Term Faculty Ranks
The most recent ranks for term faculty are outlined in the GMU Faculty Handbook, section 2.1.3 Term Appointments. Ranks for term faculty without the terminal degree are Instructor, Senior Instructor, Master Instructor, and Professor of Practice. Ranks for term faculty with the terminal degree include
- Instructional Assistant Professor, Instructional Associate Professor, Instructional Professor, Professor of Practice
- Research Instructor, Research Assistant Professor, Research Associate Professor, Research Professor
- Clinical Instructor, Clinical Assistant Professor, Clinical Associate Professor, Clinical Professor
Compensation & Benefits
All term faculty are eligible to be considered for merit raises, when available.
Compensation for summer teaching is addressed in section 3.3 of the GMU Faculty Handbook, Summer Salary. Please review for specific information about summer compensation.
The Office of Strategic Budgeting and Planning maintains a great deal of information on their website, please see that resource for more information about the University budget.
The Term Faculty Committee continues to stay informed, discuss, and advocate for term faculty on matters related to compensation. The Assistant Vice President for HR Operations is a member of our committee. Moreover, we maintain an ongoing dialogue with both the Office of the Provost Personnel Group and HR/Payroll to make term faculty compensation issues visible.
As is the case with all faculty, while prior experiences may be part of a holistic review of a faculty member’s portfolio, the primary focus is on time spent at Mason. In some instances, a faculty member may negotiate alternative timeframes as part of their hiring agreement. Please direct questions to your department chair/ Local Academic Unit head and/or your HR liaison. Additional information is available on the “Guidance for Term Faculty Promotion” section of the Term Faculty Information page on the Office of the Provost website.
Yes. In addition, per section 188.8.131.52 Procedures for Promotion of Term Faculty of the GMU Faculty Handbook, term faculty who are denied promotion are eligible to be considered for promotion in subsequent promotion cycles.
Yes. Per GMU Faculty Handbook section 2.1.3 Term Appointments, term faculty appointment contracts are issued for up to a maximum of 5 years.
For term faculty whose primary focus is research, the dossier should also include peer evaluations from outside the university, in the form of external letters of evaluation. Please check with your LAU for specific evaluation criteria for research term faculty promotion.
Yes. Please see the GMU Faculty Handbook, section 2.4 Criteria for Evaluation of Tenured, Tenure-Track, and Term Faculty, for more information about the criteria for the promotion of term faculty without a terminal degree.
Please consult with your area/department chair or LAU head for specific information about reappointment and promotion in your unit. Many LAUs also have HR liaisons who can answer questions that you might have. In addition, the Office of the Provost hosts term faculty reappointment and promotion sessions each spring semester.
According to the GMU Faculty Handbook, section 3.6.2 Leave Program for Instructional Faculty, term faculty are eligible for professional development leave if they are on a multi-year contract, have six years of service at Mason, and have completed six years of such service since a previous study leave. Please contact your area/department chair or LAU head, or your HR liaison, to inquire about procedures, criteria, and deadlines specific to your unit.
The Office of Institutional Effectiveness and Planning (OIEP) has a Data Analytics and Research section on their website that includes interactive dashboards. Please see the Human Resources dashboard on their website for this information.
Please reach out to any member of the Term Faculty Committee if you have questions about our work. You can find a full roster of committee members (with contact information) on the Term Faculty Information page of the Office of the Provost website. In addition, the committee holds Community Forums each semester to update the community on our work and obtain your input. Forum dates/times are announced in the Office of the Provost newsletter.