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Dear colleagues,

At the end of July, I issued a call for nominations for the initial faculty for the School of Civic Life and Leadership. This is a reminder to get those nominations in by Thursday, Aug. 31. Self-nominations are also welcome. (Faculty who are interested in applying or nominating but can’t meet that deadline can email

Nominees should be tenured faculty in the College of Arts and Sciences. The formal call with more detail is below. Nominee interviews are already underway and will continue through mid-September.

We have been invited to share an update about the School of Civic Life and Leadership at the Faculty Council meeting on Sept. 8, and look forward to sharing our progress then.



James W.C. White
Craver Family Dean



The College of Arts and Sciences seeks to appoint members of the College’s faculty to serve as initial faculty for the new School of Civic Life and Leadership (SCLL). (Future calls for nominations will include all faculty across the university, but for this initial call, the focus is on recruiting tenured faculty from the College.)

The initial faculty will have the rare opportunity to build an interdisciplinary school that takes advantage of UNC-Chapel Hill’s distinctive strengths. They will play a central leadership role in developing SCLL, for more fully articulating a vision for SCLL’s mission, for building its administrative infrastructure and procedures, and for overseeing the hiring of additional faculty and staff.

As proposed by the Ad Hoc Committee on SCLL in the College, the current model is that SCLL will (1) provide a home specifically for the study and practice of public discourse, civic life and civic leadership; (2) provide an intellectual grounding in democracy and the American political experience; and (3) serve to support conversations and research on these topics.

Members of the initial faculty must be tenured. Appointments in SCLL will be 50% secondary appointments, with their tenure remaining in their current home department, and will be staggered in duration. Members will be compensated for their time and effort.

Nominations and self-nominations should be sent to by Aug. 31. Nominations should include the name, rank and department affiliation of the nominee, along with a copy of their CV and a short (<300-word) explanation of why they would be a good fit for SCLL. The SCLL Faculty Interest Committee (Donna Gilleskie, economics; Matthew Kotzen, philosophy; Douglas MacKay, public policy; Avi-Dan Santo, communication; Jeff Spinner-Halev, political science; and Sarah Treul, Program for Public Discourse) will conduct short interviews with nominees beginning Aug. 15, and will make a recommendation to College of Arts and Sciences Dean Jim White by mid-September.

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