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March 30, 2015

Faculty Executive Committee
3:00 pm to 5:00 pm
Location: South 105

March 31, 2015

Advisory Committee on Undergraduate Admissions
3:30 pm to 5:00 pm
Location: Steele 3020

April 1, 2015

Voter Guide Published in the Gazette
12:00 am to 12:00 am

April 1, 2015

Announced deadline for Thomas Jefferson Award nominations
12:00 am to 12:00 am

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2015 North Carolina State AAUP Conference, March 28th

2015 North Carolina State AAUP Conference

“Reclaiming the Narrative for Higher Education in North Carolina”
Date: Saturday, March 28, 2015
Time: 9:00 am – 4:00 pm
Location: UNCG Elliott University Center

Keynote Speaker:
Professor Irene Mulvey
Fairfield University

Morning Session: Organizing in Troubled Times Afternoon Panel: Coalition Building with Allied Organizations
Scholars for North Carolina’s Future (SNCF)
UNCG Student Power Faculty Forward

To register, please email dlbell@uncg.edu. There is no cost for this conference for any faculty members or graduate students interested in attending. Registration is for the purposes of obtaining a count for the lunch that will be served.

Registration for NC-AAUP State Conference: 3/28/15 from 9 am till 3 pm

Registration with light Breakfast begins at 8 am, UNCG-Elliott University Center.

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 will help inform FAC’s workplan for the coming year.

Graduate Student Recognition Celebration, April 9th

Every spring, The Graduate School has the distinct honor of hosting an event to formally recognize Carolina graduate students for the exceptional contributions they make within research, academic life, community service and leadership. That event is the 17th Annual Graduate Student Recognition Celebration. The 2015 event will be held on April 9th at The George Watts Hill Alumni Center. A research poster presentation will take place from 3 p.m. to 4 p.m., followed by the awards ceremony and reception from 4 p.m. to 5:30 p.m.

Your presence sends a strong message to graduate students that they are a vital part of the Carolina community and that their efforts are appreciated.  Please contact Faye Lewis in The Graduate School for more information

Talk by Martin Paul Eve: Open Access and the Humanities, March 24th

Dr. Martin Paul Eve, Lecturer in English Literature, University of Lincoln
“OPEN ACCESS AND THE HUMANITIES”
Where: Davis Library, Room 214 A/B/C
When: Tuesday, March 24, 2015 from noon to 1:30pm

Open access refers to the removal of price and permission barriers to research and the phenomenon now has global traction. Of clear benefit to multiple stakeholders, harnessing the power of the web to disseminate research material at no cost to the reader seems uncomplicated. However, the challenges for its implementation in the humanities disciplines remain to be met and many researchers are concerned. In this talk, Dr. Martin Paul Eve will address the contexts, controversies and the future of open access for the humanities.

About the speaker: Martin Paul Eve is a Lecturer in the Faculty of Media Humanities and Performance working on literature and technology. Martin specializes in 20th- and 21st- century American fiction and critical theory. In addition, Martin works on publishing technologies and the analysis of these forms, and recently published the book, Open Access and the Humanities.

This talk is jointly sponsored by the UNC Press, the UNC Scholarly Communications Working Group, and the UNC Open Access Task Force.

Open Access Task Force completes work; report and proposed resolution are now online

The faculty Open Access Task Force, appointed by the Chair of the Faculty in early 2014 to develop a proposal for a university policy on open access for faculty scholarly research publications, has completed its work.  Its report and a proposed policy resolution will be introduced at the March 20, 2015 Faculty Council meeting and be read online.  Faculty Council will vote on the resolution at the April 24, 2015 meeting.

The Task Force’s report recommends a so-called “Green and Gratis” approach built upon a rights-retention policy that gives the University a nonexclusive and noncommercial license in the works of its faculty.  Such a license gives the University the legal rights to preserve and distribute works freely to the public via the Carolina Digital Repository (CDR).  Authors may also make their work publicly available through disciplinary repositories of their choosing. Over a hundred U.S. universities have implemented policies such as the one proposed.

Faculty encouraged to join commencement processional, Sunday, May 10th

All members of the faculty are invited to join in the processional at the 2015 Commencement ceremony, which  will be held, rain or shine, on Sunday, May 10th at 9:00 a.m. in Kenan Memorial Stadium. If it rains during the ceremony, the ceremony may be shortened; in the event of dangerous severe weather, it will be cancelled. Faculty participating in the processional should park in the Bell Tower deck and gather on the second floor of the Kenan Football Center at 8:30 a.m. From there, Faculty Marshal Valerie Ashby will lead the faculty processional. You are welcome either with or without academic regalia.

To help us have a sense of how many are coming, please RSVP to Stacey Warner (staceywarner@unc.edu) if you plan to join the processional.

This year’s Commencement speaker is Jason Kilar, a 1993 Carolina graduate.  He is a media and entertainment innovator, co-founder and CEO of Vessel, and was previously the founding CEO of Hulu.

The ceremony will honor our graduating students and the following outstanding recipients of honorary degrees: Catarina de Albuquerque; Mary Elizabeth Junck; Charles Loudermilk, Sr.;  Charles Millard, III; and Wyndham Robertson.  More information is online here.

Preparing Graduate Students for the Changing Employment Landscape: An Informal Faculty Conversation

The Carolina Seminars Program’s Altacs in Academe Seminar invites all faculty members—and especially directors of graduate studies and placement directors—to join them at 10:10 am on April 10, 2015 in Greenlaw Hall’s Donovan Lounge for an informal conversation about graduate student career preparation with Dr. Brenda Bethman of the University of Missouri at Kansas City (UMKC). This event will focus on how faculty and directors of graduate studies and departments can better support students with professional development experiences that are responsive to the realities of the post-PhD job market.

Please RSVP to dbickford@unc.edu if you plan to attend.

Dr. Bethman holds a Ph.D. in Modern German Studies from UMass Amherst and is the co-founder of Alt/Academix, a consulting firm that provides workshops and individual consultations to help graduate students and PhDs make themselves marketable for academic administrative positions. She has been the Director of the UMKC Women’s Center since January 2007. In addition, she serves as Acting Director of the Women’s and Gender Studies Program, and teaches for the Department of Foreign Languages and Literatures and the Honors Program.

What is the Future of #Altac? A Lecture by Dr. Brenda Bethman

The Carolina Seminars Program’s Altacs in Academe Seminar invites all faculty to a public lecture by Dr. Brenda Bethman from the University of Missouri at Kansas City (UMKC) on April 9, from 5:00 to 6:30 pm in the Incubator Room at the Institute for Arts and Humanities (Hyde Hall).

With full-time, tenure-track jobs increasingly scarce, more Ph.D.’s are going into #altac (alternative academic) positions. As a result, altac professionals are becoming essential personnel upon whom universities and faculty rely; however, it is not always clear what the role of Ph.D.-credentialed #altac staff is (or should be) within the university and what value they bring to the research and teaching missions of the university. This talk will examine the role of #altac staff and suggest strategies for how universities can better understand the contributions of this cohort and support them.

Dr. Bethman holds a Ph.D. in Modern German Studies from UMass Amherst and is the co-founder of Alt/Academix, a consulting firm that provides workshops and individual consultations to help graduate students and PhDs make themselves marketable for academic administrative positions. She has been the Director of the UMKC Women’s Center since January 2007. In addition, she serves as Acting Director of the Women’s and Gender Studies Program, and teaches for the Department of Foreign Languages and Literatures and the Honors Program.

Faculty Council meets Friday, March 20; agenda online

The Faculty Council and General Faculty are set to meet this Friday, March 20, 2015, from 3:00 to 5:00 pm in the Pleasants Room at Wilson Library.  The agenda is now online here. This meeting will feature several presentations having to do with research and scholarly communications, as well as a major update on the PeopleSoft initiative.   And, as usual, there will be time to talk with Chancellor Folt and Provost Dean, and there will be a second reading of the two proposed Faculty Code amendments presented in February. All members of the faculty are welcome.

Nominations sought for 2015 Thomas Jefferson Award (faculty award)

The faculty’s Committee on Honorary Degrees and Special Awards invites nominations for candidates for the 2015 Thomas Jefferson Award.  

This award, established in 1961, is given annually to “that member of the academic community who through personal influence and performance of duty in teaching, writing, and scholarship has best exemplified the ideals and objectives of Thomas Jefferson.”  Any active member of the faculty is eligible, including those participating in the phased-retirement program.

Full information about the award (including criteria, eligibility, a list of past recipients, and directions for how to submit a nomination) is available here on the Faculty Governance website.

The deadline for nominations is April 1, 2015.   The award will be presented at the September, 2015 Faculty Council meeting.

The chair of the faculty Committee on Honorary Degrees and Special Awards this year is Prof. Sue Estroff from the School of Medicine.  Please contact Prof. Estroff or Dr. Anne Whisnant in the Office of Faculty Governance at 919-962-1671 or anne_whisnant@unc.edu if you have questions about the award or the nomination process.