Faculty on contractual appointments customarily teach, conduct research or engage in public service activities as principal responsibilities. Instructional faculty usually work a 9 or 12 month year and may be full-time (1.0 Full-Time Equivalent (FTE)) or part-time (less than 1.0 FTE).
Administrative faculty perform work directly related to the administration and support of the educational and general activities of the University. Professional faculty perform professional work in education, fine arts, research, athletics, student affairs and development activities. Administrative/professional faculty are usually on contractual appointments of 12-months duration and may be full-time (1.0 FTE) or part-time (less than 1.0 FTE).
As George Mason University develops its research programs, situations arise in which it is appropriate to employ professionals whose duties are essential to research programs. Research personnel are considered an employee subgroup of faculty: they are not instructional faculty. Research personnel do not require permanent academic appointments. Their continued employment depends on direct support from grants and contracts which can begin and end at any time during the fiscal year. The activities of research personnel are intended to further the research mission of the University.
Graduate Teaching and Research Assistants (GTA/GRA).
Graduate students are employed to teach or perform research and other teaching support duties. Students who teach must have at least 19 hours of graduate work in the discipline they are teaching and be in good academic standing. Full-time appointees work 20 hours per week. Half-time appointees work 10 hours per week.
Part-Time (Adjunct) Faculty.
Faculty on temporary appointments contract for and teach a particular course or courses on a part-time basis. Part time faculty are appointed one semester at a time, have no permanent status and are not eligible for benefits.
Guest faculty who volunteer to assist with instructional activities/research service at no cost to the University are not paid, are not assigned FTE and are not authorized benefits.
Employees assigned to staff positions of the University are employed under and governed by the provisions of the Virginia Personnel Act. Upon initial employment, classified employees serve a six-month probationary period. Thereafter, employment is indefinite, contingent upon satisfactory conduct and performance.
Employees hired on a temporary basis to meet seasonal or temporary needs. Wage employees may work no more than 1500 hours in a 365-consecutive-day period. Employment is at the will and pleasure of the University. Wage employees are not governed by the Virginia Personnel Act, and are not authorized benefits. Student Assistants are a subgroup of wage employees and normally work a maximum of 20 hours per week.