Faculty service is essential to a vibrant academic community that values shared governance and faculty oversight over academic matters. Faculty at the University of Oregon are expected to be actively involved with curriculum development, administrative committees, and service on behalf of the university community. It is also generally good for faculty and the university when faculty serve the broader community and their academic disciplines. 

Service is also taken into consideration during evaluations. The expectations of service levels may vary depending on where faculty are in their careers; however, well-rounded service will include an emerging pattern of service and leadership at the various department, school or college, university levels and community. The following are examples of academic and administrative service: 

  • Departmental administration and curriculum, personnel, and policy committees or activities 
  • College or school administration and committees or activities 
  • University or state system administration and committees or activities 
  • Service and activities on behalf of the larger community (local, state, national, and inter-national governmental bodies, etc.) 
  • Academic contributions to community activities either as an individual or as a representative of the university 
  • Academic service on behalf of public bodies 

Finding Ways to Serve 

Individual faculty members should consult with their department head and/or dean to discuss specific service opportunities, particularly those that exist at the department and college level. University-level service typically involves serving on university-level committees.

Many university-level committees are coordinated through the University Senate and can be found at the committee directory page . In addition, other university-level ad-hoc committees are often formed to address specific topics by faculty and/or administration. These are often by invitation based on a faculty member's particular interests or skills.