April 21, 2006
Meeting of the General Faculty and Faculty Council
Friday, April 21st, 2006 at 2:30 pm
The Hitchcock Multipurpose Room, Sonja Haynes Stone Center for Black Culture and History
Chancellor James Moeser and Professor Judith Wegner, Chair of the Faculty, will preside
2:30 Faculty Council Convenes
2:30 Remembrance of Deceased Faculty
2:35 Annual Report of Standing Commitees
- Buildings and Grounds. David W. Owens, Chair
- Research. Harvey Seim, Chair
- Faculty Welfare, Alice Ammerman, Chair
2:45 Resolution 2006-5 Technical Amendments to Resolution 2006-4
- Joseph S. Ferrell, Secretary of the Faculty
2:50 Faculty Chair Updates
- Faculty Assembly discussion of tuition computation by credit hour
- Work of the Engagement Task Force
- Report on Graduate Education Survey
3:00 Resolution 2006-6 On Fixed-Term Faculty
- Report of the Faculty Council Fixed Term Faculty Committee
- Responses on Fixed Term
3:25 Nomination and Election of the Secretary of the Faculty
- Arne L. Kalleberg, Chair of the Advisory Committee
3:30 Resolution 2006-7 In Appreciation of Provost Robert Shelton
3:35 Chancellor’s Remarks and Question Period
3:55 Presentation of the 2006 Thomas Jefferson Award
4:10 Faculty Chair Farewell Remarks
- Professor Judith Wegner
4:20 Incoming Faculty Chair Remarks
4:25 Closed Session: Nominations for Honorary Degrees to be Awarded at Commencement 2007
4:35 Reception in Honor of the President-Elect of the University of Arizo
Joseph S. Ferrell
Secretary of the Faculty
Section3-2 of the Faculty Code of University Government provides as follows: “The secretary of the faculty shall serve for a term of five years and shall be eligible for re-election. The Advisory Committee shall nominate one member of the voting faculty for the position. The Faculty Council, after opportunity has been given for additional nominations from the floor, shall proceed to elect a secretary of the faculty.”
The Faculty Council of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill convened at 2:30 p.m. in the Hitchcock Multipurpose Room of the Sonja Haynes Stone Center for Black Culture and History.
The following 52 members of the Council attended: Alperin, Ammerman, Bachenheimer, Barreau, Becker, Belger, Bennett, Blocher, Booth, Chapman, Copenhaver, Couper, Dalton, Degener, DeSaix, Dupuis, Foley, Gerber, Givre, Granger, Gulledge, Holmgren, Huber, Kamarei, Leonard, Matson, Matthysse, McGrath, McIntosh, Mesibov, Murray, Papanikolas, Perrin, Renner, Rogers, Rustioni, Salmon, Sandelowski, Sawin, Smith, Sulik, Sweeney, Taylor, Templeton, Tiwana, Tobin, Trotman, Wallace, Weinberg, Wilson, Wissick, Yankaskas. The following 23 members were granted excused absences: Cairns, Connolly, Conover, Eble, Gasaway, Gilligan, Heenan, Kagarise, Klebanow, Kramer, Lastra, Marshall, Martin, Miguel, Murphy, Peirce, Peterson, Rock, Selassie, Simpson, Strom-Gottfried, Tauchen, and Vick. The following 11 members were absent without excuse: Anton, Arnold, Ewend, Frampton, Jonas, Keagy, Lin, Muller, Sutherland, Weir, and Wolford.
Call to Order
Chancellor Moeser having been delayed in arrival, Professor Judith Wegner called the meeting to order.
Remembrance of Deceased Faculty
Prof. Joseph Ferrell, Secretary of the Faculty, recited the names, titles, date of appointment, and date of death of members of the faculty who died in the past year. [See Appendix A.]
Annual Reports of Standing Committees
Buildings and Grounds. Prof. David Owens (Government), Chair of the Committee on Buildings and Grounds, presented the committee’s annual report. Prof. Owens said that this year, in addition to reviewing the specifics of individual projects, the committee had tried to focus on the policies and plans that lie behind the siting and design of buildings, especially the new Arts Complex, the Science Complex Part II, the preliminary plans for the Bell Tower Lot, and efforts to reestablish the link between the North Campus and the Health Affairs Complex which existed 50 years ago but has been lost.
Research Committee.Prof. Harvey Seim (Marine Science), Chair of the Research Committee, presented the committee’s annual report. He said that the committee had focused this year on implementing actions stemming from last year’s work on collaborative interdisciplinary research, and on developing guidelines for gap funding and bridge funding.
Prof. Steven Bachenheimer (Microbiology & Immunology) asked whether the committee had considered asking that licensing and patent revenue might be tapped as a source for gap funding. Prof. Seim said that this had been mentioned among other potential sources, but that the committee had not gone into revenue sources very deeply.
Faculty Welfare Committee. Prof. Alice Ammerman (Nutrition), Chair of the Faculty Welfare Committee, said that the committee had focused this year on faculty benefits and wellness. She reported that the Provost has approved the committee’s request to fund a full-time position for one year to staff a steering committee for worker health, safety, and wellness. On behalf of the committee, she moved adoption of a resolution endorsing that initiative. The resolution was adopted and enrolled as Resolution 2006-8. See Appendix B.
Prof. Karen Booth (Women’s Studies) asked whether the committee had discussed partner benefits, Prof. Wegner said she had raised that issue with President Bowles as part of work that the Faculty Assembly is doing on faculty benefits.
Technical Amendments to Resolution 2006-4
Prof. Ferrell presented a proposed resolution to make two technical corrections to Resolution 2006-4, adopted in March. The first change makes the deadline for choosing the Pass/D+/D/Fail Option the same as the deadline for Drop/Add, i.e., the eighth week of the semester. The second change makes it clear that the Drop/Add deadline for courses offered on a calendar different from the fall or spring semester will occur when one half of the course is completed. The resolution was adopted without dissent and is enrolled as Resolution 2006-5. See Appendix C.
Faculty Chair Updates
Prof. Wegner recognized Sr. Assoc. Dean Bobbi Owen (Arts & Sciences), who chaired the recent SACS reaccreditation work, and congratulated her on a highly successful experience with the visiting committee who were highly complimentary of the Quality Enhancement Plan and the way our faculty responded to the reaccreditation effort. Prof. Wegner recognized Sr. Assoc. Dean Bobbi Owen (Arts & Sciences), who chaired the recent SACS reaccreditation work, and congratulated her on a highly successful experience with the visiting committee who were highly complimentary of the Quality Enhancement Plan and the way our faculty responded to the reaccreditation effort. The Council responded with hearty applause.
Prof. Wegner reported briefly on discussions in a recent meeting of the Faculty Assembly about the proposal to compute tuition by credit hour. She said that the reason for advancing the change is to bring uniformity throughout the UNC System to two situations: (1) computing tuition when a student in one UNC System institution takes one or more courses at another institution in the System; (2) computing tuition for distance education courses. The change also brings rules for computing tuition into harmony with the General Assembly’s method of appropriating funds to the System. Appropriations are made on the basis of student credit hours and enrollment while tuition is now computed on the basis of full-time equivalent student.
Prof. Wegner said that the final meeting of the Engagement Task Force is scheduled soon. One of the major proposals will be a convocation on the question of engaged scholarship to be held Nov. 9-10, 2006. She asked for help in identifying exemplars of outstanding engaged scholarship.
Prof. Wegner said that the System budget includes additional funding for graduate education, including more money for tuition remissions. Also, the Board of Trustees will be talking about graduate education at their May meeting. She said they have asked her for recommendations.
Resolution on Fixed-Term Faculty
Prof. Richard Weinberg (Cell & Developmental Biology) spoke to the report of the Council Committee on Fixed-Term Faculty and a resolution that it is proposing. Prof. Weinberg said that there are two classes of citizens on the faculty: those on tenure-track and those on fixed terms. He said that this poses a problem. One group of absolutists say the answer to the problem is to abolish fixed-term faculty, but that is unrealistic. Another group of absolutists say fixed-term and tenure-track faculty should be treated the same in all respects. This option also is unrealistic at this time. He noted that fixed-term faculty serve different purposes in different schools, and that the percentage of the faculty on fixed-term is increasing steadily in several of the professional schools, especially those in Health Affairs.
Prof. Andrew Perrin (Sociology) said that more than economic security is at stake here. There is also the matter of scholarly integrity and political security. He said that fixed-term faculty are not on the same basis in these regards as those with permanent tenure. He hoped that the committee would address this concern in the future. Prof. Wegner said that this is mentioned in the committee report, but is not emphasized in the resolution.
Prof. Diane Leonard (Comparative Literature) said she is concerned that the University is replacing tenure-track faculty with fixed-term faculty in some departments. Prof. Weinberg said he understood Prof. Leonard to be asking if the committee’s report and resolution were part of a “stealth effort” to eliminate tenure. He said that they are not.
Prof. Gregory Copenhaver (Biology) said that the more one strengthens the position of fixed-term faculty the more one closes the gap between tenure-track and fixed-term. That diminshes the force of the arguments of those who seek to eliminate tenure. He thought improving the status of fixed-term faculty would be a win-win situation for both categories.
The resolution On Fixed-Term Faculty Members was adopted without dissent and enrolled as Resolution 2006-6. See Appendix D.
Nomination and Election of Secretary of the Faculty
Prof. Arne Kalleberg, Chair of the Advisory Committee, nominated Prof. Joseph S. Ferrell for re-election as Secretary of the Faculty for a five-year term expiring June 30, 2011. There were no nominations from the floor. Prof. Ferrell was elected by acclamation.
Resolution in Appreciation of Provost Robert Shelton
Prof. Wegner presented a resolution of appreciation for the service of Provost Robert Shelton, who has been elected president of the University of Arizona and will be leaving Carolina at the end of this academic year after five years of service here. See Appendix E.
The resolution was adopted unanimously, followed by a standing ovation, and is enrolled as Resolution 2006-7. Provost Shelton responded.
Chancellor’s Remarks and Question Period
Chancellor Moeser spoke warmly of Provost Shelton’s service.
The chancellor said that although the SACS visiting team was very pleased with the Quality Enhancement Plan and other aspects of the reaccreditation work, they were most impressed by the “over the top” affection and loyalty shown to Carolina by our faculty and students.
Chancellor Moeser paid high tribute to Prof. Wegner, who is completing her three-year term as faculty chair this year. He said that effective leadership of the faculty is one of the things that create great faculty engagement and involvement in any University. He and Provost Shelton have served at a number of other institutions, he said, and have found the level and quality of faculty governance here at Carolina to be without parallel in their previous experience. He said that Prof. Wegner is an adviser who always speaks the unvarnished truth, sometimes giving advice that he didn’t want to hear, but always speaking with grace in a gentle, polite way. He observed that his many conversations with Prof. Wegner always led to constructive results. She has been an invaluable representative of the faculty, he said. The chancellor mentioned several areas in which Prof. Wegner’s leadership was especially helpful: faculty retention; diversion of the final 25% of licensing funds to help create 55 new scholarships; and gaining the attention of the Board of Trustees on critical issues facing graduate students. He concluded by presenting to Prof. Wegner a plaque and a floral bouquet.
Resolution of Appreciation for Professor Judith Wegner
Chancellor Moeser recognized Prof. Noelle Granger (Cell & Developmental Biology), who presented on behalf of the Faculty Executive Committee a resolution of appreciation for Prof. Wegner’s service as chair of the faculty. The resolution was adopted unanimously, and the Council rose applause in tribute with hearty applause. See Appendix F
Resolution on Honors Program in Western Cultures
Prof. Perrin rose to introduce a proposed resolution of the General Faculty “Calling on the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill to Withdraw from Negotiations over the Program in Honors Foundations in Western Cultures and to Abide by Rules for Faculty Input into Donations that Affect the Curriculum.” Prof. Perrin distributed copies of the resolution and read it aloud. See Appendix G.
At Prof. Wegner’s request, Prof. Ferrell read Rule 2 of the Rules of Procedure of the General Faculty, which requires that any resolution expressing the sense of the General Faculty must have been distributed at least 24 hours in advance of the meeting at which it is presented.
Provost Shelton said that the issues raised by the proposed resolution are of extreme importance. Sufficient time for discussion should be allowed, he said, and he pointed out that many of those who have first-hand knowledge of the facts had no notice of this proposal and are not present. He pointed out that one of the allegations in the resolution is that the administration, which includes himself, has “repeatedly misled faculty members.” He said that it would be important to have members of the Honors Advisory Board present for the discussion, as at least three allegations are directed at activities of that board or its members. He felt strongly that the resolution is not a trivial matter that could be handled at the last minute.
Prof. Ferrell said that the Rules of Procedure wisely require that members have an opportunity to acquaint themselves with important matters put before the body, and that it would be an unfortunate precedent to debate and vote on this resolution at this meeting. He felt if the General Faculty wishes to take up the resolution, it would be preferable to do so at a special meeting to be held before the end of the current semester.
Prof. Barbara Jo Foley (Nursing) moved to table the resolution. Prof. Ferrell advised that the motion to table is not debatable, but that a motion to postpone to another time is debatable. Prof. Foley withdrew the motion to table and moved to postpone. Prof. Trude Bennett (Public Health) moved to amend to hold a special meeting before Commencement. The amendment was adopted. The motion to postpone to a special meeting of the General Faculty to be held before Commencement was adopted
Presentation of the 2006 Thomas Jefferson Award
Chancellor Moeser presented the 2006 Thomas Jefferson Award to Michael Stegman, Duncan McRae and Rebecca Kyle McRae Professor of Public Policy. Prof. Richard N. Andrews (Public Policy) read the citation. Prof. Stegman responded. See Appendix H.
Chancellor’s Response to Prof. Perrin’s Resolution
Chancellor Moeser rose in response to the resolution presented by Prof. Perrin. He said that the actions of the faculty in considering the resolution presented by Prof. Perrin will be closely observed across this state and nation and that we must be careful not to leave the impression that the perspectives and subjects of study covered by the proposed Western Cultures program are unwelcome in Chapel Hill, which could be the case if we act in haste. He urged the faculty to consider the facts carefully and said that he is confident that such consideration would lead to the conclusion that this administration has not misled anyone. He asked the faculty to think clearly and act only after full and careful deliberation.
Faculty Chair Farewell Remarks
Prof. Wegner began by recognizing and thanking members who are concluding their service on Faculty Council or standing committees at this meeting.
Prof. Wegner said: “We together are the faculty. No single person, no single discipline, no single viewpoint. We together are stewards of the future and of knowledge. We serve as examples to our students and reminders to the body politic. This is a high calling for us all. It has been a privilege to serve as your chair for the past three years. We have worked on many important topics together: faculty retention, tuition policy, strengthening need-based aid and at the same time working on ways to attract top students to Carolina, graduate education, scholarly communication, information technology, public service and engagement, issues concerning fixed-term faculty. As today’s meeting has demonstrated, controversy and difficult dialogues are always part of our common life. The best advice in such situations is to walk boldly into the conflict; otherwise, we will never learn from each other about differing points of view.”
Speaking to Prof. Perrin’s resolution, Prof. Wegner said that she looks forward to discussing the issues in a special faculty meeting. She expressed concern that adoption of the resolution as drafted could discourage valid lines of inquiry among the faculty. She also said that she would not vote for the resolution herself because it tars people with allegations of ill conduct with no supporting evidence.
Prof. Wegner challenged the faculty to be ever mindful of the importance of faculty involvement in the governance of the institution. She warned that in order to preserve the benefits of academic freedom and to advance the collegium, succeeding generations must step forward and assume the mantle of leadership.
Finally, Prof. Wegner called on the faculty to remember our social compact with the people of North Carolina: to equip each rising generation to meet the challenges that will come before it. She concluded her remarks by recalling the words of the Chinese philosopher Lao Tzu, who said that the best leader is the one who, at the end of the day, has led the people to understand that we did it ourselves.
Incoming Faculty Chair Remarks
Prof. Joseph Templeton (Chemistry), incoming faculty chair, thanked Prof. Wegner for bringing to her office commendable commitment, prodigious passion, incomparable intelligence, and endless energy. He said that the faculty’s trust is essential if he is to do the job just entrusted to him. He does not expect unanimous agreement as to methods, he said, but does hope to find consensus on most of our academic goals.
At the suggestion of Prof. Ed Halloran (AAUP Observer), the faculty “piped in” Prof. Templeton by singing “Hark the Sound.”
Nominations for Honorary Degrees to be Awarded at Commencement 2007
The Faculty went into closed session to consider nominations presented by the Committee on Honorary Degrees and Special Awards for honorary degrees to be presented at Commencement 2007. Prof. Ferrell, on behalf of the committee, submitted five nominees. All were approved.
The General Faculty returned to open session. Having completed its business, the Council and General Faculty adjourned at 4:30 p.m. Members remained for a reception in honor of Provost Robert Shelton, the President-Elect of the University of Arizona.
Joseph S. Ferrell
Secretary of the Faculty
In Memorian 2006
Barbara Henry Cleaveland
Assistant Professor of Social Work Emerita; M.S.W., 1961 (The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill); A.B., 1940 (Duke University); Appointed 1963, died August 5, 2005.
Frederic Neill Cleaveland
Professor of Political Science Emeritus and Research Professor in the Institute for Research in Social Science Emeritus; Ph.D., 1951 (Princeton University); M.A., 1950 (Princeton University); M.A., 1942 (Duke University); B.A., 1937 (Duke University); Appointed 1951, died December 21, 2005.
James C. Cowan
Adjunct Professor of English Emeritus; Ph.D., 1964 (University of Oklahoma); M.A., 1956 (Oklahoma State University); A.B., 1950 (Mercer University); Appointed 1989, died November 30, 2005.
Ethel McKee Earl
Clinical Associate Professor of Dental Ecology Emerita; B.S., 1971 (The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill); Appointed 1966, died May 27, 2005.
Elizabeth Merrill Edmands
Associate Professor of Public Health Nursing Emerita; M.A., 1955 (Columbia University); B.S.P.H.N., 1943 (University of Michigan); R.N., 1936 (Rhode Island Hospital). Appointed 1967, died March 21, 2005.
Lecturer and Dean’s Assistant Emerita; A.B., Librarianship, 1933 (The University of North Carolina at Greensboro); B.A., 1958 (The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill); Appointed 1941, died October 27, 2005.
Professor of Psychology Emeritus; Ph.D., 1961 (University of Michigan); A.M., 1959 (University of Michigan); A.B., 1956 (Duke University). Appointed 1965, died January 25, 2006.
J. Dieter Geratz
Professor of Pathology Emeritus; M.D., 1953 (J.W. Goethe University); Appointed 1960, died November 14, 2005.
Adjunct Associate Professor of Maternal and Child Health Emerita; Ph.D., 1935 (Washburn University); M.S., 1942 (Chicago); Appointed 1958; died August 5, 2005.
Professor of Epidemiology; M.D., 1979 (University of Miami); Ph.D., 1972 (Stanford University); M.S., 1972 (Stanford University); M.S., 1964 (Georgia Institute of Technology); B.S., 1964 (Georgia Institute of Technology); Appointed 1988, died January 1, 2006.
Roger Durham Hannay
Professor of Music Emeritus. Ph.D., 1956 (University of Rochester); M.M., 1953 (Boston University); B.M., 1952 (Syracuse University. Appointed 1966; died January 27, 2006.
Martha Nell Hardy
Professor of Speech Communication Emerita. M.A., 1951 (The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill); B.A., 1944 (Oklahoma State University). Appointed 1965; died October 14, 2005.
Bonnie Keaton Hensley
Associate Professor of Nursing Emerita. M.S., 1969 (Duke University); B.S., 1964 (The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill); Dip. In Nursing, 1940 (Johns Hopkins University). Appointed 1968, died March 18, 2006.
Samuel William Hitt
Director Emeritus, Health Sciences Library; M.A., 1951 (Emory University); B.A., 1948 (University of Missouri); A.A., 1941 (Little Rock Junior College). Appointed 1976, died December 2005.
Murry Wade Holland
Professor of Fixed Prosthodontics Emeritus; M.Ed., 1961 (Duke University); D.D.S., 1956 (The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill); A.B., 1952 (Elon College). Appointed 1956; died June 3, 2005.
William Gray Hollister
Professor of Psychiatry Emeritus. M.P.H., 1947 (The Johns Hopkins University); M.D., 1941 (University of Nebraska); B.S., 1940 (University of Nebraska); A.B., 1937 (University of Nebraska). Appointed 1965; died October 12, 2005.
Roy Lee Ingram
Professor of Geology Emeritus. Ph.D., 1948 (University of Wisconsin-Madison); M.S. Geo. & Phys., 1943 (University of Oklahoma); B.S., 1941 (The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill). Appointed 1947; died October 2005.
William Carl Koller
Clinical Professor of Neurology; M.D., 1976 (Northwestern University); Ph.D., 1974 (Northwestern University); M.S., 1971 (Northwestern University); B.S., 1968 (Marquette University). Appointed September 30, 2004; died October 3, 2005.
Rudolph J. Kremer
Professor of Music Emeritus; Ph.D., 1963 (Washington University); M.M., 1957 (Washington University); B.M., 1952 (Curtis Institute of Music). Appointed September 1, 1964, died August, 2005.
Harold Q. Langenderfer
Peat, Marwick Main Professor of Professional Accounting Emeritus, Kenan-Flagler Business School; D.B.A., 1954 (Indiana University); M.B.A., 1950 (Northwestern University); B.S., 1949 (Miami University). Appointed 1953, died January 6, 2006.
Sandy Cole Marks
Associate Professor of Pedodontics Emeritus; M.S., 1963 (The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill); D.D.S., 1933 (Atlanta Southern Dental College). Appointed 1965, died November 8, 2005.
C. Haynes McMullen
Professor of Library Science Emeritus; Ph.D., 1945 (University of Chicago); M.S.L.S., 1940 (University of Illinois); B.S., 1936 (University of Illinois); A.B., 1935 (Centre College of Kentucky). Appointed July 1972, died August 30, 2005.
Robert Moats Miller
Professor of History Emeritus; Ph.D., 1955 (Northwestern University); M.A., 1949 (Northwestern University); B.A., 1947 (Grinnell College). Appointed 1969, died September 19, 2005.
Roger Ervin Miller
Professor of Chemistry Emeritus; Ph.D., 1980 (University of Waterloo); M.S., 1977 (University of Waterloo); B.S., 1975 (University of Waterloo). Appointed 1985, died November 6, 2005.
Walter Wagner Rabb
Associate Director of Athletics and Head Baseball Coach Emeritus; A.M., 1941 (University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill); B.S., 1937 (North Carolina State University); Appointed 1946, died April 4, 2006.
Ida Howell McAliley Reed
Music Librarian Emerita; M.L.S., 1968 (University of Pittsburgh); M.A., 1966 (University of Pittsburgh); B.A., 1964 (Florida Presbyterian College). Appointed August 1, 1984, died October 9, 2005.
Joseph Ward Straley
Professor of Physics Emeritus; Ph.D., 1941 (The Ohio State University); M.S., 1937 (The Ohio State University); B.S. Educ., 1972 (Bowling Green State University). Appointed 1944; died September 22, 2005.
Henry Maxwell Steele
Professor of English Emeritus; B.A., 1946 (The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill); Litt.D., 1970 (Belmont Abbey College). Appointed 1968; died August, 2005.
William Ringgold Straughn, Jr.
Professor of Bacteriology and Immunology Emeritus; Ph.D., 1958 (University of Pennsylvania); M.S., 1940 (Cornell University); B.S., 1935 (Mansfield State University); Appointed 1944, died December 8, 2005.
John F. Yesulaitis
Director, UNC Bands Emeritus; M.M., 1964 (Catholic University of America); B.S., 1954 (University of Maryland). Appointed 1964, died December 7, 2005.
Resolution 2006-8. On a University Steering committee for Worker Health, Safety, and Wellness
The Faculty Council resolves:
The Executive Vice Chancellor and Provost is requested to appoint and fund a University Steering Committee for Worker Health, Safety, and Wellness as proposed by the 2006 Annual Report of the Committee on Faculty Welfare.
Resolution 2006-5. Technical Amendments to Resolution 2006-4
Resolution 2006-4 is revised to read as follows:
The regulation on Changes in Fall and Spring Semester Schedules (2005-06 Undergraduate Bulletin, pp. 301-302) and the regulation on Pass/D+/D/Fail Option (2005-06 Undergraduate Bulletin, p. 308), are amended by striking out the words “sixth week” wherever they appear and inserting in lieu thereof the words “eighth week”.
For courses offered on a calendar different from the fall or spring semesters, the deadline for dropping a course occurs when approximately one half of the course (50 percent) is completed. The appropriate administrative unit should publish the drop deadline date for such courses and instructors should include it in their course syllabus.
This amendment is effective beginning with the Fall Semester, 2006
Resolution 2006-6. On Fixed-Term Faculty Members
Whereas fixed-term faculty contribute in significant and diverse ways to the accomplishment of the University’s mission; and
Whereas fixed-term faculty deserve to be treated equitably, integrated into the life of the university as fully as possible, and accorded the full measure of collegial respect; and
Whereas the Faculty Council adopted Resolution 2003-7 requesting specific action to address the circumstances of fixed-term faculty; and
Whereas the Faculty Council adopted Resolution 2005-9 to create a Fixed-Term Faculty Committee composed of its own members; and
Whereas that committee has met and studied related matters during the 2005-06 academic year; and
Whereas the Fixed-Term Faculty Committee has concluded that further action is needed to pursue issues affecting fixed-term faculty members and the University as a whole, now therefore
The Faculty Council resolves:
- The Faculty Council requests the Provost to:
- Remind deans and department chairs of the terms of Faculty Council Resolution 2003-7 relating to fixed-term faculty;
- Review the extent to which recommendations embodied in Resolution 2003-7 have been implemented in departments and schools throughout the campus, and report related information to the Fixed Term Faculty Committee and the Faculty Council as a whole;
- Develop a “tickler” system to track more closely relevant aspects of fixed-term faculty personnel actions, including the inclusion of language relating to funding contingencies in fixed-term appointment letters and use of longer-term contracts after no more than three one-year contracts if feasible, as requested under Resolution 2003-7; and
- Assist the Fixed-Term Faculty Committee and the Faculty Council to track patterns of appointment, retention, and conditions of employment for fixed-term faculty.
- The Faculty Council requests the Provost and the Fixed Term Faculty Committee to continue work on the following important matters and invites a further report during Fall Semester 2006:
- Development of a policy statement summarizing institutional expectations regarding the treatment of fixed-term faculty as colleagues and partners in the life of the institution;
- Dissemination of relevant information to fixed-term faculty members regarding rights and professional opportunities, including information on the right to request notice regarding anticipated action at the end of a term appointment as provided in Section 2.b.5 of the Trustees’ Policies and Regulations on Academic Tenure, and eligibility for professional support and awards;
- Review of the Provost’s EPA Personnel Guidelines and other documents to assure that they include pertinent information regarding policies and practices applicable to fixed-term faculty including those pertaining to appointments and personnel reviews;
- Development and dissemination of information on “best practices” relating to use of fixed-term appointments, support and integration of fixed-term faculty into the life of their departments, schools, and the University as a whole.
- The Faculty Council determines that the Fixed Term Faculty Committee shall continue to operate as a standing committee of the Faculty Council, and requests that it report at least annually regarding issues affected fixed-term faculty as anticipated in Resolution 2005-9.
Resolution 2006-7 On Appreciation for the Service of Executive Vice Chancellor and Provost Robert Shelton
Whereas, Robert Shelton joined the University of North Carolina faculty in February 2001; and
Whereas, Robert served as Executive Vice Chancellor and Provost for more than five exciting and challenging years; and
Whereas, Robert has consistently set high standards of excellence in all that he has undertaken; and
Whereas, Robert is highly regarded for his leadership abilities; and
Whereas, Robert will be long remembered for his many accomplishments, including development of the Academic Plan, management of difficult budget decisions, enhancement of faculty recruitment and retention efforts, equitable treatment of all people, improvement of parental leave policies, support for innovative cross-disciplinary programs, enhanced scientific infrastructure, library support, and much more; and
Whereas, Robert consistently made himself available to faculty members for discussion and deliberation on matters large and small and showed a stalwart commitment to principles of shared governance and academic freedom; and Whereas, Robert is widely respected for his honesty and integrity; and
Whereas, Robert will be greatly missed; and
Whereas, the Faculty Council wishes to memorialize Robert’s exceptional service in the official records of our institution; now therefore
The Faculty Council resolves:
The Faculty Council, on behalf of all our colleagues,
- Expresses its deep respect and appreciation for Robert Shelton’s many accomplishments and superb service to our institution and to higher education; and
- Conveys to Robert Shelton our best wishes for his future success as President of the University of Arizona.
Resolution 2006-9. On Appreciation for the Service of Judith Welch Wegner as Chair of the Faculty 2003-2006
This resolution in honor of Judith Wegner is a chorus of the many voices of the Executive Committee members who have worked with her.
During her three years as Chair of the Faculty at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, Judith Wegner’s distinguished leadership has made a tangible difference in the life of our community, and she has skillfully represented the University throughout the State of North Carolina.
Judith understands the mission of a public university and has shown extraordinary commitment in promoting the best possible research, teaching, and service at Carolina. She has broad interests that extend to all facets of the life of the mind, and she seeks to assure that, as students and teachers, we achieve our highest aspirations through our shared learning experiences.
Judith’s forte is communication and engagement. There has been little concerning faculty, staff and students in which she has not been interested. She has promoted engagement with the administration, student body, legislature, the Boards of Visitors, Trustees and Governors, the Faculty Senate at North Carolina State University, and the Town of Chapel Hill. She has been tireless and thoughtful in her effort to be inclusive of all people and points of view. She has an extraordinary memory for the members of our community. She can make critical connections among them to serve the better purpose. She has her fingers on the University’s pulse, and she hears, interprets, and reconciles different opinions, resulting in creative ideas and novel proposals. She is relentless in the pursuit of information and research to develop a knowledge base to strengthen her ideas and proposals, and she advocates forcefully and courageously for their potentially positive outcomes.
Judith is nurturing, whether in providing snacks for the members of the Faculty Executive Committee, food for thought, or sustenance for the faculty, staff and students — such as her efforts in the areas of recruitment and retention, benefits, salary, curricular reform and enrichment, and advocacy for graduate students in the mission of the University.
Judith has played a central and important role in so many other areas affecting all our lives: campus-based tuition policies, establishment of the University Ombuds Office, improvements in the state health plan, our discourse on academic freedom, enrollment growth and funding, the survey and analysis of faculty retention, the parking plan, reallocation of logo receipts for merit scholarships, the Ford Foundation grant to explore the issue of Difficult Dialogues, revision of the Student Code of Judicial Governance — the list is enormous. Many of these issues were contentious and controversial, but Judith never flinched, always serving as a mediator and the voice of reason.
with deepest of respect and gratitude for all that she has done;
with awe that we can claim her as a colleague and friend;
in order to recognize and celebrate her leadership;
and to thank her for her incredible service to the University;
We, the Faculty of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, on this 21st day of April, 2006, present to Judith Welch Wegner this Resolution of Appreciation.
A [Proposed] Resolution Calling on the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill to Withdraw from Negotiations over the Program in Honors Foundations in Western Cultures and to Abide by Rules for Faculty Input into Donations that Affect the Curriculum
The University exists to foster research, free inquiry, and public service;
Integrity begins with appropriate policies, operations, and curriculum;
It is a basic tenet of academic freedom that instructional faculty are best suited to set the curricular agenda and maintain educational excellence1;
The Task Force on Donations Affecting the Curriculum concluded in its Final Report, submitted to the Provost and accepted by the Executive Committee of the Faculty Council (ECFC): 2
The purpose of these guidelines is to promote early consultation with faculty about potential donations that have a material effect on the curriculum;
The University recognizes the need to involve faculty early in the process when potential donations affect the curriculum, and to provide faculty with as much information as possible throughout the process;
The head of an affected unit shall consult with the administrative board of the unit, other appropriate committees within the unit, and individual faculty members, as deemed appropriate by the unit head, in order to ensure that the proposed donation is consistent with the needs and priorities of the unit. The unit head should bear in mind that one purpose of these consultations is to ensure that faculty are informed of the potential donation;
The College of Arts and Sciences has developed a detailed proposal for an undergraduate Honors Program in Western Cultures aimed at the Pope Foundation;
The University administration has repeatedly misled faculty members and violated explicit promises that this proposal would be publicly reviewed and that instructional faculty would be consulted at all stages;
Appropriate and directly concerned faculty on the Honors Advisory Board, in the Honors Program, and in the Department of Classics were neither informed about nor given an opportunity to participate in discussions about the content and relevance of said Program;3
Numerous colleagues, including many in the Departments of English and Classics, and on the Honors Advisory Board, have formally expressed dismay at the proposed Program;
In 2005 the Honors Advisory Board rejected a similar Honors Foundation in Great Books sequence described in the University’s original proposal (dated February 3, 2005);
In 2005 over 100 faculty in the College of Arts and Sciences and across the University publicly condemned the University’s secretive negotiations over a similar program; 4
The University has publicly reiterated its commitment to furthering undergraduate education in international and global studies and to an inclusive educational mission;5
Instructional faculty participating in the recent evaluation and revision of the undergraduate curriculum did not identify a need for additional courses or programs in western culture; and
The proposed program, by requiring disproportionate attention to “the West,” is intended to have a lasting influence on the direction of the curriculum which would reflect negatively on the quality, reputation, and image of the University;
Therefore be it resolved that the General Faculty of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill:
- Calls upon the Chancellor and the Administration of the College of Arts and Sciences to withdraw formally from negotiations over the proposal;
- Reiterates the faculty’s role as the primary arbiter of intellectual and curricular matters;
- Restates the faculty’s long-running commitment to academic freedom;
- Expresses grave concern at recent attempts to circumvent that role;
- Calls upon the Chancellor and Administration of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill to implement policies and practices that faithfully preserve curricular integrity and transparency; and
- Calls upon the Chancellor and Administration of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill to act in accordance with the spirit and letter of the rules established by the Task Force on Donations Affecting the Curriculum.
The Thomas Jefferson Award is given annually “to that member of the faculty who most closely approximates in his teaching and personal life the philosophy and conduct of Thomas Jefferson.” Among his many distinctions, Jefferson is particularly remembered for his dedication to the inalienable human rights and essential equality of all people, and for his vision of the growing American nation as a “valley of democracy,” in which all its citizens would experience the economic as well as political freedom necessary for the pursuit of their happiness.
The recipient of the Jefferson Award for 2006 has dedicated himself to these ideals with uncommon commitment for over four decades, devoting his career to expanding affordable housing for all Americans, and financial services and asset-building opportunities for poor and moderate-income families.
As a social worker in Brooklyn, New York, Michael Stegman realized that poor housing and community conditions played an important role in undermining the attempts that his clients were making to lift themselves from poverty. This led him to graduate study in City and Regional Planning, and on receiving his doctorate in 1966, he joined Carolina’s Department of City and Regional Planning where he conducted pioneering research on affordable housing. For a decade he also chaired that department, which has been ranked consistently among the top five in the country. Since 1997 he has served as the Duncan MacRae ’09 and Rebecca Kyle MacRae Professor of Public Policy, and as founding chair of UNC’s Department of Public Policy.
Professor Stegman’s research has led repeatedly to new public policy initiatives to benefit low- and moderate-income households. In his 1991 book More Housing More Fairly, for instance, he demonstrated that the housing needs of the poor and near-poor could be met by redirecting some of the billions spent on homeowners’ tax breaks instead of increasing the federal budget deficit by new spending. In another study, he challenged proposals to reduce the availability of public rental housing, showing that most tenants could not afford other forms of shelter.
In 1997 he founded the Center for Community Capitalism in UNC’s Frank Hawkins Kenan Institute for Private Enterprise, to develop initiatives for increasing economic wealth and opportunities in inner-city communities. His research studies there have produced a steady series of influential reports aimed at improving the lives of the working poor in North Carolina and nationally, documenting and proposing solutions to such problems as housing costs of the working poor, lack of access to banking services and thus to other financial services such as auto and mortgage loans and retirement savings, and predatory and abusive lending practices.
In his 1999 book Savings and the Poor, for instance, he documented the fact that an estimated 13 percent of American families do not even have bank accounts, including one-third of all minority households, one out of four renters, and one out of six people under the age of 35. The study showed how the federal government could use direct deposit of federal benefits to create Individual Development Accounts (IDAs), special savings accounts that could help working poor families to build wealth and a better future, a proposal endorsed both by Senator Joseph Lieberman and by presidential candidate George W. Bush.
During the 1970s and again in the 1990s Professor Stegman served as a senior policymaker in the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development. As Assistant Secretary and Acting Chief of Staff he chaired the White House Working Group on President Clinton’s National Urban Policy Report, which emphasized moving families on welfare toward self-sufficiency, leveraging private investment for impoverished neighborhoods, promoting community development at the local level, and emphasizing work and financial responsibility. He headed the U.S. delegation to the United Nations Conference on Human Settlements in Istanbul in 1996, “Habitat II,” where he negotiated the United States’ agreement to the conference’s declaration of housing as a human right. He also created HUD’s Office of University Partnerships to support university collaborations with community and business groups in economically depressed urban neighborhoods; and he helped shape President Clinton’s proposal to eliminate federal capital gains tax on home sales of less than $500,000.
Professor Stegman is a Fellow of the Urban Land Institute, and in 1995 he was awarded the Richard T. Ely Distinguished Educator Award of Lambda Phi Alpha, the Honorary Society for the Advancement of Land Economics. In 1997 the National Journal named him one of Washington’s 100 most influential decision makers. Last year Professor Stegman’s contributions to humanity were further recognized in his appointment as Director of Policy for the Program on Human and Community Development of the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation. In that capacity he serves as the Foundation’s lead observer of domestic policy issues in the areas of affordable housing, community change, mental health, juvenile justice, education, and urban and regional policy.
Like Thomas Jefferson, Professor Stegman has devoted his life both to the pursuit of knowledge and to the use of that knowledge in public service to improve the lives of our country’s citizens, particularly its less fortunate ones. We are therefore very pleased to recognize him as this year’s recipient of the Thomas Jefferson Award.
1 American Association of University Professors, “Statement on Government of Colleges and Universities.”
3 The proposed program would be housed in Honors and the first course of the proposed sequence contains exclusively Greco-Roman material.
4 The letter, with a list of the first 71 signatories (33 more have since signed on) may be found at
or via a link at http://perrin.socsci.unc.edu
5 Moeser, James, “State of the University, 2005” (http://www.unc.edu/news/archives/sep05/stateofuniversity091505.htm); Faculty Council resolution 98-6 http://www.unc.edu/diversity/facultystment.html