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Upcoming Faculty Governance Meetings

April 20, 2015

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12:00 am to 12:00 am

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2015 faculty elections voter guide posted; voting begins April 13

Members of the Voting Faculty as defined in Article 1 of the Faculty Code should find an email in their inbox Monday morning, April 13th inviting them to cast their ballots in the 2015 faculty elections. A full voter guide, with information on nearly all candidates for all positions, may be found here.  

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Cairns urges faculty to comment on Saunders renaming issue

The message below was sent to all faculty involved in faculty governance on April 1, 2015: ### Dear Esteemed Colleagues in Faculty Governance, I’m writing to ask you to visit before the April 25th deadline to offer your thoughts and suggestions to the Board of Trustees on whether to rename Saunders Hall and how […]

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Storify of tweets and media coverage from March 20, 2015 Faculty Council meeting

Below is the “Storify” we’ve created capturing tweets and media coverage from the March 20, 2015 Faculty Council and General Faculty meeting.   [View the story “March 20, 2015 UNC-Chapel Hill Faculty Council Meeting” on Storify]

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Faculty Athletics Committee spring listening session, March 24

The Faculty Athletics Committee (FAC) invites the University community to join them for their spring listening session and open forum on Tuesday, March 24 from 11am to 1pm in Toy Lounge, Dey Hall.  Members of FAC look forward to hearing concerns and responding to comments and questions regarding athletics and academics at UNC.  The session […]

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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: