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Faculty Governance News

vol. 6.5

January 11, 2012

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

The Office of Faculty Governance publishes Faculty Governance News monthly. Send information to be considered for inclusion to Anne Whisnant on Monday before an issue is scheduled to appear (see 2011-12 publication dates). For immediate news, “Like” our page on Facebook or “Follow Us” on Twitter (@UNCFacGov).

Faculty Council to Discuss Turnitin, UNC Global on 1/13

The January Faculty Council agenda features a presentation on the status of UNC’s globalization efforts from Chief International Officer Ron Strauss, and a presentation on by Center for Faculty Excellence Director Eric Muller and Executive Director Todd Zakrajsek. The University Appointments, Promotions, and Tenure Committee will also present its annual report. All faculty are welcome to attend. Faculty Council members may submit questions to the Chancellor and Provost by 1/11 here.  If you cannot attend the meeting, you can follow and join in on our live Twitter stream at the hashtag #FacCouncil.

2012 Faculty Governance Interest Survey Live

Each year the Faculty Nominating Committee identifies faculty who are willing to undertake service to the University as members of the Faculty Council or of elected or appointed faculty-wide standing committees. The faculty elections will take place in April, while members of appointed committees will be named in early summer.  All offices will begin three-year terms on July 1, 2012. We invite you to become involved by answering a five-minute survey identifying those roles for which you would be willing to be nominated, if asked, for a three-year term beginning July 1, 2012.  The deadline to respond is midnight on Monday, January 30, 2012.

Campus-Wide Award Deadlines and Events

Last Call for 2013 Honorary Degree Nominations

The faculty Honorary Degrees and Special Awards committee invites the university community to submit nominees “who have rendered outstanding service to humanity in the world arena, in our nation, in the American South, or our State of North Carolina; made outstanding contributions to knowledge in the world of scholarship; people whose talent and creativity in the world of the arts has enriched our lives; and people whose devotion to and support of our University merits our highest recognition.” Click here for nomination information. Nominations due January 20, 2012.

IAH Innovation Fund proposals due this Friday, January 13

The deadline is this Friday for 200-word proposal abstracts for the 2012 IAH Innovation Fund, which provides up to $50,000 in support, additional resources, and up to a three-year partnership with the Institute for the Arts and Humanities. All tenure-track and fixed-term faculty at UNC are invited to submit proposals that support humanistic or artisticenterprise. Full information is online here.

Nominations Sought For Royster Distinguished Professorship

The Graduate School seeks nominations for the Director of the Royster Society of Fellows concurrent with an appointment as the Caroline H. and Thomas S. Royster Distinguished Professor for Graduate Education for a three-year term beginning July 1, 2012. Selection is open to any tenured professor and those holding other permanent, named professorships at UNC-CH. Go to for more information. Deadline is January 17, 2012.

CWLC Faculty Mentoring Awards Call for Nominations

This award recognizes outstanding men and women faculty who go the extra mile to mentor students and/or junior faculty. Each recipient receives $5,000. Electronically submit nominations at: by February 3, 2012.

AWFP Begins New Series of Brown Bag Lunch Discussions January 19th

The Association for Women Faculty and Professionals invites all members of the campus community to attend the first in a series of brown bag lunch discussions that will provide an informal opportunity to learn about issues important to women on our campus. The first session (January 19, 12:00 noon to 1:00 pm, Pleasants Family Room, Wilson Library) will feature Prof. Maxine Eichner (Law School) discussing the implications of the constitutional amendment regarding marriage that will appear on the North Carolina ballot next May. The next two sessions are February 20 and March 21. Registration is required.

Workshops and Events

The following workshops and events are sponsored by the Center for Faculty Excellence. Click here for more information about each event, a list of additional events, and instructions to register.

January 18: CFE 100+: Pedagogical and Organizational Challenges in Large Classes

January 11, 19: CFE 100+ Evaluating Student Learning in Large Classes

January 13: Classroom Management

January 17: CFE 100+ Engaging Students in Large Classes

January 20: Playing to Your Strengths as a Teacher, Researcher, and Departmental Colleague

January 27: Designing and Implementing Mentoring Programs for Early Career Faculty 

Faculty Governance in the News

Recent articles featuring Office of Faculty Governance staff, Faculty Council, and faculty committee work.

Faculty Council Endorses Water as a Central Campus Theme,” in University Gazette, December 13, 2011

“Actions Reinforce UNC’s Commitment to Academics,” in University Gazette, December 13, 2011

What We’re Reading

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

End of Term Conundrums, Part 1: Plagiarism,” and “More Thoughts on Plagiarism,” Chronicle of Higher Education, December 6 & 12, 2011

Teaching Large,” Inside Higher Ed, December 7, 2011

Education Department Calls for Greater Accessibility to Learning Materials for Visually Impaired Students,” Chronicle of Higher Education, December 7, 2011

Let’s Rethink Federal Student Aid,” Chronicle of Higher Education, December 19, 2011.

E-Textbooks Saved Many Students Only $1,” in Chronicle of Higher Education, January 4, 2012

Job Market Looks Brighter for Some Ph.D.’sChronicle of Higher Education, January 8, 2012.

A Conversation with a ‘Luddite’ Who Championed New Scholarly Directions for History,” Chronicle of Higher Education, January 9, 2012.

Dissing the Dissertation,” Inside Higher Ed, January 9, 2012.

College Sports Reform:  Now? Never? Inside Higher Ed, January 10, 2012.

Pannapacker at the MLA, 4: Twitter is Scholarship,” Chronicle of Higher Education, January 10, 2012.

New report from the National Task Force on Civic Learning and Democratic Engagement, A Crucible Moment: College Learning and Democracy’s Future, January 2012.

Very helpful tips on electronic file naming for sanity and good records management, from University Archives.

And, revisiting the history of honor system reform on this campus, take a look at the Report to the Chancellor’s Task Force to Review the Student Judicial System, June 2002.

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