Service encompasses pretty much everything that an academic does outside of teaching and research. This includes advising, serving on university and departmental committees, reviewing papers, writing letters of recommendation, organizing seminars and conferences, serving on professional boards, etc. The impossibility of doing it all allows academics to decide what types of service they are going specialize based on their interests and abilities.

I have spent the last three years heavily engaged in university level service. I currently serve as the president of United Academics of the University of Oregon, and I am a past president of the University Senate. Before that I was the Vice President of the Senate and the chair of the Committee on Committees. All of these roles are difficult and require a large investment of thought and energy.

The reward for this hard work is a good understanding of how the university works, who to go to when issues need resolution, and who can be safely ignored.

As important as the service I am doing, is the service I am not doing. I do routinely serve on academic committees for graduate/honors students, etc. I decline most requests to referee papers/grants applications, and serve on no editorial boards. The national organizations for which I am an officer are not mathematical organizations, but rather organizations dedicated to shared governance.

Selected Service Roles


  • Core Education Council, Co-Chair, 2019-20
  • United Academics of the University of Oregon, Chair of Bargaining Team, 2019-20
  • CHC Diversity Action Committee, 2019-20
  • United Academics of the University of Oregon, President, 2019-20
  • Academic Council, 2019-20
  • Grad Forum, Three-minute Thesis, Judge, 2018,2019,2020
  • UA/UO Joint Labor Management, 2018-19
  • United Academics of the University of Oregon, President, 2018-19
  • University of Oregon Senate, Immediate Past President, 2018-19
  • University of Oregon Senate, CAS-Nat Sci Senator, 2018-19
  • Core Education Council, Chair, 2018-19
  • Academic Council, 2018-19
  • Faculty Salary Equity Task Force, Exec member, 2018-19
  • PAC-12 Academic Leadership Coalition, Webmaster, 2018-19
  • University of Oregon Senate, President, 2017-18
  • Faculty Advisory Council, 2017-18
  • Core Education Task Force, Chair, 2017-18
  • Academic Council, 2017-18
  • United Academics of the University of Oregon, Secretary, 2017-18
  • Oregon Inter-institutional Faculty Senate, 2017-18
  • Computational Neuroscience Faculty Search Committee, 2016-17
  • University of Oregon Senate, Vice President, 2016-17
  • Committee on Committees, Chair, 2016-17
  • Academic Council, 2016-17
  • Faculty Advisory Council, 2016-17
  • United Academics of the University of Oregon, Secretary, 2016-17
  • Oregon Inter-institutional Faculty Senate, 2016-17
  • University Library Committee, Chair, 2015-16
  • Academic Council, 2015-16
  • United Academics of the University of Oregon, Chair of the Communications, Organizing and Membership Committee, 2015-16
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