Q: What is the purpose of service at the institutional and professional level?
A: To ensure the smooth functioning of all academic pursuits: tenure, promotion, hiring, curriculum, assessment, conferences, and the advancement of scholarship by professional organizations.
Q: What is the effect of service at the institutional and professional level?
A: To suck up time--entire days and associated brainpower--that should be devoted to writing.
Q: Can service be completed in chunks of time so that you can ignore importunate emails during your writing time?
A: Not necessarily.
Q: What are the rewards of service? (Choose all that apply.)
A: (1) Promotion, (2) tenure, (3) status in the field (4) the gratitude of your peers, and (5) the knowledge that you're helping and are not being a slacker.
Q: Why do you participate in service activities? (Choose all that apply.)
A: (1) Promotion, (2) tenure, (3) status in the field (4) the gratitude of your peers, (5) the knowledge that you're helping and are not being a slacker, and (6) I'm just a girl who can't say no.
Q: Whose fault is it if service obligations eat into your time? (Choose all that apply.)
A: (1) Those who ask you to do the service and (2) yours. You can't control (1) but you can control (2) a little bit by saying no to some things.
Did I say no to something this week that would have hugely inconvenienced me and sucked up a lot of time and energy in order that someone else would have all the benefit of it?
Did I refuse to travel somewhere and destroy a writing day so that I could be an appreciative audience for something that was not necessary? (Hint: Killing a writing day so I can go sit in an audience somewhere is one of my least favorite parts of service responsibilities.)
Yes. Yes, I did.
Do you feel guilty about it?
Nope--not a bit.