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Service is expected of all faculty, but in differing degrees depending on rank:

Rank Evaluation Weighting
Academic Year Adjunct Lecturer 5%
Senior Lecturers & Lecturers (RTLs) 15%
Tenure-track 20%
Tenured Associate or Full 20-30%


Pre-tenure (probationary) faculty in the tenure stream are expected to perform department service, but are generally protected from college- or University-level service and are not expected to serve professionally on editorial boards and the like. Public service is left up to you, but it’s considered wise to limit your commitments so as to focus on publications that secure tenure.

Once tenured, associate professors will be invited almost immediately to consider college and University service opportunities, and in some cases you will simply be elected to these. For promotion to full professor, there will be an expectation of service at SCU at all levels, and of professional and public service, but the most important expectation will be that you will have achieved an international reputation for your scholarship, so balance service commitments accordingly.

On CVs, in faculty activities reports, and in tenure and promotion application materials, it is customary to distinguish the following types of service:

  •  Department Membership on any one of various committees constituted by the department chair, such as the curriculum committee or the teaching committee.
  •  College Service in a role or on a committee that operates within the College of Arts & Sciences. For example, serving on the boards of the Medieval & Renaissance Studies Program or the Women’s & Gender Studies Program would be College service, since these programs exist in the College. Service on the College Rank & Tenure Committee would fall here as well.
  •  University Membership on boards or committees at the University level. Examples include the Board of Trustees, the University Rank & Tenure Committee, the University Research Committee or any one of the University Policy Committees (UPCs), the Ignatian Center for Jesuit Education, one of the Faculty Core Committees, and the Ignatian Faculty Forum.
  •  Profession Work on editorial boards, participation in program unit steering committees or professional association boards, serving as an external reviewer for a colleague at another university, and the like.
  •  Public Work with the general public, either in a church or a secular setting. Thus public talks, radio or TV spots, ministry, and retreats would fit here. Because there is an expectation that Jesuit colleagues will serve heavily in this capacity, Jesuit candidates for tenure and promotion may at their own discretion request an evaluation of their service as a Jesuit and the ways in which this seservice bears on their performance in the three areas of evaluation for rank and tenure (see Faculty Handbook §