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included in the public transportation system to be voted on bus referendum and related issues, see the story to your right
Promotion and, tenure decisions
remain a mystery to most
. This lack of knowledge surfaced in
'student discontent with recent tenure
decisions in the English and -History
departments, though personnel decisions
in these departments have been consistent
with those of other departments on
Roberta Ann Dunbar, assistant
professor of history, did not receive
tenure. She said that inconsistency in
tenuring procedures involves the
weighting of the three areas of
consideration: teaching, publishing, and
Governors' policy due
by Mary Ellis Gibson
Appointments, promotions and tenure
policies at UNC may change during the
next several months as a result of
recommendations by committees
studying present personnel practices.
The Code Committee of the Board of
Governors may initiate a state-wide
policy for promotions to replace the
individual policies now in effect on the
16 campuses of the University system.
A tenure study committee is
considering revisions of the present
The Chancellor's Committee on the
Status of the Minorities and the
Disadvantaged met for two and one-half
hours Monday evening to discuss
recommendations made by black
representatives last Friday, but made no
The meeting was closed to the public,
and no specifics were available after the
According to Leonard Lee, a black
undergraduate member of the committee,
the group wants to wait until final
recommendations are completed before
saying a word.
The committee will not meet again
until next Monday because, according to
Lee, "There are a lot of people on
campus and in "the University directly
involved in some of the recommendations
whom we have to talk to."
Next ' Monday's meeting will also be
closed to the public.
"My biggest quibble with the system is
that the University has made no clear cut
decisions about the proportions of weight
given to each of these considerations,"
Dunbar said. "It needs to be more clearly
publicized in the departments."
James L. Godfrey, chairman of the
History Department, said that the three
considerations are taken as a whole.
"What I think happens is that all three
are combined into one, and the most
weight is given to that one," Godfrey
The present controversy over tenure
decisions also centers on the lack of
direct student participation in evaluating
teachers. Students, particularly
undergraduates, complain about their
lack of input in rank and tenure
system. The tenure study committee will
advise Chancellor N. Ferebee Taylor, who
will then present recommendations on
personnel practices to the Board of
Until the Board of Governors
completes the University Code, the
tenure policy as defined by legislation of
the Faculty Council will remain in effect.
The present policy provides that a full
professor or an associate professor who is
appointed to that rank from within the
University shall have permanent
tenure that is, he ' is guaranteed a job
Lee presided at an open meeting
Friday in the Upendo Lounge. Attending
the meeting were blacks representing the
Black Student Movement (BSM) and
.other students representing various
graduate and undergraduate departments.
The purpose of that meeting was to
comment on the results of the final
report on the survey of UNC minority
students, and to make further
The report on minority students
basically stated, as one of its conclusions,
that many black and other minority
students are not satisfied with their
overall experience at UNC. V '
According to the study, blacks arid
other minorities - were especially
dissatisfied with the lack of social
opportunities provided by the University.
. Lee said that some of the committees
original recommendations may be altered,
and added that the committee had not
had time to discuss all of the
recommendations made by black
representatives Friday. '
Chapel Hill, North Carolina,
Guidelines covering criteria for
promotion, retention, appointment and
tenure of faculty, adopted Sept. 27,
1972, by the faculty, support the use of
student evaluation. - .
While noting the "hazards and
weaknesses" of routine student
evaluations, :' the guidelines "state that
student evaluations should be made
judging diligence and conscientiousness of
According to J. Dickson Phillips,
chairman of the tenure study committee
and dean of the UNC Law School, it is
possible to conduct fair and responsible
"Some things that students can
evaluate with accuracy are teacher
enthusiasm and the degree of diligence in
work for them," Phillips said. "They are
except in case of failure to perform his
An assistant professor is appointed for
a term of three years and in the middle of
the second year his work is evaluated on
the criteria of teaching, research and
service. He is then either promoted,
rehired or fired..
Associate professors who are
appointed from outside the University
receive a five-year contract and are
evaluated during their fourth year. The
associate professor is then reappointed at
the same or higher rank with tenure or is
notified that his contract will not be
Recommendations on promotions and
tenure are generally made by a committee
of full professors, according to Henry
: Boren, secretary to the faculty.
. : The committee of full professors
makes a recommendation to the chairman
of the department, who usually approves
the decision and presents it to the dean of
the school or division, Boren said.
. He said that the recommendation then
goes to the Committee on Instructional
Personnel which is composed of the
various deans and heads of divisions. The
decision must then be approved by the
Chancellor's Advisory Committee, the
Chancellor and the Board of Truestees.
According to Boren, the original
recommendation of the department
chairman is usually approved by the
Board of Trustees.
"However, last year the Committee on
Instructional Personnel turned down
more recommendations than usual," he
said. "This reflects a tendency to slow
down promotions because we are not
hiring as many new faculty and because
some departments may make themselves
inflexible by having too many tenured
TODAY: Partly cloudy and mild,
high in the mid SO" s. Low tonight in
the mid 30's. Ten per cent chance of
rain through tonight.
Tuesday, February 20, 1973
by Peter Barnes
UNC students head to the polls again
today this time to vote in a Chapel Hill
referendum for a community-wide bus
With approximately 5,000 students
registered to vote in Chapel Hill out of a
total town registration of about 14,000,
the student vote should be a decisive
factor in the success or failure of the
Polls will be open from 6:30 a.m. until
Actually, two separate questions will
be listed on the ballot, one authorizing
the town to issue bonds of up to
$350,000 to purchase equipment and
operating facilities for the system and the
second allowing for a tax increase of up
to 10 cents per $100 property valuation
to subsidize the system's operating
If both measures are passed by the
voters, the local Transportation
Commission and the town can begin
efforts to secure a federal grant to aid in
the purchase of equipment and facilities
and to work out an agreement with UNC
pretty good at judging his teaching skill
though they are not particularly
trustworthy judges of course content."
Mark Appelbaum, dean of Special
Studies and a member of the tenure
committee, commented that students
should have some formal input into
tenure decisions. "
"Students under-rate their influence,"
he added. "If a professor is doing a very
poor, job, his performance becomes
known indirectly," he said.
But, in a sample of the chairmen of
some of the University's large
departments and schools, it was found
that practices in student evaluation range
from a system in accordance with faculty
guidelines to no system at all.
"The School of Journalism has
mandatory course evaluation each year
for all courses and all teachers," said
Dean John B. Adams, dean of the school.
He cited these evaluations by students as
one of the considerations in tenure
According to R. G. Hiskey, chairman
of the Chemistry Department, his
department is in the process of setting up
a computerized evaluation system to
include student evaluations.
The Anthropology Department has an
extensive program for evaluation by
graduate students, but no such program
"Sampling undergraduate majors and
others who have taken courses with
particular professors presents difficulties
that I have contimplated but not
attempted to resolve," said John J.
Honigmann, chairman of the
"In the Psychology Department, the
extent of student evaluation depends on
how systematic the instructor himself has
been in sampling student opinion," said
chairman W. Grant Dahlstrom.
The English Department conducts
student evaluation in the Freshman
English program. William R. Harmon
chairman of the English Department,
cited the difficulty of obtaining fan
evaluation of teachers by undergraduates.
"Can you trust a quantitative form for
such a qualitative thing?" Harmon asked.
by Gary Fulton
The selection of a residence hall to be
used for the proposed living-learning
center will be made by the Committee on
University Residence Life (CURL) at its
A special committee appointed last
year by Donald Boulton, dean of Student
Affairs, and James Gaskin, dean of the
College of Arts and Sciences, to study
and plan a living-learning program has
recommended that Joyner dorm be used
if the program is implemented next fall.
In response to the committee's
recommendations, CURL narrowed its
consideration of buildings to six: Conner,
Joyner, Parker, Spencer, Teague and
concerning the University's role as a user
of the community bus system. While a
successful vote does not guarantee that a
bus system can be started, it is a
necessary first step.
All of the preliminary planning for the
bus system and for the referendum
included Carrboro as well as Chapel Hill
and the University, but the vote today
will only be held in Chapel Hill. Last
November the Carrboro Board of
Aldermen decided against holding a
referendum on the issue, and plans were
then made to operate the system only in
Last Tuesday night the Carrboro
Merritt Mill Rd.
off N.C. 54
Guy B. Phillips Jr.
High, Estes Dr.
15-501 at Manning
polls open 6:30 a.m. close 7:30 p.m.
Sometimes with just a twinkle of the eye and a smile a girt can get a guy to do
something for her. But if the guy is her brother, then surely shell have to later repay
with a whole bundle of things he'll ask her to do. . (Staff photo by Tad Stewart)
Representatives from each of these
residence halls will attend today's
meeting to inform the committee of the
interest of the residents, expected
conversion costs, and the nature of
existing programs. On the basis of this
information CURL will make its final
recommendation today to Robert
Kepner, director of Residence Life, and
to the chairman of the committee.
The selection of the six residence halls
was based on criteria established by the
special committee. These criteria required
that the dorm be on North Campus, that
it be of medium size with a capacity of
about 200 and that the building be
convertible into a coeducational facility
with reasonable ease.
Founded February 23, 1893
aldermen reconsidered the topic and gave
their approval for a Carrboro busing
referendum. A date for the Carrboro vote
has not been set, but if both measures
pass in Chapel Hill and if Carrboro
approves them also, plans will be
expanded to include both communities in
the single system as originally intended.
The Chapel Hill system is not
dependent upon approval of a bus system
in Carrboro, however, and if the
referendum passes efforts will begin
immediately to obtain the federal grant
and to make arrangements for a
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AREA IN PRECINCT
Alderman, Kenan, Mclver, Old East, Old
West, Spencer, Oak Terrace, Northampton
Plaza, Towne House, Brookside, Colonial
Arms, Camelot, Shepherd Lane, E. Rose
mary area, Davie Circle
Granville, Whitehead, Kingswood, Graham
Ct., Westwood. Big and Little Frat. Cts.
All dorms except those above. Odum and
Victory Village. Purefoy Rd. and Green
University Gardens. Stinson St. area. North
Glen Lennox. Golf Course Fraternities.
Colony Apts., Willow Terr. Apts., Ridgefield
area, except Brigham Ct. outside city.
Castillian Villa, Kings Arms Apts. and Ox
ford Apts. Outside city limits: Booker -Creek
Apts., Legion Rd.. Weaver Dairy Rd.
Stratford Hills, Estes Hills
Sharon Heights, Bolinwood, Barclay Rd.
Outside City Limits: Glen Heights
Morgan Creek area. Outside City Limits:
Farrington Rd., Old Lystra Rd. "
to be chosen
Some controversy has arisen over
whether the residents of the selected
dorm will be forced to move if the
program is initiated. - "
Included in the committee's
recommendations is a statement that
special provisions will be made to provide
"an acceptable alternate room for those
students who do not want to reside in the
Bving-learning center. The committee
advocated a system of room selection
that would give residents of the selected
dorm first choice in signing up to
participate in the new program.
No final decision has been made on
the establishment of such a program, or
on what form the program might take,
including the decision concerning the
possible displacement of residents.