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Citizenship

The category of citizenship includes a variety of activities that are not necessarily tied to one’s special field of knowledge but that make significant contributions to the advancement of the educational, scholarly, or governance goals and missions of the University, Campus, College, Department, Community or Profession. The following classifications provide examples of activities recognized as citizenship:

Departmental Citizenship:

  • Membership or the chairing of Department committees, including service (as determined by the FAC) on ad hoc committees
  • Activities in support of departmental goals, such as director of study abroad programs, conference organizer, or other departmental endeavors inlcuding activities fostering student success
  • Service as Departmental Coordinator, Assistant to the Chair, or Acting Chair, except when given workload equivalencies

University Citizenship:

  • Membership or the chairing of College and University committees, including service on ad hoc committees
  • Membership or service as an officer of Faculty Senate

Professional Citizenship:

  • Professional service such as external referee or reviewer (e.g., refereeing for a journal or press, evaluating tenure/promotion candidates at other universities, agency panel reviewer, etc.)
  • Officer of a professional body, service on state-wide advisory boards, service on national or international professional organizations
  • Pro bono work in a professional capacity for other universities or professional organizations
  • Service awards

Community Citizenship:

  • The pro bono dissemination of knowledge for the benefit of the broader community
  • Volunteer or outreach work that furthers departmental, college or university missions

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 citizenship for promotion to Professor are higher than for promotion to Associate Professor.

Table 3. Assessment of Citizenship for promotion and tenure

Rating

Examples Corresponding to the Assessment Score

Excellent Citizenship

  • Actively contributes at the unit, departmental, and College or University levels in ways that further the missions of these bodies; takes leadership roles AND
  • Serves the profession by acting as external reviewer, holding offices in professional organizations, or other means; AND
  • Serves the community through outreach efforts; AND
  • Meets basic obligations to unit and department

Very Good Citizenship

  • Actively contributes at the unit, departmental, and College or University levels in ways that further the missions of these bodies; AND
  • Serves the profession or the community as described above; AND
  • Meets basic obligations to unit and department

Good Citizenship

  • Makes solid contributions at the unit and departmental levels; some involvement at the college and/or university levels AND
  • Meets basic obligations to unit and department

Poor Citizenship

  • Makes inconsistent and limited contributions at the unit and departmental levels; AND
  • Often fails to meet basic obligations to unit and department