Service and Citizenship

The components of service and citizenship for the School of Peace and Conflict Studies include:

  • administrative service within the University, College, and School
  • professional service through academic and professional associations, especially in the field of Peace and Conflict Studies
  • community outreach and applied practice via the provision of professional expertise to public and private entities within and beyond the university

While service activity and university citizenship is expected and required, service of any sort or magnitude cannot be considered more important than a candidate’s teaching and research scholarship responsibilities. Nonetheless, a faculty member’s willingness to make contributions to the University, to the overall progress of the School, and to utilize their expertise through community outreach and applied practice, are indicators of the faculty member’s fitness for tenure or promotion. 

Contributions as a university citizen include service to the School, the College, and the University through membership on committees and councils. The merits of university service should be evaluated as to whether or not the candidate chaired the committee listed, and the importance of the service to the mission of the unit served. In other words, simply holding a position as a committee/task force member is not, by itself, a strong credential toward tenure. The candidate also should provide evidence bearing on the quality and extent of the contributions which have been made to the organization in question. 

Other components of citizenship include active participation in School events, seminars, and workshops, taking part in faculty and student recruitment, and actively promoting the School’s degrees, courses, and events.

Similar principles apply to community outreach and applied practice outside of the University. Applying one’s professional expertise as an advisor or consultant or trainer or intervenor in conflict situations or other problem-solving activities for a group or organization is meritorious. Evidence should be provided regarding the nature and extent of the contribution, including providing evaluations and demonstrating the impact of this work.

Expectations in service and citizenship for promotion to Professor are higher than for promotion to Associate Professor.