Standards for Evaluating Citizenship | Department of Geography Handbook | Kent State University

Standards for Evaluating Citizenship

A faculty member's contributions as a citizen include service to the Department, the College, the University, and the Discipline. In order to meet expectations for reappointment, the FTNTT faculty member should demonstrate consistent, responsible service as outlined below.  

Evidence of consistent responsible service to the Department, College, and/or University, where opportunities exist and to the extent such accomplishments and/or contributions are appropriate to the FTNTT faculty member’s track and/or workload assignments.  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, and serving as reviewer for journals and/or books.

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 Departmental service should be evaluated as to (1) the importance of the service to the mission of the unit served and (2) the availability of such opportunities for the FTNTT faculty member.  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 is expected and valued; however, service of any magnitude cannot be considered more important than a candidate's instructional responsibilities.