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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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Live-tweets from first Faculty Athletics Committee fall 2014 listening session

The Faculty Athletics Committee held the first of two listening sessions for this fall on Wednesday, October 15, 2014 in UNC’s Dey Hall.  Below is a compilation of the live-tweets from the event.   [View the story "Faculty Athletics Committee Fall 2014 Listening Session 1" on Storify]

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Faculty Athletics Committee listening sessions to be held October 15th and 21st

The Faculty Athletics Committee will hold public listening sessions this week and next to provide an opportunity for the community to share questions or input regarding athletics and academics here at UNC.   One will be this Wednesday, October 15, 2014 from 9:00 to 10:30 in Toy Lounge in Dey Hall, and the second will be Tuesday, […]

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Call for nominations, 2015 Edward Kidder Graham Award

The Committee on Honorary Degrees and Special Awards invites your nominations for the Edward Kidder Graham Faculty Service Award to be presented at the October 12, 2015, University Day ceremony. This award was established in 2010 to recognize outstanding service by a member of the Voting Faculty of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. […]

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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: