of this beautiful park is only 145 miles, approximately 2 1/2 hours, from St. George. Close enough for a fun weekend of hiking, helicopter tours, and horseback or mule rides.
Bryce Canyon National Park: at Bryce Canyon you look down on miles of exquisitely carved pinnacles and spires.
Cedar Breaks National Monument: home of the great natural rock amphitheater.
Kolob Canyon: provides another stunning view of Zion National Park
Coral Pink Sand Dunes State Park: playground for hiking, off-highway vehicle riding, or just playing in the sand.
Gunlock State Park: open 24 hours year-round and offers boating, water sports, and quality fishing.
Quail Creek State Park: boasts some of the warmest waters in the state and a mild winter climate to lures boaters and anglers year-round.
Sand Hollow State Park: boat and fish on Sand Hollow Reservoir, explore and ride the dunes of Sand Mountain, then RV or tent camp in the new campground.
Snow Canyon State Park: 16 miles of hiking trails, technical rock climbing, horseback riding, year-round camping, nature studies, wildlife viewing, and photographic opportunities galore.
Dinosaur Discovery Site: the remarkable discovery of an Early Jurassic lakeside environment and thousands of dinosaur tracks.
Rosenbruch Wildlife Museum: experience over 300 species, over a quarter mile indoor mountain, movies, shopping, and more.
St. George Children’s Museum: classes, fun, interactive exhibits, and more.
When you Arrive at DSU
Academic Calendar: This calendar will list all the important university dates throughout the semester.
University Policies/Procedures: This Website contains all DSU policies and procedures.
DSU Parking Department: Parking permits, contact information and FAQ.
DSU Human Resources: Benefits, resources, and policies and procedures.
Professional Development/Travel funding: The purpose of this website is to facilitate faculty development/travel funds.
Faculty Relevant Human Resource Forms: This website includes links to many forms relevant for faculty members.
Facebook DSU Faculty Happy Hour Page: You must have a Facebook account to access this webpage.
Getting Situated in Your Department
Questions for Your Chair: A list of questions to stimulate your thinking. Your chair and/or other knowledgeable collegues should be able to answer the questions that pique your interest.
Questions Your Department Secretary May be Able to Answer: The following questions are ones the department secretary can usually answer best. You might want to scan through this list and pick out a few that are important to you.)
Office Supply Checklist: A list to help you determine if you need additional office supplies