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UHPA Appoints Dwight Takeno

Dwight Takeno Named Associate Executive Director of University of Hawaii Professional Assembly (UHPA) Dwight Takeno, who has nearly 30 years of human resources, public administration and union leadership experience, has been named an Associate Executive Director with the University of Hawaii Professional Assembly (UHPA), the union representing 3,700 faculty across 10 University of Hawaii campuses […]

Why does UHPA get involved with political endorsements?

Mention the term, “political endorsements” to some faculty, and you may get a virulent reaction. These faculty may believe we should not have to stoop to being involved with such dirty, messy processes. Unfortunately, that may be the same reason many in Hawaii do not actively engage in the political process and voter turnout remains […]

Political Party Organizing is Underway in Hawai‘i

Democratic Party Precinct Meetings The Precinct meetings, where the election of Precinct & District officers as well as the delegates to State & County Conventions, will take place on Wednesday, March 4, 2020 from 6:30 – 8:30 PM at various locations across the state. You will be able to find a complete listing of those […]

Happy New Year!

Hau’oli Makahiki Hou! Welcome, 2020! It’s a new year and a new decade, and UHPA members remain committed to being a vital part of our community. We are an organization that is accustomed to tackling challenges head on. Securing, protecting and upholding the rights of faculty has many challenges. UHPA members continue to be front […]

Why does UHPA invest in legislative activities?

In an ideal world, University of Hawaii faculty would be able to focus on what they do best—research and teaching—and they would in turn receive the appreciation and professional respect due them. This would be reflected in favorable public policies and state appropriations that support the UH, its faculty and programs. Unfortunately, we do not […]

The Cost of Not Joining UHPA

Guest post by UHPA Member Randy Hirokawa, In my formative years as a young assistant professor, I admit not being a proponent of faculty unions. I believed in the integrity of universities, and the administrators who ran them. I believed that if you did your work well, you would steadily climb the tenure and promotion […]

Christian Fern Named Executive Director

Christian Fern Named Executive Director of University of Hawaii Professional Assembly (UHPA) UHPA board of directors unanimously voted Christian Fern as the new executive director, effective December 1, 2019. Fern, who has served as an associate executive director with UHPA since July 2015, succeeds Kristeen Hanselman, who joined UHPA in December 2007. Hanselman will continue […]