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Faculty Governance News

vol. 3.3

September 25, 2008

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

Chair of the Faculty Joe Templeton encourages faculty to join University Day processional on October 12

Faculty Chair Joe Templeton invites all faculty to join in this year’s University Day processional on Sunday, October 12, when Holden Thorp will be officially installed as the University’s tenth chancellor.  The processional will form in Memorial Hall beginnning at 2:15 that afternoon, with the ceremony beginning at 3:00.  Full details and Templeton’s letter to faculty may be seen here:  If you do plan to march, please let Anne Whisnant know that by October 1st (email

2009 Distinguished Alumna/us Award nominees sought; Deadline for nominations is October 14

Nominations are being accepted for 2009 UNC Distinguished Alumna/us Awards, which will be presented at the 2009 University Day ceremony. The deadline for nominations is Tuesday, October 14, 2008, and anyone may submit a nomination.  The Faculty Committee on Honorary Degrees and Special Awards selects winners.  Nomination letters should include appropriate biographical information (a CV is helpful) and a statement in support of the nomination that shows the nominee’s contribution to humanity in any walk of life. Supporting letters often accompany nominations, but the content, not the number, of these letters is what counts.
Nomination letters should be sent to the Committee on Honorary Degrees and Special Awards, Campus Box 9170 or by email to anne_whisnant@unc.eduPlease read the complete criteria and instructions for making a nomination here

Faculty Commons at the Campus Y:  Free coffee and a place to meet

The Anne Queen Faculty Commons at the Campus Y is a beautiful space managed for the use of faculty and their guests every weekday during the day.  Free coffee is available from 9:00 to 1:00, and most days the room is open for impromptu get-togethers or faculty gatherings.  Faculty groups can also reserve the room for faculty-oriented programs.  Please contact the Office of Faculty Governance for more details (962-2147) or check out the room regulations, calendar, and reservation form online.  Come by and sit for a spell, or peruse the “reading room” selection below and please send us any comments or suggestions you might have about the Commons.

IAH accepting applications for Chapman Family Faculty Fellowships (due October 22)

The Institute for the Arts and Humanities (IAH) is accepting applications for the 2009-2010 academic year of our Chapman Family Faculty Fellowships, which provide semester-long, on-campus fellowships for faculty from any unit of the university who have distinguished teaching records at UNC and regularly teach undergraduate students. All application materials must be received by October 22. For an application, contact Martha Marks at 843-2651 or or visit

IAH Academic Leadership Program is Accepting Nominations/Applications (due November 1)

The Institute for the Arts and Humanities (IAH) is accepting nominations and applications for the 2009-2010 academic year of our Academic Leadership Program (ALP), which helps prepare and support the next generation of academic leaders at UNC. All application/nomination materials must be received by November 1; eligible participants are tenured faculty members at UNC-Chapel Hill. For more information, contact Kim Strom-Gottfried (IAH Associate Director for the ALP, 962-6495,, David Kiel (ALP Seminar Facilitator, 843-2655,, or Anna Panszczyk (ALP Associate,, or visit .

Faculty “expensive materials” requests due to libraries Oct. 13

The University Library invites faculty members to submit proposals by Oct. 13 for one-time library materials purchases that support research and teaching at the University.  The Library especially seeks requests at this time for items that cost $500 or more. Materials nominated may be in any format; however, proposals may not be for subscription titles.  For additional information about this process (including the application form), please visit or contact John Rutledge ( or 919-962-1095).

Alternate Reality Games focus of Games4Learning discussion

Can “Alternate Reality Games” (ARG) foster learning? A new Games4Learning event will explore that topic on Friday, Oct. 3 at 4 p.m. in room 301 of Greenlaw Hall.  Chad Haefele, Davis Library reference librarian and an experienced ARG player, will share his knowledge of and experience with ARGs and discuss how they might be used to foster learning. Registration for the event is free.  To learn more, visit

Faculty Governance Reading Room

Articles, books, or other resources of interest to faculty:

New Questions on Women, Academe and Careers (from Inside Higher Ed).  “In field after field, women either outperform or equal men — only to lag in key positions in academe (or in other careers that attract the highly educated). Identifying the causes for these gender gaps has become increasingly urgent as colleges find their enrollments increasingly female and some formerly male dominated fields struggle to attract enough talent.”  Article reports on a recent Columbia University symposium on gender, higher education, and careers.

About Faculty Governance News

The Faculty Governance News is published every two weeks throughout the academic year by the Office of Faculty Governance.  Archived issues and the publication schedule for 2008-09 are available online here.  Information to be considered for inclusion should be sent to Anne Whisnant ( by Monday before an issue is schedule to appear. 

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

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