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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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Faculty elections interest survey coming to your inbox soon!

All members of the Voting Faculty should be on the lookout for the annual Faculty Elections Interest Survey, coming to your inbox within the next week or so.  This survey provides an opportunity for you to express interest in serving on either Faculty Council or one of our more than two dozen faculty standing committees […]

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Faculty Council agenda for January 23 now online

The Faculty Council will meet tomorrow, January 23, 2015, from 3:00 to 5:00 p.m. in the Pleasants Room of Wilson Library, and the agenda is now online.  On the docket will be regular remarks from the chair of the faculty, chancellor, and provost, a short presentation about the “I Have a Dream” photography project, and […]

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Statement from faculty chair Bruce Cairns on removal of President Tom Ross

Chair of the Faculty Bruce Cairns released the following statement this morning regarding last week’s news that the UNC Board of Governors has decided to dismiss President Tom Ross as of January 2016: On behalf of the faculty at UNC-Chapel Hill, I am extremely grateful for President Tom Ross’s strong and exemplary leadership of the […]

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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?

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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: