Kristeen Hanselman

EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR’S REPORT

UHPA’s 42nd Year! It’s 2016

UHPA will reach 42 years as the exclusive representative of UH faculty members in 2016. It’s a perfect year to prepare for significant challenges that were never contemplated when the collective bargaining adventure began. There’s a number of activities that will demand the most attention and effort from UHPA members, leaders and staff.

Bargaining a New Contract

Bargaining will commence in mid-2016 on a successor agreement. The environment will be different from what UHPA has experienced in the past. All 14 public sector contracts expire in 2017. UHPA has had multiyear contracts for 14 years and some degree of labor peace since the 2001 strike. Now the competition for resources shifts with a legislature and Governor who have been responsible for approving decreasing state revenue for the University of Hawai‘i.   UHPA’s bargaining committee has begun to meet and soon the Impasse Committee will be assessing what’s needed if there is a bargaining crisis. Stay tuned.

Defunding Public Sector Unions–Friedrichs v. California Teachers Association

On January 11, the U.S. Supreme Court will hear Friedrichs v California Teachers Association. This case seeks to disallow unions from collecting a service fee or “fair share” for representation from those public employees who choose not to join the union. In Hawai‘i, faculty members who choose not to join UHPA currently pay an amount equal to the costs of collective bargaining. In the Friedrichs’ case, the plaintiffs argue that collective bargaining is a political activity and a requirement to pay a service fee is a violation of the First Amendment.

Designed to Weaken Public Sector Unions

This case is designed to significantly weaken all public sector unions by claiming you don’t have to pay a thing to receive the benefits of the contract. It is a veiled attempt to cripple UHPA and other public sector unions and threatens the rights and protections of our members that are only achieved through collective bargaining. These rights include tenure and promotion procedures, academic freedom, rights to intellectual property, salary protections for temporary faculty, and a grievance procedure ending in binding arbitration.

Preparations Have Begun

The leadership and staff are already preparing alternative approaches to maintaining the organizations capacity should the court ruling significantly alter Hawai‘i law.

Reach Out – Knowledge is Strength

Please make sure your colleagues are UHPA members. Maybe they’re new and need some encouragement or maybe they don’t know they aren’t a member. Send them to www.UHPA.org/about-uhpa/new-member/ where they can sign up online or call UHPA at 593-2157.

The 2016 Legislature

It all begins on January 20 when the Hawai‘i legislature convenes. It’s an election year so there will be much attention paid to fiscal restraint with few major policy changes. For faculty member’s items to watch are EUTF and ERS. Attempts to move more general funds to the reserve accounts are likely. This further diminishes the amount of general fund dollars that could go for other purposes like public higher education and collective bargaining compensation.

We Advocate

And there may be necessary statutory changes to Chapter 89 Collective Bargaining due to a Supreme Court decision in the Friedrichs’ case. We wait—we assess options—we advocate for the best language that keeps UHPA advocacy strong.

Workforce Housing; Childcare and Childcare Leave; Distance and On-Line Learning

Three areas that both UHPA and UH administration agreed upon are key in recruitment and retention of employees along with ever-changing technology and its impact on instruction and working conditions.  Workgroups established to further explore these areas are the result of the current contract between UHPA and UH.  Both organizations each have three representatives on each committee. They are tasked with identifying potential solutions to establish affordable housing and adequate family leave policies and childcare facilities. Reports are due January 2017.

UHPA committee representatives will be seeking input from all UHPA members. Watch for their requests and on-line discussion sites for UHPA members.

It’s time for UH Manoa to Honor their Commitments to Faculty Members. UHPA Prohibited Practice Filed

On December 21, UHPA filed a prohibited practice charge with the Hawaii Labor Relations Board charging Natural Science Interim Dean Kumashiro with unilaterally and improperly canceling agreements contained within letters of hire and supplemental terms of service for department chairs. This is an important case to protect the rights of faculty in advancing the ability of UHPA to bargain and enforce letters of hire and the conditions set forth within.

A promise broken

In the case of Dr. Kevin Bennett, UH Manoa Biology, his letter of hire provided for a UH purchase of an MRI. Approval to purchase was granted as was the appropriate facility construction for the equipment. Within a few weeks of being appointed, Interim Dean Kumashiro notified Dr. Bennett that she would not allow the purchase of the equipment. While she had the funds, they would be used for other projects. This has significantly impacted the ability of Dr. Bennett to continue his academic work and research.

Questionable removal of dept chair

Dr. Kathleen Cole was department chair of the Biology Department. She was removed by Interim Dean Kumashiro which UHPA believes was due to her advocacy for Dr. Bennett along with expressing Biology faculty and student needs regarding a new facility on the Manoa campus–Snyder Prime. Upon her removal as department chair, a supplemental agreement, executed in 2014 for research support while department chair, was retracted leaving three graduate students and Dr. Cole without the funding to continue her academic work and research.

U. S. Senator Brian Schatz to Speak at Faculty Forum

HAWAI‘I SENIOR SENATOR

Brian Schatz was appointed just three years ago this month to the United States Senate.  In November, 2014 he was elected by the people of Hawai‘i to fill the remaining two years of the late Senator Daniel K. Inouye’s remaining six year term.

WELL POSITIONED FOR HAWAI‘I

In the short three years that Senator Schatz has been serving the people of Hawai‘i he has procured a coveted seat on the Senate Appropriations Committee.  The Appropriations Committee assignment provides Senator Schatz with Subcommittee assignments on Defense, Military Construction/VA, Labor-Health and Transportation and Housing.  Senator Schatz seniority has increased on the Commerce Committee and he now has the position of the top Democrat on the Communications, Technology, Innovation and the Internet Subcommittee.

BRINGING IT HOME TO HAWAI‘I

Our Senator continues to keep Hawai‘i in the forefront of key legislation he is working on. Senator Schatz has authored and passed legislation to bolster tsunami warning systems, make our streets safer for pedestrians and bicyclists, protect the rights of consumers to provide candid online reviews, increase support for addressing climate change, combat illegal fishing, expand the National Sea Grant College program, and expand opportunities for Native Hawaiian education and Native Language programs. ($64 million Native Hawaiian Health Care and Education; $16.7 million for East West Center; 171 million for highway and transportation alternatives)

COLLABORATING WITH UHPA LEADERS AND MEMBERS

Working in collaboration with UHPA’s leadership and members, Senator Schatz convinced NASA to clarify its travel policies making it easier for UHPA members and partners to travel to and from Hawai‘i for research related projects and conferences.  He also successfully advocated for language in the appropriations bill that will allow the federal government as a whole to sanction official travel to and from Hawai‘i.

SENATOR SCHATZ “TALKS STORY” WITH FACULTY FORUM

UHPA is honored to have endorsed Senator Schatz in his 2014 campaign. We look forward to hearing his remarks and “talk story” with the Senator at the Faculty Forum. We appreciate his support and the opportunity to continue working with him in the future.

New Grants Available for Higher Education

The Office of U.S. Senator Brian Schatz would like to notify you about the following federal grant opportunities.

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

Arts and Humanities

National Archives and Records Administration
Project/Program: State Board Programming Grants

Description: The National Historical Publications and Records Commission seek proposals that strengthen the nation’s archival network through activities undertaken by state historical records advisory boards (SHRABs). The purpose of this grant program is to assist state boards to enhance access to historical records, increase citizen engagement with records, and provide learning and development opportunities for students, citizens and professional archivists. The Commission will award grants to State Historical Records Advisory Boards to: Provide educational and outreach programs, workshops, and other activities that enhance citizen and student engagement with historical records, Operate state-based regrant and scholarship programs that advance access to historical records, Collaborate on projects with other organizations to address common problems or shared opportunities within a state or among a consortium of state archives, and Hold or participate in meetings and public forums on statewide or national archival issues.

Eligibility: Public and State controlled institutions of higher education, State governments, Nonprofits having a 501(c)(3) status with the IRS, other than institutions of higher education.

Current Closing Date: Jun 15, 2016

Estimated Total Program Funding: $650,000

Award Ceiling: $80,000

Award Floor: $0

CFDA Number: 89.003 — National Historical Publications and Records Grants

For more information, go to: http://www.grants.gov/web/grants/view-opportunity.html?oppId=280200


National Archives and Records Administration
Project/Program: 
Publishing Historical Records in Documentary Editions

Description: The National Historical Publications and Records Commission seeks proposals to publish documentary editions of historical records. Projects may focus on the papers of major figures from American history or cover broad historical movements in politics, military, business, social reform, the arts, and other aspects of the national experience. The historical value of the records and their expected usefulness to broad audiences must justify the costs of the project. The goal of this program is to provide access to, and editorial context for, the historical documents and records that tell the American story. The NHPRC encourages projects, whenever possible and appropriate, to provide access to these materials in a free and open online environment, without precluding other forms of publication. Applicants should demonstrate familiarity with the best practices recommended by the Association for Documentary Editing or the Modern Language Association Committee on Scholarly Editions. Projects may also prepare print editions as part of their overall publishing plan. However, projects that do not have definitive plans for digital dissemination and preservation in place at the time of application will not be considered.

Eligibility:  Private institutions of higher education, Public and State controlled institutions of higher education, State governments, Nonprofits having a 501(c)(3) status with the IRS, other than institutions of higher education, City or township governments, County governments.

Current Closing Date: Jun 15, 2016

Estimated Total Program Funding: $2,500,000

Award Ceiling: $200,000

Award Floor: $0

CFDA Number: 89.003 — National Historical Publications and Records Grants

For more information, go to: http://www.grants.gov/web/grants/view-opportunity.html?oppId=280201


National Archive and Records Administration
Project/Program: National Archives and Records Administration Access to Historical Records Grant

Description: The National Historical Publications and Records Commission seeks proposals that promote the preservation and use of historical records collections to broaden understanding of our democracy, history, and culture. This grant program is designed to support archival repositories in preserving and processing primary source materials. The program emphasizes the creation of online tools that facilitate the public discovery of historical records. The Commission looks to fund projects that undertake one or more of the following activities: Preservation, arrangement, and online description of historical records in all formats, Digital preservation of electronic records and unstable audio or moving image formats. After completing arrangement and description activities, applicants may also propose to digitize materials to provide online access to collections.

Eligibility: Nonprofits having a 501(c)(3) status with the IRS, other than institutions of higher education, City or township governments, County governments, Public and State controlled, institutions of higher education, Private institutions of higher education, State governments

Current Closing Date: June 15, 2016

Estimated Total Program Funding: $1,000,000

Award Ceiling: $200,000

Award Floor: $0

CFDA Number: 89.003 — National Historical Publications and Records Grants

For more information, go to:http://www.grants.gov/web/grants/view-
opportunity.html?oppId=280217


National Archives and Records Administration
Project/Program: 
National Archives and Records Administration Publishing Historical Records in Documentary Editions Grant

Description: The National Historical Publications and Records Commission seeks proposals to publish documentary editions of historical records. Projects may focus on the papers of major figures from American history or cover broad historical movements in politics, military, business, social reform, the arts, and other aspects of the national experience. The historical value of the records and their expected usefulness to broad audiences must justify the costs of the project. The goal of this program is to provide access to, and editorial context for, the historical documents and records that tell the American story. The NHPRC encourages projects, whenever possible and appropriate, to provide access to these materials in a free and open online environment, without precluding other forms of publication. Applicants should demonstrate familiarity with the best practices recommended by the Association for Documentary Editing or the Modern Language Association Committee on Scholarly Editions. Projects may also prepare print editions as part of their overall publishing plan. However, projects that do not have definitive plans for digital dissemination and preservation in place at the time of application will not be considered

Eligibility: Private institutions of higher education, County governments, Nonprofits having a 501(c)(3) status with the IRS, other than institutions of higher education, State governments, Public and State controlled institutions of higher education, City or township governments

Current Closing Date: Oct 6, 2016

Estimated Total Program Funding:  $2,500,000

Award Ceiling: $200,000

Award Floor: $0

CFDA Number: 89.003 — National Historical Publications and Records Grants

For more information, go to: http://www.grants.gov/web/grants/view-opportunity.html?oppId=280202


National Endowment for the Humanities

Project/Program: Public Scholar Program Grant

Description: The Public Scholar Program supports well-researched books in the humanities intended to reach a broad readership. Although humanities scholarship can be specialized, the humanities also strive to engage broad audiences in exploring subjects of general interest. They seek to deepen our understanding of the human condition as well as current conditions and contemporary problems. The Public Scholar Program aims to encourage scholarship that will be of broad interest and have lasting impact. Such scholarship might present a narrative history, tell the stories of important individuals, analyze significant texts, provide a synthesis of ideas, revive interest in a neglected subject, or examine the latest thinking on a topic. Books supported by this program must be grounded in humanities research and scholarship. They must address significant humanities themes likely to be of broad interest and must be written in a readily accessible style. Making use of primary and/or secondary sources, they should open up important and appealing subjects for a wide audience. The challenge is to make sense of a significant topic in a way that will appeal to general readers. Applications to write books directed primarily to scholars are not appropriate for this program
Eligibility: Individuals

Current Closing Date: Feb 2, 2016

Estimated Total Program Funding: N/A

Award Ceiling: $50,400

Award Floor: $25,200 

CFDA Number: 45.160 — Promotion of the Humanities Fellowships and Stipends

For more information, go to: http://www.grants.gov/web/grants/view-opportunity.html?oppId=280251


National Endowment for the Humanities

Project/Program: 
Digital Humanities Implementation Grants

Description: The Digital Humanities Implementation Grants program awards substantial grants to support the implementation of experimental projects that have successfully completed a start-up phase and demonstrated their value to the humanities. Such projects might enhance our understanding of central problems in the humanities, raise new questions in the humanities, or develop new digital applications and approaches for use in the humanities. The program can support innovative digital humanities projects that address multiple audiences, including scholars, teachers, librarians, and the public. Applications from recipients of NEH’s Digital Humanities Start-Up Grants are welcome. Unlike NEH’s Digital Humanities Start-Up Grants program, which emphasizes basic research, prototyping, experimentation, and potential impact, the Digital Humanities Implementation Grants program seeks to identify projects that have successfully completed their start-up phase and are well positioned to have a major impact. Proposals are welcome for digital initiatives in any area of the humanities.

Eligibility: State governments, Private institutions of higher education, County governments, Nonprofits having a 501(c)(3) status with the IRS, other than institutions of higher education, City or township governments, Nonprofits that do not have a 501(c)(3) status with the IRS, other than institutions of higher education, Public and State controlled institutions of higher education

Current Closing Date: February 17, 2016

Estimated Total Program Funding: N/A

Award Ceiling: $325,000

Award Floor: $100,000

CFDA Number: 45.169 — Promotion of the Humanities Office of Digital Humanities

For more information, go to: http://www.grants.gov/web/grants/view-opportunity.html?oppId=280266


National Endowment for the Humanities
Project/Program: 
Museums, Libraries, and Cultural Organizations Grants

Description: This grant program supports projects for general audiences that encourage active engagement with humanities ideas in creative and appealing ways. Many different formats are supported, including permanent and traveling exhibitions, book or film discussion programs, historic site or district interpretations, living history presentations, and other face-to-face programs in public venues. All projects must be grounded in humanities scholarship in disciplines such as history, art history, film studies, literature, religious studies, philosophy, or anthropology. Projects must also demonstrate an approach that is thoughtful, balanced, and analytical (rather than celebratory). The approach to the subject matter must go beyond the mere presentation of factual information to explore its larger significance and stimulate critical thinking. NEH is a national funding agency, so the projects we support must demonstrate the potential to attract a broad general audience.

Eligibility: Public and State controlled institutions of higher education, State governments, Private institutions of higher education, Nonprofits having a 501(c)(3) status with the IRS, other than institutions of higher education, City or township governments, Nonprofits that do not have a 501(c)(3) status with the IRS, other than institutions of higher education, County governments

Current Closing Date: Jan 13, 2016

Estimated Total Program Funding: N/A

Award Ceiling: $1,000,000

Award Floor: $1

CFDA Number: 45.164 — Promotion of the Humanities Public Programs

For more information, go to: http://www.grants.gov/web/grants/view-opportunity.html?oppId=280031

 

 

 

For information, visit GRANTS.GOV, or call the Program Management Office at 1-800-518-4726.

UH Salary Databases Updated

UHPA has updated the UH online salary database information pages as supplied by the Office of Human Resources (OHR). You can view by faculty type, department, campus, or system-wide.   Please let us know if you see any discrepancies so we can follow up with OHR.

UHPA Conducts 2nd Rate My Administrator survey – now for vice-chancellors

UHPA Faculty Members: check your email and rate your vice-chancellor.

If you haven’t received your survey, you may not be registered as a UHPA Member. Quickly register online right now.

Everyone has ideas on how to make the University of Hawaii a better place to teach, conduct research, and serve the community. Now, it’s time to bring those suggestions forward and share them in a formalized manner.

“During our recent visits to all of the campuses across the University of Hawaii system, it became very evident that faculty had a lot on their mind. They had great suggestions about how to improve their campus, but no one was listening,” said Kris Hanselman, who officially began as Executive Director on September 1, 2015. She recently completed a road tour of all the campuses with Christian Fern, Associate Executive Director.

“The faculty came through loud and clear. They needed a mechanism in place for a productive dialogue,” Kris said. “They spoke; we listened and are taking action.”

Assessing Administrators

Making the University of Hawaii a better place to teach, conduct research, and serve the community starts with faculty, who are on the front lines and see firsthand the possibilities for improvement. UHPA also believes that assessment at all levels within the institution is invaluable and will improve the overall functioning of the institution. That’s why UHPA will assess UH administrators at all levels, starting with the deans, vice-chancellors, chancellors, vice-presidents, and culminating with the UH president.

“We developed a new survey tool called, “Rate My Administrator,” which kicks off this month to capture the thoughts of faculty that we can then share with UH President David Lassner,” Kris said. “We hope to have a candid discussion about what’s working well and areas we can improve, all in a respectful, constructive manner.”

Upcoming Survey Schedule

UHPA believes that assessment at all levels within the institution is invaluable and will improve the overall functioning of the institution. All faculty will have the opportunity to evaluate all levels of UH administrators. This month, you’ll start with assessing your respective dean. In December 2015, you’ll have the opportunity to evaluate vice-chancellors; in January 2016, the chancellors; in early February 2016, vice-presidents; and finally, in early March 2016, UH President David Lassner.

Survey Mechanics

UHPA is collecting the information anonymously; no personally identifiable data is being stored in the databases at any time, hence individual faculty respondents cannot be identified by anyone at any time, including UHPA. Under no circumstances will personally identifiable responses be collected or disclosed in any form or manner. The results will be available for UHPA members, UHPA’s Board of Directors, and UH President David Lassner.

Separating Perceptions from Reality

One of the objectives of the survey is to separate perceptions from reality.

“We may have heard many things, both good and areas that need improvement, and this survey will help us sort through these issues,” Kris said. “It will also help us determine the facts surrounding various  situations so that we can make informed, sound decisions and recommendations.”

Pathways to Progress

“The survey results will also allow us to separate contract and collective bargaining issues from curriculum development concerns,” Kris added. “Issues relating to curriculum will be the domain of the Faculty Senate, while contract and collective bargaining topics will squarely rest on UHPA.”

The UH Faculty Senate did not have a vehicle to discuss contract-related concerns, and now this process will create a constructive pathway to create positive change.

Creating a Better Public Institution for Higher Education

Making the University of Hawaii a better place to teach, conduct research, and serve the community is everyone’s goal. The faculty play a key role in initiating improvements and helping to implement them.

The participation and feedback from faculty in these upcoming surveys is critical because the results will be used to benefit the entire University of Hawaii system, including current and future students.

Q & A Regarding Survey

Q: I’m an UHPA member but why didn’t I get the survey?
A: One reason may be that we have an outdated email address on file for you. UHPA recommends that you register your personal email address and not use @hawaii.edu email addresses for privacy purposes. Contact the UHPA office to verify that we have your current private email address.
A:  Another reason may be that you had opted-out of receiving surveys from Survey Monkey.  If that is the case, you will need to opt back in by unblocking your email address.

Q: I’m a non-member of UHPA. Can I still participate in the survey?
A: First, you need to be an UHPA Member and it’s quick and easy to register online. Once we can confirm you are a member and you’ve given us the correct email address, we’ll add you to our next reminder email and you too can participate!

Q:  Will the results of the survey be shared with participants? How/when may we expect to receive them?
A: “While we are still compiling the results and contemplating the best way to make the information available, our intent is to make all of the information available to all UHPA Members.

Rate My Administrator (deans) survey results published

The first in series of Rate My Administrator surveys (this one is focused on deans) is available for all UHPA Members to download as a PDF. Our next survey will give our members a chance to rate their vice-chancellor so look for an invitation to participate coming to your inbox shortly.

“These results give faculty members the opportunity for a productive discussion on advancing a better relationship with their respective deans”, said UHPA Executive Director Kristeen Hanselman. “The results have been shared with President Lassner consistent with UHPA’s commitment to engage in efforts to improve working conditions for faculty members.”

Access the UHPA Member-only website and download the PDF version of:

  • The compiled survey results
  • The original survey questions 

You will need your UHPA Private Member website login and password to access this content

Top 10 uses for www.uhpa.org

At a recent presentation, UHPA’s Chief Technology Officer, Peter Kay, presented his “Top 10 Uses for www.uhpa.org”. It was requested that his slides be published, and here they are. Note that each slide hyperlinks to the web page discussed.