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Faculty Council meets Friday, November 21; agenda posted

The Faculty Council will meet from 3:00 to 5:00 pm on Friday, November 21, 2014 in the Pleasants Family Room at Wilson Library.  The agenda is now online here, and all faculty members are welcome to attend.

Twitter and video coverage of the second Faculty Athletics Committee listening session, November 11, 2014

Below, see the complete video and our Storify of tweets from the Faculty Athletics Committee’s November 11 listening session.  Thanks to our colleagues in News Services for the assistance with the video.

Twitter and video coverage of Faculty Athletics Committee listening session, November 5, 2014

Below, see the complete video and our Storify of tweets from the Faculty Athletics Committee’s November 5 listening session.  Thanks to our colleagues in News Services for the assistance with the video.  A second listening session will be held on November 11.  Details here.

Full video of October 31, 2014 Faculty Council meeting now available

Thanks to the assistance of our colleagues at UNC News Services, we now have a professionally produced full video of the October 31, 2014 Faculty Council meeting available online.  As noted on the meeting agenda, the discussion focused on the findings of the Wainstein report.

October 31, 2014 Faculty Council Meeting

 Meeting minutes posted (11/18/2014)

This discussion complements two other campus conversations about the Wainstein report including:

October 22, 2014 News Conference

October 22, 2014 Town Meeting

Faculty Athletics Committee provides details on upcoming listening sessions

Statement from the Faculty Athletics Committee, November 4, 2014

The Faculty Athletics Committee is sponsoring two open forum listening sessions open to faculty and staff to aid in our ongoing work plan.  Your thoughts and suggestions will assist with agenda setting and our continued analysis of policy, procedure, and philosophy practiced at UNC related to academics and athletics.  The following information will help you know how and when to participate in our committee’s work on behalf of the faculty.

  • Wednesday, November 5, 11:30 to 1:00, Room 504, Wilson Library
  • Tuesday, November 11, 12:30 to 2:00, Hitchcock Room, Sonya Haynes Stone Center

At any time, you have nine elected faculty members with whom you can communicate your questions and suggestions and information to be considered by FAC during our work this year and in the future.

  • Joy Renner, 966-5147,
  • Marc Cohen,
  • Beverly Foster, 966-4995,
  • Paul Friga, 962-3786,
  • Layna Mosley, 962-0416,
  • Andy Perrin, 962-6876,
  • John Stephens, 962-5190,
  • Debbie Stroman, 843-0336,
  • Kim Strom-Gottfried, 962-6495,

Our roles:

  1. monitoring existing systems and policies and organization related to academics,
  2. reviewing present academic outcomes and trends,
  3. seeking out Best Practice information to guide our refinement of the UNC connection of academics and athletics, and
  4. discussing trends in college athletics on topics that could affect academics
  5. providing input to new systems and policies to strengthen the student athlete’s UNC experience.

FAC key topics and focus for 2014-15:

Review topics – Working Group processes analysis; advising of student athletes; admissions;  community voices; major and course distributions; student athlete experience data; status of ASPSA and MAP; voices of students, especially groups who may be marginalized or misunderstood and underserviced; resources for the students

Moving Forward Topics –  Faculty and student athlete communication, understanding and healthy culture development;   Student-athlete time distribution and commitment;   Student athlete integration into campus life and in governance and leadership

Storify collects Twitter and media coverage of October 31, 2014 meeting

As a quick window into online and in-room discussions of the Wainstein report at the October 31, 2014 Faculty Council meeting, we have created a “Storify,” embedded below, which includes tweets from recent days referencing either our hashtag, #FacCouncil, or directed at our Twitter account @UNCFacGov.


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.