George Mason University is a state supported university distributed at four sites in Northern Virginia: Arlington, Fairfax, Herndon and Prince William. It has an enrollment of over 30,000 students where almost two-thirds are undergraduates. The University employs over 1,300 full, part-time, and adjunct instructional faculty and offers more than 168 degree programs ranging from baccalaureate to doctorate. The University has four main thrusts (Public Policy, Fine Arts, Information Technology, and Innovative Undergraduate Education) and describes itself as an interactive university, closely tied to its region.
Trends in student and faculty demographics can be found on the Office of Institutional Research and Reporting Website at http://irr.gmu.edu/ or please contact this office at (703) 993-8824.
An adjunct faculty member is appointed to teach a particular course or courses. Faculty on adjunct appointments normally holds one of the following titles: Adjunct Instructor, Adjunct Assistant Professor, Adjunct Associate Professor or Adjunct Professor. The title Adjunct may be followed by the modifier Field or Clinical or Research as appropriate.
All faculty are encouraged to become actively involved in the life of the University to the extent that they are able. Adjunct faculty interested in participating in the life of their local academic department should consult with their department about opportunities for involvement.
All faculty are required to make themselves available to students for course consultation.
In general, the University practice is that faculty schedule one office hour per week per course. Given the constricted schedules of our students, it is often more convenient for part-time faculty to schedule office hours immediately before or after class, or by appointment.
Meeting times or office hours should be clearly stated in the course syllabus.
In addition to office hours, many full and part-time faculty are using email and class list serves to interact with students during non-class or non-office hour times. Since over 75% of our students work at least 30 hours each week, electronic communication can be an important way for students and faculty to communicate. All faculty should encourage email communication and include an email address on the course syllabus. If for any reason, office hours cannot be maintained on a particular day, faculty should notify their academic department and inform students during class or via email.
Except for illnesses and other emergencies, all faculty members including adjunct faculty should arrange in advance for absences and notify their local academic department administrator (dean, director, department chair) as soon as possible. In addition, adjunct faculty members should arrange for qualified colleagues to assume their duties temporarily and/or leave appropriate assignments for their students. In emergencies, they should make every effort to notify class members and their local academic department or program office as soon as practicable.