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Storify of tweets and news from January 23, 2015 Faculty Council meeting

We’ve created a “Storify” to collect live-tweets and media coverage of the January 23, 2015 Faculty Council meeting.

The agenda for the meeting is here.


Faculty elections interest survey coming to your inbox soon!

All members of the Voting Faculty should be on the lookout for the annual Faculty Elections Interest Survey, coming to your inbox within the next week or so.  This survey provides an opportunity for you to express interest in serving on either Faculty Council or one of our more than two dozen faculty standing committees at the campus level.  Faculty governance service is a great way to learn about current issues facing higher education, to come to better understand how the university works, and to lend your voice to decision-making processes here.  The Faculty Nominating Committee draws heavily upon those who put their names forward in the annual survey to develop slates of candidates for all open offices — both elected (faculty elections held in April) and appointed.  We hope you will respond!

Useful resources: Helping Heels, Connect Carolina updates

Two useful resources have come to our attention that we thought you would like to know about:

Helping Heels Caregiver List: Child- and elder-care providers list maintained by UNC Office of Human Resources.

Connect Carolina User Information: Frustrated or confused by Connect Carolina? Updates on issues and fixes are available here.

Nominations sought for 2015 Massey Distinguished Service Awards; deadline Feb. 6

Nominations for the 2015 C. Knox Massey Distinguished Service Awards are due Feb. 6, 2015. Chancellor Carol Folt will recognize six recipients for “unusual, meritorious or superior contribution made by an employee, past or present” and the honor includes an award of $7,500. Nominations can be submitted here, or contact Carolyn Atkins, Massey Awards Committee Chair, at (919) 962-1536.

Steven Salaita to speak on academic freedom February 5 at IAH

Steven Salaita, the Palestinian American scholar who was recruited to join the faculty at the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign and then “dehired” due to tweets critical of Israel’s bombing of Gaza that university leadership deemed “uncivil,” will speak at Hyde Hall on Thursday, February 5 and 7:30 pm.  Prof Salaita’s talk will focus on  academic freedom, uncivil speech and uncivil acts, and censorship.  A poster with more details is here.

University posts full response to SACSCOC online

The university has posted its report responding to a November request for information from the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges (SACSCOC), its regional accrediting body. The full text of the report, along with some additional context of why it was necessary, made be found here.

Chapel Hill AAUP chapter hosts discussion on strengthening faculty governance, January 29

The American Association of University Professors  (AAUP) chapter UNC-CH invites you to attend a presentation and discussion:

Never Let a Good Crisis Go to Waste: Strengthening Faculty’s Role in Governance Using AAUP Policies

Donna E. Young, Senior Program Officer and Chair of AAUP’s Committee on University Governance

Thursday, January 29, 5:00 – 6:30 PM in Donovan Lounge, Greenlaw Hall

For more information contact AAUP President Mark Driscoll ( or Vice-President Altha Cravey (

Faculty Athletics Committee announces spring listening sessions

The Faculty Athletics Committee (FAC) invites the University community to join them in conversations related to academics and our student-athletes at UNC.  The first listening forum will be informal and be located in Wilson Library, Room 504 from 11am to 1pm on Wednesday, February 25th.  You can drop in with your lunch and have conversations with members of FAC.  The second listening session opportunity will be on Tuesday, March 24 from 11am to 1pm in Toy Lounge, Dey Hall.  This session will have members of FAC in a more organized open forum type of format.

Please join FAC in these conversations to provide input to the current workplan and provide direction for next year’s workplan.

Faculty Council agenda for January 23 now online

The Faculty Council will meet tomorrow, January 23, 2015, from 3:00 to 5:00 p.m. in the Pleasants Room of Wilson Library, and the agenda is now online.  On the docket will be regular remarks from the chair of the faculty, chancellor, and provost, a short presentation about the “I Have a Dream” photography project, and an update from the systemwide Faculty Assembly on the situation in the wake of Friday’s news that President Tom Ross had been asked to resign.  All members of the faculty are welcome.

Statement from faculty chair Bruce Cairns on removal of President Tom Ross

Chair of the Faculty Bruce Cairns released the following statement this morning regarding last week’s news that the UNC Board of Governors has decided to dismiss President Tom Ross as of January 2016:

On behalf of the faculty at UNC-Chapel Hill, I am extremely grateful for President Tom Ross’s strong and exemplary leadership of the UNC system over the past four years during some of the most challenging times in the UNC’s history. President Ross is a man of great integrity and professionalism who is extremely committed to the University of North Carolina and the people of North Carolina. Through the Faculty Assembly, President Ross has worked very closely with faculty to protect and fulfill the mission of this great University. While the faculty are all saddened to hear of his departure, and while he will be sorely missed, we are very pleased to know that President Ross will continue to be the President of the UNC system for at least another year. We look forward to working with him, Chancellor Folt, the UNC-Chapel Hill Board of Trustees and the UNC Board of Governors to ensure that UNC continues to fulfill its obligation as what the system website notes is “one of the strongest and most successful systems of public higher education in the nation.”

There will be a report from UNC-Chapel Hill’s Faculty Assembly delegation and Faculty Assembly Chair, our own Prof. Steve Leonard, at the Faculty Council meeting this Friday, January 23 (3:00 p.m. in the Pleasants Room of Wilson Library).  All members of the faculty are welcome to attend.