UNC Charlotte Academic Policy: University Marshal

I. Introduction

The position of University Marshal is an honor bestowed by the University on a distinguished professor. The University Marshal represents the faculty at ceremonial functions of The University and serves as the symbol of faculty excellence and leadership in teaching, professional achievement, and service to campus and community.

II. Policy Statement

The Chancellor, with the advice of the Provost and Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs, shall select a Marshal from among eligible faculty.  The Marshal shall be chosen from among eligible professors on the basis of outstanding teaching and professional achievements, leadership in the University community, and length of service.  Awards for teaching and research such as the Bank of America Award for Teaching Excellence and First Citizens' Awards, recognition by peers on campus and in the wider scholarly community, election to faculty offices, and seniority are among the factors which will be weighed by the Chancellor.

The Marshal shall be chosen on the basis of his or her service as a faculty member. This does not preclude selection of a faculty member who is serving a term as a Chairperson or in another office, but does exclude persons whose careers have been primarily devoted to full-time administrative positions.

The Marshal will serve for a term determined by the Chancellor, but in most cases it will be to serve for one semester and Commencement. When a vacancy occurs, the Provost and Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs shall, after consulting with such Deans and/or Chairpersons as he or she deems appropriate, recommend one or more candidates to the Chancellor, who shall make the appointment.

III. Definitions

  • Chancellor – The chief executive officer of UNC Charlotte.  At some universities, this position is referred to as president. 
  • Dean – The highest authority within an academic division of study.  An Academic Dean heads each College.  In addition to the academic deans, there is also a Dean of Students within the Division of Student Affairs.
  • Department chair – The faculty member in charge of an academic department of the university.
  • Provost – Reporting to the Chancellor, the Provost is the chief academic officer who oversees all academic affairs activities, including research and faculty.  The Deans of each College report to the Provost.

IV. Policy Contact(s)

V. History

  • Approved:  May 5, 1988
  • Revised:  September 21, 2006
  • Revised:  March 28, 2013 [Marshal eligibility opened up to all "eligible faculty" instead of only "full professors;" seniority criteria removed]

VI. Related Policies, Procedures and Resources

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VII. Frequently Asked Questions

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