Faculty are assigned to serve on a number of committees and often to chair one or more of these committees. Some of these committees require more work than others, and an effort is made to equalize the amount of committee work each faculty member does. We try to protect junior faculty from excessive committee work. Committee assignments are made in the early summer for the coming academic year.
There are a number of university wide committees that faculty may be elected to.
It is often a very good idea to serve on a university committee, because these committees make important decisions—particularly the Tenure and Promotion Committee and the Educational Policy Committee. In addition, serving on one of these committees is an excellent way to learn about the workings of the university and to get to know people from other departments.