Faculty Onboarding

Offer Package and Payroll Forms

Review your offer letter and ensure you submit all the necessary documents to the President's Office by the return date indicated in your letter. Relevant documents include your signed offer letter, the Employee Action Form (including your banking information), Federal and Provincial Tax Forms, and Employment Equity Workforce Survey.

Before you can commence your first day, the applicable documents above MUST BE returned to the President's Office via:

  • Email president@smu.ca
  • Fax to 902-420-5102
  • Drop off in person to McNally Main, Room 127 


SMUFU members are eligible for benefits through the Saint Mary's University Health and Wellness Trust Group Benefits Plan, which is administered by the Saint Mary's Faculty Union Health and Wellness Trust.

For information, please contact the Saint Mary's University Faculty Union Benefits Plan Consultant, Canadian Benefits Consulting Group (CBCG) at 1-800-268-0285.


If eligible for pension, you will be contacted by the HR Officer (Benefits, Pension & Compensation).

Computer Access

ITSS provides support for such services including Brightspace, Faculty webpages and classroom support.

Self-Service Banner Account (A#)

Self-Service Banner is a service that allows faculty can use it to view your class schedule, access payroll information, sign up for electronic T4s for tax filing and update contact information.  Your Self-Service Banner username is referred to as an A# because every username starts with the letter A and is followed by eight digits (eg. A12345678).  Your A number is also your Employee number.

Computer Account (s#)

This account is used to access email, network drives, SMUport, campus computers, and other services. Your computer account username, or s#, starts with the letter S and is followed by seven digits (eg. s1234567).  Your S number is a confidential, and should not be shared with anyone.


Review your collective agreement for Collective Agreement or CUPE 3912 (PT Faculty). Contact SMUFU via email, telephone 902-496-8190 or in person at Room 221, 2nd floor McNally Main.

Log into Self Service Banner to view your class schedule, pay stub and update emergency contact information.

Visit the Studio for Teaching and Learning for faculty resources and development. Academic technologies, consultations and teaching and learning resources are available to support faculty on a variety of topics.

Faculty of Graduate Studies and Research offers guidance for policies and procedures for applying for funding, research ethics, and more.

If you are experiencing conflict on campus and/or have questions about human rights legislation, contact the Conflict Resolution Advisor.

Work Location and Parking

Check out the campus map, and familiarize yourself with your office location, parking, food, and other services.  Go one step further and take a virtual campus tour.

Parking permits are issued through Facilities Management (McNally South, Room 011). Parking on campus without a valid permit will lead to ticketing. You will not be issued a valid parking permit until ALL outstanding tickets have been paid. There are several areas parking areas on campus, along with FAQ related to parking.

Full time faculty and full time professional librarians may purchase a 12 month parking permit through payroll deduction. Payment through payroll deduction will be taken up to a designated date each year. This date is determined on an annual basis by Facilities Management. The fee for the parking permit will be deducted from the employee’s pay for 10 consecutive pays according to the schedule put forth by Payroll Services.

Payroll deduction shall not be used for carpool or motorcycle permits. Payroll deduction requests made after the designated date will only be considered for new employees and employees returning from approved leave, excluding vacation leave.

Part time faculty shall receive one above ground parking permit, upon submission of a parking application. If carpool or underground has been chosen, the permit must be paid for at the full time faculty rate. Part time faculty may not use payroll deduction.

Visit HfxRidematch.ca to arrange a carpool or take advantage of the University carpool program which allows members of the university community to have access to designated carpool spaces.  Saint Mary’s University strongly encourages the university community to consider more sustainable forms of transportation such as public transit, walking, biking, or carpooling whenever possible. 

Campus Services

University Security patrol the Campus, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. Should you require access to a building / office after hours, bring your Faculty ID with a signed letter of authorization from your department head to the Security Center in McNally Main, Room 016 and a Full-time Security Officer will assist you.

Visit the Bookstore and get assistance with choosing course materials and textbooks.

The Patrick Power Library offers faculty support, research resources and archives.

The Homburg Centre is the focal point for health and wellness initiatives at SMU. Sign up for a discounted SMUfit fitness membership (if eligible) and take advantage of the variety of SMUfit Programs avaliable on campus. Jr. Huskies Camps are offered to children during the Spring and Summer.

Additional access to on campus services include Postal Outlets and Daycare and local schools.

Other Considerations

Read up on the history of Saint Mary’s and also take a moment to review the mission, vision, and core values of the University.

SMU is proud to be a scent awareness and smoke free campus. We strive to provide a safe environment, free from violence and harassment.