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The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

The nation’s first public university is at the heart of what’s next, preparing a diverse student body to become creators, explorers, innovators and leaders in North Carolina and throughout the world. Carolina’s nationally recognized, innovative teaching, campus-wide spirit of inquiry and dedication to public service continue the legacy that began in 1795 when the University first opened its doors to students.

Here, in one of America's most beautiful college settings, we offer exceptional careers in richly diverse fields. Come explore what UNC-Chapel Hill has to offer you.


Undergraduate Enrollment: 19,117

Graduate/Professional Enrollment: 10,894

Total Student Enrollment: 30,011

Founded: 1789, as the first state university in the United States

Type of Institution: Public, four-year

Undergraduate Admission: 15,961

Graduate/Professional Enrollment: 10,039

Total Student Enrollment: 26,000

Faculty: 3,000

Percentage of faculty who hold Ph.D.s or the highest degrees in their field: 94 percent

Faculty/student ratio: 1/14

Location: UNC is located in the heart of Chapel Hill, the best college town in America! It's a friendly town of about 40,000 in the geographical center of North Carolina. Chapel Hill is at the western point of the Research Triangle, an area of about one million people, comprised of Chapel Hill, the cities of Durham and Raleigh, and the Research Triangle Park, home of many corporate offices and scientific research centers. Carolina is about 30 miles from the state capital, Raleigh, and 20 minutes from Raleigh-Durham International Airport.

Chapel Hill's main street, Franklin Street, borders the campus and offers shops, coffee houses, cafés, movie theaters and houses of worship. The town has a historic district, museum, library, parks, malls, and many recreational facilities.

Origins of Carolina's students: 82 percent of UNC's freshmen are from North Carolina and 18 percent are from out-of-state. Our students come from 42 different states and our international students represent 37 countries.

Size of freshman class: Approximately 3,400

Class size: Barely five percent of undergraduate classes contain more than 100 students; two-thirds of undergraduate classes have fewer than 30 students. Forty-one percent have fewer than 20 students, including First Year Seminars, in which first-year students work closely with professors.

Sports and athletic programs: UNC is an NCAA Division I school with 28 varsity teams. Carolina is the proud home of the Dean Smith Center, Kenan Stadium, Carmichael Auditorium, Koury Natatorium, and many other fine athletic facilities. Students join more than 60 intramural and club sports, which include baseball, bowling, crew, golf, lacrosse, rock climbing, rugby, tae kwon do, and ultimate frisbee. The Student Recreation Center offers weight training, aerobics, stair machines, and all the equipment you would expect to find at a great health club! Carolina offers a newly renovated outdoor pool and indoor pools, a golf course, tennis courts, and the longest zipline in America!

Number of residence halls: Incoming undergraduates will live in one of Carolina's 29 residence halls, which are wired for Internet access and cable television. housing.unc.edu

Scholarships and financial aid: About 40 percent of UNC-Chapel Hill students receive scholarships and/or some form of financial aid. studentaid.unc.edu

Special research institutes: Institute for Research in Social Science, Institute of Outdoor Drama, Morehead Planetarium, Kenan Institute of Private Enterprise, Institute of Government, Institute of African American Research.

Career services: On-campus counseling, job fairs, résumé writing service, internships, placement services. www.unc.edu/depts/career

Technological facilities: Students find multiple uses for Carolina's state-of-the-art technological resources. They can access Carolina's computer services through Academic Technology and Networks, which manages academic computing, e-mail, microcomputing labs, interactive media presentation, video and classroom support, and a help desk. The MetaLab oversees the development of SunSITE, one of the world's busiest digital library and electronic publishing projects.

Students may open e-mail accounts, and many use campus computer resources to construct personal Web pages. Students in residence halls have hardwired network connections to the Internet and cable television in their rooms. At the ATN Training center, students may take classes on software packages and utilities. Computer labs are available for student use all over campus.

Carolina Computing Initiative: Beginning with the freshman class of 2000, undergraduates must purchase laptop computers. The University has arranged for IBM to offer computers at excellent prices. Students, faculty, and staff will enjoy cost savings, higher quality compatible equipment, and better technical support through CCI. www.unc.edu/cci

The Study Abroad program allows students to live and learn in Europe, the Middle East, Asia and the Pacific Rim, Africa, and the Americas. www.unc.edu/depts/abroad

The Honors Program offers special seminars, research programs, and the chance to design your own independent studies. www.unc.edu/depts/honors

Carolina students spend time in public service through student organizations, the Campus Y, the Carolina Center for Public Service, and courses that incorporate community service.

UNC's chapter of Phi Beta Kappa, a national collegiate honor society, is the oldest in North Carolina, dating from 1904. There are many other honorary societies at Carolina.

UNC offers ROTC programs in all branches of national military service.

Through the First Year Seminars program, first year students will understand what it means to study at a premier research university. They will learn from faculty members and share in their research in seminars of no more than 20 students.

Life outside the classroom: More than 370 clubs, teams, and student organizations offer something for everyone! You can choose from among musical and dramatic performing groups, publications, ethnic and religious clubs, the Campus Y and other service organizations, fraternities and sororities, and pre- professional organizations. Whatever your interests, you will find others at Carolina who share them! www.unc.edu/depts/union/student/listintr.htm

Fraternities and sororities: The 28 fraternities and 19 sororities involve approximately 18 percent of undergraduates in social and public service activities.

 

Diversity Profile: The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

From its founding, the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill (UNC-CH) has been an innovator. Though the founders of the country’s first public university could not have fully anticipated how higher education would guide our growth as a state and nation, their early vision of educational opportunity ultimately produced millions of better-informed citizens, endowed them with an abiding ethic of service to community, and played a pivotal role in building a strong and diversified economy. A critical element for any 21st century educational institution is a diverse, equitable and inclusive community.  

Framework for Understanding Diversity, Equity and Inclusion at UNC-CH

The historical, political, economic and educational contexts of the University, the state and the nation shape our present circumstances and inform the measures we must take to accomplish our highest aspirations of excellence, and the University acknowledges it faces ongoing challenges to overcome the effects of the continuing influences.

The University engages in teaching, research and service to expand and discover knowledge, promote educational enlightenment, inculcate intellectual rigor and improve understanding with the ultimate end of uplifting humankind.

Education takes place most productively among persons with differing social backgrounds, economic circumstances, personal characteristics, philosophical outlooks, life experiences, perspectives, beliefs, expectations and aspirations, to mention some salient factors. The University works to assure that we have a complement of students, faculty and staff that broadly reflects the ways in which people differ.

The University is also committed to supporting intellectual freedom, promoting personal integrity and justice and pursuing values that foster enlightened leadership devoted to improving the conditions of human life in the state, the nation and the world. The University achieves and maintains diversity on the campus through the admission of students and employment of faculty and staff who broadly reflect the ways in which we differ. UNC-Chapel Hill promotes intellectual growth and derives the educational benefits of diversity by creating opportunities for intense dialogue and rigorous analysis and by fostering mutually beneficial interactions among members of the community.

The University provides an environment that values and respects civility and cordiality of discourse in order that all members of a diverse community feel welcomed and feel free to express their ideas without fear of reprisal.

UNC-Chapel Hill is committed to advancing diversity, equity and inclusion within its community. Two of the offices in particular focus on these areas, and they are the University Office for Diversity and Inclusion and the Equal Opportunity and Compliance Office.

 

The University Office for Diversity and Inclusion

Vision Statement

The University Office for Diversity and Inclusion builds and sustains an inclusive campus community and fosters a welcoming climate that values and respects all members of the University community where an inclusive blue begins with you.

Mission Statement

The University Office for Diversity and Inclusion builds understanding across differences, creates conditions to ensure the equitable educational and social benefits of diversity, equity and inclusion, and cultivates a welcoming and supportive environment for undergraduate students, graduate and professional students, faculty, and staff, positioning them to reach their greatest potential.

Overview

The University Office for Diversity and Inclusion (D&I) has primary responsibility for providing University-wide leadership on best practices and strategies to build and sustain an inclusive campus community. D&I promotes the principles of equity and inclusion in recruitment, through diversity education and functions, and development programming. D&I strives to position Carolina to fulfill its mission of educating a diverse student body with the added goal of aspiring to attract and retain faculty and staff reflective of our larger community while maintaining an unwavering commitment to excellence.

The office’s leaders collaborate with University administrators and campus units to identify and implement strategies/initiatives for achieving the goals of increased diversity and for building an inclusive and equitable environment that values and respect the contributions of all members of the University community. Partnerships and collaborations with the vice chancellors, deans, other unit heads and campus-wide diversity liaisons are leveraged to accomplish the University’s diversity, equity and inclusion goals.

For high school students, we offer guidance through every aspect of the college choice process. From scheduling a campus visit to the first day of classes, the office is there to ensure that every young scholar who dreams of setting out for Carolina will find an encouraging and supportive team awaiting their arrival.

Whether it’s orientation, first-year registration, campus life, choosing a major, or celebrating graduation, our experiences allow students to grow their cultural competency, thrive, and make their unique HEELprint. The office’s programs and initiatives serve as a cornerstone for academic achievement and personal growth.

D&I offers all-encompassing support, from the recruitment and hiring process to identifying research opportunities and facilitating an engaging workplace experience. The office initiates and sustains conversations and projects that enrich the professional journeys of faculty and staff while building an inclusive work environment.

 

The Carolina Community

D&I’s work extends beyond the Carolina campus. They work with graduating students as they transition into the new experiences that await them. They foster an ongoing network that allows us to connect with alumni, community, business leaders, and external organizations for building pipelines and diversity education.

 

The Equal Opportunity and Compliance Office

Mission Statement

The Equal Opportunity and Compliance Office fosters Carolina’s commitment to a safe, equitable and welcoming campus for all – one that is free from discrimination and harassment on the basis of any protected statuses and related forms of misconduct.

Overview

The Equal Opportunity and Compliance (EOC) Office is UNC-CH’s central office for addressing issues related to discrimination and harassment, as well as compliance with relevant education and employment laws and regulations. As part of the Workforce Strategy, Equity, and Engagement Division, the EOC Office is committed to creating and sustaining a safe, equitable, and welcoming environment for all. 

The EOC Office provides services, such as:

  • Administering relevant policies
  • Receiving reports of potential policy violations
  • Conducting investigations and overseeing hearings
  • Offering prevention and response trainings
  • Providing reasonable accommodations for employees, applicants for employment, visitors and program participants
  • Creating and maintaining federal and state equal opportunity plans
  • Overseeing fair and equitable recruitment efforts

Learn more about the Equal Opportunity and Compliance office by visiting our website or our office at 214 W. Cameron Avenue, Chapel Hill, NC 27599.

Employees make sure that Carolina is fulfilling important teaching, research, and service responsibilities on a daily basis. They dedicate countless hours to making this institution what it is today by ensuring that the grounds are picturesque, protecting the safety and well-being of our campus community, and teaching some of the brightest minds of this generation.

When reasonable accommodations are needed to help empower employees to excel in their positions, EOC can help. EOC staff members can meet with you to provide information about disability or religious accommodations, available modifications or changes, and the process for requesting these accommodations.

Every employment opportunity and decision should be based on two things – skill and ability. The University is 100 percent committed to making sure that employment decisions are based on these qualifications. EOC helps the University satisfy this commitment by monitoring employment waivers and providing search committee training. The office also develops an affirmative action plan to ensure that qualified applicants and employees are receiving an equal opportunity for recruitment, selection, and advancement at Carolina.

 

Contact Details

The University Office for Diversity and Inclusion website, with extensive links to information and resources, can be found by clicking here. Get the latest news and events by clicking here. The office is committed to supporting current Carolina faculty, students and staff, and invites any of these constituents to contact the office at any time. For more information, contact the Diversity and Inclusion office at (919) 962-6962 or [email protected].

The Equal Opportunity and Compliance website, with extensive links to information and resources, can be found by clicking here. The office is committed to supporting current Carolina faculty, students and staff, and invites any of these constituents to contact the office at any time. For more information, contact the Equal Opportunity and Compliance office at (919) 966-3576 or [email protected].

Further Resources:

Blueprint for Next (UNC-CH’s strategic framework)

UNC-CH Policy Statement on Non-Discrimination

The Town of Chapel Hill has built a reputation as being a leader in North Carolina on social, economic and environmental issues. The Council has introduced programs to holistically address issues of sustainability through social equity, economic vitality and environmental protection. With the passionate involvement of our citizens, we intend to move toward becoming a sustainable community. Learn more by clicking here.

 

 

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FULL PROFESSORS
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ASSOCIATE PROFESSORS
$106,300
ASSISTANT PROFESSORS
$101,900
INSTRUCTORS
$119,000

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    Date Announced: May 30, 2019

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Raised to Date: $2,050,000,000
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