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Faculty Council & General Faculty meet Friday, February 27, 2015

Update 9:10 am, February 27, 2015:  In light of the university’s announcement that we will return to Condition 1 this afternoon, and in consultation with Chancellor Folt and Chair of the Faculty Bruce Cairns, we have decided to HOLD this meeting as originally scheduled. *** The Faculty Council (and General Faculty) are set to meet […]

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Faculty Executive Committee calls on Board of Governors to leave decisions on centers and institutes to campuses

Legislating on behalf of Faculty Council due to the need for prompt action, the Faculty Executive Committee on Monday, February 23, 2015 adopted the following resolution: Resolution 2015-7: On Oversight Authority of Centers and Institutes With reference to the recent recommendations of Board of Governors’ Working Group on Centers and Institutes, and in exercise of […]

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Faculty Chair Bruce Cairns pens DTH LTE supporting Chancellor Folt

Faculty Chair Bruce Cairns wrote the following letter to the editor of the Daily Tar Heel on Friday, February 20, 2015: TO THE EDITOR: During these unprecedented and challenging times, it is understandable that we focus on the difficult issues affecting our campus, including the disturbing implications of the Wainstein report, the troubled naming history […]

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Storify of tweets and news from January 23, 2015 Faculty Council meeting

We’ve created a “Storify” to collect live-tweets and media coverage of the January 23, 2015 Faculty Council meeting. The agenda for the meeting is here.   [View the story “UNC-CH Faculty Council, January 23, 2015″ on Storify]

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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: