Service is a fundamental component of each faculty’s workload plan and is intrinsic to the Land Grant/Sea Grant/Space Grant tradition, as well as part of the university’s obligation to the people of the State of Alaska. In this tradition, faculty providing their professional expertise for the benefit of the university’s external constituency, free of charge, is identified as Public Service. The tradition of the university itself provides that its faculty assumes a collegial obligation for the internal functioning of the institution; such service is identified as University Service. Additionally, faculty may participate in Professional Service.

Please keep the following definitions and examples of service in mind when completing annual workload proposals, annual activity reports, preparing files for promotion and tenure and in serving on promotion and tenure review committees.

Public Service is the application of teaching, research, and other scholarly and creative activity to constituencies outside the University of Alaska Fairbanks. It includes all activities which extend the faculty member’s professional, academic, or leadership competence to these constituencies. It can be instructional, collaborative, or consultative in nature and is related to the faculty member’s discipline or other publicly recognized expertise. Public service may be systematic activity that involves planning with clientele and delivery of information on a continuing, programmatic basis. It may also be informal, individual, professional contributions to the community or to one’s discipline, or other activities in furtherance of the goals and mission of the university and its units. Such service may occur on a periodic or limited-term basis.

Examples of Public Service include, but are not limited to: providing information services to adults or youth; service on or to government or public committees; service on accrediting bodies; active participation in professional organizations or discipline-oriented service organizations; consulting; leadership of or presentations at workshops, conferences, or public meetings; training and facilitating; radio and TV programs, newspaper articles and columns, publications, newsletters, films, computer applications, teleconferences and other educational media; judging and similar educational assistance at science fairs, state fairs, and speech, drama, literary, and similar competitions; and prizes and awards for excellence in public service.

University Service includes those activities involving faculty members in the governance, administration and other internal affairs of the university, its colleges, schools and institutes. It includes non-instructional work with students and their organizations.

Examples of University Service include, but are not limited to: service on university, college, school, institute or departmental committees; consultative work in supporting of university functions; service as department chair or term-limited and part-time assignment as assistant/associate dean in a college/school; service on collective bargaining unit committees or elected office; participation in accreditation reviews; service in support of student organizations and activities; mentoring; academic support services such as library and museum programs; assisting other faculty or units with curriculum planning and delivery of instruction such as serving as guest lecturer; and prizes and awards for excellence in university service.

Professional Service includes but is not limited to the following activities: editing or refereeing articles or proposals for professional journals or organizations; active participation in professional organizations; active participation in discipline service organizations; committee chair or officer of professional organizations; organizer, session organizer, or moderator for professional meetings; service on a national or international review panel or committee.

Definitions and examples from UAF Policies and Regulations for the Appointment and Evaluation of Faculty, 2002, amended 2004.

For more information regarding criteria and components of service go to Chapter III D of the UAF Regulations for Appointment and Evaluation of Faculty.

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