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Campus Service and Institutional Citizenship

Service involvement may parallel a faculty member’s field or discipline in such a way as to open a door for research or teaching opportunities. Combining one’s service appointments with opportunities to research and publish makes the task less an obligation and more of a practical, rewarding experience (Boyer, 1990). Service commitments could allow the faculty member to explore unknown aspects of the university. Appointments facilitate networking with other colleagues across campus that could lead to collaborative research opportunities. Fulfilling certain functions like faculty senate or P&T committee permit professors to participate in governance, direct the course of the university curriculum, recommend that the trustees extend permanent employment to colleagues, or introduce new policies that protect academic freedom. Outreach opportunities permit faculty to give back to their community through their research and teaching.