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: Lloyd Kramer

Lloyd Kramer, Professor of History and Chair of the Faculty

Professor of History Lloyd Kramer has been appointed as interim chair of the faculty for a one-year term, beginning on May 8, 2019 and ending on June 30, 2020.

Professor Kramer received his B.A. from Maryville College in Tennessee and his Ph.D. from Cornell University. He joined the UNC-Chapel Hill faculty in 1986. His teaching and research focus on European history, with particular interests in modern France, the influence of transnational cultural exchanges, and the history of nationalism. He served as chair of the History Department for two terms (2004-2013) and as both associate director and acting director of the Institute for the Arts and Humanities (IAH) in the 1990s.

He is currently the Director of Carolina Public Humanities, an outreach program in the College of Arts and Sciences that serves North Carolinians through humanities-centered events which connect faculty with communities and educators across the state.

Professor Kramer has served on Faculty Council and numerous standing committees of the General Faculty including the Chancellor’s Advisory Committee, the UNC System-Wide Faculty Assembly, the Honorary Degree and Special Awards Committee, the Committee on Fixed-Term Faculty, the Faculty Executive Committee, the Faculty Athletics Committee, and the Faculty Welfare Committee.

During his tenure as interim chair of the faculty, Professor Kramer wants to be a strong advocate for the faculty’s central role in the public mission of UNC-Chapel Hill, which includes service to the state as well as service to UNC students and the global network of scholarship, teaching, and advanced research in all academic fields.  He wants to explain why the faculty believe that diversity enhances the University’s educational goals, why the faculty view a liberal arts education as a foundation for imaginative professional leadership and good jobs, and why the faculty defend academic freedom and free speech as essential principles for academic communities and for vital democratic societies.

More specifically, Professor Kramer wants to listen to faculty colleagues and administrators throughout the University as we continue to learn from and respond to recent debates about historical memory, relations with the statewide University system, and changing financial/budgetary challenges. He wants to support the good work of talented colleagues who serve on faculty governance committees; and he seeks to represent the faculty’s diverse interests, values, and concerns both within and beyond the University.

If you wish to contact Professor Kramer regarding faculty governance-related matters, please email facultychair@unc.edu 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.

Years servedNameTitle
1952-1955William S. WellsKenan Professor of English
1955-1958Dudley DeWitt CarrollKenan Professor of Economics
1958-1961William S. WellsKenan Professor of English
1961-1964George M. HarperProfessor of English
1964-1967Corydon P. SpruillAlumni Distinguished Professor of Economics
1967-1970Frederic N. ClevelandProfessor of Political Science
1970-1974Daniel A. OkunKenan Professor of Environmental Sciences and Engineering
1974-1977George V. TaylorProfessor of History
1977-1980E. Maynard AdamsKenan Professor of Philosophy
1980-1983Daniel H. PollittGraham Kenan Professor of Law
1983-1986Doris W. BettsAlumni Distinguished Professor of English
1986-1989George A. KennedyPaddison Professor of Classics
1989-1991Harry GooderProfessor of Microbiology and Immunology
1991-1994James L. Peacock IIIKenan Professor of Anthropology
1994-1997Jane D. BrownProfessor of Journalism and Mass Communication
1997-2000Richard N. AndrewsProfessor of Environmental Sciences and Engineering
2000-2003Sue E. EstroffProfessor of Social Medicine
2003-2006Judith W. WegnerProfessor of Law
2006-2009Joseph TempletonFrancis Preston Venable Professor of Chemistry
2009-2011McKay CobleProfessor of Dramatic Art
2011-2014Jan BoxillMaster Lecturer of Philosophy
2014-2017Bruce A. CairnsJohn Stackhouse Distinguished Professor of Surgery and Director of the N.C. Jaycee Burn Center
2017-2019Leslie PariseProfessor and Chair of Biochemistry and Biophysics
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