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: Lloyd Kramer
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 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|
|2017-2019||Leslie Parise||Professor and Chair of Biochemistry and Biophysics|