The results of the 2013 faculty governance elections are in! 1605 faculty members cast ballots, for a record turnout of 43.8% (at least, a record as compared with our records since 1997). Full results are available here, and we will be posting some interesting statistics soon about rates of participation in various demographic groups. Thanks [...]
Dear UNC Faculty Colleagues: We invite you to join us for the joyous events of Commencement Weekend 2013 on Saturday, May 11th and Sunday, May 12th. Our students’ accomplishments are remarkable, and their friends and families value our roles as teachers, mentors and scholars. Commencement honors our collective commitment to learning and building a sense [...]
The Faculty Council and General Faculty meeting originally set for April 12th, but canceled due to events related to the announcement of Carol Folt’s appointment as chancellor-elect, will be held this Friday, April 26th. The time slot is the usual Faculty Council time: 3:00 – 5:00 pm, but we are in a different location: Nelson [...]
Faculty Governance News Issue 7.7 April 11, 2013 From the Office of Faculty Governance 200-04 Carr Building, UNC-CH Campus Box 9170 Phone (919) 962-2146 Fax (919) 962-5479 Contact: Anne Whisnant The Office of Faculty Governance publishes Faculty Governance News monthly. Send information to be considered for inclusion to Anne Whisnant on Monday before an issue is scheduled to appear. [...]
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: