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University Service and Its Evaluation

Service includes activities that make significant positive contributions to the advancement of the educational, scholarly and governance goals and missions of the School, Campus, College, University, the profession, and/or the community.

Being an active and productive citizen of the School, Campus, College and University is expected for all faculty; however, service of any magnitude cannot be considered more important than a candidate's research and other scholarly activity and instructional responsibilities.  In the School, Faculty members are expected to be involved in public outreach and other forms of professional service.  These expectations increase during the Faculty member’s career and, therefore, candidates for promotion to Professor will be held to a higher standard.

In the School, service and citizenship frequently take the form of participation at School and program meetings (which may involve extensive program and course development, as well as evaluation) and membership on standing and/or ad hoc committees within the School, College, and University. On-going mentorship of undergraduate and masters students is expected; however, mentoring of doctoral students, especially membership on advisory and dissertation committees is essential.  Faculty are also encouraged to take active roles in their professional organizations (on the international, national, regional, state, and local levels) by holding elected or appointed office; serving on advisory boards or other committees; and serving as an elected delegate or representative to a meeting. Professional service includes but is not limited to membership on the board of a local school district or non-school agency; consultation with a committee from the State Department of Education or other public agency; membership on public advisory boards related to education and similar committees; and so forth. Similar to other areas of scholarship, it is the candidate's responsibility to document service activities, including, where appropriate, evidence of the quality of performance. Citizenship and service related commitments should be commensurate with the candidate’s role and experience within the unit.

The merits of service activities should be evaluated based upon nature of contribution, and significance to the profession. University service should be evaluated as to (1) nature of the candidate’s involvement (e.g. leadership roles and quality of contribution), and (2) the importance of the service to the mission of the unit served.  Less tangible components of service include active participation in School events such as faculty and graduate student recruitment, seminars, School meetings, seminars, and such.  Again, understanding the difference in roles for Faculty on Regional campuses, service is a significant aspect of reappointment, and therefore of progress for tenure and promotion over the probationary period.  Faculty on Regional campuses are expected to be active participants in a variety of service activities.