On his department's behalf, Dan Watson currently serves as Chair. Some deans and chairs think he is also director of the Mees Observatory, but he is not. Mees, having no budget, does not require a director.

On his university's behalf, Dan serves on the AS&E Cabinet of Department Chairs, and search committees in administrative recruitments. He is also faculty adviser for the Astronomy Club.

On behalf of the astrophysics community, Dan frequently serves as a referee for several journals and for NASA and NSF grant-review panels. He served as vice-chair of the Planetary Systems and Star Formation panel of the NAS/NRC 2010 Decadal Survey of Astronomy and Astrophysics ("Astro2010").

Degree requirements: BS or BA in Physics, or in Physics and Astronomy; minor in Astronomy. Regulations and University policies concerning graduate study (a.k.a. the Red Book).
Rules and requirements for Ph.D. studies in Physics, or Physics and Astronomy, at the University of Rochester. University of Rochester academic calendar.
    New Worlds, New Horizons: the 2010 NAS/NRC decadal survey of astronomy and astrophysics.