Secretary of the Faculty
About the Secretary of the Faculty
As stated by Section 3-2 of the Faculty Code, the secretary of the faculty has the following responsibilities:
- To keep minutes of all meetings of the General Faculty and of the Faculty Council;
- To conduct all elections of the General Faculty and the Faculty Council;
- To conduct correspondence pertaining to elections and actions of the two faculty bodies;
- To maintain files of all nominations and citations for honorary degrees and special awards; and
- To maintain records of the charge, membership, and duration of all committees about which (s)he is notified.
The secretary serves ex officio as a member of Faculty Council, the Agenda Committee, the Chancellor’s Advisory Committee, the Faculty Executive Committee, the Committee on University Government, the Nominating Committee, the Honorary Degrees and Special Awards Committee, the Commencement Committee, the Commencement Speaker Selection Committee, and the University Day Committee.
The secretary’s office was established at the University’s founding and its incumbent was responsible for keeping student records until 1886. The role has been revised over time.
The secretary serves a five-year term and is eligible for re-election. The Advisory Committee nominates one member of the voting faculty for the position. After an opportunity for additional nominations from the floor has been given, the Faculty Council elects the secretary of the faculty.
Current Secretary of the Faculty: Vincas P. Steponaitis
Vincas P. Steponaitis is a professor of Anthropology and Archaeology, and formerly served as chair of the Curriculum in Archaeology and Director of the Research Laboratories of Archaeology. Steponaitis received his undergraduate degree from Harvard and his master’s and doctoral degrees from the University of Michigan. He joined the Carolina faculty in January 1988 and became secretary of the faculty in July 2016.
Steponaitis’s research focuses on the precolonial Indian cultures of the American South, the development of chiefdoms, studies of ancient art styles, and the analysis of ancient ceramics. In addition to numerous articles, his books include Ceramics, Chronology, and Community Patterns: An Archaeological Study at Moundville (Academic Press 1993; reprinted U. Alabama Press 2009), Archaeology of the Moundville Chiefdom (co-edited with V.J. Knight, Smithsonian Inst. Press 1998; reprinted U. Alabama Press 2007), and Rethinking Moundville and its Hinterland (co-edited with C. Margaret Scarry, U. Press of Florida, 2016). He co-created Excavating Occaneechi Town (UNC Press 1998), one of the first digital monographs in archaeology, which won the PSP Electronic Product Award from the American Association of Publishers. He was recently honored with a Faculty Award for Excellence in Doctoral Mentoring and a C. Felix Harvey Award from UNC-Chapel Hill.
Professor Steponaitis may be reached at (919) 962-2146 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Previous Secretaries of the Faculty
|1823-1825||Joseph Hubbard Saunders|
|1825||George Shonnard Bettner|
|1826||Edward Dromgoole Sims|
|1826||Oliver Woolcott Treadwell|
|1826-1827||John Jenkins Wyche|
|1827||John T. Williams|
|1827-1828||Silas Milton Andrews|
|1831-1832||Henry Grantham Smith|
|1832||John DeBerniere Hooper|
|1832-1836||David W. McAllister|
|1836-1844||William Henry Owen|
|1844-1847||Charles Force Deems|
|1847-1856||Ashbel G. Brown|
|1868-1869||Fisk P. Brewer|
|1869-1870||James A. Martling|
|1870||Fisk P. Brewer|
|1875-1877||George Tayloe Winston|
|1877-1879||Carey D. Grandy|
|1881-1883||Robert Paine Pell|
|1883-1885||Willie Thomas Patterson|
|1885-1886||Joshua Walker Gore|
|1886-1889||James Lee Love|
|1889-1891||Walter Dallam Toy|
|1891-1896||Joshua Walker Gore|
|1898-1932||Walter Dallam Toy|
|1932-1934||Robert Burton House|
|1934-1945||Thomas James Winston, Jr.|
|1945-1955||Almonte Charles Howell|
|1955-1956||Earl Horace Hartsell (Acting)|
|1956-1962||Almonte Charles Howell|
|1962-1963||Cecil Slaton Johnson (Acting)|
|1963-1966||Almonte Charles Howell|
|1966-1969||Clifford Pierson Lyons|
|1969-1984||Henry Charles Boren|
|1984-1987||Richard William Pfaff|
|1987-1990||Laurence G. Avery|
|1991-1996||George S. Lensing|
|1996-2016||Joseph S. Ferrell|