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The November-December issue of Academe looks at faculty service. It is perhaps the most ambiguous of the traditional triad along with teaching and research, and the articles in this issue seek to describe the different ways that faculty conceive of service, and the different ways that service is (or is not) recognized. Read the issue here.
Thomas Miller has been serving on promotion and tenure committees for decades. In that time, he’s seen how faculty service is taken into account when considering a candidate, and seen it often take a backseat to other faculty work. Research has always been considered a faculty member’s “real” work, he writes, though tenure committees are increasingly taking teaching into account as well. But “service and outreach remain peripheral” to such considerations. Read the full story here, from the November-December issue of Academe.