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Faculty leadership series continues at Center for Faculty Excellence

This year’s Center for Faculty Excellence series on Faculty Leadership: Core Skills and Concepts continues in November and December with workshops on supervising in an academic setting, managing challenging interactions, and negotiation skills for academic leaders.  A flyer for the entire series is here.

New York Times columnist Bill Rhoden, expert on African-Americans in sports, to deliver fall 2014 Diaspora Lecture, Stone Center

On Thursday, November 6, at 7 p.m., Emmy and Peabody award-winning journalist William Rhoden will deliver the Fall 2014 Diaspora Lecture at the Stone Center. William C. Rhoden is recognized as one of the most influential thought leaders in the realm of race, sports and American culture.

For the last 25 years, Rhoden has used his Sports of The Times column in The New York Times as a window into an increasingly complex society.

His New York Times best seller, “Forty Million Dollar Slaves,” is considered one of the most important books about the African-American presence in sports. His second book, “Third And A Mile,” chronicles the trials and triumphs of African-American quarterbacks. His new book, “The Ethical Fan,” examines the fragile relationship between the sports industry and its supporters.

Rhoden won a Peabody Award for broadcasting as a writer of the HBO documentary “Journey of the African-American Athlete,” and an Emmy for the HBO documentary “Breaking the Huddle.” He also narrated a documentary that accompanied his ESPN book, “Third And A Mile.”

The free lecture will take place on Thursday, November 6, at 7 p.m. at the Stone Center. For more information please contact the center at 919-962-9001 or email  A flyer for the event is here.

Nominations period open, 2016 Honorary Degrees

The faculty’s Committee on Honorary Degrees and Special Awards now invites your nominations for candidates for UNC honorary degrees to be awarded at the 2016 May Commencement ceremony.

A maximum of five of these prestigious awards will be given to recognize individuals who have rendered outstanding service to humanity in the world arena, in our nation, in the American South, or our State of North Carolina; people who have made outstanding contributions to knowledge in the world of scholarship; people whose talent and creativity in the world of the arts has enriched our lives; and people whose devotion to and support of our University merits our highest recognition.

It is important to note that members of the Board of Governors or staff of the University of North Carolina or any of its constituent institutions are not eligible. These persons become eligible two years after termination of such status. Awards are not conferred in absentia or posthumously.

The deadline for nominations this year is January 16, 2015.

Full information about this award, including criteria, eligibility, past winners, and the process for submitting a nomination is available on the Honorary Degrees page of the Faculty Governance website.

If you have any questions, please contact Anne Whisnant in the Office of Faculty Governance at 919-962-1671 or


Faculty Athletics Committee to hold listening sessions, November 5th and 11th

The Faculty Athletics Committee, chaired by Prof. Joy Renner, has set dates for two additional fall listening sessions in which they invite faculty colleagues to share insights and ideas regarding the university’s relationship with athletics and the committee’s future work.  With the Wainstein report now released, the committee also welcomes discussion of its findings and questions about how the report may inform the path ahead.  Event details:

  • Wednesday, November 5, 2014, 11:30 am – 1:00 pm, Wilson Library Room 504 (across the main foyer from the Pleasants Room)
  • Tuesday, November 11, 2014, 12:30 – 2:00 pm, Hitchcock Room, Sonya Haynes Stone Center

To the extent possible, the Office of Faculty Governance will be live-tweeting the events from the @UNCFacGov account under the #UNCFAC hashtag, so feel free to send in comments or questions that way if you cannot attend in person.

Winter Commencement is December 14, 2014; faculty urged to join processional

Mark your calendars! Winter Commencement is set for Sunday, December 14, 2014 at 2:00 p.m. in the Dean E. Smith Center.  More information about the faculty processional will be forthcoming, but all members of the faculty are invited to attend this important event in the life of the University.  If you wish to rent or purchase academic regalia for this event, you can arrange to do so by calling Student Stores at (919) 962-2427

Faculty Council meets Friday, October 31; Wainstein report the focus

The Agenda Committee has now finalized the plans for this Friday’s (October 31) Faculty Council meeting. The agenda is online here. As usual, the meeting will begin at 3:00 p.m. in the Pleasants Room at Wilson Library, and all members of the faculty are welcome to attend.

Given this Friday’s agenda, we are asking all Council members to please try to arrive by 2:45 to take your seats at the tables in the front/middle of the room. We will ask non-Council members to take the remaining seats around the perimeter.  A room diagram is here.  We will also have “overflow” space with video and audio available in Wilson Library room 504, across the foyer from the Pleasants Room.

The plan is for the entire meeting to be devoted to consideration and discussion of the findings of the Wainstein report.

Wainstein Report Town Hall Meeting Live Blog

Live Blog Wainstein Report Town Hall Meeting

Faculty Athletics Committee’s 10/21 open forum postponed

Sent to the General Faculty from Faculty Athletics Committee Chair Joy Renner on October 20, 2014:

Dear Colleagues,

In light of the email received from the Chancellor this morning regarding the release of the Wainstein report, the Faculty Athletics Committee (FAC) will reschedule our open forum originally set for Tuesday afternoon, October 21st.  The report will be released Wednesday midday, and the Chancellor is holding a town hall meeting from 5-6 p.m. in G200 of the Genome Sciences Building on Wednesday.

It is prudent to hold FAC’s’ open forum at a later date to allow everyone to digest the report and perhaps have more information available to frame our conversations, questions, and suggestions so the FAC can utilize the report findings to confirm or make changes to our plan of work for 2014 – 2015.
We look forward to engaging with our faculty colleagues as soon as we can find an appropriate date and space for the next open forum.

Live-tweets from first Faculty Athletics Committee fall 2014 listening session

The Faculty Athletics Committee held the first of two listening sessions for this fall on Wednesday, October 15, 2014 in UNC’s Dey Hall.  Below is a compilation of the live-tweets from the event.


Faculty Athletics Committee listening sessions to be held October 15th and 21st

The Faculty Athletics Committee will hold public listening sessions this week and next to provide an opportunity for the community to share questions or input regarding athletics and academics here at UNC.   One will be this Wednesday, October 15, 2014 from 9:00 to 10:30 in Toy Lounge in Dey Hall, and the second will be Tuesday, October 21 , 2014, from 3:00 to 4:30 in Bondurant G030.  All members of the university community are welcome.