University Citizenship

A faculty member's contributions as a University citizen include service to the Department, the Campus, the College, and the University as outlined in Table 7. The merits of University service should be evaluated as to (1) the role of the candidate in that service 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, 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 research and other scholarly activity and instructional responsibilities. Expectations in service for promotion to Professor are higher than for promotion to Associate Professor.

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.

Table 7. Assessment of University Citizenship for promotion and tenure


University Citizenship

Typical Activities


Exceeds normal obligations

Significant role in Department / Campus, College and / or University as evidenced by productive service on committees, active participation in significant events, effectively chairing committees, specific administrative assignments, or meaningful public outreach


Meets normal obligations

Meets the normal Department / Campus obligations


Does not meet obligations

Does not meet Department / Campus obligations in a timely manner or does not actively participate in significant Department / Campus events