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Faculty Governance News

vol. 2.13

April 9, 2008

From the UNC Office of Faculty Governance
200-204 Carr Building
UNC-CH Campus
Contact: Anne M. Whisnant (

Elections for Faculty Council, committees will take place April 14-21

Members of the Voting Faculty are encouraged to participate in the annual faculty elections, scheduled for April 14-21. Elections will be conducted electronically, with all members of the Voting Faculty receiving their ballots by email on April 14. The annual voter information guide is now online at the Faculty Governance website. It contains biographical information and short statements from nearly all 115 candidates. Look for a pull-out insert containing information about all candidates in today’s University Gazette as well.

Last year’s voter turnout represented a serious decline over previous years, with only 14% of eligible voters casting ballots. Let’s see if we can turn this around this year!

Gura, Lienesch, and McGowan to discuss ideas and politics in an April 14 conversation in the Faculty Commons

Three UNC faculty members who are the authors of acclaimed new books will come together to discuss the topic, “Do Ideas Matter in American Politics? A Conversation about Transcendentalism, Fundamentalism and Liberalism” on Monday, April 14 at 3:30 p.m. in the Anne Queen Faculty Commons, located in the Campus Y.

The event, sponsored by the Office of Faculty Governance, will feature:

  • Philip Gura, William S. Newman Distinguished Professor of American Literature and Culture and author of American Transcendentalism: A History (Hill & Wang, 2007)
  • Michael Lienesch, Professor of Political Science and author of In the Beginning: Fundamentalism, the Scopes Trial, and the Making of the Antievolution Movement (UNC Press, 2007)
  • John McGowan, Ruel Tyson Distinguished Professor of English and Comparative Literature and author of American Liberalism: An Interpretation for Our Time (UNC Press, 2007)

All members of the campus community are invited to attend.

Office of Faculty Governance invites all faculty to year-end reception April 29 in the Faculty Commons

The Office of Faculty Governance will sponsor a reception to mark the end of the spring semester on April 29 from 3 to 5 p.m. in the Anne Queen Faculty Commons. All faculty members are invited to drop in for refreshments and fellowship.

Forums April 14 and 15 focus on campus response to UNC Tomorrow

Two forums will provide an opportunity for members of the campus community to learn about and provide feedback to inform Carolina’s response to President Erskine Bowles’ UNC Tomorrow initiative. The two forums will take place at the following times, and all faculty are invited to attend:

  • April 14, 2008, 2:30-4:00 p.m., Wilson Library, Pleasants Family Rm
  • April 15, 2008, 3:00-4:30 p.m., FPG Student Union, Room 3206

Executive Vice Chancellor and Provost Bernadette Gray-Little is leading our campus response to UNC Tomorrow with the aid of Mike Smith, Vice Chancellor for Public Service and Engagement, who is managing the elements related to engagement. Provost Gray-Little appointed six committees to develop response plans for each of the major policy areas identified by the UNC Tomorrow Commission: Global Readiness, Access to Higher Education, Improving Public Education, Community and Economic Development, Health, and the Environment. The committees started meeting in mid-February. Carolina’s response plan is due to UNC General Administration by May 1, 2008.

UNC Association for Women Faculty and Professionals Spring Luncheon April 30

Jane Brown, James L. Knight Professor in the School of Journalism and Mass Communication and former Chair of the Faculty, will be the guest speaker at the Spring Luncheon of the UNC Association for Women Faculty and Professionals April 30.

The event begins at noon at the Carolina Club, and registration is required. For more information, contact Dede Corvinus (

Reception honors Chancellor Moeser, May 1

Chancellor James Moeser will step down as Carolina’s ninth chancellor on June 30, and the University community is invited to attend a reception in his honor on Thursday, May 1, from 3:30 p.m. to 5 p.m. at the Carolina Inn.

If you plan to attend please reply via email to If you do not plan to attend, no response is necessary.

Search TRLN debuts

Simultaneous searching of the library catalogs at UNC, Duke, N.C. State and N.C. Central is now a reality with the debut of Search TRLN, sponsored by the Triangle Research Libraries Network. Search TRLN allows you to search materials at all four institutions at once, or at any of the libraries you select.

UNC users with a valid ONYEN and password may additionally use the “Request this title” option within Search TRLN to order materials from Duke, State, or Central. Your request will be processed and you will be notified when your material arrives at UNC.

You can access Search TRLN from the UNC Libraries’ homepage: ( or at

Reading Room

Interesting reading about universities, faculties, and governance. This week’s selection:

Read reviews of the book from the:

For more information on any of these items, please contact Anne Whisnant in the Office of Faculty Governance.

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