The UNC Faculty Assembly is the elected body of representatives of the faculty of the seventeen constituent institutions of the University of North Carolina. The Assembly is dedicated to upholding and exercising the principles of academic freedom, shared governance, tenure and the faculty's primary responsibility for the University's curriculum.
- The Assembly’s objectives are set forth in the Assembly Charter.
- Its Standards of Shared Governance were adopted in April 2005.
- For a concise description of the constituent institutions of the University of North Carolina (and its major affiliates), see Chancellor Anne Ponder’s “Synopsis of Universities and Major Affiliated Entities” (April 26, 2010).
A Brief History of the Faculty Assembly
In 1972, when all sixteen public senior institutions were placed under one Board of Governors, President Friday called for the creation of a Faculty Assembly. There had been a Faculty Advisory Council within the old six-campus consolidated University of North Carolina, and the new assembly was to be its enlarged successor.
By October 1972, all sixteen constituent institutions had ratified the Assembly Charter. The first meeting of the delegates was held on December 2, 1972. John Sanders, then Vice President for Planning, presided as interim chair.
A second meeting was held on January 6, 1973, to begin discussions of a set of bylaws for the Assembly. Henry C. Cooke, from North Carolina State University, was then elected chair pro tem.
A special [third] meeting was held on January 27, 1973 (presided over by Professor Cooke), for the purpose of debating and proposing revisions to Chapter VI of The Code: Academic Freedom and Tenure.
At its fourth meeting, held on February 23, 1973, the Assembly adopted its Bylaws and elected Professor Cooke to serve as chair until July 1, 1974.
The following faculty members have served as Assembly chairs:
|1973-1974||Henry C. Cooke||NCSU|
|1974-1976||Henry C. Ferrell||ECU|
|1976-1977||Vincent M. Foote||NCSU|
|1977-1979 (Jan.)1||Roy Carroll||ASU|
|Feb. - June 1979||Helen M. Caldwell||ECSU|
|1979-1981||Shirley C. Browning||UNCA|
|1981-1984||Alan J. Hauser||ASU|
|1984-1986||James LeRoy Smith||ECU|
|1986-1987 (May)2||Betty Jo Welch||UNCW|
- Roy Carroll's term ended when he was appointed Vice President for Planning at UNC General Administration.
- Betty Jo Welch died in office.