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Community college faculty accept high service demands, in addition to heavy teaching loads, as essential to tenure and promotion. Much of service work is uncompensated or very modestly compensated. If historically service was a substitute for scholarship, this is no longer the case. And the culture of our college community does not encourage a discussion of service concerns. This article poses questions for faculty, for department chairs, for administrators regarding how best to support the multiple demands being made of community college faculty, particularly women.


Originally published in Over Ten Million Served: Gendered Service in Language and Literature Workplaces, edited by Michelle A. Massé and Katie J. Hogan, SUNY Press, 2010.



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