September 5th, 2017


Service, the third responsibility of a Faculty member at the University of Hawaii at Manoa, is generally viewed as the least important of the responsibilities (with much greater weight given to Teaching, Professional Duties, and Research responsibilities).  However, service to the department, college, university, profession, and community is required of ALL faculty, and the application for tenure and/or promotion may be strengthened when the faculty member contributes meaningful service.  For example, a faculty member may have been hired to develop and/or coordinate a particular strand of the college’s teacher education program.  The administrative duties associated with this role provide important service to the College of Education and could be used as a central argument in building the case for tenure.  Thus, the role of service should not be minimized or considered unimportant in working towards tenure and promotion.

Activity #10 (complete by 11/15/17): List Preferred Service Activities

As a strategy to avoid over-committing yourself to service activities, generate a list of the service activities that you would most like to do. Consider one or two departmental committees, some service to the community (e.g., consultation or professional development for the schools), and service to the profession (e.g., committee membership for a professional association, reviewer for a journal).

Activity #11  (complete by 11/15/17): Discuss Merging Service with Teaching/Professional Duties and Research

Reflect on your possible service activities and how one or more of these might be merged with your teaching and/or research duties. Using the Discussion Forum on the Laulima site for the New Faculty Orientation, post a paragraph or two on your thoughts about merging service with teaching and research.  Respond to one or two posts of your colleagues in the Laulima Forum on this topic.


Tenure and Promotion Criteria Associated with Service

Tenure Criteria

The University of Hawaii Tenure and Promotion Guidelines state, “The University must have a present and long-term need for a faculty member with the particular combination of qualifications, expertise, and abilities possessed by the applicant for tenure.”

The specific wording in the University of Hawaii Tenure and Promotion Guidelines concerning service in the tenure decision is,

“The faculty member should have participated in the academic affairs of the University, such as through service on appropriate faculty committees, and have shown a willingness to use professional competence in the service of the profession and the general community.

The expectation for service by non-tenured faculty members is some service to the Department and/or the College, and some service to the community.  University-level service is not generally expected.  Typical kinds of service to the community by College of Education faculty include providing workshops for teachers and consultation in the schools.  Service activities can be very time consuming:  Choose a few service activities that contribute to your department and/or the College of Education. Check your departmental criteria for tenure and note if a specific number of service activities are required during the probationary period.

Service to our state and local communities is highly valued by UH and by COE faculty, but again, be cautious not to become overwhelmed by service activities.  Whenever possible, combine service activities to the community (and to the profession) with scholarship activities. An example of this would be a faculty member providing consultation or professional development activities to a school where he or she is conducting a research activity.

For specialist faculty, service to the University, Community, and Profession often overlaps extensively with professional duties.  When the overlaps occur, address the overlapping contributions in both professional activities and service activities.

Promotion Criteria

General Comments in the University of Hawaii Tenure and Promotion Guidelines indicate that, “competent or even superior performance in one area of activity or responsibility is not sufficient to justify promotion.” The areas being referenced in this statement are teaching, research, and service.  This statement makes it explicit that service is an expectation and should not be neglected; a record of service is required for promotion.  The criteria for promotion to associate professor are identical to the criteria for tenure (quoted above).

Examples of Service Activities

These examples are not an exhaustive list, but are typical types of service activities provided by faculty in the College of Education.

Departmental Service

  • Curriculum committee
  • Faculty search committee
  • Graduate program admissions committee
  • Interviewer for BEd applicants
  • Cohort coordination
  • New program development
  • Accreditation report writing
  • Administrative work (acting chair, program coordination, etc.)

College-Level Service

  • College of Education Senate
  • Faculty search committee in another COE department
  • Departmental representative on the Graduate Faculty of Education Administrative Committee (college-wide doctoral program)
  • Advisor, College of Education Student Association
  • Ad-hoc cross-departmental committees
  • CAEP college accreditation committees (Diversity committee, Institutional report committee, etc.)

University-Level Service

  • Manoa Senate and Manoa Senate committees
  • Reviewer for Graduate Student Organization conference travel awards
  • Graduate Council (advisory committee to the UHM Graduate Division)
  • M.Ed. and Ph.D. committee membership in programs outside the COE

Community Service

  • School-based professional development
  • Consultancies (local, state, regional, national)
  • Cross-agency advisory boards or committees
  • Agency board of directors
  • Consultation to state legislature
  • Community program development

Service to the Profession

  • Journal editorial work
    • Editor or editorial board
    • Guest reviewer
    • Monograph editor
  • Reviewer of conference presentation proposals
  • Academic book reviewer
  • Officer or other leadership role in professional organization
  • Ad-hoc committee of professional organization (e.g., standards development committee)
  • Grant reviewer
  • School accreditation review team
  • National advisory boards
  • National consultancies
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