William Sturkey

Bill would mandate history course, prescribe curriculum at UNC universities, community colleges

BY: - May 15, 2023

Should students at UNC System Schools and community colleges be required to take a course on history and government, irrespective of their majors? Should lawmakers be able to prescribe the curriculum for such a course, rather than campus leaders and faculty? Those are a couple of the thorny questions sparked by House Bill 96, one […]

UNC System faculty, staff bristle as legislature targets Diversity, Equity and Inclusion efforts

BY: - March 29, 2023

When the General Assembly’s Joint Legislative Commission on Government Operations sent a recent detailed request to the UNC System seeking information about any Diversity, Equity, Inclusion and Accessibility (DEIA) training programs employed by the system and its 17 campuses, Professor Jelani Favors wasn’t surprised.


Commentary: UNC Chapel Hill trustees misfire with rushed and ill-conceived plan to launch conservative school

BY: - February 13, 2023

Two weeks ago, the UNC Board of Trustees arrived in Chapel Hill hellbent on launching yet another salvo in the campus Culture Wars. They surprised everyone with a resolution calling for the creation of a new “School of Civic Life and Leadership.” Comprised “of a minimum of 20 dedicated faculty,” this proposed school would help develop student “skills in public discourse” in the service of “promoting democracy and serving to benefit society.”

A ‘potential resolution’ to Hannah Jones tenure controversy may not heal damage done at UNC

BY: - June 10, 2021

"Ninety percent of Black and non-white faculty right now, they are probably looking at their other options. That may be a conservative estimate.” Attorneys for UNC-Chapel Hill will meet with the legal team of Nikole Hannah Jones Thursday to find “a potential resolution” to the tenure stand-off that has generated international headlines.

UNC-Chapel Hill faculty petition to end moratorium on renaming university buildings

BY: - February 3, 2020

Prominent faculty at UNC-Chapel Hill are petitioning to rescind the UNC Board of Trustees’ self-imposed moratorium on renaming of historical properties. Students and faculty have pushed for the renaming of buildings at UNC-Chapel Hill for decades, arguing men and women who owned slaves, fought for the Confederacy to preserve slavery and wrote white supremacist tracts […]