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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