Standards for Evaluating Citizenship | Kent State University

Standards for Evaluating Citizenship

A faculty member's contributions as a University citizen include service to the Department, the Campus, the College, and the University, as well as the Community and his/her Discipline. In order to meet expectations for tenure and promotion, the faculty member should demonstrate consistent, responsible service as outlined below. 

  • Evidence of consistent responsible service to the Department, College, and/or University. Examples include, but are not limited to, actively serving in committee positions, undertaking specific administrative assignments, and performing meaningful public outreach.
  • Service to the profession and discipline is also valued.  These activities may include but are not limited to elected positions in specialty groups and on boards.

Alternatively, examples of insufficient activity in this category include, but are not limited to, consistent lack of service or evidence of low quality service to the Department, College, and/or University.

The merits of University service should be evaluated as to (1) whether or not the candidate chaired the committee listed and (2) the importance of the service to the mission of the unit served. Less tangible components of citizenship include active participation in department events such as faculty and graduate student recruitment, seminars, department meetings, etc.

Being an active and useful citizen of the Department, Campus, College and University is expected and valued; however, service of any magnitude cannot be considered more important than a candidate's research and other scholarly activity and instructional responsibilities. Expectations in service for promotion to Professor are higher than for promotion to Associate Professor.  In particular, for promotion to Professor, there should be a clear demonstration of leadership roles that seek to further the mission of the Department, University, or Profession.

Other components of service are also considered (including public outreach and public and professional service) in reappointment, tenure and promotion decisions and may differ in their importance among faculty members depending on each faculty member’s duties and responsibilities within the Department.