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Faculty Governance News

Faculty Governance News

Issue 7.4
December 7, 2012

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

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Faculty Council meets this afternoon from 3:00-5:00 pm

The Faculty Council will meet this afternoon (Friday, December 7th) at 3:00 pm in the Hitchcock Room at the Sonja Haynes Stone Center. Council members are welcome to come early at 2:30 pm for beverages and light snacks.  All faculty are welcome to attend.

The agenda and related materials are online here.  The chancellor, provost, and chair of the faculty will address the Council and respond to questions. Provost Carney will give an overview of current activities on campus with regard to MOOCs–“massive open online courses.”  Other items on the agenda include an update on the Faculty Athletics Committee’s work on admissions from Prof. Joy Renner and an update on contextual grading from Prof. Andy Perrin. Invited guests include Student Body President Will Leimenstoll, Vice President Rachel Myrick, NC State Chair of the Faculty Hans Kellner, Prof. Jack Evans and UNC Press Director John Sherer. The Faculty Executive Committee and Faculty Assembly Committee will give their annual reports to the council.  We’ll be live-tweeting the meeting with the hashtag #FacCouncil from our account @UNCFacGov.

Boxill invites faculty to December commencement

Chair of the Faculty Boxill invites faculty to join her for the commencement ceremony to be held Sunday, December 16 at 2:00 p.m. at the Dean E. Smith Center. Professor Myron S. Cohen, M.D., an acclaimed physician and researcher who has spent the last three decades studying the transmission and prevention of HIV/AIDS, will speak. Faculty may participate in the procession with or without regalia.  Assemble at 1:30 p.m. in the Press Room of the Smith Center. Use Entry D and take the elevator down to the main floor. Marshals will direct you to the room. Parking is available in the Koury Lot adjacent to the Smith Center. Visit or contact Jane Smith at 962-0045 for more information.

Chancellor search survey open through December 15

The Chancellor Search Committee invites you to answer a brief survey sharing your views about Carolina and the qualities you believe are essential and desirable in our next chancellor.  Click here to start the survey, which includes five questions covering the University’s greatest assets, as well as specific priorities, qualities or expertise the next chancellor should possess. They ask that all responses be completed by December 15, 2012.

Campus-Wide Events and Award Deadlines

2014 honorary degree nomination period now open

The faculty Honorary Degrees and Special Awards committee invites the university community to submit nominees for the 2014 UNC honorary degrees.  Winners are individuals “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 18, 2013.

Public Service Awards

Do you know someone who deserves to be recognized for their public service or engaged scholarship or an exemplary project that serves the state of North Carolina? Would you like to see them honored but can’t find the time to write a traditional nomination? Well, this could be the easiest nomination you’ll ever write! The Carolina Center for Public Service is accepting nominations for three campus-wide public service awards honoring individual students, faculty, staff and University units for exemplary public service and engaged scholarship. Winners will be honored at a spring celebration and will receive a monetary award and framed certificate.

The new, simplified nomination process for the Robert E. Bryan Public Service Award and Office of the Provost Engaged Scholarship Award only requires a very brief statement to be submitted by 11:59 p.m., Jan. 8, 2013. Traditional nominations for the Ned Brooks Award for Public Service are due by 11:59 p.m., Feb. 4, 2013.

Online nominations may be submitted by students, staff, faculty and/or community members. For more information,  visit

2013 University Awards for the Advancement of Women

The Carolina Womens’ Center is now seeking nominations for the 2013 University Awards for the Advancement of Women.  These awards recognize contributions to the advancement of women at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.  Each year, three individuals–one faculty member, one staff member, and one undergraduate/graduate student/postdoctoral scholar–may be selected to receive the award. Faculty and staff recipients each receive $5000 and the undergraduate/graduate student/postdoctoral scholar recipient receives $2500.  Awardees are honored in a ceremony during the Carolina Women’s Center’s annual Gender Week Celebration in March.

Please submit nominations for women and men who have contributed in one or more of the following ways: elevated the status of women on campus in sustainable ways; helped to improve campus policies affecting women; promoted and advanced the recruitment, retention, and upward mobility of women; participated in and assisted in the establishment of professional development opportunities for women; and/or participated in and assisted in the establishment of academic mentoring for women.

To submit a nomination, please click here.  All faculty and staff nominees must be permanent employees.   No self-nominations or posthumous nominations will be accepted.  Carolina Women’s Center administrators and staff are not eligible for nomination. The deadline for nominations is Friday, January 11, 2013, at 5:00 p.m. Please contact or call 843-5620 if you have questions about the awards or nomination process.

Explorations in Global Health grants

The Institute for Global Health and Infections Diseases at UNC is pleased to announce a new round of Explorations in Global Health faculty research grants. These grants are designed to foster the development of research projects and partnerships in global health.  Grants will be made to UNC faculty for international travel or to bring international colleagues to campus to establish or maintain research relationships (e.g. clarify joint research interests, plan and organize institutional linkages, jointly develop or write research proposals, etc.) or to undertake small research projects with international collaborators. Deadline for proposals is  January 9, 2013 at 5:00 p.m. Click here for more information.

Other workshops and events

December 12: Lesson Planning
January 16: Mentoring Action Plans

What We’re Reading

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


Chancellor search

Faculty governance and educational policy issues

Faculty work and experiences

Fixed-term faculty

Graduate education

Online education and technology

Scholarly communication and publishing

UNC strategic plan

  • Bachenheimer, Steven and Stephen Leonard, “Carry on in UNC’s Proud Tradition,” News & Observer, 14 November 2012.
  • Stancil, Jane, “UNC Leaders Debate: Jobs, or Knowledge?News & Observer, 10 November 2012.
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