Faculty Responsibilities in the Area of Service

Shared university governance, contributions to GVSU communities, and the development of disciplines and professions all depend on meaningful service from faculty members.  In addition to teaching and scholarly/creative activities within a normal full-time load, all Regular Faculty are expected to engage in service as determined by their unit and/or college.  Below are examples of activities in each service category: Service to the Institution, Service to the Discipline and Profession, and Service to the Community (Faculty Handbook, Section 3.01.C).


Service to the Institution (Unit, College, University)
GVSU depends on its faculty members for the time, energy, and the leadership that will enable the university to accomplish its mission.  It is only through the service activities of faculty that GVSU is able to sustain strong shared governance.  In addition to committee work, service to both current and prospective students and to alumni are also valued service activities (Faculty Handbook).

Examples of Service to the Institution include, but are not limited to:

  • Serving as a Unit Head or Assistant Unit Head
  • Chairing a major college or university committee
  • Advising a student group
  • Chairing a task force
  • Chairing a professional conference, workshop, or lecture series to be held at GVSU
  • Extensive curriculum development
  • Leadership in assessment or accreditation effort
  • An elected role in the college faculty senate, faculty assembly, etc.
  • Interviewing for the university’s scholarship competitions
  • Serving on/chairing a search committee at the unit, college, or university level
  • Serving on/ chairing unit, college, or university committees
  • Serving as special advisor for first generation students from low-income families, students of minority populations, international students
  • Serving as a contact for potential transfer students.
  • Serving on unit, college, or university task forces
  • Volunteering for unit, college, or university special event
  • Volunteering for unit, college, or university recruiting efforts
  • Becoming and acting as an inclusion advocate
  • Participating on hearing panels for Inclusion and Equity investigations.
  • Designing and implementing curricula for a faculty member’s own unit/college or for another unit/college
  • Mentoring students
  • Mentoring new faculty
  • Supervising internships
  • Leading or participating in alumni meetings
  • Acting as a resource for other faculty related to new initiatives or the use of new technology introduced in the university
  • Preparing of unit, college, or university-level grant proposals
  • Helping bring new campus or university initiatives to fruition
  • Representing the university on public media

Service to the Discipline and Profession
As representatives of a particular discipline and members of a scholarly community, GVSU faculty members are responsible for advancing their professions and enhancing the quality of scholarly and professional organizations (Faculty Handbook).

Examples of Service to the Discipline and Profession include, but are not limited to:

  • Conference reviewer or editor
  • Peer reviewing for a journal
  • Peer reviewing for other than a journal
  • Chairing a professional conference
  • Serving as an organizer or leader of professional workshops, panels, or meetings
  • Contributing time and expertise to a professional society or organization
  • Refereeing or reviewing disciplinary/professional grant proposals for funding organizations
  • Holding official leadership roles in professional or scholarly organizations

Service to the Community
Service to the community involves faculty members acting as representatives of the university while using their expertise to contribute to the public’s knowledge and welfare.  Community service can sometimes be integrated with scholarship if a community engagement project results in a scholarly outcome (Faculty Handbook).

Examples of Service to the Community include, but are not limited to:

  • Engaging in community outreach or community engagement effort
  • Participating in public service or community development activities
  • Acting as a board member in a community-based, corporate, or governmental organization
  • Consulting activities with private and public organizations
  • Volunteering services as a consultant on community projects when representing the University
  • Contributing time and expertise to a community organization
  • Using one’s expertise to offer insight or provide analysis of issues via public, non-academic media
  • Giving presentations in the area of expertise to the public 


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