Service and University Citizenship

A faculty member's contributions as a University citizen include service to the School, the Campus, the College, and the University as outlined in Table 3. The merits of University service should be evaluated as to (1) whether or not 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 School events such as faculty and graduate student recruitment, seminars, School meetings and seminars, etc.


Being an active and useful citizen of the School, 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.



Table 3. Assessment of University Citizenship for promotion and tenure.


Service and University Citizenship Rating


Examples of Accomplishments Corresponding to the Assessment Score

Exceeds obligations

Significant role in School, 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 School/Campus


Does not meet obligations

Does not meet School/Campus

obligations in a timely manner or does not actively participate in significant School/campus events

 B. 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 School.