Faculty and Students Tell BOR “You Need to Listen!”

Professor Jonathan Osorio’s Remarks to the BOR:

Our concerns:

That past, present and perhaps future cuts to the operation of this university will lead to a permanent reduction of its stature in the academic community.

That the authoritarian and unilateral handling of this budget crisis by our administration, in the form of a single last, best, final offer, clearly signals that faculty will be minimally consulted if the university adopts a plan to retrench.

That any process of retrenchment, which does not fully involve faculty will simply fail to protect the unique character and academic strengths of the University of Hawaii at Manoa, while stranding undergraduates and graduate students.

That the response of the administration and the silence of the Board of Regents to the budget cuts signals an unwillingness to publicly advocate for this university’s support in these difficult times, advocacy thus being shouldered at this point, by faculty and students.

That the state’s plan to deal with its budget difficulties needlessly cripples public and higher education in Hawaii, and that these institutions, more than any other are necessary for the present and future livelihood of our people.

Our proposed remedies:

  • That the Board of Regents (BOR) set aside time/day to listen.
  • That the BOR declare that there will be no retrenchment.
  • That the BOR and the administration join with faculty and students to pressure the legislature and the governor to restore UH funding to 07-08 levels.

BOR and President Delegate Authority to Waive Minimum Qualifications for Promotion, Tenure, and Hiring to Chancellors

Manoa deadline for requests for waivers of minimum qualifcations is Friday, August 28, 2009. See Chancellor Dasenbrock’s memo dated July 20, 2009.

Pick-A-Prof Information

UHPA has taken the position that the UH should just say “No”. UHPA filed a demand to bargain over release of the information and impact on faculty. John Morton VP for Community College and UH Chief Negotiator, is working in conjunction with UHPA to identify solutions to the problem.

In addition, UHPA legal counsel is assessing the implications of the Hawaii Uniform Information Practice Act and role of the Office of Information Practices in potential release of the information. UHPA has offered the Manoa Faculty Senate a meeting with UHPA legal counsel on this matter.

If you have additional information, please contact UHPA at questions@uhpa.org.

“Ask a Working Woman” Survey

What do you do if you have to take time off work to care
for a sick child or parent? Does having children put you on the mommy track?

Unequal pay. Family and medical leave. Spiraling
health care costs. Juggling family and children plus a full-time career.

Hardworking Americans face these issues every day.
But all too often, women especially don’t have the resources or support to help
meet these challenges.

That’s why AAUW has joined with Working America,
the community affiliate of the AFL-CIO, to conduct a nationwide survey of what
it’s like to be a working woman. If you’re a working woman, that means YOU. And
if you’re not a working woman, forward this email to your sister, your mother,
your coworkers, and your friends to make sure their voice is heard.

The results from this survey have never been more
important. Women’s rights and labor organizations will use the results from
this survey to advocate for women across the country over the next two years.
Your voice matters. We want to hear from you (or the women in your life).

Take Action!

Your opinion matters! Please take a moment to complete the “Ask A Working Woman” survey and share your thoughts and experiences:


Visit the web address below to tell your friends about the Working Woman Survey:


AAUW members recognize and are proud of the important gains women have made and remain steadfast in the commitment to creating a level playing field for all women and girls. For more information, see AAUW’s position papers on pay equityfamily friendly workplaceswomen and Social Security, and affirmative action.

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Thanks for helping lead the way for women in the workplace. Together we can make lasting change.

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Futures of Higher Education Course at UH-Manoa

A “Futures of Higher Education” course will be offered this fall semester on Thursday evenings from 5:30 to 8:00 p.m. at UH-Manoa.  Professor James Dator, Director of the Hawaii Research Center for Futures Studies, will be offering a Pols 770 Public Policy seminar and at the same time, Professor Ray Yeh, former Dean of the School of Architecture, will be offering a workshop in Architecture.  The course will assess relevant alternative futures and then design processes of higher education that are appropriate to them.  The course will also include an understanding of the history and current status of higher education worldwide.  Students and faculty are invited.  For more information, contact Dr. Dator at dator@hawaii.edu. 

Proposed Change in the CC Classification Document


In the summer of 2006 UHPA was sent a draft of changes being proposed by the new VP for Community Colleges to the Faculty Classification Plan.  This document describes the work of faculty members, from instruction to student advising, and is used in conjunction with the CC Tenure & Promotion Guidelines for those applying for promotion and tenure.  The document is supposed to state the various expectations of instructors, academic support faculty, and counselors by ranks C2 through C5 (instructor to professor.) 


For a number of years, the community college campuses were reviewing the classification document in an effort to add a new category for faculty members teaching in the continuing education and training offerings for the colleges.  There are a relatively few number of individuals in these programs, but they were having difficulty with tenure and promotion applications when attempting to meet the expectations of the ranks. Since these instructors did not teach typical credit courses and were often creating specialized courses for outside companies and industries, some TPRC panels had problems evaluating their work based on the instructional criteria.  Therefore, a new fourth category was added to the classification document titled Continuing Education and Training.


However, when the proposed changes to the classification plan came to UHPA in 2006, they contained more than just the inclusion of a new category of faculty work.  The document had changed the evaluation criteria through the inclusion of student learning outcomes (SLO) in response to what the administration believed were the demands of the AACJC http://www.aacc.nche.edu/.  UHPA Executive Director J. N. Musto met with Vice President Morton to discuss the proposal and raise objections to the use of the classification document as an attempt to change individual faculty evaluation criteria. 


In response to these concerns, VP Morton moved to put together a “task force” to review the document, and for the last year Chancellor Peggy Cha, assisted by Sandra Uyeno, chaired a committee comprised of Marcia Roberts-Deutsch (HonCC), Harry Davis (KapCC), Chancellor Clyde Sakamoto, Joseph Chernisky (LeeCC & UHPA President) and J. N. Musto.  The committees met and discussed the document during the 2006-2007 academic year through the summer and into the fall of 2007.


After receiving the advice, comments, recommendations, and wording alternatives from the committee, VP Morton brought the process to close in October and asked the Council of CC Chancellors to approve a new CC Classification document.   The proposal will be submitted to the Board of Regents for approval at the meeting scheduled for November on Maui.


The document has been shared with the campus senate chairs, and at the request of the ACCFSC, VP Morton has given individuals until November 2nd to make comments.  Those comments can be sent directly to VP Morton jmorton@hawaii.edu and copied to the appropriate senate chair and UHPA.


The attached documents are the original proposal from July 2006 (showing edits) and the final October document provided by Chancellor Cha (not showing edits.)  Faculty members should compare and contrast the documents, both from the prior document, the original proposed changes, and the final document.  UHPA will be surveying the community college faculty, via the web page, for an indication of support or opposition to the final document. The survey will also enable comments.  We will use the survey results to construct our testimony before the Regents in November.