University Citizenship

At a minimum, the assessment of a candidate’s university citizenship involves a determination of the faculty member's collegiality and contribution to the effective functioning of the department.  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 5, and are required of all faculty members as part of their regular workload. Service responsibilities should be distributed as equitably as possible to all members of the department.  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.  Citizenship also includes active participation in department events such as faculty and 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.

Successful candidates for tenure and promotion must fit the criteria of “meets obligations” according to Table 5.

Table 5. 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 may differ in their importance among faculty members depending on each faculty member’s duties and responsibilities within the Department.