Chair of the Faculty
About the Chair of the Faculty
As stated in Section 3-1 of the Faculty Code, the chair of the faculty has the following duties, in addition to those that may be determined by the chancellor or Faculty Council:
- To serve as chair pro tempore of the Faculty Council and of the General Faculty,
- To make an annual report to the Faculty Council on the state of the faculty, and
- To represent the chancellor in all academic matters whenever requested by the chancellor
The position of chair of the faculty was created on 26 October 1951 as a requirement of the Faculty Code of University Government.
The chair of the faculty serves a three-year term and is ineligible for immediate reelection. Nominations take place every third year and are made by the Advisory Committee. The elected chair takes office the following July 1. Interim vacancies in the office of chair of the faculty are filled through appointment by the Advisory Committee.
Current Chair of the Faculty: Leslie V. Parise
Professor and Chair of Biochemistry and Biophysics Leslie Parise has been elected to a three-year term as chair of the faculty beginning on July 1, 2017, and ending on June 30, 2020. As chair of the faculty, Professor Parise will serve as chair pro tempore of the Faculty Council and General Faculty, and she will represent the chancellor in all academic matters as requested by the chancellor.
Professor Parise has served on the Faculty Executive Committee, Faculty Council and Financial Exigency and Program Change Committee. She has worked extensively across campus to improve the campus environment for work-life balance, to support the creation of the Chancellor’s Science Scholars Program and to strengthen undergraduate achievement in the sciences through the University’s Quality Enhancement Plan.
Professor Parise plans to focus on addressing budget challenges, strengthening faculty recruitment, improving policies that support work-life balance and diversity, and reducing unnecessary administrative burdens.
If you wish to contact Professor Parise regarding faculty governance-related matters, please email firstname.lastname@example.org or call the Office of Faculty Governance at 919-962-2146.
Chairs of the Faculty, 1952-present
From 1952 until 1974, the term of Chair of the Faculty began January 1. Effective with the 1974 election, the beginning date of the term has been July 1. Due to this change, Prof. Okun’s term was extended by six months.
|1952-1955||William S. Wells||Kenan Professor of English|
|1955-1958||Dudley DeWitt Carroll||Kenan Professor of Economics|
|1958-1961||William S. Wells||Kenan Professor of English|
|1961-1964||George M. Harper||Professor of English|
|1964-1967||Corydon P. Spruill||Alumni Distinguished Professor of Economics|
|1967-1970||Frederic N. Cleveland||Professor of Political Science|
|1970-1974||Daniel A. Okun||Kenan Professor of Environmental Sciences and Engineering|
|1974-1977||George V. Taylor||Professor of History|
|1977-1980||E. Maynard Adams||Kenan Professor of Philosophy|
|1980-1983||Daniel H. Pollitt||Graham Kenan Professor of Law|
|1983-1986||Doris W. Betts||Alumni Distinguished Professor of English|
|1986-1989||George A. Kennedy||Paddison Professor of Classics|
|1989-1991||Harry Gooder||Professor of Microbiology and Immunology|
|1991-1994||James L. Peacock III||Kenan Professor of Anthropology|
|1994-1997||Jane D. Brown||Professor of Journalism and Mass Communication|
|1997-2000||Richard N. Andrews||Professor of Environmental Sciences and Engineering|
|2000-2003||Sue E. Estroff||Professor of Social Medicine|
|2003-2006||Judith W. Wegner||Professor of Law|
|2006-2009||Joseph Templeton||Francis Preston Venable Professor of Chemistry|
|2009-2011||McKay Coble||Professor of Dramatic Art|
|2011-2014||Jan Boxill||Master Lecturer of Philosophy|
|2014-2017||Bruce A. Cairns||John Stackhouse Distinguished Professor of Surgery and Director of the N.C. Jaycee Burn Center|