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2020 Faculty Election

Andrew Mann

Running for: Division 3. Natural Sciences and Mathematics: Faculty Council, Nontenured
  • Assistant Professor
  • Physics and Astronomy
  • Appointed: 2018
  • PhD, University of Hawaii at Manoa, 2013
  • Candidate Website
UNC Service

Since joining UNC in 2018, I have served on Admissions, Graduate Recruitment, and Colloquium committees, and served as the advisor to our local chapter of the Society of Physics Students. I am involved in multiple efforts, both in and outside of UNC, to recruit and retain underrepresented groups in physics and astronomy. Through my research and teaching I have experience leading both UNC-based and multi-institutional research teams that have resulted in prominent publications, press releases, and grants. As part of this, I have had the opportunity to mentor undergraduate and graduate students in both research and career development.

Candidate Statement

I strongly believe in the role Faculty Governance can have in curricula, graduate education, resource allocation, and interactions with the greater community. I have seen first-hand how important governing bodies can be at other universities, as I was actively involved in the student and postdoctoral unionization efforts at Columbia University. The role of the Faculty Council is more important now than ever, as the university will be dealing with the long-term impacts of COVID-19 on every aspect of student and faculty life for years. It is critical that we adopt policies which preserve our core mission and ensure the continuation of teaching and research activities throughout UNC and the greater community; I will particularly advocate for policies that ensure equitable access to resources and opportunities through this transition.

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