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Wednesday February 1st

Faculty


Affordable housing in Chapel Hill pictured on Sunday, Nov. 27, 2022.

UNC faculty face housing shortage with rising prices, decreasing availability

As housing prices continue to rise in Chapel Hill, UNC faculty and staff share their difficulties finding affordable housing throughout the Triangle area. The ever-climbing prices have triggered unprecedented financial stress. One professor believes the housing situation in Carrboro is on par with living in the most expensive places in the world. It's a shame when most of the faculty and staff who work in Chapel Hill can't live in Chapel Hill,” Scott Geier, teaching assistant professor of digital storytelling and journalism, said. “Because that affects the diversity and the dynamic of the campus.”

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Rachel Goode, Ph.D., poses for a portrait outside of the UNC-Ch School of Social Work on Friday, Jan. 20, 2023.

‘I know what it's like’: Rachel Goode researches eating disorders among Black women

Rachel Goode won the Society for Social Work and Research's 2023 Deborah K. Padgett Early Career Achievement Award this month.  Her unique research is centered around eating disorders like binge and emotional eating, treatments for obesity and strategies for developing a healthy relationship with food.  “Because people think thin affluent white women, they’re not looking at Black women who may be in a larger body,” Goode said. “They’re assuming that ‘Oh, because they’re in a larger body, they couldn’t have an eating disorder.’” 

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Alan Kinlaw, chair of the FWC, poses for a portrait on Tuesday, November 8, 2022.

UNC faculty voice exhaustion concerns, pandemic impacts

Numerous department leaders across the University are voicing concerns over faculty exhaustion and wellbeing.  These conversations come in the midst of navigating the post-pandemic world with continued Zoom classes and new expectations.  “There's a lot of moving targets and unspoken expectations a lot of times that are baked into the job,” Alan Kinlaw, chairperson of the Faculty Welfare Committee, said.  

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Michelle LaRoche, Peter Sherman, Marisa Porto and Shelvia Dancy each join the faculty of the Hussman School of Journalism and Media this semester.

'Exceptionally distinguished scholars': Meet four incoming Hussman professors

Four newcomers — Shelvia Dancy, Michelle LaRoche, Marisa Porto and Peter Sherman — bring a heap of interdisciplinary experience and enhance ongoing commitments to diversity within the Hussman School of Journalism and Media. The Accrediting Council on Education in Journalism and Mass Communications (ACEJMC) demoted the School to provisional accreditation in April 2022, citing the school to be out of compliance with its standards for diversity and inclusiveness, specifically in faculty retention and recruitment.

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Kerry McIntyre and Rohit Sharma, students of the MBA class of 2023, engage in conversation in the lobby of McColl Building on Monday, Oct. 3, 2022. Hanging behind them are the portraits of Hugh L. McColl, Jr., Mary Lily Kenan, and Henry Flagler, the namesakes of  McColl Building and Kenan-Flagler Business School.

Allegations, administration, accountability: tensions at Kenan-Flagler Business School

This fall, Kenan-Flagler Business School has seen a discrimination lawsuit filed by a former doctoral student, as well as the co-leads of the school’s Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Initiative leaving their positions.  Douglas Shackelford, who had been serving as dean of the school since 2014, unexpectedly retired in September.  In terms of diversity, Kenan-Flagler is 61st out of  81 ranked U.S. business schools, according to Bloomberg's 2022-2023 Diversity Index. 

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Pulitzer Prize-winning reporter and MacArthur Fellow Nikole Hannah-Jones, poses for a portrait. Photo courtesy of John D. & Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation.

UNC and Nikole Hannah-Jones reach settlement over last year's tenure controversy

On Friday, the University reached an agreement with Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist Nikole Hannah-Jones to resolve legal matters related to her application for a tenured position in the Hussman School of Journalism and Media. The settlement required three key provisions for UNC: an inclusive search process, mental health counseling and reserved funds in the provost's office, according to a statement by the NAACP Legal Defense Fund.

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