University Citizenship

A Faculty member’s contributions as a University citizen include service to the Department, the Campus, School, College, and the University as outlined in Table 3. The merits of University service should be evaluated as to (1) whether 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 Campus events such as faculty and student recruitment, seminars, campus meetings and seminars, etc.

Being an active and useful citizen of the Department, Campus, College, School 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.

  1. Table 3. Assessment of University Citizenship for Promotion and Tenure


    Citizenship Assessment

    Examples of Accomplishments Corresponding to the Assessment Score

    Exceeds 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, meaningful public outreach

    Meets obligations

    Meets the minimal Department/Campus obligations


    Does not meet obligations

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


    Other components of service are also considered (including public outreach and public and professional service) in reappointment, tenure, and promotion decisions, and differs in their importance among Faculty members depending on each Faculty member’s duties and responsibilities within the Campus.