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FAQs about Service

Answers to these frequently asked questions can help you serve your academic, disciplinary, and public communities as a faculty member at Texas State. Normally the expectation is to limit service during the first year of the probationary period of tenure-track faculty.

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  • Check with your department or academic unit about activities that count as service. Service activities often sometimes include departmental committees, active participation in professional organizations, advising students, or a number of other activities. Service activities for tenure-track faculty members may be limited during the first year.

  • Check with your department to learn more about departmental committees.

    For a list of university-level committees, see the Roster of Councils, Committees, and Teams. Normally, tenure-track faculty members are not expected to have university-level committee service during the first few years of their probationary period.

  • The University has academic advisors that meet with students. For undergraduate students, direct students to their advisors when questions arise about curriculum and the courses the student needs. Students make an academic plan with the advisors.

    In a few instances, faculty members serve as academic advisors. Policies for advising are spelled out in Policy and Procedure Statement 3.01 on the Academic Affairs website.