Outside professional activities

In addition to their primary responsibilities of teaching and research or creative work, faculty members are also expected to contribute to their professions and to the community. Depending upon the professional field of a faculty member, a wide spectrum of outside professional activities is possible. Typical examples include but are not limited to, serving on a committee, panel, or commission established by a Federal, State or local governmental agency; industrial consulting; acting in an editorial capacity for a professional journal; reviewing journal or book manuscripts or grant or contract proposals on an ad hoc basis; accepting a commission for a specific service such as a work of art or a dance; participating in a musical, dramatic, or other artistic performance; practicing a profession on a part-time basis; and testifying as an expert in a court of law.

There are a number of University policies which apply to faculty who are involved in outside activities.

Policy on Outside Professional Activities of Faculty Members
The Policy on Outside Professional Activities of Faculty Members states that faculty members are expected to contribute to their professions and to the community and that, for purposes of academic review, the same standards of performance should be applied to their outside professional activities as to any other areas of academic endeavors.

Additionally, the Policy requires faculty members to submit annual reports to their department chairs on those outside professional activities which are related to their academic specialty whether or not they are undertaken for compensation. The chair considers this information to be part of faculty members academic records for purposes of advancement and promotion. The reports are available to the public. (APM - 025*)

Policy on Additional Compensation for Services as a Faculty Consultant
The Policy on Additional Compensation for Services as a Faculty Consultant provides that a faculty member may, on occasion, and with prior approval, receive additional compensation for consultant services on projects under the auspices of the University if the faculty member is not regularly engaged in the particular project. (APM - 664*)

Regents' Standing Order 103.1(b)
Regents' Standing Order 103.1(b)* provides that no one in the service of the University shall allow outside employment to interfere with primary University duties.

University Regulation No. 4 (Special Services to Individuals and Organizations)
Pertinent provisions of University Regulation No. 4 implement Regents' Standing Order 103.1(b) and reinforce the concept that outside professional activities are a valuable contribution to the University and to a faculty member s professional growth as long as the activities are undertaken in a manner consistent with the full performance of the faculty member's primary obligations to the University. (APM - 020*)