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July 2, 2015

FITAC Meeting
3:30 pm to 4:30 pm
Location: Manning 214

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A message from Rumay Alexander and Bruce Cairns regarding Charleston shooting

To: The General Faculty Dear esteemed faculty colleagues: We are writing to express our dismay and horror regarding the senseless killing of nine members of the Emanuel African Methodist Episcopal Church in Charleston, South Carolina yesterday evening. In particular, we are worried about the impact these events will have on the climate of our own […]

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Storify summary of tweets from year’s final Faculty Council meeting published

We’ve assembled a “Storify” of all of the tweets about the April 24, 2015 Faculty Council meeting here.  This summary includes all tweets with the hashtag #FacCouncil.   [View the story “April 24, 2015 Faculty Council Meeting” on Storify]

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Faculty invited to comment on Faculty Athletics Representative

Section 3-4 of the Faculty Code provides:  “The faculty athletics representative is appointed by the chancellor from among the voting faculty for an indefinite term, subject to formal review at least every five years. In making an appointment to this position or reviewing the incumbent, the chancellor follows a process established with the advice and […]

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Complete 2015 faculty elections results now posted

We have posted the complete 2015 faculty elections results for all races now.  Thanks to all of the candidates who ran for all positions, as well as to the hard-working Nominating Committee, and, especially, to the 1533 members of the faculty (45.1% of those eligible) and 187 members of the retired faculty (33%) who turned out […]

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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: