FAU PROFILE: Staff

FAU employs more than 2,000 administrative and support personnel (1,686 full-time and 343 part-time). Just over 65% of staff members are White, 17% are African-American, 10% are Hispanic, 4% are Asian and less than 1% are Native American. Sixty-two percent are female and 38 percent are male. Full-time employees are offered a strong benefits package, including various types of insurance, retirement plans, generous annual and sick leave policies as well as an educational scholarship program (tuition waiver).

FAU’s staff members also serve the University community and the larger community in innumerable ways. Here is just one example of a staff member making a difference: Eric Vandernoot, coordinator of the Astronomy and Physics Lab in the Charles E. Schmidt College of Science, is pioneering programs that are quite literally bringing the heavens alive for thousands of people every year. When the planet Mercury recently made an orbital transit across the face of the sun, he hosted an “open dome event” at the FAU Observatory to allow viewers from the University and the outside community to witness it safely. In addition to working constantly to add state-of-the-art features to the telescope and helping graduate teaching assistants develop lesson plans involving astronomy, he teaches solar science on a volunteer basis to local school children.

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