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Tuesday April 13th

Faculty And Administration


UNC faculty backs policy change

UNC’s faculty executive committee reaffirmed its support for academic freedom Monday by supporting a possible resolution regarding a University policy. The committee will vote Dec. 17 on whether to support the University’s adoption of such a resolution to the policy passed by the UNC system’s Faculty Assembly. The resolution, which was passed Sept. 17, stems from an awareness campaign conducted by the American Association of University Professors.

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Faculty calling for new lecturer position

Fixed-term faculty members on Friday called for a new lecturer position which would address those who feel overworked, under-recognized for their research and uncertain in their job security. The position would create the potential for a promotion for senior lecturers, who have contracts lasting as long as five years.

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	Barbara Entwisle is the interim vice chancellor for research.

UNC uses search firms to fill administrative positions

The search for the next vice chancellor for research is under way, joining several similar searches throughout the University. The search committee charged with filling the position — now filled by Barbara Entwisle — met Monday to revise the position’s leadership statement, set dates for future interviews and consult with the firm conducting the search.

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Patti Thorp, wife of Chancellor Holden Thorp, speaks about UNC’s Build-a-Block fundraiser at the October employee forum meeting Wednesday.

Forum tackles employee e-mail privacy

Employees were urged to separate their personal and business correspondences and to participate more in campus projects Wednesday at a relatively quiet Employee Forum. A first-time appearance by Chancellor Holden Thorp’s wife, Patti Thorp, and discussions concerning the Public Records Act and information retention schedules were on the agenda of the monthly forum.

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UNC faculty skeptical of proposed tuition-funded raises

One year removed from a state-imposed salary freeze, some faculty members have expressed mixed reactions to a salary raise proposed last week. At the Friday tuition and fee advisory task force meeting, Executive Vice Chancellor and Provost Bruce Carney proposed lifting the freeze on faculty salaries, which has been in place since 2009.

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UNC receives $5.5 million to hire young faculty

UNC announced today a $5.5 million gift from the William R. Kenan Jr. Charitable Trust and an anonymous donor to support the hiring of young faculty members.Chancellor Holden Thorp told the Board of Trustees that the gift will allow the University to encourage junior faculty members to pursue academic careers, an important task in a time of economic difficulties.

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	Bruce Carney

Carney moves from interim to provost

There’s nothing new about UNC’s new executive vice chancellor and provost. Chancellor Holden Thorp announced Wednesday that Bruce Carney, who serves as interim provost this year, will assume the job permanently pending approval by the Board of Trustees next week.

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UNC-CH faculty: fixed term verses tenure track

Fixed-term faculty role is hazy

Each fall for the past 13 years, David Adamson has wondered if he’s going to get his job at UNC back.As a part-time professor in the department of dramatic art, he has to consistently renew his one-year contract, a task that makes it difficult for him to make long-term career plans.Adamson is part of a growing number of fixed-term faculty employed at UNC and universities across the country, hired to bring in professional expertise and keep academic costs down.“People in my position are a bargain for the University,” he said.

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Provost role often leads to higher of?ce

UNC is undergoing its fourth national search for a high-level administrator in four years. Three years ago the University searched for a Dean of the College of Arts and Sciences and selected Holden Thorp. A year later, a national search put him in the chancellor’s office, meaning another search for the College.

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