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Faculty Chair Bruce Cairns interviewed on restoring public trust

Chair of the Faculty Bruce Cairns and Employee Forum Chair Charles Streeter discuss the upcoming academic year at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.

Chair of the Faculty Bruce Cairns and Employee Forum Chair Charles Streeter discuss the upcoming academic year at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Photograph courtesy of the University Gazette.

Bruce Cairns, who is entering his second year as chair of the Faculty Council, and Charles Streeter, who is starting his third year as chair of the Employee Forum, represent different constituents, but they serve the same University. They are also bound by a shared goal for the new academic year: restoring public trust in the institution. Click here to read more at the University Gazette.

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 campus and the well-being, health and safety of our students.

Along with Chancellor Folt  (, we are asking for your help in providing the campus community with the support and resources necessary to help us heal and recover from yet another national tragedy.

If you encounter faculty members, staff or students with difficulties as a result of this event or other instances of violence or discrimination, please encourage them to seek assistance from one of the numerous resources on campus listed below.

As faculty, we are bound together by our responsibility to protect, nurture and guarantee the safety of others in our community. That responsibility includes reporting instances of identity-based discrimination, violence and harassment. During this difficult time, we are reminded of the need to prioritize and celebrate inclusion and diversity. As we move into the new year, the Committee on Community and Diversity will discuss ways the faculty can help improve the campus climate for everyone.

In the meantime, please know our thoughts are with the Carolina community because all of us are affected by this terrible tragedy.


Rumay Alexander, Chair of the Community and Diversity Committee

Bruce A. Cairns, Chair of the Faculty


Ombuds Office:

Diversity and Multicultural Affairs:

Campus Health Services:

Employee Assistance Program:

Equal Opportunity and Compliance Office:


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.


Faculty Athletics Representative Comments Form

Update: May 26, 2015:

The comments form has now been taken down as the comment period has ended.

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 consent of the Advisory Committee. The faculty athletics representative is the University’s voting delegate to the Atlantic Coast Conference and the University’s faculty representative within the National Collegiate Athletic Association. He or she makes an annual report to the Faculty Council and makes special reports to the Council from time to time as may be requested by the Agenda Committee.”

Professor Lissa Broome completes her fifth year of service as Faculty Athletics Representative on June 30, 2015, and Chancellor Carol Folt is considering her reappointment. The Chancellor’s Advisory Committee has articulated a review process that requires the establishment of a FAR review committee to make a recommendation to the Chancellor based on inclusive, campus-wide feedback.  The committee, chaired by Professor Joy Renner, has posted the following supporting document for your consideration:

A written description of the FAR role and Professor Lissa Broome’s written summary of activities, challenges, concerns and accomplishments.

The FAR Review committee seeks your input as it prepares its recommendation for Chancellor Folt. We invite you to review the document above and provide your confidential feedback via the short questionnaire at the link below.  Comments received by May 8th [extended from May 1], 2015 will be most helpful.

FAR Comment Form

In addition, the FAR Review committee will establish an opportunity to provide direct feedback to committee members. If you would like to receive information about meeting with committee representatives, please email your interest to

Thank you,

Professor Joy Renner

On behalf of the FAR Review Committee:

  • Faculty Athletics Committee representative: Joy Renner, Chair
  • University administrator:  Dean Abigail Panter
  • Admissions Office representative: Steve Farmer
  • Athletics Compliance Office representative: Marielle VanGelder
  • Head coach representative: Sam Paul, Men’s Tennis
  • Athletic Department administrator: Beth Miller, Senior Woman Administrator
  • Student athlete representative: Benton Moss, Senior Baseball and SAAC leader
  • Chancellor’s Advisory Committee representative: Professor Beverly Taylor
  • Committee Staffed by Paul Krause

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 to vote this year!

Faculty Council Agenda for April 24 now posted

The Faculty Council and General Faculty are set to meet this Friday, April 24, 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 a Council vote on two resolutions, including the Open Access resolution introduced in March.  We also have a large number of substantive committee reports as is often the case at the final meeting of the year. And, as usual, there will be time to talk with Chancellor Folt and Provost Dean. All members of the faculty are welcome.

2015 faculty elections voter guide posted; voting begins April 13

Members of the Voting Faculty as defined in Article 1 of the Faculty Code should find an email in their inbox Monday morning, April 13th inviting them to cast their ballots in the 2015 faculty elections.

A full voter guide, with information on nearly all candidates for all positions, may be found here.


Cairns urges faculty to comment on Saunders renaming issue

The message below was sent to all faculty involved in faculty governance on April 1, 2015:


Dear Esteemed Colleagues in Faculty Governance,

I’m writing to ask you to visit before the April 25th deadline to offer your thoughts and suggestions to the Board of Trustees on whether to rename Saunders Hall and how we can better interpret and curate our University’s complicated history.

This call for ideas is the culmination of a year-long process in which the Board of Trustees has been considering proposals to rename Saunders. The Trustees’ University Affairs Committee heard comments from several faculty members, students, staff, and members of the community about this complex issue at its meeting on March 25. That day the committee announced that the Trustees would invite additional comments and suggestions about how to handle the issue — and more generally about how to ensure that we all better understand the university’s history — through the web form available at the link above.

This is an area where I believe faculty insights, experiences, knowledge, and creativity can offer significant contributions and many good ideas that may not have yet been considered.

We promised the Trustees we would encourage as many faculty colleagues as possible to submit their thoughts, so I hope you will join me in responding at before the April 25th deadline. While this message is being sent only to faculty involved in campus-level faculty governance, please feel free to share with as many colleagues as possible.

Thank you for your consideration,

Bruce Cairns
Chair of the Faculty

Storify of tweets and media coverage from March 20, 2015 Faculty Council meeting

Below is the “Storify” we’ve created capturing tweets and media coverage from the March 20, 2015 Faculty Council and General Faculty meeting.