Faculty Council will hold its December meeting on Friday, December 13th, from 3:00 to 5:00 pm in the Pleasants Room of Wilson Library. The agenda is now available here, and all members of the faculty are welcome to attend. Highlights of this month’s meeting include remarks from Dr. Lowry Caudill, Chair of the UNC-Chapel Hill Board […]
The notice below was sent to the UNC-Chapel Hill General Faculty on Friday, December 6, 2013 on behalf of the UNC General Education Council, a system-wide committee working on implementation of the 2013 UNC system strategic plan: Dear UNC Colleagues, The 2013-2018 UNC Strategic Plan (Our Time, Our Future) mandates that the UNC System identify […]
Chair of the Faculty Jan Boxill sent the following invitation to the General Faculty today: Carolina’s mid-year commencement ceremony will be held on Sunday, December 15 at 2:00 p.m. at the Dean E. Smith Center. There are fewer graduates in December than in May, and the number of associated family and friends present is correspondingly […]
The Faculty Council will meet Friday, November 15, 2013, from 3:00 to 5:00 p.m. in the Pleasants Room at Wilson Library. All members of the faculty are welcome to attend. The agenda and all related readings are now online here. Highlights of Friday’s meeting will include discussion of a resolution endorsing efforts at the UNC […]
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.
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: