Debi Hartmann Joins UHPA As Associate Executive Director of Governance

NEWS RELEASE

Honolulu, Hawaii – Debi Hartmann, former Executive Director of the Democratic Party of Hawaii, Campaign Coordinator for Governor Neil Abercrombie, and Chair of the Board of Education, has joined the University of Hawaii Professional Assembly (UHPA) as Associate Executive Director of Governance.

UHPA represents nearly 4,000 faculty members on 10 campuses across the statewide University of Hawaii system.

“Debi’s background as a university professor, UH graduate student, combined with her extensive field outreach and community collaboration experience, provide a perfect segue for her new role on UHPA’s leadership team,” said Kris Hanselman, UHPA’s Executive Director. “Her track record demonstrates strong organizational skills, an understanding of both federal and state policies, and ability to work effectively with elected boards and committees. She will be invaluable in addressing new, emerging challenges on the horizon for the faculty union.”

Prior to joining UHPA, Hartmann served as a consultant to the Hawaii State Teachers Association (HSTA), responsible for reassessing and developing a comprehensive government relations and lobbying program and providing extensive training for the teachers’ union.

She had been Gov. Abercrombie’s Campaign Coordinator from February 2013 to August 2015, responsible for operations in the headquarters and in the field, including event and fundraising management and donor communications.

As Executive Director for the Democratic Party of Hawaii from January 2010 to November 2012, Hartmann oversaw and made significant management process improvements to the party’s operations. She was involved in financial management, public relations, information technology, and human resources.

Hartmann managed the delegate selection process for and from the caucus, state convention, national convention and the election of the presidential nominee, and was responsible for all aspects of Hawaii Democratic Party Convention, including securing facilities, delegate lodging, entertainment and budget. Under her leadership, Hawaii became one of the first states in the nation to conduct a “paperless” convention, which resulted in significant cost savings for the party.

Hartmann also served as Assistant Professor in political science at Brigham Young University in Laie, Hawaii, from 1993 to 2009. In that role, she developed the American government studies curriculum, including the judicial law social justice sequence, the capstone course on the U.S. Constitution, and the first interactive political science course. She also instituted the university’s national and international internship program.

Hartmann’s contributions to public higher education with UHPA will dovetail with her achievements on behalf of Hawaii public school students from kindergarten through grade 12. While serving on the Board of Education from 1988 to 1994, Hartmann reached new milestones as the Board’s Chair that made positive, enduring changes in the landscape for public education.  She chaired the state’s first Education Summit, helped to negotiate the state’s first four-year union contract, and participated in establishing the A+ after school program, school-community-based management, the Hawaiian immersion program, and other additions to improve education in Hawaii.

Hartmann received a bachelor of arts degree in political science from Brigham Young University, in Laie, and a master of arts degree in law and politics from the University of Hawaii-Manoa.

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About the University of Hawaii Professional Assembly
The University of Hawaii Professional Assembly (UHPA) has been the exclusive bargaining agent for all UH faculty since 1974 and currently represents nearly 4,000 faculty members at 10 campuses in the University of Hawaii system statewide.

Special Salary Adjustments Section Added

UHPA’s website now features a report of Special Salary Adjustments (SSAs) which will be updated annually.

Beginning in 1983, UHPA has worked to recognize both salary adjustments for merit and equity. In the first four year contract negotiated by UHPA with the State of Hawaii and the Board of Regents, the Agreement included a comprehensive set of procedures that authorized special salary adjustments for individual increases based on retention, merit, or equity, and “class” market adjustments on disciplines or programs, e.g., the System-wide salary adjustments that were made to nursing faculty across all campuses.

The 2009-2015 UHPA-BOR Agreement continued to allow special salary adjustments that require the approval of UHPA before and after the approval of the UH President before the adjustments are made. During the last six years all SSAs have been funded either through operational or grant funding by college, school, division, or departments. The SSAs were not included in the costs of the collective bargaining contract.

For your information, the special salary adjustment data shows the number of SSAs applied for and approved during the six years covered by the last contract. During the period of 2009-2015, the State of Hawaii suffered from the effects of the 2008 recession which led to a salary reduction followed by the repayment of the lost salary over the term of the contract, in addition to across-the-board salary increases. The contract provisions that provide 8% salary increases upon promotion in rank continued in every year of the contract.

Tenure and Promotion Activity Published

Thanks to the input and concerns of UHPA members and board members and the cooperation of the UH Office of Human Resources, we have published tenure and promotion activity from 2010-2015.  “Making this data available online is consistent with UHPA’s values of publishing objective data” said Kristeen Hanselman, Executive Director of UHPA, “in our pursuit of making UH a better place to teach, research and serve the community”.  UHPA plans to update this data on an annual basis.

UHPA Members Attend Home Financing Seminar

The mortgage professionals from HomeStreet Bank hosted a free “lunch & learn” real estate financing seminar last Wednesday, October 14 at the Campus Center for UHPA members.

This one-hour workshop presented helpful tools to navigate participants through the real estate financing process. Whether you plan to refinance or purchase, the real estate lending industry has changed considerably with the most profound regulatory changes in the history.  Jason Martinson, Regional Manager at HomeStreet Bank – Hawaii educated UHPA members on the following topics: understanding mortgage terms and shopping for a mortgage, tips on buying a home, FICO credit scores, and more.  

HomeStreet Bank is a UHPA benefit partner offering discounts to UHPA members.  For information on the UHPA benefit with HomeStreet Bank, please contact Shad Woodland at (808) 447-1412 and make sure you mention you’re a proud member of UHPA.

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Federal Grant Opportunities for the College of Education

The Office of U.S. Senator Brian Schatz would like to notify you about the following federal grant opportunities.  The grant application can be used by faculty in the College of Education.

For more information, click the link below each listing, visit GRANTS.GOV, or call the Program Management Office at 1-800-518-4726.

Education

Department of Education
Project/Program: Institute of Education Sciences (IES): Education Research: Low-Cost, Short-Duration Evaluation of Education Interventions CFDA Number 84.305L
Description: The purpose of the Low-Cost, Short-Duration Evaluation of Education Interventions and Low-Cost, Short-Duration Evaluation of Special Education Interventions grant programs is to support rigorous evaluations of education interventions implemented by SEAs and LEAs that have important implications for improving student education outcomes. The evaluations are low cost because they rely on administrative records or other available data and are completed within a two-year period. The evaluations are rigorous because they use randomized controlled trials or regression discontinuity designs that, if well implemented, would meet What Works Clearinghouse evidence standards without reservations for determining the effectiveness of interventions. The evaluations are to be carried out by partnerships between research institutions and SEAs or LEAs.
Eligibility: Research partnerships involving at least one research institution and at least one SEA or LEA. The partnership must choose one principal investigator from either the research institution or the SEA or LEA to have overall responsibility for the administration of the award. Applicants that have the ability and capacity to conduct scientifically valid research are eligible to apply as the research institution partner. These include, but are not limited to, nonprofit and for-profit organizations and public and private agencies and institutions, such as colleges and universities. SEAs and LEAs (public agencies whose primary responsibility is the education of students in prekindergarten, K-12, postsecondary, and/or adult education) are eligible to apply as the education agency partner.
Current Closing Date: January 12, 2016
Estimated Total Program Funding: $1,000,000
Award Ceiling: $250,000
Award Floor: N/A
CFDA Number: 84.305 — Education Research, Development and Dissemination
For more information, go to: http://www.grants.gov/web/grants/view-opportunity.html?oppId=279259

Department of Education
Project/Program: Institute of Education Science (IES): Special Education Research: Low-Cost, Short-Duration Evaluation of Special Education Interventions CFDA Number 84.324L
Description: To support rigorous evaluations of education interventions that State educational agencies (SEAs) or local educational agencies (LEAs) believe will produce meaningful improvements in student outcomes within a short period (for example, within a single semester or academic year), that can be conducted at low cost, and that will provide policymakers with valid and useful results more rapidly than is typically achieved in education research. Purpose of Program: The purpose of the Low-Cost, Short-Duration Evaluation of Education Interventions and Low-Cost, Short-Duration Evaluation of Special Education Interventions grant programs is to support rigorous evaluations of education interventions implemented by SEAs and LEAs that have important implications for improving student education outcomes. The evaluations are low cost because they rely on administrative records or other available data and are completed within a two-year period. The evaluations are rigorous because they use randomized controlled trials or regression discontinuity designs that, if well implemented, would meet What Works Clearinghouse evidence standards without reservations for determining the effectiveness of interventions.
Eligibility: Research partnerships involving at least one research institution and at least one SEA or LEA. The partnership must choose one principal investigator from either the research institution or the SEA or LEA to have overall responsibility for the administration of the award. Applicants that have the ability and capacity to conduct scientifically valid research are eligible to apply as the research institution partner. These include, but are not limited to, nonprofit and for-profit organizations and public and private agencies and institutions, such as colleges and universities. SEAs and LEAs (public agencies whose primary responsibility is the education of students in prekindergarten, K-12, postsecondary, and/or adult education) are eligible to apply as the education agency partner.
Current Closing Date: January 12, 2016
Estimated Total Program Funding: $1,000,000
Award Ceiling: $250,000
Award Floor: N/A
CFDA Number: 84.324 — Research in Special Education
For more information, go to: http://www.grants.gov/web/grants/view-opportunity.html?oppId=279281