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Service Expectations

Service is expressed in an array of activities that reflect positively on the program and university. Two types of service activities are required for tenure and/or promotion: (1) service to the Program, School, College, and/or University, and (2) service to the Community and/or Field. Faculty must clearly articulate within their contextual statement how they have contributed to the Program, School, College, University, Community, and/or Field. Reporting of these activities must include documentation of involvement. Our School values service activities that guide and influence policy and/or professional practices in disciplines related to our academic programs as well as contributing to and/or strengthening the community. 

  1. Service to the Program, School, College, and/or University

     

    Examples of Program, School, College, and/or University service involvement includes, but are not limited to:

    • Serving as Program Coordinator;
    • Engaged, responsive participation in Program development and improvement;
    • Cultivating community partnerships to address Program, School, and/or College priorities;
    • Linking local service initiatives with state and/or national initiatives;
    • Providing technical assistance/consultative service to a wide variety of campus and community partners;
    • Serving as Chair or demonstrating active membership on School, College, and/or University committees; 
    • Serving as Chair or participating on Faculty search committees;
    • Serving as the Library representative;
    • Serving as a member of the IRB committee;
    • Serving as a member of Faculty Advisory Council and/or College Advisory Council;
    • Serving on the University Tenure and Promotion Committee
    1. Considerations for Reappointment

      Service on various Program, School, or College ad hoc and standing committees appropriate to years of appointment and Faculty workload. At the beginning of the pre-tenure appointment, the candidate is expected to focus on the development of a research agenda research and teaching. However, during the years approaching tenure and promotion to Associate, the candidate must demonstrate more engagement in service commitments.

    2. Considerations for Tenure

      University Guidelines identify the specific standards for tenure by which the School adheres. That is, the School’s guidelines for tenure mirror university policy. In general, tenure is established when a candidate demonstrates involvement, and, potential for leadership, in service to the Program, School, and/or College through ad hoc and/or standing committee membership. A description of the nature and quantity of the candidate’s service is required and must be articulated within the contextual statement using factors such as those identified in this Handbook. In particular, responsiveness to the needs of the Program and the needs of students must be demonstrated.

    3. Considerations for Promotion to Associate Professor

      A pattern of active involvement and emerging leadership in service to the Program, School, and/or College through ad hoc and/or standing committee membership is required. A description of the nature and quantity of the candidate’s service is required and must be articulated within the Contextual Statement using factors such as those identified in this Handbook. In particular, responsiveness to the needs of the Program and the needs of students must be demonstrated.

    4. Considerations for Promotion to Professor

      A pattern of active leadership to the Program, School, College, and/or University through ad hoc and/or standing committee membership is required. For promotion to full professor, the candidate is expected to demonstrate high levels of professional service through committee membership at the School, College, and/or University levels, as well as other opportunities, including but not limited to, coordination of the program, directing dissertations, and serving as a graduate Faculty representative. Candidates for promotion will have been involved in the life of their Program, School, College, and/or University. A description of the nature and quantity of the candidate’s service is required and must be articulated within the contextual statement using factors as those identified in this Handbook. Responsiveness to the needs of the Program and to the needs of students must be demonstrated, as well as evidence of how service is related to the goals of the Program, School, College, and/or University.

  2. Service to the Community and/or Field

    Examples of service to Community and/or Field include, but are not limited to:

    • Serving as an Executive and/or Administrative Officer within a national and/or international professional organization;
    • Holding a position of leadership and/or committee membership in a national and/or international professional association;
    • Editorship or editorial board member of professional international, national, regional, and/or state peer-reviewed journals;
    • Serving as a reviewer for professional international, national, and/or state venues professional associations/learned societies;
    • Serving as an external reviewer for a Faculty member’s application for tenure and/or promotion at another academic institution;
    • Appointment and service on state and national and/or international commissions;
    • Internal or external grant funding to support collaboration between faculty and community partners,  community service, development, and/or demonstration projects
    • Community service related to one’s professional role. For example: (a) consultation with professional and non-professional organizations; (b) response to public request for professional expertise; (c) election or appointment to city, county, state, national boards, councils, task forces, networks related to the profession; (d) presentation of scholarly nature to radio, television, and/or press; and (e) service to community-based agencies and organizations.
    1. Considerations for Reappointment

      Service to the profession at the regional, state, or national and/or international level appropriate to years of appointment and Faculty workload. At the beginning of the pre-tenure appointment, the candidate is expected to focus on the development of a research agenda research and teaching. However, during the years approaching tenure and promotion to Associate, the candidate is expected to demonstrate more engagement in service commitments.

    2. Considerations for Tenure

      University Guidelines identify the specific standards for tenure by which the School adheres. That is, the School’s guidelines for tenure mirror university policy. In general, tenure is established when a candidate demonstrates involvement in service to the profession at the regional, state, or national and/or international level. Potential for emerging leadership to the profession at the national and/or international level is required. A description of the nature and quantity of the candidate’s service is required and must be articulated within the contextual statement using factors such as those identified in this Handbook.

    3. Considerations for Promotion to Associate Professor

      A pattern of active involvement and emerging leadership in service at the regional, state, or national and/or international level. Emerging leadership to the profession at the national and/or international level is required. A description of the nature and quantity of the candidate’s service is required and must be articulated within the contextual statement using factors such as those identified in this Handbook.

    4. Considerations for Promotion to Professor

      A pattern of active, noteworthy service to the profession at the local, regional, national and/or international level is required. For promotion to full professor, the candidate is required to demonstrate high levels of professional service as evidence through a variety of activities, including but not limited to, participation in learned society activities, service to advisory boards/panels, participation as a reviewer for grants, membership on journal editorial board(s), and/or accreditation reviews, consultancy to agencies/districts, etc. It is desirable that the candidate demonstrates evidence of contributions to or engagement within the broader community, and, in some cases, may be part of the candidate’s expectations (e.g., serving within an administrative capacity, chairing committees). A description of the nature and quantity of the candidate’s service is required and must be articulated within the contextual statement using factors such as those identified in this Handbook.