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Demystifying Facts From Fiction

Graduate Assistants Claim 80% of Undergraduate Students Are Taught by GAs While UHPA supports the right for all public employees to have the ability to collectively bargain under the State’s collective bargaining law, statements that go unchecked can lead to unintended consequences that impact other parties. Most recently, Academic Labor United (ALU) claimed that 80% of all undergraduate students are taught by a Graduate Assistant (GA) in any given semester.  This claim is now being used by Senator Donna Mercado Kim, [...]

2024-02-28T16:17:54-10:00February 28, 2024|Academic, Frontpage, News Flash|

Welcoming Our Members to Fall 2023

Aloha UHPA Members: Welcome back! I hope you all enjoyed a well-deserved summer break and are ready for the fall semester. Our Hearts Go Out For Maui I’m sure the Maui wildfires are top of mind for many of you. Over the past three weeks, we have seen the tremendous devastation to Lahaina and cannot help but feel a deep sense of loss. Our hearts go out to those who have lost loved ones or have suddenly become houseless as a result [...]

2023-08-31T23:03:18-10:00August 31, 2023|Academic, Frontpage, Newsletter|

Submit Your SCR 201 Feedback and Recommendations

UHPA has created a SCR 201 Google Form to collect your feedback on the proposed Senate Concurrent Resolution (SCR) 201 Policy Changes. Any recommendations that you provide will be used to assist and guide UHPA in advocating and conveying faculty questions and concerns to management over the proposed SCR 201 changes during the consultation process. While these recommendations will be brought forward for discussion, they in itself do not guarantee policy language changes in line with the recommendations offered.   Submit SCR [...]

2023-05-15T09:26:52-10:00May 9, 2023|Academic, Frontpage, News Flash, Newsletter|

Rate My Administrator 2022 Published

UHPA members can now download the “2021 UHPA Rate My Administrator Surveys” PDF. Nearly 700 faculty members participated system-wide across all campuses.  Summary of Findings Market Trends Pacific - the company hired to conduct the survey now in its second year, summarized the results of the 2022 report thusly:  "In this second year of fielding the Rate My Administrator survey, overall scores generally declined slightly, with larger changes (both positive and negative) at the campus level. In some cases, campus scores decreased [...]

2023-01-30T09:12:49-10:00January 30, 2023|Academic, Frontpage, Newsletter, UH Administration|

Last Call for UHPA Professional Excellence Award Nominations

Nominations Close on December 7 The UHPA Board of Directors proudly announce the establishment of an annual Professional Excellence Award open to all UHPA faculty members that recognizes the outstanding and superior performance of University of Hawaiʻi faculty that significantly contribute their dedicated service and commitment to the UH system and its respective campuses.  The award proclaims and bestows the Boardʻs respect and appreciation for the accomplishment by its faculty members that is purely member driven as all nominations and selections are [...]

2022-11-22T09:22:06-10:00November 20, 2022|Academic, Frontpage, Membership Benefits, Newsletter|

Unraveling UHM’s Debacle on Specialists

Unraveling UHM’s Debacle On Specialists Demystifying The Process Over the past week, there has been a lot of discussion, confusion, and questioning as to the purpose, intent, and meaning as to why the University of Hawaiʻi at Manoa (UHM) Office of the Vice Provost for Academic Excellence (OVPAE) sent out an email request to the UHM Administration to document a “guesstimate” on percentages in the work faculty Specialist perform under five distinct categories of: 1) % Student Support including Advising; 2) % [...]

2022-04-25T11:23:39-10:00April 21, 2022|Academic, Evening Newsflash, Newsletter, UH Administration|

Rate My Administrator Summary Report Published

UHPA members can now download the “2021 UHPA Rate My Administrator Surveys” PDF. Nearly 700 faculty members participated system-wide across all campuses.  The summary report contains: Highest and lowest scoring statementsAverage score for each statementAverage scores by campusBoth overall satisfaction by average by campusLikely to recommendProfile of respondents The results of this survey will be shared with the UH Administration over the week of 1/17/22. We intend to annually repeat this process and publish trends over time. UHPA’s long-term goal is to [...]

2022-01-27T17:56:48-10:00January 17, 2022|Academic, Frontpage, Monday Report, Newsletter, UH Administration|

New UH Telework Policy Published

UHPA & UH Reach Agreement  UH and the UHPA Negotiations Team have reached an agreement on a new Telework Policy that will go into effect on January 3, 2022 and runs through June 30, 2023.  The existing COVID-19 Voluntary Telework Policy will be expiring on December 31, 2021.   Similar to What We Have Today The new Telework Policy will essentially maintain the current requirements and exemptions for Faculty from: 1) exemption from the submission of work plans; 2) the completion of Online [...]

2021-12-11T22:05:55-10:00December 13, 2021|Academic, COVID19, Frontpage, Monday Report, System Policy, UH Administration|

UH Publishes Tenure Task Force Website

SCR 201 Tenure Task Force Meeting Notes Published In response to a common element in the tenure PIG testimony of many faculty at the last Board of Regents meeting, UH has now published a SCR 201 Tenure Task Force website.  Of particular interest are the published notes of 3 meetings (at the time of this post).     We Are in that Task Force You can expect UHPA to keep you apprised of important developments, especially since you'll note that two of the task [...]

2021-11-16T10:37:36-10:00November 16, 2021|Academic, Frontpage, Monday Report|

Tenure PIG Quick-Reference Guide

Background University of Hawaii Board of Regents Immediate Past Chair Ben Kudo established a Permitted Interaction Group (PIG) on February 18, 2021 and charged it with looking into three specific areas of tenure: Overview, history and purpose of tenure; Evolution, current views and developments on tenure (outside of the University of Hawai‘i); and The current process, criteria, and decision making on tenure at UH. Former UH BOR Jan Sullivan was assigned to serve as the Tenure PIG Chair. Outcome The PIG did [...]

2021-11-01T07:41:47-10:00November 1, 2021|Academic, Frontpage, Monday Report|