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Upcoming Faculty Governance Meetings

March 30, 2015

Faculty Executive Committee
3:00 pm to 5:00 pm
Location: South 105

March 31, 2015

Advisory Committee on Undergraduate Admissions
3:30 pm to 5:00 pm
Location: Steele 3020

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Faculty Athletics Committee spring listening session, March 24

The Faculty Athletics Committee (FAC) invites the University community to join them for their spring listening session and open forum on Tuesday, March 24 from 11am to 1pm in Toy Lounge, Dey Hall.  Members of FAC look forward to hearing concerns and responding to comments and questions regarding athletics and academics at UNC.  The session […]

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Open Access Task Force completes work; report and proposed resolution are now online

The faculty Open Access Task Force, appointed by the Chair of the Faculty in early 2014 to develop a proposal for a university policy on open access for faculty scholarly research publications, has completed its work.  Its report and a proposed policy resolution will be introduced at the March 20, 2015 Faculty Council meeting and […]

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Faculty encouraged to join commencement processional, Sunday, May 10th

All members of the faculty are invited to join in the processional at the 2015 Commencement ceremony, which  will be held, rain or shine, on Sunday, May 10th at 9:00 a.m. in Kenan Memorial Stadium. If it rains during the ceremony, the ceremony may be shortened; in the event of dangerous severe weather, it will […]

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Faculty Council meets Friday, March 20; agenda online

The Faculty Council and General Faculty are set to meet this Friday, March 20, 2015, from 3:00 to 5:00 pm in the Pleasants Room at Wilson Library.  The agenda is now online here. This meeting will feature several presentations having to do with research and scholarly communications, as well as a major update on the […]

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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: