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The 2023 Faculty Governance Interest Survey was sent to all members of the voting faculty on January 12. The closing date has been extended to 1 p.m. on Monday, January 30th. Please read on for more information about the survey, which is used to inform the selection of candidates for the annual faculty election, and well recommendations for committee appointments made by the chair of the faculty and the chancellor.

 A faculty election is held in the spring of each year. This year’s election will be held from March 29 through April 12.

A call to faculty service

  • Do you want to have a greater voice on issues affecting faculty and university life?
  • Do you want to represent colleagues in your department or school?
  • Do you want to meet and work with colleagues from all over campus?
  • Is service in faculty governance of interest to you?

If you answered “yes” to any of these questions, then take the faculty interest survey that will land in your inbox tomorrow.

How do you get candidates for the election?

  • Each year before the election, the Office of Faculty Governance surveys members of the voting faculty to learn about their interest in serving the University on the Faculty Council and a variety of faculty committees.
  • The faculty interest survey is used by the Faculty Nominating Committee to create a slate of candidates for the election. It also makes recommendations for appointed committees.
  • The survey is open through Thursday, January 26 until 1 p.m. on Monday, January 30.
  • Expressing interest does not guarantee a spot on the ballot, nor does it obligate you to serve. Faculty Governance staff will contact you directly for confirmation before putting your name forward for a specific position.

What does it mean to serve on the Faculty Council or a faculty committee? 

  • The UNC-Chapel Hill Faculty Council consists of approximately 90 faculty members from across campus who are apportioned and elected by division. The Council meets once a month during the academic year.
  • The Office of Faculty Governance oversees 25 standing committees of the faculty that are described in The Faculty Code of University Government, and also facilitates the election and appointment to several other committees.
  • Meeting frequency depends on the nature of the committee. Most meet only during the academic year. More information about each committee is available at this link.
  • Terms begin on July 1st and typically are for three years.
  • Faculty engagement and leadership are vital to the health of the University. Participation in faculty governance by a wide variety of faculty is one way to make a positive difference.
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