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Manoa Faculty Congress & Senate Overview & Structure
The University of Hawai'i at Manoa Faculty Congress is composed of all Manoa faculty members. The Senate is the agent of the Congress and will act for it on all matters not referred directly to Congress.
(MFS Charter; Preamble; Paragraph 1)
The Congress and its Senate will act for the faculty on all matters of Manoa-wide concern.
(MFS Charter; Preamble; Paragraph 1)
The Congress and its Senate shall also act for the faculty on academic policy matters such as:
1. Budget planning and implementation policy;
2. Student-faculty relations policy;
3. Policy for the evaluation of faculty and campus academic administrators;
4. The improvement and establishment of a canon of professional ethics and an effective means of professional maintenance of those ethics, including faculty self-discipline; and
5. Other academic policy subjects referred to it or them by the Manoa Chancellor or the University of Hawaii President as appropriate.
(MFS Charter; Preamble; Paragraph 3)
The Congress shall convene at least once in each semester, on a date set by the Senate.
(MFS Bylaws; Article I; Section 4)
During the academic year the Senate shall meet at least once a month at a time agreed upon by the Executive Committee. The Senate can meet outside of the academic year as called for by the SEC. All members of the University community may attend any meetings of the Senate.
(MFS Bylaws; Article II; Section 4)
The Executive Committee shall ordinarily meet at least once a week during the academic year, and as necessary outside the academic year
(MFS Bylaws; Article III; Section 6)
Congress, Senate and Executive Committee Meetings
- Executive Committee
- Academic Policy & Planning
- Administration & Budget
- Assessment Committee
- Faculty Service
- General Education
- Professional Matters
- Student Affairs
- Research & Graduate Education
- Senate Chairs Retreat
9/12; 2-4; CC 308
- Senate & Administrative Leadership Retreat
9/26; 1-4; CC 307
- Chancellor's Reception
11/21; 5-7; Architecture Courtyard
Visit the Manoa Faculty Senate Calendar for a schedule of meetings & events.
The Congress of the University of Hawai'i at Manoa consists of faculty of the University of Hawai'i at Manoa. The Senate represents, and, as herein provided, may act for the Congress. The Executive Committee may act, as herein provided, for the Senate.
(MFS Bylaws; Article I; Section 1)
There shall be seven Standing Committees reporting to the Executive Committee: the Committee on Academic Policy and Planning, the Committee on Student Affairs, the Committee on Professional Matters, the Committee on Administration and Budget, the Committee on Faculty Service, the Committee on Athletics, and the Committee on Research and Graduate Education.
(MFS Bylaws; Article IV; Section 1)
Senate Executive Committee (SEC)
The Executive Committee shall be elected by the Senate, by secret, auditable ballot, in accordance with the Elections Code of the Rules of Order of the Faculty Congress and Senate.
(MFS Bylaws; Article VI; Section 2(c))
The term of office for a member of the Executive Committee is 27 months beginning on June 1.
(MFS Bylaws; Article VI; Section 1(b))
The Executive Committee, acting on behalf of the Senate and the Congress, shall identify and arrange for consideration and study of all goals, policies, and programs relating to the physical and academic development of the University of Hawaii at Manoa, including allocation of financial resources, student enrollment, distribution of enrollment among programs and between upper-division and lower-division programs, direction of emphasis in existing programs, the academic effect of administrative organization, quality of scholarship, quality of teaching, quality of research, quality of service, and the relationships between the University of Hawaii at Manoa and other units of the University System.
(MFS Bylaws, Article III; Section 5(a))
The Committee, acting upon recommendations and findings made by its subcommittees, shall make specific recommendations of either approve, disapprove or recommended action to the Senate Executive Committee on matters of academic goals, policies, and programs with respect to standards of professional ethics; establishment and modification of degree programs and curricula, admissions and graduation requirements, and ways of supporting and encouraging improvements in faculty performance; and planning for changes in academic goals and in academic programs. In addition, the Committee may provide advice and/or specific suggestions, as requested by or through the M?noa Chancellor or the UH President, on matters of concern to the Committee.
(MFS Bylaws; Article IV; Section 1(g))
The Committee is responsible for matters dealing with administration and budget, at the M?noa campus, and also at the System level, to the extent that the M?noa campus is affected by System actions. The Committee shall review administrative policies and procedures, proposals for reorganization, the responsibility of major positions, and the procedures for filling positions. The Committee shall review administration's policies and procedures regarding the budget, and other matters relating to the distribution and expenditure of funds. The Committee shall monitor the administration's actions to ensure that they are open and give ample opportunity for faculty consultation and shall review University policies regarding academic decision making and policy development and propose modifications as required. The Committee shall conduct regular reviews of the charter and by-laws of the Senate and of the Congress and shall propose amendments as appropriate. The Committee shall review the condition of the physical facilities, the operation of auxiliary services, and proposals for capital improvements and their implementation.
(MFS Bylaws; Article IV; Section 1(j))
M?noa Assessment Committee (MAC)
The Committee will be staffed by the Assessment Office, and work closely with the Office of Faculty Development and Academic Support, General Education Office and General Education Committee, and the Office of the Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs and will have the following responsibilities:
- Establish academic assessment policies necessary to foster a campus-wide understanding of and commitment to improvement-oriented educational assessment;
- Identify the most appropriate practices and uses for assessment of student learning at Manoa;
- Review assessment resource needs and recommend concomitant budgetary allocations by the institution.
- Liaise with faculty to promote effective academic assessment practices, especially in support of degree programs;
- Consult with subject matter/content area experts as necessary;
- Produce an annual report (due at the end of each fiscal year, June 30) to the Faculty Senate on the status of academic assessment at UHM.
(Resolution to Approve Proposal to Establish a Committee on Assessment as Permanent Committee of the M?noa Faculty Senate; Approved on 1/21/2009)
The Committee shall provide oversight and make specific recommendations to the Senate Executive Committee on matters regarding University sponsored intercollegiate athletics. These include, but are not limited to: standards for admission, retention, and graduation; the reporting of graduation rates; academic counseling; ethical standards; and ways of supporting and encouraging the academic performances of the student-athletes. In carrying out its responsibilities, the Committee will be guided by the policies and guidelines of the NCAA. It is in the purview of the Committee to recommend to the M?noa Chancellor, through the SEC, changes in the NCAA policies and guidelines. In addition, the Committee may provide advice and/or specific suggestions, as requested by or through the M?noa Chancellor, on matters of concern to the Committee.
(MFS Bylaws; Article IV; Section 1(l))
The Committee shall be responsible for implementing the provisions of the Bylaws, especially Article VI, and of the Elections Code of the Rules of Order of the Faculty Congress and Senate regarding elections and balloting. The Committee shall conduct regular reviews of the Elections Code, including the makeup of constituencies, and shall propose amendments as appropriate.
The Committee is responsible for nominating persons to various Senate and University committees, subcommittees, boards, task forces, etc. as specified in the Bylaws and in the governing documents of committees established by and reporting to the Senate.
Also, during the Spring semester, the Committee on Faculty Service and the Administration will compile a list of all University committees and task forces for which service is needed for the following academic year. This list will be circulated to all faculty so that they can indicate their willingness to serve.
(MFS Bylaws; Article IV; Section 1(k))
The Committee will develop policies and procedures for implementing and monitoring General Education at UHM, and undertake regular assessments of the effectiveness of General Education. The GEC and its subsidiary Boards will include faculty from diverse backgrounds, and undergraduate student representatives appointed by student government. Details of the make-up of the membership, terms of service, duties of the GEC, and the make-up and duties of the subsidiary Boards or committees are spelled out in the document "Faculty Governance of University of Hawai'i at Manoa General Education; approved by the Manoa Faculty Senate December 6, 2000" which may be amended with approval of the Senate.
(Resolution on General Education Committee; Approved on 12/6/2000)
The Committee shall be vigilant in protecting the academic freedom of all scholars, and shall review and evaluate such topics as classified research, sexual harassment, gift giving, and the like which may come before it either as a matter of policy or on a case-by-case basis.
(MFS Bylaws; Article IV; Section 1(i))
The Committee is responsible for matters relating to the planning, direction, initiation, development, and coordination of faculty research and graduate education. The Committee shall review policies and procedures for the support of the research enterprise, both for externally funded research and for internally funded/faculty-funded research, and shall make specific recommendations of either approve, disapprove or recommended action to the Senate Executive Committee on matters pertaining to the establishment and modification of graduate degree programs and/or curricula. The Committee shall review proposals for improvements in research infrastructure, new research initiatives, or restructuring existing research programs. The Committee shall review the mechanisms by which funds are allocated in support of research and graduate education. The Committee shall review policies dealing with compliance with Federal and State regulations.
(MFS Bylaws; Article IV; Section 1(m))
The Committee shall provide oversight of student affairs and make specific recommendations to the Senate Executive Committee on issues related to the improvement of quality educational and co-curricular experiences for students. These include, but are not limited to: registration, advising, dismissal, withdrawal from courses, student government, and both undergraduate and graduate student publications.
(MFS Bylaws; Article IV; Section 1(h))
Visit the 2012-13 Standing Committee Pages for a complete description of each committee, membership lists, Listserv addresses, meeting schedules, attendance, issues, minutes, documents & resources.