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Faculty Governance News

From the Office of Faculty Governance
200-04 Carr Building, UNC-CH Campus Box 9170
Phone (919) 962-2146
Fax (919) 962-5479
Contact: Anne Whisnant

Vol. 6.2

October 13, 2011

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 Meets Friday, 10/14; Will Discuss Honor System

We invite all faculty members to attend the Faculty Council meeting this Friday, October 14th, from 3:00 to 5:00 p.m. in the Hitchcock Room at the Stone Center. Agenda, meeting materials, and the new seating arrangement are on the OFG website.

A highlight of Friday’s meeting will be a discussion of the results and recommendations of a faculty committee’s recent investigations into faculty attitudes toward and participation in the honor system. The committee – whose research included a survey of 577 instructors conducted in 2010 – was constituted by the Educational Policy Committee and the Committee on Student Conduct and chaired by Prof. Jay Smith (History). Its report is now available here.

Boxill Organizes Athletics Forum for 11/2

Faculty Chair Jan Boxill has arranged for faculty to have the opportunity to learn about the work of the Faculty Athletics Representative and the Athletics Director at a forum scheduled for the Anne Queen Faculty Commons at the Campus Y from 3:30 to 5:00 p.m. on November 2nd. The event will provide an opportunity to converse with Faculty Athletics Representative Lissa Broome and outgoing Athletics Director Dick Baddour. All faculty are invited to attend.

Faculty Honor System Advisory Committee Members Named

Chair Boxill has named the members of the reconstituted Faculty Honor System Advisory Committee, which is provided for in the Instrument of Student Judicial Governance, but which has been dormant. The committee will be chaired in 2011-12 by Prof. Donna LeFebvre (Political Science). The committee’s charge and a list of its members may be found here.

Campus-Wide Award Deadlines and Events

Nominations Now Welcomed for 2012 Edward Kidder Graham Award

The nomination period is now open for the 2012 Edward Kidder Graham Award. This award, given each year beginning in 2011 on University Day, recognizes “outstanding service by a member of the Voting Faculty of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.” It calls to remembrance President Graham’s ambition to “to make the campus co‐extensive with the boundaries of the State,” in the context of the University’s modern mission to extend knowledge‐based service world‐wide. Nominations are considered by the faculty Committee on Honorary Degrees and Special Awards. Please visit our Edward Kidder Graham Award page to learn about how to nominate someone. The deadline for nominations is November 18, 2011.

2012 University Awards for the Advancement of Women

Recognize contributions to the advancement of women by one faculty member, one staff member, and one undergrad/grad student/postdoctoral scholar at UNC-CH. Nominations due November 18, 2011. Details available online.

Senior Faculty Competitive Research and Scholarly Leaves

Apply for competitive Senior Faculty Research and Scholarly Leaves for Fall Semester 2012, Spring Semester 2013, or Academic Year 2012-2013. Email your ONYEN to requesting access to the Sakai-based application site. For questions, contact Gordon Joyner at or 962-7061. Deadline: Oct. 21, 2011.

Institute for Arts and Humanities Academic Leadership Program

2012-2013 Academic Leadership Program (Deadline: November 1): Participants develop leadership skills, clarify career commitments, build leadership networks on and off campus. Eight Fellows selected annually. More information here.

Carolina Apps RFP: Have a Mobile App Created! Proposals Due 10/17

The Office of the Vice Chancellor for Research, in conjunction with Innovate@Carolina, is has announced a call for proposals in support of Carolina Apps, a new initiative to bring Carolina-born ideas to wider audiences through the creation of innovative mobile applications with broad public appeal. Read more here.

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.

• October 14: How Students Learn
• October 18: Improving Class Discussions Part I
• October 19: New PI Training Part II
• October 25: Improving Class Discussions Part II
• November 1: Student Learning Outcomes
• November 1: Improving Class Discussions Part III
• November 2: Creating a Dynamic Syllabus
• November 3: Lesson Planning
• November 4: Educate, Innovate, Collaborate: A Faculty Showcase
o A one-day faculty showcase on instructional innovation at Carolina. Chancellor Thorp will speak, and UNC faculty members will be featured throughout the day in sessions on topics ranging from adoption of Sakai to international collaboration in the classroom to engaging students in large classes. Free, but registration is required. Food provided, and a laptop will be given away!
• November 8: Creating Effective Assignments

Other campus events of interest include:

• October 27: Having (and Balancing) It All: A Panel about Achieving Career Goals and Work/Life Balance, sponsored by the Carolina Women’s Center and featuring professionals and professors in the sciences who will discuss career paths, challenges and successes, and strategies for work/life balance.
• November 2: Faculty/Staff Haven Training
• November 7: Safe Zone Training

Faculty Governance in the News

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

“Honor system review findings to be presented to Faculty Council” Daily Tar Heel, 4 October 2011
“Faculty advisory committee to honor system takes shape” Daily Tar Heel, 6 October, 2011
“UNC’s Honor Court’s faculty advisory committee’s return a success so far” in The Daily Tar Heel, 10 October 2011

Faculty Resource Room

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

• AAUP sponsors “Shared Governance Conference and Workshops,” Washington, DC, November 11-13, 2011. Register now.
UNC Information Technology Services 2010-11 Annual Report in “Flipbook” form. Interesting to read or skim for some context for the seeming avalanche of technology-related changes we have been experiencing on the campus.
“Four Ways to Improve Faculty Senate Meetings,” Chronicle of Higher Education, 28 September 2011.
“New Digital Tools Let Professors Tailor Their Own Textbooks for Under $20,” Chronicle of Higher Education, 9 October 2011.

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