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University and Professional Service

Service is broadly defined to include administrative service to the university, professional service to the faculty member’s discipline, and the provision of professional expertise to public and private entities beyond the university, serving on national and international organizations. 

 

In accordance with the definition of service adopted by the College of Communication and Information, the School of Library and Information Science is guided by the following points:

  1. Quality service involves a commitment to the shared obligation of administering the school, the college, the university and the discipline.
  2. Quality service involves meaningful engagement with both internal and external constituencies.
  3. Quality service is performed with integrity. It involves more than nominal membership on committees but a duty-conscious performance of activities that improve and advance the university, the discipline or the larger community.
  4. Quality service is ideally connected in meaningful ways to a faculty member’s research and/or teaching.

 

Indices in this area include but are not limited to:

  • Service to the university, college, and school;
  • Participation, leadership and/or election on university, college, and school committees and boards;
  • Presenting or organizing university fora and exhibits;
  • Serving as an advisor to student groups;
  • Service to the professional community and professional associations at international, national, state, and local levels;
  • Active participation or leadership in professional committees and working groups at international, national, state, and local levels;
  • Secured professionally reviewed grants, especially external awards, related to one’s service as defined above;
  • Peer review activities for journals, conferences, publication proposals, and funding agencies;
  • Journal or monograph editorial activities;
  • Presentations related to one’s service as defined above

 

Table 3 provides a guideline for assessing service for candidates for reappointment, tenure, and promotion in the school.

 

Table 3: Expectations for Progress and Excellence in Service

 

At the completion of Year 1, for 2nd Year reappointment:

Does NOT meet Expectations

MEETS Expectations

EXCEEDS Expectations

 

Candidate failed to contribute regularly in assigned committee work; presents no evidence of engagement with professional organizations.

Candidate contributed regularly in assigned committee work at the school, college, or university level; helped set and reach committee goals; as requested, accepted work on ad hoc committees. Candidate is actively engaged with local, state, or national professional organizations. Candidate is engaged in events in SLIS academic specialization areas and the school in general.

Candidate met expectations and also helped lead efforts in setting and reaching committee goals; has established an active presence in the professional community; has assumed office in a professional organization at the state or national level. 

 

At the completion of Year 3, for 4th Year reappointment:

Does NOT meet Expectations

MEETS Expectations

EXCEEDS Expectations

Candidate failed to regularly contribute in assigned committee work; did not accept requests to chair committees, to join ad hoc committees, or to join committees at the college and university level; is not engaged with professional organizations at local, state or national level.

Candidate contributed regularly in assigned and ad hoc committee work at the school, college, or university level: worked to help set and reach committee goals; as requested accepted work on ad-hoc committees; demonstrated relevant community service; serves on at least one professional committee at local, state or national level. Represented SLIS and/or CCI on college or university committees.

Candidate met expectations and also contributed in a leadership role. Evidence of exceptional contribution to the School, College, University, profession and community beyond normal expectations.

At the completion of Year 5, for Tenure and Promotion to Associate Professor:

Does NOT meet Expectations

MEETS Expectations

EXCEEDS Expectations

Candidate failed to regularly contribute in assigned committee work; did not accept requests to chair committees, to join ad hoc committees, or to join committees at the college and university level; is not engaged with professional organizations at local, state or national level; presents no evidence of attempt to assume leadership role; generally lacks professional engagement.

Candidate contributed regularly in assigned and ad hoc committee work at the school, college, or university level: worked to help set and reach committee goals; represented SLIS and/or CCI on college or university committees; demonstrated relevant community service. Candidate has begun to establish a presence in professional community through active engagement and has evidenced interest in professional leadership by chairing a committee at local, state or national level.

Candidate met expectations and also has assumed a committee chair role for School, College, or University; exhibited a leadership role such as chairing committees or creating special interest groups in the professional community. Candidate has established a presence at the national or international level and has shaped the direction of the profession through their efforts.

For Promotion to Professor:

Does NOT meet Expectations

MEETS Expectations

EXCEEDS Expectations

Candidate failed to regularly contribute in assigned committee work; did not accept requests to chair committees, to join ad hoc committees, or to join committees at the college and university level; is not engaged with professional organizations at local, state or national level; presents no evidence of attempt to assume leadership role; generally lacks professional engagement.

Candidate contributed regularly in assigned and ad hoc committee work and assumed the committee chair role at the school, college, or university level: worked to help set and reach committee goals; represented SLIS and/or CCI on college or university committees; demonstrated relevant community service. Candidate has demonstrated a record of working to advance the school’s mission, and lead student and alumni involvement, recruitment, and other school-wide efforts. Candidate has established a presence in professional community through active engagement and has evidenced professional leadership by chairing a committee at local, state or national level.

Candidate has assumed a committee chair role for School, College, or University; exhibited a leadership role such as chairing committees, creating special interest groups, or chairing/leading organizations in the professional community; has organized or helped organize events such as conferences, workshops, and seminars. Candidate has served as editor of a scholarly publication (journal, monographic series, etc.). Candidate has established a presence at the national or international level and has shaped the direction of the profession through their efforts. Candidate has helped with development efforts.