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Faculty Governance News

vol. 5.2

October 8, 2010

From the UNC Office of Faculty Governance
200-204 Carr Building
UNC-CH Campus Box 9170
Contact:  Anne M. Whisnant (

Faculty Council meets today, 3:00 pm, Stone Center

The Faculty Council will meet this afternoon 3:00 p.m. in the Hitchcock Multipurpose Room of the Sonja Haynes Stone Center for Black Culture and History.  All faculty are invited to attend.

The agenda for the meeting is online here.

A major portion of the meeting will be devoted to discussion of the annual reports of the Faculty Athletics Committee and the Faculty Athletics Representative to the NCAA (reports are online at the link above).  The chancellor and provost will also provide updates and entertain questions about various current campus issues, and the 2010 Thomas Jefferson Award will be presented.

2010 Carolina Diversity Assessment coming; all faculty and staff will be invited to respond

Campus community members should be aware that beginning October 11, 2010, randomly selected students, and all faculty and staff of the Carolina community will be asked to complete a survey which will provide important information about their personal experiences, perceptions and perspectives as members of the diverse campus community.  This assessment is being led by Diversity and Multicultural Affairs and is intended to help the University continue to create the conditions that help make Carolina a more equitable and inclusive environment for all members of the campus community.

If you are chosen to participate in the assessment we would ask that you take the opportunity to make your voice and viewpoints heard. We need full participation so that the information is as accurate a reflection of the campus community as possible.  Upon completion of the survey you will have a chance to enter a drawing for an I-PAD. Six I-PADS will be awarded.  This is your chance to make your voice heard!

Thank you in advance for your participation.  Questions should be directed to: Dr. Archie Ervin at 962-6962 or

2011 Distinguished Alumna/us Award nominees sought; Deadline for nominations is October 15

Nominations are now being accepted for the 2011 UNC Distinguished Alumna/us Awards, which will be presented at the 2011 University Day ceremony. The deadline for nominations is Friday, October 15, 2010, and anyone may submit a nomination. The Faculty Committee on Honorary Degrees and Special Awards selects winners.  Nomination letters should include appropriate biographical information 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 may 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.

IAH sponsors symposium on faculty innovation at Carolina, all day, October 29; register for lunch by October 20

The Institute for Arts and Humanities invites all faculty to its upcoming symposium on faculty innovation, Innovation and the Entrepreneurial University, to be held on Friday, October 29, from 8:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. at Hyde Hall.

This day-long symposium marks the publication of a new book by Chancellor Holden Thorp and Buck Goldstein, UNC’s Entrepreneur in Residence.  Engines of Innovation: The Entrepreneurial University in the Twenty-First Century (UNC Press) argues that universities must respond creatively to the distinctive global challenges of the twenty-first century, including poverty, climate change, diseases and education. The goal of this IAH symposium is to draw more UNC faculty into the discussions and actions that can help reshape the contemporary university.

Panels of UNC faculty and campus leaders will address key questions on the role faculty play in creating an entrepreneurial university. What does entrepreneurship mean for faculty:

  • Research
  • Teaching
  • Service
  • Tenure and Promotion

Full information and a schedule of events is online at  Registration is required only for lunch; please register by October 20, 2010 at this link..

Carolina Women’s Center seeks applications for its 2011-2012 Faculty Scholar

The Carolina Women’s Center is accepting applications for its Fall 2011 and Spring 2012 Faculty Scholar. This program offers UNC-Chapel Hill faculty the opportunity to serve as a Faculty Scholar for the CWC for one semester. One Faculty Scholar will be chosen for each award semester. The Carolina Women’s Center pursues gender equity at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Through education, advocacy, and interdisciplinary research, we build bridges and enhance the intellectual life and public engagement mission of the university. The Faculty Scholar will be engaged in a project for publication, presentation, exhibition, composition or performance that is related to this mission. Projects that have the potential to engage other campus units and/or students will be especially favorably considered.

Faculty Scholars are expected to make a public presentation about their project during the award semester, and have an opportunity to participate in CWC programs, events, and initiatives. One Faculty Scholar will be chosen for each of the two award semesters. The deadline for applications is Monday, November 15, 2010 no later than 5:00 p.m.

Projects are welcome from full-time faculty (fixed-term, tenured, or tenure-track) in any department, center or school of the University with three or more years of service. To download the application form, visit the Carolina Women’s Center’s website in the “forms” section at:  Please contact Dr. Donna M. Bickford, Director of the Carolina Women’s Center at 843-5620 or  with any questions.

Faculty coffee hours at the Faculty Commons at the Campus Y:  9:00-11:00 a.m. daily!

The Office of Faculty Governance reminds you of the free coffee we make available each weekday for faculty and their guests at the Anne Queen Faculty Commons at the Campus Y.  The coffee hours run from 9:00 to 11:00 a.m.  The Faculty Commons is a beautifully renovated space where faculty and their guests can gather for impromptu get-togethers or conversations.  The room is kept unscheduled each day until 1:30 p.m., but faculty groups can reserve the room for faculty-oriented programs in the afternoons.  Please contact Anne Whisnant in the Office of Faculty Governance (962-1671) for more details or check out the room regulations, calendar, and reservation form online.

Faculty Governance Resource Room

Articles, books, reports, or other resources of interest to faculty.  This week’s selections: 

  •  “Standing Their Ground” from Inside Higher Ed, 7 October 2010.  Article covering faculty debate at Brown University about proposed changes in tenure policies raises interesting issues about faculty governance.
  • “Parents: Your Children Need Professors With Tenure” from the Chronicle of Higher Education, 3 October 2010.  AAUP President Cary Nelson makes an impassioned case for strengthening tenure.   Reader commentary is also very interesting.
  • “Tenure Isn’t the Answer” from Inside Higher Ed, 7 October 2010.  Pablo Eisenberg takes on Cary Nelson’s advocacy of tenure; says what contingent faculty need now is equitable pay and benefits.

About Faculty Governance News

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

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

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