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December 14 Commencement details announced; faculty should RSVP by 12/8

Carolina’s mid-year commencement ceremony will be held on Sunday, December 14th 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 smaller.  As a result you can play a large role in the life of December […]

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Nominations sought for campus’s O. Max Gardner Award candidate

The nominations period is now open for candidates to be selected as UNC-Chapel Hill’s nominee to the UNC system for consideration for the 2015 O. Max Gardner Award, given by the UNC Board of Governors to “that member of the faculty of the Consolidated University of North Carolina, who, during the current scholastic year, has […]

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Faculty Council meets Friday, November 21; agenda posted

The Faculty Council will meet from 3:00 to 5:00 pm on Friday, November 21, 2014 in the Pleasants Family Room at Wilson Library.  The agenda is now online here, and all faculty members are welcome to attend.

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Full video of October 31, 2014 Faculty Council meeting now available

Thanks to the assistance of our colleagues at UNC News Services, we now have a professionally produced full video of the October 31, 2014 Faculty Council meeting available online.  As noted on the meeting agenda, the discussion focused on the findings of the Wainstein report. October 31, 2014 Faculty Council Meeting  Meeting minutes posted (11/18/2014) […]

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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: