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Cairns elected Chair of the Faculty

Prof. Bruce Cairns of the Department of Surgery and the N.C. Jaycee Burn Center has been elected to succeed Prof. Jan Boxill as Chair of the Faculty for a three-year term beginning July 1, 2014.  Cairns defeated Prof. Andrew Perrin from the Sociology Department in an election that ended Monday night at midnight with a record […]

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Faculty Athletics Committee to hold open forums on 4/23 & 4/24

The Faculty Athletics Committee invites our faculty colleagues to join us in an open forum regarding athletics at UNC. We encourage your participation and input as we begin formulating our work plan for 2014 – 2015. There will be two opportunities next week on two separate days, two different times, and two different locations to […]

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Faculty Athletics Committee statement on student privacy

The Faculty Athletics Committee (FAC ) has been monitoring the release of student record information and has expressed previous concerns regarding the potential for protected information being utilized and reported inappropriately.   It is the University’s responsibility to uphold legal and ethical safeguards for all of our students and their privacy.  The Committee is aware of […]

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Faculty Athletics Committee statement on integrity and reform

As faculty who have consistently insisted upon integrity and reform, we would like to reassure our current and past colleagues that faculty governance is alive and well.  Faculty have provided input, leadership, and critical guidance at every step of the extended inquiry and reform processes following the scandals. We invite current and former colleagues to […]

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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: