Service is our highest calling.
Academics serve two masters: ideas and society. Our job is to explore, teach, mentor students, and share our work with the world. As a citizen, I serve on committees and boards, and do pro-bono work based on my research and creative practice. Service is central to everything I do, but it was not always that way.
I thought service meant going to meetings. It was something I had to do, but not something that made a positive contribution. I thought that if I focused on research and teaching, everything would fall into place. I was wrong. It took me a long time to learn, but now I see that service is the central part of our work. Doing it well serves everyone.