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Nominations period open, 2016 Honorary Degrees

The faculty’s Committee on Honorary Degrees and Special Awards now invites your nominations for candidates for UNC honorary degrees to be awarded at the 2016 May Commencement ceremony. A maximum of five of these prestigious awards will be given to recognize individuals who have rendered outstanding service to humanity in the world arena, in our nation, in the […]

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Faculty Athletics Committee to hold listening sessions, November 5th and 11th

The Faculty Athletics Committee, chaired by Prof. Joy Renner, has set dates for two additional fall listening sessions in which they invite faculty colleagues to share insights and ideas regarding the university’s relationship with athletics and the committee’s future work.  With the Wainstein report now released, the committee also welcomes discussion of its findings and […]

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Faculty Council meets Friday, October 31; Wainstein report the focus

The Agenda Committee has now finalized the plans for this Friday’s (October 31) Faculty Council meeting. The agenda is online here. As usual, the meeting will begin at 3:00 p.m. in the Pleasants Room at Wilson Library, and all members of the faculty are welcome to attend. Given this Friday’s agenda, we are asking all […]

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Faculty Athletics Committee’s 10/21 open forum postponed

Sent to the General Faculty from Faculty Athletics Committee Chair Joy Renner on October 20, 2014: Dear Colleagues, In light of the email received from the Chancellor this morning regarding the release of the Wainstein report, the Faculty Athletics Committee (FAC) will reschedule our open forum originally set for Tuesday afternoon, October 21st.  The report […]

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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: