Inaugural Faculty Meetup was a great success!

Dan Harris-McCoy and UHPA President Ashley Maynard  organized our first Faculty Meetup on Sept 4, 2019 and we’re happy to report that it went great with Kristi Govella, Emily Daubert, and Roger Chen attending (in addition to Dan and Ashley).  The meetup lasted about 45 minutes.

When asked about what the topics were, Dan Harris-McCoy said, “We talked generally about settling into life on Hawaii and at UH. So we discussed serious things like life in faculty housing, home-ownership, finding work for spouses. But we also talked about pets and favorite restaurants. I especially enjoyed meeting with new faculty to talk about adjusting to life in Hawaii.”

UHPA President Ashley Maynard who was kind enough to take the photo, said, “It was great to meet up with UHPA members just to talk story. We plan to do it again soon.”

Meetups get published in our monthly newsletter and you can always visit our Meetups Page to get the latest news and Meetup announcements.


UH Maui College 9/13 Faculty Meetup

What: Meet the UHPA Team and Share your Thoughts, prepare for 2021!

Where:  Ka Lama Building, #103

When: 9/13 (Friday) from 12:00-1:30pm

Who:  Contact Juli Patao ( if you need more infromation.

View this and meetups on our Faculty Meetups Page.

You’re invited to our first Faculty Meetup – join us!

UHPA Members are launching what we hope will be popular new feature – Faculty Meetups!

We share overlapping interests and values. And we are all engaging in interesting things. Let’s meet up! Whatever you like to do, maybe you’d like to have some of your colleagues join you. We can grab lunch together. Visit a gallery, botanical garden, or the zoo. Go to a movie. Have coffee. Start a meditation group!

Below is the first organized Faculty Meetup sponsored by Dan Harris-McCoy. Please contact him directly or just show up! Interested in hosting something like this yourself? Our Faculty Meetup page has more details along with a link to the request form.

Dan’s invitation is below and we hope you attend!

We are thrilled to announce a new UHPA initiative: the faculty “Meetup”. Our goal is to help create a greater sense of community among our amazing faculty by facilitating gatherings—which we’re calling meetups—of any size and for any reason (social, practical, about an issue or concern, etc.). An added bonus: anyone can organize a meetup, so feel free to propose a Faculty Meetup of your own using this form.

Our first gathering is a “Purely Social Coffee Meetup”. It’s an opportunity to get together, meet new friends, and maybe discuss summer adventures and how the semester is going so far. We’ll be meeting on Wed., Sep. 4 from 11 am to noon in the Campus Center Starbucks at UH Manoa. Look for us there or in the adjacent patio.

Please note that this is not a UHPA-sponsored or sanctioned event. UHPA helps us promote and publicize the event but they are in no way responsible for the event itself.

Contact Dan Harris-McCoy ( with any questions. Hope to see you there!


Faculty Rights to Privacy Violated

UHPA is actively pursuing measures to protect faculty members from Legislator information requests that breach the privacy of personnel files. Numerous information requests have been received from Senator Kim that target individual faculty members in a manner that UHPA contends surpasses what is allowed by the collective bargaining agreement and Chapter 92F of The Uniform Practices Act.

UHPA has a pending grievance and is in discussions with the University on establishing standards for release of information which protects the privacy of faculty members

The information requests are raising the spectre of legislative intrusion into work load and faculty evaluation. Both the exercise of academic decision making by faculty members and University autonomy are undermined by the collection of data with little restrictions on use.

This is a growing area of UHPA activities designed to protect the ability of faculty members to meet their work responsibilities free from legislative intrusion.

UHPA Safeguards Your Intellectual Property: New Rights for Faculty Members

UHPA knows that as a faculty member you have made significant investments to develop and expand your knowledge in your specific field of study. The original materials you create for your classes and other purposes are the result of years of research. You have no doubt become a subject matter expert and your work deserves to be protected from misuse or copyright infringement.

You can be reassured that you are protected from having your works misused. After two years of tough negotiations with UH administration, UHPA has successfully included new contract language that respects the rights of faculty members. Article XI Intellectual Property, Patents and Copyrights, now in effect for faculty members, spells out the terms and conditions for any work for hire by the University of Hawaii.

Works for hire for copyrightable materials must meet specified conditions that are defined in the contract and can be enforced through the grievance procedure. The new language allows copyrightable products—as well as patents—to be subject to shared revenue agreements. This was designed so that faculty can receive an equitable economic return on any of their work that may be sold. The contract contains an updated definition of copyright, and UHPA now receives copies of all work-for-hire agreements.

UHPA and UH is in the process of developing templates for work-for-hire agreements to ensure there is compliance with the contract terms and conditions. Watch for more details.

UHPA Stops Residency Requirements for Lecturers! Being a UHPA Member has Advantages!

In June community college lecturers started receiving notices that because they did not reside in Hawaii they could no longer be hired to work for the community colleges. This action was taken unilaterally without regard to contractual rights of lecturers and the harm that could occur to instructional programs for Fall 2019. At risk were rights to long term rolling contracts, rights of assignments of 6 credits per semester, annual contracts, and health insurance benefits.

UHPA successfully prevailed in stopping the Community Colleges from implementing and imposing a change in conditions of employment for lecturers. Contrary to the misinformation that was circulating on some campuses there is no Hawaii law that requires hiring of only persons who reside in Hawaii. The University is exempt from state law that requires employees to be residents.

All Community College faculty members should receive notice from the employer that there is no residency requirement.

If you’re a UHPA member your support makes these wins possible!

UHPA’s Aulani Resort special offer availability shrinking quickly – book now

We had an immediate booking response to our “Early Bird Announcement” last month about UHPA’s Aulani Resort heavily discounted offer.  We now have less than half of the reserved rooms available.  If you are considering bringing the family to the Aulani resort this year, we suggest you make your reservations now.  This event sells out every year and rooms go on a first-come, first-served basis.

Our special rates are in effect for Oct 25 & 26.  Want to stay longer? You can reserve dates up to 5 days before or after our special rate days as long as those dates include our special rate days.  This year brings a special treat as it overlaps with the Hawaii Food and Wine Festival “Life’s a Beach” event at the Ko Olina resort – tickets available separately.

Updated T-Mobile benefits

Our partners at T-Mobile have updated their “Amplified” offer for UHPA members, now including unlimited HD video streaming, improved international coverage, and unlimited in-flight Wi-Fi (where available). If you’ve been considering making a switch, this is the right time.

Not a member yet? Join now via this instant membership online form..

Are you already a member but can’t access the content? Click here to troubleshoot or just call our office.

Executive Director Search Underway at UHPA

The University of Hawai‘i Professional Assembly (UHPA) is seeking an Executive Director to guide the union forward through the dynamic changes and challenges facing higher education.

The Executive Director will provide leadership to the Board of Directors and oversee the collective bargaining process, contract enforcement, and serve the exclusive bargaining unit of more than 3,000 faculty within the University of Hawai‘i System. Candidates must be able to successfully work in the diverse, unique, and complex culture of higher education in Hawai‘i, and navigate among the various labor and education stakeholders at the local and national levels.

  • Our dedicated Executive Director Search page will hold all published content regarding this search.
  • Salary and benefits are commensurate with qualifications and experience.
  • The starting date is negotiable, but no later than November 2019.
  • Applications will be reviewed beginning August 1, 2019, and continue until the position is filled.
  • Applicants must submit a current resume, completed questionnaire, a statement explaining their ability and experience in meeting the stated expectations for the position, and the names and contact information for three professional references.
  • Submit application materials to by July 29, 2019

Responsibilities and Qualifications of the UHPA Executive Director


Board Governance. Leads the UHPA staff and Board of Directors in running the Organization.

  • Works with the Board to fulfill UHPA’s Mission.
  • Communicates with the Board in a timely and accurate manner to enable the Board to make informed decisions.

Financial Performance and Viability. Develops resources sufficient to ensure the financial health of the Organization.

  • Ensures the fiscal integrity of UHPA including submissions of proposed annual budgets and other financial statements, which accurately reflect the ongoing financial status of the Organization.
  • Supports the development of member recruitment and outreach to align with UHPA’s Mission.

Organization Mission and Strategy. Works with the staff and Board to ensure that the Mission is fulfilled through programs, strategic planning, and member and community outreach.

  • Implements UHPA’s programs that carry out the Organization’s Mission.
  • Develops strategic plans in consultation with the Board to ensure that UHPA can successfully fulfill its Mission into the future.
  • Enhances UHPA’s image and standing through active outreach and engagement within the community and working closely with other professional, civic, and private organizations.
  • Serves as UHPA’s primary spokesperson to the Organization’s constituents, the media, and the general public.
    Oversees marketing and other communications efforts.

Organization Operations. Oversees resources and implements plans to ensure that the operations of the Organization are appropriate.

  • Effectively administers daily office operations.
  • Hires and retains capable and qualified staff.
  • Signs all notes, agreements, and other instruments made and entered into and on behalf of the Organization.
  • Oversees the collective bargaining process, contract enforcement, and service to members.
  • Responds to member inquiries and recommends appropriate actions or assigns issues to appropriate staff.

Professional Qualifications:

  • Transparent, empathetic, assertive, and ethical leadership
  • Five or more years of nonprofit management experience
  • Three or more years engaged in union advocacy
  • Track record of successful negotiation
  • Evidence of adaptable and nimble management style
  • Hands-on budget management skills, including budget analysis, decision-making, and reporting
  • Strong organizational abilities including planning, delegating, program development, and task facilitation
  • Ability to convey a vision of UHPA’s strategic future to staff, Board, and Union members
  • Skills to collaborate with and motivate Board members and other Union members
  • Strong written and oral communication skills
  • Evidence of ability to interface and engage diverse member groups
  • Demonstrated ability to oversee and collaborate with staff

Desirable qualifications:

  • Knowledge of and prior positive/constructive relationships with local unions, policy makers, and UH administration.
  • In depth knowledge and experience in past and current UHPA-UH Agreements.
  • Knowledge and expertise in higher education unions, including implications locally and nationally.