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Distinguished Alumnus/a Award nominations accepted through September 26th

The faculty’s Committee on Honorary Degrees and Special Awards invites your nominations for Distinguished Alumna and Alumnus Awards to be presented at the October 12, 2015, University Day ceremony.   These awards recognize UNC-Chapel Hill alumni/ae who have made outstanding contributions to humanity in any walk of life. The deadline for submissions is September 26, 2014. […]

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Faculty invited to process at University Day, October 12th

The University Day ceremony will be at 2:00 p.m. on Sunday, October 12, 2014 at Memorial Hall.  All members of the faculty are invited to join the processional at this festive annual celebration. Faculty members who have regalia are encouraged to wear it, but you are welcome with or without it!  The processional will convene at […]

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Faculty Council and General Faculty agenda for September 19 posted

The Faculty Council and General Faculty will meet for the first time for the 2014-15 academic year on Friday, September 19, 2014 at 3:00 p.m. in the Pleasants Family Assembly Room at Wilson Library.  All members of the faculty are invited to attend. The meeting will feature remarks from Chancellor Carol Folt, a presentation from Executive […]

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Faculty Chair Bruce Cairns releases statement on the murder of Prof. Feng Liu

The message below was sent to the General Faculty on Friday, July 25, 2014 ### Dear Faculty Colleagues, Along with Chancellor Carol Folt and Bob Blouin, Dean of the Eshelman School of Pharmacy, I would like to convey my shock, dismay and sadness at the loss of our cherished faculty colleague Professor Feng Liu due […]

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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: