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Department Personnel and Policy Committee (DPPC)
The DPPC consists of the members of the Department’s instructional faculty (all instructional faculty rank I-3 and above, with at least a 50% appointment in the Department, not including visiting faculty), the Directors of the English Language Institute and the Hawaii English Language Program, the Assistant to the Department and Graduate Chairs, and the ELI Coordinator of Curriculum & Teacher Development and SLSSA representatives. The number of SLSSA representatives is determined by a fixed four to one ratio between faculty and students, which is never to be fewer than two students (one MA representative and one PhD representative) on the Committee. Each member of the DPPC has a vote. The DPPC is convened by the department chair or upon written request to the chair at least 10 days in advance by any three department members, including classified students.
Meetings of the DPPC are open to all department members, except when personnel decisions are on the agenda. The primary responsibilities of the DPPC are to advise the chair on policy, curricular, and personnel matters except for decisions on promotion, tenure, and contract renewal. (See below for an explanation of how promotion, tenure, and contract renewal are handled.)
The following are typical of DPPC concerns:
- Departmental curriculum: evaluating and approving changes in the undergraduate (BA and ELI) curriculum and course offerings, evaluating and approving off-campus and non-degree courses, including courses to be offered by non-departmental faculty, making decisions on other curricular matters which are not the responsibility of the Graduate Faculty.
- Supra-departmental curricula.
- Hiring: Evaluating possible appointments, with the exception of tenure-track and non-tenure track instructional faculty, and transmitting its conclusions to the Department Chair.
- Overseeing faculty evaluation: Appointing an evaluation officer and establishing policy regarding the evaluation results.
- Implementing departmental procedures for promotion and professional advancement/merit increases.
- Reading Room: Establishing policy relating to the SLS/Linguistics Reading Room.
- Troubleshooting: Serving as an ombudscommittee for any matter that any department member, student, or office staff member might want to raise.
- Departmental visiting colleagues: Establishing procedures for visiting colleagues in the department (applications are reviewed by the Visiting Colleague committee).
- Departmental elections: Appointing a Departmental Elections Officer every fall.
Further details on the DPPC can be found in the Governance Document—SLS document.