Standards for Evaluating Citizenship | Department of Geography Handbook | 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. In order to meet expectations for tenure and promotion, the faculty member should demonstrate consistent, responsible service as outlined below. 

  • Evidence of consistent substantive service focused on the Campus and Department, with College, and/or University service as appropriate. 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 and seminars, 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 teaching responsibilities and research or other scholarly activity.