Evaluation of University Service/Engagement | Department of Sociology Handbook | Kent State University

Evaluation of University Service/Engagement

Criteria for assessing points include time commitment, caliber of service, prominence of actions, value to the department and formal recognition/acknowledgement for service work.

A.    Service to Department

This includes membership on departmental committees and advising of student organizations. Accomplishments beyond the normal expectations for administrative assignments also can be included.

For all service activities list your particular role, responsibilities, and actions taken. Document the time involved; include frequency and length of meetings as well as additional work conducted (such as reports drafted or other work conducted outside of meetings); include the average hours invested per month or semester.

Points: The Awards committee will assign points based on the magnitude of the activity on a 10-40 point scale for each activity.  Maximum number of points in the category for an Academic Year is 200.

B.    Service to College and University

This includes membership on university committees, task forces and governance structures, advising of student organizations outside of the department, and moderating outside dissertations.

For all service activities list your particular role, responsibilities, and actions taken. Document the time involved; include frequency and length of meetings as well as additional work conducted (such as reports drafted or other work conducted outside of meetings); include the average hours invested per month or semester.

Points: The Awards committee will assign points based on the magnitude of the activity on a 5-25 point scale for each activity.  Maximum number of points in the category for an Academic Year is 100.

C.    Service to Discipline

a.    Leaderships Positions – Limited to Elected Top Positions in International, National or Regional Professional Associations (e.g., President, Chair of the Organization) or Appointment as a Journal Editor or other elected positions within such organizations

    Points: Top positions in International or National: 50-75; Regional: 25-40.  Other elected positions: National:  25-40; Regional 10-25.  Maximum number of points in the category for an Academic Year is 100.

b.    General Service Positions - This includes work on scholarly journals or publishing boards, scholarly organizations or associations, Funding agencies, government and non-profit agencies, and other related entities.  For all service activities list your particular role, responsibilities, and actions taken. Document the time involved; include frequency and length of meetings as well as additional work conducted (such as increased responsibilities connected to being an editor or consultant; include the average hours invested per month or semester; list the reputation/stature of journal, association or organization.

Points: The Awards committee will assign points based on the magnitude of the activity on a 5-25 point scale for each activity.  Maximum number of points in the category for an Academic Year is 200.

D.    Public Sociology

Public sociology includes writing op-ed pieces, media interviews connected to scholarly work, serving on community boards in a role that emphasizes profession and/or scholarship, as well as unpaid consultations and expert witness testimony, speeches, training, program development, and advocacy work. Document the time involved, your role, as well as media market rating or other measure of stature/prominence where appropriate.

Public sociology also can involve community-engaged scholarship that in which the faculty member engages in a reciprocal partnership with the community that integrates teaching, research, and service in a relationship that produces meaningful community-engaged scholarship. This form of public sociology prioritizes deliberative practices such as forums and town meetings to enhance scholarship and address public problems, often includes members of the public as participants in the development of academic knowledge, and can involve extended community partnerships and the development of public information networks/databases. Document the time involved and your role in this work, as well as its significance to the community.

Points: The Awards committee will assign points based on the magnitude of the activity on a 1-25 point scale for each activity.  Maximum number of points in the category for an Academic Year is 100.

E.    Service Awards

a.    International and National Recognition for Service = 100 points
b.    Regional Recognition for Service = 50 points
c.    University or College Recognition for Service = 25
d.    Community Recognition for Service = 25
e.    Department Recognition for Service = 50


F.    Other Service

This category is for service activity that does not fall into the above categories.  If you are requesting merit in the category, please describe the service activity in detail.  Document the time involved and your role in this work, as well as its significance of the service to your position as a sociologist or member of the Kent State University community.

Points: The Awards committee will assign points based on the magnitude of the activity on a 1-25 point scale for each activity.  Maximum number of points in the category for an Academic Year is 50.