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Sunday September 26th

Faculty


UNC humanities professors host innovation seminar

It’s often more difficult for history professors or English students to craft solutions to real-world problems than it is for doctors or scientists. But a panel of 10 humanities professors made a case for the liberal arts Monday afternoon, saying those in humanities fields should take a Socratic approach and ask questions about how their studies can extend beyond the classroom.

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Fixed-term and retired faculty could have say at Faculty Council meetings

The committee on University government could give fixed-term and retired faculty a firmer voice in faculty matters at today’s Faculty Council meeting. The committee will vote on a proposal that could amend the faculty code to give retired faculty a say at Faculty Council meetings. Another amendment would allow fixed-term faculty to vote on whether to hire or promote other fixed-term faculty members.

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McKay Coble leads the faculty executive meeting covering issues like declining leadership for exhaustive committees and clubs, honor violations of students publishing their work online for money and many other campus activities.

Faculty may have to self-report convictions

Employees who get in trouble off the job might soon have to pay for it on the job, as well. The Office of Human Resources presented a proposal to the faculty executive committee on Monday that would require employees to self-report criminal convictions to University officials.

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UNC to add third tier of lecturers

But after several conversations Executive Vice Chancellor and Provost Bruce Carney provided faculty with the brightest glimpse to date for the creation of a third promotional rank for fixed-term faculty, deciding on the title of “master lecturer” for lecturers and senior lecturers who have long sought for a rank that would more closely parallel the three-tiered career trajectory for tenure-track professors

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UNC changes payment policy for employees' cell phones

In an effort to cut costs, the University changed the way it will provide cell phones to employees, transitioning to a policy of providing stipends instead of phones. UNC will provide stipends to most of the employees who have University-provided phones as a way of reimbursing them for using their personal cell phones for University business. In the past, employees were issued cell phones or personal digital assistants and service contracts through the University.

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UNC to examine salaries of minority and female faculty

Following up on a study conducted in 2002 under former Executive Vice Chancellor and Provost Robert Shelton, the University will examine potential salary disparities among women and minority faculty members at UNC. The study will examine and look for any differences or outliers in the salary of minority and female professors who have a similar position and length of experience as their white or male peers.

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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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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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