Participate in HSG committees How does the appointments process actually work in detail? How are research applications evaluated? And how are the final decisions made? Find out by switching sides and being elected to one of the HSG`s committees. What? Panel work on top of everything else? It’s true, academic self-management is a time sink. Nevertheless, participating in committees also gives you access to implicit knowledge on how academic institutions function – first-hand information that is relevant to your day-to-day life as an academic – and insights into micro-political environments. If you know how a panel evaluates people or project applications, you can use that knowledge for your own purposes. If you know which topics are being discussed in the senate or in your school, that can help you tailor your activities accordingly. And, of course, panels give you the opportunity to make contact with representatives of your field and of your university. Your non-tenured faculty contact can tell you which committees seats are open, and you can mention that you would like to represent the non-tenured faculty in an appointments process.