This guide and the companion blog, Appreciative Inquiry at UNC, were an outgrowth of the three-day Strengthening Faculty Voice through Appreciative Inquiry workshop for the UNC faculty, sponsored by Carolina’s Office of Faculty Governance, Center for Faculty Excellence and Institute for the Arts and Humanities, May 19-21, 2010, held in Chapel Hill, NC.
Barbara Fredrickson, who "studies positive emotions and human well-being" and is author of the book, Positivity, spoke at UNC's December 2011 commencement.
From Meeting of the Faculty Council and the General Faculty Friday, September 10, 2010, Agenda.
Retrieved from http://www.unc.edu/faculty/faccoun/agendas/2010-11/A10FC09.shtml (accessed 1-15-11):
Using "Appreciative Inquiry" to Consider the Role and Work of the Faculty Council
What is "Appreciative Inquiry"?
As reported by Chair of the Faculty, McKay Coble (July 19, 2010), in her Appreciative Inquiry Workshop Study, 1. Executive Summary, p. 1.
Retrieved from http://www.unc.edu/faculty/faccoun/reports/2010-11/specrepts/2010AIFinalReportandProposal.pdf (accessed 1/15/2011):
The Executive Committee of the Office of Faculty Governance (2009-10) studied and adopted the Appreciative Inquiry (AI) method as a way of strengthening the faculty's voice in determining the University's future, enhancing faculty vitality, and implementing positive change. As a companion piece to the Bain Report (now Carolina Counts) which is generally instructive based on the needs of the University, Appreciative Inquiry methodology is asset/strength based and may well prove beneficial in this period of financial stress which has led to severe material cutbacks and lowering of morale across campus.
The Health Sciences Library at UNC Chapel Hill is using AI principles in it's "I Love My HSL" blog.
In this blog, users share their stories about the ways in which the librarians and staff of the Health Sciences Library have helped them achieve success.
CFE Appreciative Inquiry Follow-up Meeting Features an Alternative Model of Strategic Planning
(D. Kiel, personal communication, 10-18-10)
The Center for Faculty Excellence (CFE) sponsored a lunch-and-learn session on Appreciative Inquiry (AI) on October 10, 2010 in Wilson Library. Participants included UNC faculty and staff from CFE, the office of Undergraduate Research, the Office of Human Resources, the Health Sciences Library, the School of Government, and the School of Journalism and Mass Communication.
AI Consultant Sallie Lee of Shared Sun Studios in Asheville discussed the SOAR (strengths, opportunities, aspirations, results) approach, an AI model of strategic planning. (More information on SOAR)
For additional information, please visit the Appreciative Inquiry at UNC blog, November 9, 2010, post.