How to Say No and Yes to Academic Service Requests

by | Oct 21, 2019

Academic service requirements are often unspoken and it’s hard to know when and how to say no.

This is especially true if you are new, contingent, or just starting the tenure track. Some people advise just saying no, no matter what.

But how and when do you say yes? What if the task is something you know is important or that you want to do, but you are also balancing other priorities? How do you articulate your priorities to yourself and your colleagues in ways that allow you to say both no and yes while preserving your time for research and teaching?

In this webinar, Dr. Kate Drabinski discusses how to articulate service priorities to yourself, communicate them to colleagues, and say no and yes to requests while staying aligned with your values—and your career.

Author: Kate Drabinski

Kate Drabinski is the education director at Ideas on Fire, an avid bicyclist, and a senior lecturer in gender and women's studies at the University of Maryland, Baltimore County.

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