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Full faculty elections voter guide now online

To help voters prepare to cast ballots in next week’s faculty elections, we have now posted our full voter guide online.  The guide includes a photo and full biographical information for almost all candidates, along with short responses to one question about their priorities for faculty governance in 2014-15.  Thanks to the over one hundred […]

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Open Access Expert Forum, April 22, 12:00 noon

All faculty invited–please share with your colleagues! Open Access Task Force Expert Forum April 22, 2014 12:00 – 1:30 p.m. Freedom Forum, 305 Carroll Hall Light refreshments served Sponsored by the new ad-hoc Open Access Task Force, appointed this spring by Faculty Chair Jan Boxill and Chaired by Profs. Todd Vision and Julie Kimbrough. This […]

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Storify of tweets for Faculty Council, March 28, 2014

Here’s the “Storify” collection of live-tweets from this afternoon’s Faculty Council meeting.  This collection includes all tweets carrying the #FacCouncil hashtag. [View the story "UNC Faculty Council, March 28, 2014" on Storify]

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Open Access Task Force to hold forum 4/22

The Open Access Task Force will be holding an expert forum to learn about the rights-retention policies that have been adopted by faculty at several peer institutions in recent years. Such policies typically ensure that faculty have the legal rights to publish in the journal of their choice, at no fee, while at the same […]

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Welcome to the UNC-Chapel Hill Office of Faculty Governance! The Office provides administrative support for the Faculty Council, the Chair of the Faculty, the Secretary of the Faculty, and many of the standing committees of the General Faculty. We also conduct all the faculty-wide elections, held in the spring each year.  Our work is guided by the policies and procedures outlined in the Faculty Code of University Government, which has, since 1950, outlined a system of representative participation by the university’s faculty in decision-making about key academic matters at the heart of the university’s work and mission.

What is Faculty Governance?

Photo courtesy Dan Sears, UNC-Chapel Hill

Since the University of North Carolina opened its doors in 1795, faculty have shared responsibility with a Board of Trustees for running the campus.  At UNC and many other universities, today’s system of representative “shared governance” evolved out of massive growth in higher educational institutions that took place after World War II.  But principles of shared governance and best practices for keeping the faculty voice in university policy-making strong were articulated as early as 1920, when the American Association of University Professors published its first statement on shared governance between faculty, administrators, and trustees.

Some helpful resources about both the general idea of “faculty governance” and the specific history of faculty governance here at UNC-Chapel Hill are: