Service

I have found my committee service to be very rewarding. One of the things that I’ve found most valuable is the opportunity this service has given me to get to know members of the College community that I might seldom see otherwise. I’ve also sought to provide service that makes use of my gifts and interests; I serve, for instance, on the Justice Education Committee and on the Teaching, Learning, and Technology Roundtable. These fit well with my interests in justice and in technology and pedagogy. With regard to the latter, I’ve been particularly proud of the role the TLTR has played over the last two years in the development of the online summer program. Developing a procedure and set of criteria for evaluating proposed online courses has required a considerable amount of work, but it has been well worth the time and effort involved.

I also serve regularly as a reader in the Writing Proficiency Program, and have been actively involved in the program’s monthly meetings. The online portfolio that I’m working on with my students is something that, if it works well, I hope will be of benefit to the program in the future.

My service to my department engages me with both colleagues and students, and that’s something I value very highly. My primary service to students outside of teaching responsibilities involves working with the Political Science Club (this involves being a resource for the club officers, organizing the yearly all-department meeting held in early September, and assisting the officers as needed with planning Political Science Week) and serving as the graduate school adviser. I regularly participate in department meetings (I’m serving as secretary this semester) and events (such as Career Night). I also assist with keeping the department organized (for example, setting up online forms for managing information about our seniors’ progress toward their departmental graduation requirements), and make changes to the department’s website as needed.

My more informal service activities, such as my involvements with Campus Ministry, involve me directly with students and also tap into important areas of interest for me.

Though much of my service has focused on areas where I have particular interests and gifts, some has been called forth by colleagues who saw gifts that I didn’t fully realize I had. For example, I did not seek a position on the Faculty Affairs Committee, but members of the Nominating Committee thought that I had the leadership and organizational abilities needed to give useful service there. I certainly didn’t plan to chair Faculty Affairs, but I was willing to try when other members of the committee asked me to take on that responsibility, and I learned a great deal in doing so, particularly as we conducted the load study in 2006-2007. I also did not expect to co-chair the TLTR during the 2009-2010 academic year, but the experience taught me much about both coordinating a project and adapting courses for an online environment.

My service commitments at the College, in short, have given me the chance to offer my gifts for the benefit of the community; they have also provided me with opportunities for personal and professional growth.

This is the statement I submitted as part of my portfolio for tenure and promotion in October 2011.