As a Carolinian . . . I will respect the dignity of all persons.
The University of South Carolina is committed to a civil, respectful environment in which members of the university community are open to individual differences. Accordingly, the faculty considers workplace bullying unacceptable.
The Faculty Civility Advocate (FCA) is a tenured faculty member at the rank of professor or a tenured librarian who adjudicates complaints of workplace bullying in an independent and just manner, working closely with the Committee on Professional Conduct. See ACAF 1.80 Workplace Bullying [pdf]. The person selected will also have the opportunity to participate in development and implementation of revised policies and procedures to address broader issues of faculty incivility.
Current responsibilities of the FCA include responding to queries, reviewing initial complaints, meeting with individuals, investigating the faculty complaints, preparing reports, and providing presentations and workshops. The person selected will be able to pursue training opportunities, especially in the first year.
The Application Process
Per ACAF 1.80 Workplace Bullying [pdf], the provost in consultation with the chair of Faculty Senate appoints the FCA. In preparation for this process, we invite any eligible faculty member who may wish to serve in this critical role to submit a CV and brief statement of interest to firstname.lastname@example.org by November 12, 2021.
Please contact the Office of the Provost to address any questions or request additional information.