Service is a way of building lasting relationships with not only the English department but with the rest of the university through the various committees and shared resources. Service comes naturally to me, I have been a collaborator for most of my adult lives. My goal with any collaboration is to foster and create relationships with colleagues, students, community partners, and develop long lasting friends and colleagues in doing so.
In a single semester, I spend approximately 130 hours (equivalent to 16 days) or 1 day a week dedicated to various types of service work. The figure below shows the breakdown of my service work by semester.