UH West O‘ahu Assistant Professor Wins the UH Regents’ Medal for Excellence in Teaching Award

Richard Jones is an assistant professor in elementary education at UH West O‘ahu and serves on the UHPA Board of Directors.

A true believer that science is everywhere, he adapts and modifies numerous lessons, labs and activities to use local data, local geomorphology and local issues to which the students can directly relate.

Prior to joining UH West O‘ahu, Jones was a science teacher in Montana and Kaua‘i. He also worked at the U.S. Department of Energy as an Albert Einstein Distinguished Educator Fellow where he focused on science education programs.  Students leave his classroom with a genuine appreciation and understanding of science and the ability to teach it themselves. “My outlook on science is so much different now. I actually love science and am so excited to try all the wonderful things I did in this course with my future students,” said a UH West O’ahu elementary education student.

Jones’ leadership duties include being the president of the Hawai‘i Science Teachers Association and one of the co-principal investigators for the university’s $245,000 STEM Center of Excellence Grant. He was also recently appointed to the National Science Teachers Association Committee on College Science Teaching where he will help guide policies, programs and activities related to the teaching of college science.

Nearly Unanimous: Unprecedented Successor Contract Approved by UH Faculty

The 3,987 UH faculty members within Bargaining Unit 7 have ratified the proposed 2015-2017 UHPA/BOR Agreement by a vote of 99.1% (2798) in favor, with a total 70.8% (2823) of 3987 faculty members voting. The contract negotiations and the ratification voting were both finished an unprecedented year before the end of the expiration of the current Agreement, ensuring a smooth transition through June 30, 2017.

The ratified contract provides an 8% across-the-board salary increase over the two years of the agreement, as well as increases in minimum salaries paid by rank and appointment period in both 2015 and 2016 , while also establishing three joint contractual committees that will address the issues of distant learning, child-care on the campus and child-care leave, and the development affordable workforce housing.

The task of reaching an agreement was the result of rational cooperation between the employer and the union, a contrast to more confrontational negotiations in the past. President Lassner and Vice President John Morton, JN Musto, Executive Director of UHPA and I were the negotiators, with Morton and Musto as leads. Without the two of them, it might have been a different, certainly slower process. Most importantly, the agreement could not have been achieved without the incredible support and participation of Governor Abercrombie.

Under the provisions of the Hawaii Revised Statues, the Agreement is still subject to funding by the State Legislature. As it is an election year, we do not know all the individuals who will occupy key positions in the Legistrature, but we will work with all the continuing and newly elected legislators to ensure that this contract is fully funded before the close of this academic year.

These are difficult times for UH, and higher education across our nation, but this settlement leaves our university community free to address the other important challenges we are facing.

Finally I’d like to thank all the faculty who expressed their support for the negotiations process and the final result that we achieved. UHPA can be proud of of this accomplishment, and confident that we can face the continuing task of representing the interests of the faculty.

Sincerely yours,

Professor David Duffy, UHPA President

2014-2015 Procedures for Evaluation of Faculty at UH-Manoa

UHPA and UH Manoa recently completed negotiations on Procedures for Evaluation of Faculty at UH Manoa. This is a part of the settlement to a prohibited practice dealing with five year faculty evaluation procedures.

What Goes Into a State Legislative Candidate Endorsement?


The UHPA Board of Directors has a designated Political Endorsement Committee, composed of faculty from various UH campuses, to review state legislative candidate positions and conduct interviews with candidates to formulate endorsement decisions.

It is important to note that UHPA did not make endorsements in all races.

The Political Endorsement Committee pulled no punches and asked pointed questions in different categories:

  • Reinstating tenured positions
  • Affordable housing for younger faculty
  • Pension and healthcare contributions
  • Collective bargaining rights

Click here to view a list of endorsed candidates.


Educational Seminar on Long Term Care


Dates: Saturdays – September 27 & October 25, 2014

Time: 9:30 a.m. – 11:45 a.m.

Location: Royal State Insurance, Conference Room (819 S. Beretania St., Ewa side of Ward Avenue, just before HPD)

Ample free parking is available. No cost to you. Lunch & refreshments provided.


  • What is long term care, the cost, and issues to consider in planning for care.
  • What government programs are available.
  • How long term care insurance is designed.
  • Alternatives to traditional long term care insurance.

Contact Royal State Insurance at 539-1600 ext. 0 to make reservations.