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Cairns elected Chair of the Faculty

cairns_bruce_400Prof. Bruce Cairns of the Department of Surgery and the N.C. Jaycee Burn Center has been elected to succeed Prof. Jan Boxill as Chair of the Faculty for a three-year term beginning July 1, 2014.  Cairns defeated Prof. Andrew Perrin from the Sociology Department in an election that ended Monday night at midnight with a record turnout of over 2000 voters.  Full results of the elections will be posted by Thursday morning, April 24.  Thanks to all who participated, as candidates and voters!

 

Faculty Athletics Committee to hold open forums on 4/23 & 4/24

The Faculty Athletics Committee invites our faculty colleagues to join us in an open forum regarding athletics at UNC. We encourage your participation and input as we begin formulating our work plan for 2014 – 2015. There will be two opportunities next week on two separate days, two different times, and two different locations to optimize the number of interested faculty available to talk with us. We look forward to this communication opportunity.

Dates and locations:

  • 4/23 3:30-5pm, Genome Sciences room G010
  • 4/24 9:30am-11am, Saunders 220

 

Faculty Athletics Committee statement on student privacy

The Faculty Athletics Committee (FAC ) has been monitoring the release of student record information and has expressed previous concerns regarding the potential for protected information being utilized and reported inappropriately.   It is the University’s responsibility to uphold legal and ethical safeguards for all of our students and their privacy. 

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The Committee is aware of a Twitter Communication (tweet) released on April 6, 2014 which publicly refers to specific academic information regarding specific students who are identifiable by the language in the tweet.   Protected information is not within the right of any University employee to make public unless authorized by the students.

The FAC calls on all UNC employees to maintain the integrity of student records and to refrain from demeaning student academic performance through selective, unauthorized release of protected information.   The work of many elected and appointed groups of faculty includes reviewing student information and monitoring ongoing changes that will strengthen the academic experience for all students and specifically for  students participating in our sports programs.  We have accepted the broader issue related to past academic integrity problems.  This monitoring and investigating indicates the commitment to making it right, but these activities should not happen at the expense of students.  Upholding student privacy is a principle our Committee takes seriously.

We call on the University to investigate this and any situation where possible student privacy violations of University policy and guidelines may exist.

Faculty Athletics Committee statement on integrity and reform

As faculty who have consistently insisted upon integrity and reform, we would like to reassure our current and past colleagues that faculty governance is alive and well.  Faculty have provided input, leadership, and critical guidance at every step of the extended inquiry and reform processes following the scandals. We invite current and former colleagues to join us at meetings, speak with us to learn more about the complexities of the situation, and offer input. Through the reforms put in place through faculty, administrative, and staff cooperation we are striving to make Carolina a leader in transparency and openness.

 

Full faculty elections voter guide now online

To help voters prepare to cast ballots in next week’s faculty elections, we have now posted our full voter guide online.  The guide includes a photo and full biographical information for almost all candidates, along with short responses to one question about their priorities for faculty governance in 2014-15.  Thanks to the over one hundred candidates who have agreed to run for open offices this year.

Open Access Expert Forum, April 22, 12:00 noon

All faculty invited–please share with your colleagues!

Open Access Task Force Expert Forum
April 22, 2014
12:00 – 1:30 p.m.
Freedom Forum, 305 Carroll Hall
Light refreshments served

Sponsored by the new ad-hoc Open Access Task Force, appointed this spring by Faculty Chair Jan Boxill and Chaired by Profs. Todd Vision and Julie Kimbrough.

This is an expert forum to learn about the rights-retention policies that have been adopted by faculty at several peer institutions in recent years. Such policies typically ensure that faculty have the legal rights to publish in the journal of their choice, at no fee, while at the same time ensuring the accessibility of their peer-reviewed manuscripts through an institutional repository. Such policies can provide the researcher with greater reuse rights than are allowed by the copyright transfer agreements provided by many scholarly publishers. The forum will include presentations by two speakers who have been closely involved with the faculty-led open access policies adopted at Duke University (in 2010) and across the entire 10-university University of California system (in 2013). 

Speakers:

Dr. Chris Kelty is an anthropologist at UCLA whose research focuses on the cultural significance of information technology in science and engineering.

Kevin Smith, J.D., is the Director of the Copyright and Scholarly Communications Office at Duke University Libraries and a noted expert on intellectual property in academia.

Questions?  Contact us the Office of Faculty Governance.

Storify of tweets for Faculty Council, March 28, 2014

Here’s the “Storify” collection of live-tweets from this afternoon’s Faculty Council meeting.  This collection includes all tweets carrying the #FacCouncil hashtag.

Open Access Task Force to hold forum 4/22

The Open Access Task Force will be holding an expert forum to learn about the rights-retention policies that have been adopted by faculty at several peer institutions in recent years. Such policies typically ensure that faculty have the legal rights to publish in the journal of their choice, at no fee, while at the same time ensuring the accessibility of their peer-reviewed manuscripts through an institutional repository. Such policies can provide the researcher with greater reuse rights than are allowed by the copyright transfer agreements provided by many scholarly publishers. The forum will include presentations by two speakers who have been closely involved with the faculty-led open access policies adopted at Duke University (in 2010) and across the entire 10-university University of California system (in 2013). Dr. Chris Kelty is an anthropologist at UCLA whose research focuses on the cultural significance of information technology in science and engineering. Kevin Smith, J.D., is the Director of the Copyright and Scholarly Communications Office at Duke University Libraries and a noted expert on intellectual property in academia. The event will be held on April 22 from 12:00-1:30 pm in the Freedom Forum, 305 Carroll Hall, and light refreshments will be served.

Faculty elections to be held April 14-21

The 2014 Faculty Elections will be conducted by electronic survey from April 14-21.  All members of the Voting Faculty will receive their individualized, unique ballot by email early Monday morning, April 14th. The ballot email will carry the subject line “Faculty Elections Ballot 2014.” Voters will have until midnight on Monday, April 21 to cast ballots, and results will be announced by April 24th.

To help faculty make informed choices on their ballot, a short voter guide will be printed in the next issue of the University Gazette and a longer guide will be available on our website. Please visit our elections page for more information about the annual elections process.

Faculty invited to meet candidates for Chair of the Faculty at coffee on April 2nd

All members of the faculty are invited to join us at the Anne Queen Faculty Commons at the Campus Y on Wednesday, April 2, 2014 from 9:30 a.m. to 11:00 a.m. to meet this year’s candidates for Chair of the Faculty, Profs. Bruce Cairns (Surgery) and Andy Perrin (Sociology).   The candidates, who are profiled here in the University Gazette, will speak briefly, take questions, and be available to talk informally with faculty.  Coffee and pastries will be provided, so come and bring a colleague!

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Prof. Bruce Cairns, Department of Surgery

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Prof. Andy Perrin, Sociology Department