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Distinguished Alumnus/a Award nominations accepted through September 26th

The faculty’s Committee on Honorary Degrees and Special Awards invites your nominations for Distinguished Alumna and Alumnus Awards to be presented at the October 12, 2015, University Day ceremony.   These awards recognize UNC-Chapel Hill alumni/ae who have made outstanding contributions to humanity in any walk of life. The deadline for submissions is September 26, 2014.

Nominees must be alumni of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. This includes all persons who were registered for at least one full academic year as a student in residence in any college or school of the University. In general, anyone listed in the General Alumni Association’s Alumni Directory is eligible except members of the University faculty, staff, and administration. They become eligible two years after separation from the University.

Full information about this award, including criteria, eligibility, and the process for submitting a nomination online, is available at the Distinguished Alumnus and Alumna Awards page of the Faculty Governance website.


Junior Faculty Development Awards application period now open

The Provost’s Office is now accepting applications for competitive Junior Faculty Development Awards paid from IBM and R.J. Reynolds Industries funds. The awards, up to the amount of $7,500, are to be expended during the period beginning January 1, 2015 and ending December 31, 2015. Any permanent, full-time, salaried member of the faculty without tenure who holds the rank of assistant professor or associate professor is eligible to apply. Research assistant and associate professors, and clinical assistant and associate professors may also apply. The terms of these awards and the application process is described on the website of the Office of the Executive Vice Chancellor and Provost at:

The complete application packet must be submitted no later than 5:00 PM on Wednesday, October 8, 2014. Please contact Gordon Joyner in the Provost’s Office at or (919) 962-7061 if you have any questions about or problems with the application process.

University Teaching & Mentoring Awards deadline October 1

Do you know of an outstanding teacher, mentor, or teaching assistant?  Who has inspired you at Carolina?  Who has helped you learn, grow, and become excited about your education?  Who is an outstanding educator that deserves recognition? Nominate a faculty member, staff, or graduate student for an award!  Each year, UNC formally acknowledges the central role of teaching and mentoring by recognizing faculty, staff and students. The University Committee on Teaching Awards offers numerous awards based on nominations by members of our university community.

Please take a moment to think of those who are deserving of these awards and nominate them via the website:

The deadline for nominations is October 1, 2014.  If you have questions, contact awards committee chair, Dr. Suzanne Gulledge, at (919) 962-7879 / or Ms. Debbie Stevenson in the Office of the Provost: (919) 962-7882 /

Faculty Athletics Committee to hold two open forums this fall

The Faculty Athletics Committee will be holding two public forums this fall to provide an opportunity for the community to share questions or input regarding athletics and academics here at UNC.   One will be Wednesday, October 15, 2014 from 9:00 to 10:30, and the second will be Tuesday, October 21 , 2014, from 3:00 to 4:30; locations and further details will be forthcoming.

Memorial service for Fred Clark, September 20

The memorial service for Dr. Fred Clark, longtime faculty member in Romance Languages and academic coordinator for the Carolina Covenant Scholars Program, will be held Saturday, September 20, 2014 at 2:00 p.m. in Memorial Hall.  A reception will follow at Top of the Hill.  All are invited.  Dr. Clark requested that donations in his memory be made to the Carolina Covenant Expendable Fund at UNC Chapel Hill.  Dr. Clark’s obituary is online here.

Faculty invited to process at University Day, October 12th

The University Day ceremony will be at 2:00 p.m. on Sunday, October 12, 2014 at Memorial Hall.  All members of the faculty are invited to join the processional at this festive annual celebration. Faculty members who have regalia are encouraged to wear it, but you are welcome with or without it!  The processional will convene at the Old Well at 1:30 p.m. In case of rain, faculty should gather in Gerrard Hall.

Faculty who would like to rent regalia for the University Day processional should contact Catherine Stotts at at Student Stores by October 1.

Faculty Council and General Faculty agenda for September 19 posted

The Faculty Council and General Faculty will meet for the first time for the 2014-15 academic year on Friday, September 19, 2014 at 3:00 p.m. in the Pleasants Family Assembly Room at Wilson Library.  All members of the faculty are invited to attend. The meeting will feature remarks from Chancellor Carol Folt, a presentation from Executive Associate Provost Ron Strauss about the upcoming SACS reaffirmation process, the annual reports of the Faculty Athletics Committee and Faculty Athletics Representative, and a brief demonstration of the new online faculty handbook.  Winners of the 2014 Hettleman Awards for achievement by young faculty will be recognized, as will the recipient of the 2014 Thomas Jefferson Award, Prof. Joseph Templeton of Chemistry.  The agenda and all related materials are online here.

Accessibility Resource & Service offers language for syllabi

The Office of Accessibility Resource and Service has recently uploaded a suggested statement for inclusion in class syllabi.

Faculty members are encouraged to include a statement to inform students of the availability of reasonable accommodations for qualified individuals with disabilities. This statement makes it clear that students must document their need for accommodations with Accessibility Resources & Service before any accommodations can be implemented.

This relieves faculty of the responsibility of obtaining documentation, determining if the request is appropriate, and storing confidential medical information in accordance with Federal regulations.

This process offers protection for faculty members and the University in the event that a student claims that their right to accommodations has been denied or that the accommodations implemented were inappropriate.

The following statement is suggested:

The University of North Carolina – Chapel Hill facilitates the implementation of reasonable accommodations, including resources and services, for students with disabilities, chronic medical conditions, a temporary disability or pregnancy complications resulting in difficulties with accessing learning opportunities.

All accommodations are coordinated through the Accessibility Resources and Service Office. In the first instance please visit their website, call 919-962-8300 or email

Please contact ARS as early in the semester as possible. You are also welcome to use or adapt this statement for use in person, in classes and lectures.

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 to a violent attack off campus two days ago.

Professor Liu was beloved by colleagues and students—a remarkably accomplished investigator as well as superlative mentor and advisor.

The Carolina faculty is one of the greatest in the world because of our commitment to educational and research excellence. But what makes us truly unique is our willingness to work together to help make the world a better place. By all accounts, Professor Liu embodied all these qualities and epitomized the very best that Carolina faculty have to offer.

I would like to express my gratitude to the Chapel Hill Police Department for their quick response following the attack that led to the arrest of two people in connection with this event. However, this news does not diminish the tragic sense of loss our community is experiencing.

I hope that in the wake of this tragedy, we will honor Professor Liu’s memory by pulling together and offering support to one another, and especially to Dr. Liu’s family, students and colleagues.

As the Chancellor mentioned in her message to the University, campus counseling resources are available for students through Counseling and Psychological Services at 919-966-3658, and for faculty and staff through our Employee Assistance Program at 877-314-5841.

I am grateful to be associated such a wonderful faculty community as we grieve together.  Thank you.


Bruce A. Cairns
Chair of the Faculty
University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

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 Faculty Athletics Committee will continue monitoring current practices and implementation of policy and procedure changes.  After Mr. Wainstein releases his report and we have an opportunity to review his findings, we will evaluate additional measures to ensure academic integrity for the University and fair education opportunities and protection for our students participating in varsity sports programs.