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Faculty Chair Bruce Cairns releases statement on the murder of Prof. Feng Liu

The message below was sent to the General Faculty on Friday, July 25, 2014 ### Dear Faculty Colleagues, Along with Chancellor Carol Folt and Bob Blouin, Dean of the Eshelman School of Pharmacy, I would like to convey my shock, dismay and sadness at the loss of our cherished faculty colleague Professor Feng Liu due […]

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Faculty Athletics Committee chair requests meeting with Wainstein

The Chair of the Faculty Athletics Committee (FAC) has requested to meet with Ken Wainstein to share questions and concerns raised by the faculty related to recent claims in the media.  We believe it is important for Mr. Wainstein to hear these views as part of his ongoing investigation. While the investigation is underway, the […]

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Miss Faculty Council on Friday, April 25? Here are the tweets!

Below you’ll find a “Storify” of tweets bearing the search term (“hashtag”) #FacCouncil from the Faculty Council and General Faculty meeting of Friday, April 25, 2014. [View the story "Tweets from April 25, 2014 UNC-Chapel Hill Faculty Council Meeting" on Storify]

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Faculty Council and General Faculty meeting Friday, April 25

The year’s final Faculty Council and General Faculty meeting will be held Friday, April 25, 2014 from 3:00 to 5:00 pm in the Pleasants Room at Wilson Library.  All members of the faculty are invited to attend.  The agenda and all related reports, resolutions, and other documents are online here.

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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: