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Approved by the Mānoa Faculty Senate on March 16, 2011
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FINAL REPORT ON PROPOSED AMENDMENTS TO CRITERIA FOR TENURE AND PROMOTION OF FACULTY

  • Amendments #1, #3, and #4 were approved at the December 8, 2012 Senate Meeting
  • Provided by the Committee on Professional Matters (CPM)

In our October 19, 2010 and November 15, 2010 reports, the Committee on Professional Matters (CPM) made previous conclusions and recommendations. On December 8, 2011, the UHMFS voted to pass items 1, 3, and 4.

We present here our final findings and recommendations for item 2 articulation of authorship convention and item 5 relationship of the external evaluator to faculty applicant.

CPM continued to discuss the challenge of crafting standard authorship and external evaluator statements that would fit all disciplines across the University of Hawaii at Mānoa . We found it to be practically impossible to do, especially after our survey of UHM faculty in September 2010. We found one common theme amongst all of our conversation and deliberations, that the responsibility of defining discipline or field specific authorship conventions lay with the department and college. It is at the departmental personnel committee (DPC) level that nuances of authorship and meaning of order, placement, contribution, and merit are best understood. Therefore, those nuances, if any, should be clear in DPC guidelines.

The same argument can be made of external evaluator criteria. Though a true blind external evaluator is deemed in most cases as preferable, there are disciplines such as Native Hawaiian studies in which all scholars knoweach other. In some cases, an external evaluator might also not be at a comparable university, but may be someone of repute at the United States Department of Agriculture or Smithsonian Institution National Museum of Natural History. Those who work on specific research such as the NOAA POES contains a Medium Energy Proton and Electron Detector may have all, at one point or another, written papers together. For that reason, we removed the long list of external evaluator restrictions and replaced it with objectivity language.

In addition to our past meetings with VCAA Dasenbrock and Dr. McCreary, we also invited members of University of Hawaii Professional Assembly (UHPA) to meet with CPM to share any concerns they might have had with the proposed amendments. CPM members Nguyen and Chesney-Lind along with SEC Liaison Zaleski met with James Kardash, Associate Executive Director of UHPA, on March 4, 2011. JN Musto stopped in to show his support for the purpose of our meeting, but was unable to stay for discussion. At the meeting, Dr. Kardash thanked CPM for inviting UHPA's opinion and also thanked us for our work on reviewing the document at hand. We were informed that UHPA goals are like ours, that the very important document had been seen, viewed, reviewed, vetted, and approved by the faculty. We shared our Fall 2010 survey process, talks with VCAA Dasenbrock, and final suggestions on authorship and external evaluator wording. We left with the positive sense that UHPA supports CPM's suggestions.

Recommendations

If our proposed revisions to the authorship and external evaluator language are accepted and incorporated, CPM recommends that we vote to approve all proposed amendments to the Criteria for Tenure and Promotion of University of Hawaii at Mānoa Faculty.

In addition to our suggestions for current proposed revisions to the Criteria for Tenure and Promotion of University of Hawaii at Mānoa Faculty, we strongly suggest the following for all DPCs.

  • CPM strongly suggests that any DPCs that have not reviewed and renewed their tenure and promotion guidelines since the approval of the 2009-2015 UHPA contract do so and submit it for approval by their Dean and Chancellor's Office.
  • CPM strongly suggests that DPCs revise their criteria for tenure and promotion to include a STATEMENT REGARDING AUTHORSHIP CONVENTIONS particular to their field. Otherwise, TPRC members may use the same criteria by which they judge the merits of publications of their own disciplines.
  • CPM strongly suggests that DPCs revise their criteria for tenure and promotion to include a STATEMENT REGARDING EXTERNAL EVALUATORS particular to their field. Otherwise, TPRC members may use the same criteria by which they judge the external evaluators of their own disciplines.