UNC faculty members said they want better communication between them and Chancellor Carol Folt in the Chancellor’s Advisory Committee’s first independent meeting of the year Monday.
As her second year at UNC begins, Folt said she hopes to relate with staff in a more personable way.
“It’s not always easy to get people’s attention when they’re always busy,” she said.
Folt said she was able to receive plenty of feedback last year but felt she was not as effective as she could have been.
Bruce Cairns, faculty chairman and a professor in the medical school, agreed there needs to be a two-way dialogue between faculty members and Folt.
“We are still trying to figure how to be an effective voice of the faculty that really addresses the issues that affect us all,” Cairns said.
One of the key issues they will discuss this year will be the nominal raises and increased health care coverage some faculty will receive this year.
“I think (the raises) are positive, and it may not be the easiest thing to get to following years of cuts, but we are trying to do everything we can to make that process fair,” Folt said.
She said she also looked forward to hearing professors’ feedback to UNC’s new sexual assault policies.