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RESOLUTION CLARIFYING THE AWARDING OF FACULTY TENURE TO PARTNER HIRES

Issue #25.13
Approved by the Manoa Faculty Senate on 2/20/2013
36:10 in favor


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Passed by the Mānoa Faculty Senate on February 20, 2013.

Resolution Clarifying the Awarding of Faculty Tenure to Partner Hires

WHEREAS: At both the System and University levels, Mānoa has had policies for awarding tenure to new administrative hires where favored candidates for executive positions have already earned tenure at an academic institution that is comparable to UHM;

WHEREAS: The administration now wishes to extend those procedures to faculty partners where both are expected to strengthen their respective departments;

WHEREAS: All those appointed to fill tenured faculty positions at Mānoa should receive appropriate vetting at the Department level, confirming fit, programmatic need and minimum qualifications;

WHEREAS: The proposed revisions in the System policy that are intended to smooth the way for such hires go a long way to address the academic concerns of Departments;

WHEREAS Notwithstanding the virtues of the Administration's revisions, CPM considers that the amended version (at http://www.hawaii.edu/uhmfs/issues/requests/2011_12/20110830_req_partner%20hire_tenure_johnsrud.pdf) should require the involvement of the Department Personnel Committee in the process of awarding tenure to partner hires.

THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED

That the Mānoa Faculty Senate endorses the administrative proposal with the proviso that:

Proposed amendments 1 and 2 be amended to read:

1. In the case of a partner hire, there will not be a search advisory committee, however the receiving department retains the right to vote on accepting the faculty member. Therefore, the receiving department's Personnel Committee, upon review of the Partner's materials, will vote on whether to recommend granting tenure upon initial appointment.

2. In the case of a partner hire, the receiving department's Personnel Committee will evaluate the faculty member for fit, programmatic need and minimum qualifications. Additionally, when other conditions of this policy are met, the DPC can recommend that tenure be awarded upon initial appointment.

BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED:

That the Mānoa Faculty Senate strongly recommends that the Mānoa implementation of the system policy include a mandated review by the receiving department’s Personnel Committee: not merely “if available” as stated in Executive Policy 9.215.


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