The UNC Faculty Council voted to elect Jill Moore, associate professor of public law and government, as the University’s new secretary of the faculty on April 16.
Moore is the first woman to be elected to this position in UNC’s history.
“I’m honored and I’m humbled to be a part of that group of firsts,” Moore said. “I honestly never expected to be, but I understand that, as we’re still opening some doors for women in different positions, it’s not surprising.”
The secretary of the faculty serves a five-year term within faculty governance. The secretary serves on a number of committees, including the Faculty Council and the Chancellor’s Advisory Committee.
Among other responsibilities, the secretary keeps minutes for Faculty Council and General Faculty meetings and conducts elections for these groups. Additionally, the secretary serves as an interpreter of the Faculty Code and runs the Office of Faculty Governance.
Vin Steponaitis, the outgoing secretary of the faculty, said the position is one that is not only time-consuming, but requires a specific skillset and knowledge.
“A lot of what the secretary faculty does is about process and kind of being the steward of the processes of faculty governance,” he said. “It requires a tremendous amount of time to do the job well.”
Candidates for the secretary of the faculty position are first sought out by the Chancellor’s Advisory Committee. Candidates can either be self-nominated or nominated by other faculty members.
Once the Advisory Committee has a group of potential candidates, its members evaluate the pool and select one to present to the Faculty Council. The Faculty Council then votes to ratify the candidate to the position.