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Communicate with the Senate

Contents

Chair's Report
     UH/Community Partnership
     Transition Team
     Policy on D Grades
     Deans & Directors: Courses, Merit Pay
     Budget
     Other Issues
Aloha United Way
Committee Reports
GEC
     Interdisciplinary Work and HallMarks
     Distribution Channels of HallMarks Information
Appendix A
     Campus Climate in General
     Excellence, students
     Honors College
     Film School
     Paradise Park
     campus immediately
     Airconditioning problems
     Medical School site
     Calendar
     Salary matters
     Names
Appendix B
     Campus Climate in General
     Students and Excellence
     Physical Plant
     Medical School Site
     Calendar
     Salary Matters
     Names

University of Hawai'i at Manoa Faculty Senate, Meeting October 17, 2001

William S Richardson School of Law Classroom 2

Forty-three Senators were present and signed in:
Cristina Bacchilega, Elaine Bailey, Hazel Beh, Rhonda Black, Robert Bley-Vroman, Douglas Bomberger, Kent Bridges, Catherine Cavaletto, Paul Chandler, Craig Chaudron, Meda Chesney-Lind, Joanne Cooper, Thomas Craven, James Dator, Sandy Davis, Eric DeCarlo, H Gert DeCouet, David Flynn, Michael Forman, Richard Frankel, Donna Fukuda, Michael Garcia, John Hardman, Emily Hawkins, Amelia Jenkins, Merle Kataoka-Yahiro, Spencer Leineweber, Peter Manicas, James Marsh, Roy Nishimoto, Jeanne Oka, Wendy Pearson, Frank Sansone, Jane Schoonmaker, Gwen Sinclair, Brent Sipes, Wayne Smith, Mary Tiles, Jean Toyama, Frank Walton, Lynne Wilkens, Kelley Withy, and Sylvia Yuen.

Four Senators were excused:
Glenn Cannon, Ernestine Enomoto, Robert Paull, and Charles Weems.

Twenty-four Senators were absent:
Roger Babcock, Barry Brennan, G D Bryant-Greenwood, Katalin Csiszar, Nancy Dowling, Carl Evensen, Charles Fletcher, Patricia Fryer, Pamela Fujita-Starck, Jon Goss, Robert Grace, Tony Guerrero, Val Kanuha, Stacey Marlow, John Melish, Neal Milner, Thomas Morelli, Damon Sakai, David Sanders, Irwin Schatz, Richard Schmidt, Dan Spears, John Stimson, and Elizabeth Tam.

1. Chair Joanne Cooper called the meeting to order at 3:01.

Chair's Report

2. The Chair's report followed:

UH/Community Partnership

2.1. The University/Community Partnership is currently addressing two issues: physical aspects of community (with focus on "The Legacy Pathway"), and people aspects (with focus on "Brain Gain," or the recruiting of the very brightest local graduates).

Transition Team

2.2 The Chancellor's Transition Team is currently concerned with (1) CIP, or capital improvements projects (the list for which is changing daily), and (2) repairs and maintenance.

Policy on D Grades

2.3. Implementation of the new policy on D grades being transferrable will begin this term. A system to oversee impact on scholarships is needed.

Deans & Directors: Courses, Merit Pay

2.4. The Deans and Directors in their meetings are addressing course availability concerns, the matter of "merit pay", with the committee headed by Dean Hitz now holding its recommendations. The SEC has added two faculty members to that committee. Senator Garcia asked at this point if there was "wide representation" on that committee. Chair Cooper answered, "No." Further discussion focused on SEC concern that in the 1% distribution of "special salary adjustment" there was considerable potential for bad feelings. For the past twelve years there has been provision in the contract for merit/market/retention/equity salary adjustments, and Chair Cooper mentioned the 1:30 meeting earlier this day (and on-going when SEC members left for this meeting) between JN Musto and Ed Yuen which was attempting to clarify the process for faculty. Further discussion ensued, from the floor. Vice Chancellor Kim commented that the administration has been working hard to keep UHPA focussed on the process. Points of contention at present involve the line between process and procedure. Kim agreed that ultimately the criteria have to come from the faculty. The Administration, said Kim, is trying to identify a timeline (process) and is working with Deans and Directors on this. The Administration, he stressed, is not trying to install new criteria (the doing of which would be something the Union would adamantly oppose).

Budget

2.5. Another issue, said Chair Cooper, is budget. The old 4-4-4 seemed to have given way to 4-4-0, but now in the wake of 11 September, further cuts from the Governor were anticipated. Chair Cooper emphasized that we have a "massive opportunity to be involved" in the present shaping of the future, no matter how tiring engagement in the process is.

Other Issues

2.6. Chair Cooper touched briefly on a number of other matters: classified research and changes made during the summer by BOR which the SEC is currently questioning, the matter of name branding, and finally, the "campus conversation" planned for today's meeting. She explained how this would proceed, and then she called on Vice Chancellor Kim for his comments.

Vice Chancellor Kim noted recent discussion with the SEC about trying to build more time into the planning process. Then he focused on efforts to prioritize, mentioning first the steering committee, next the physical plant. He announced that President Dobelle would speak at the next Senate meeting (November 21) and he would also make a public address on World Town Planning Day (an event to be held in the Art Auditorium) where he would talk about the Hartford Experience to be followed by a reaction panel. There would also be a November 30 meeting which would attempt to

engage the community in broader discussion, and landowners of property surrounding the campus would be asked to participate.

3. It being clear at that point that the Senate had a quorum, the minutes of 26 September 2001 were discussed and adopted, with one matter left to be clarified. Senator Chaudron asked about a sentence on page six which read: "TOEFL scores might be an aspect of examination of our future as well, he [Neubauer] concluded." Secretary Forman agreed to check with Interim Chancellor Neubauer on this point. Neubauer has since explained that he thought TOEFL was a matter which made an admissions difference between UHM and HPU. No change for TOEFL at Manoa was being considered.

Aloha United Way

4. Hope Clements from the Aloha United Way was introduced. She spoke to the Senate about the campaign, explaining that there has been a significant increase in demand for social services since September 11, and that signs of strain are appearing. She noted that the number of donors had been decreasing, and that the campaign was being extended. It was to have ended on 12 October but was now extended to 30 October. In response to a question from Chair Cooper, Ms. Clements explained how one might go about adding to a commitment already submitted. If the donation was being made by payroll deduction, one should call the AUW campus office. It was always possible simply to send in another check. She also talked about the fundraiser approach.

Committee Reports

GEC

5. Chair Cooper asked Senator Brent Sipes to come forward and bring the Senate up to date on the work of the General Education Committee (GEC). He focused his remarks on the need to meet the spirit of the document passed by the Senate in December of 1999, and he asked that Senators remind the committee of that spirit or intention if the committee is thought to be straying from that intent. He presented an example which he hoped would be simple and uncontroversial, but there was considerable questioning and doubt raised from the floor of the Senate even in response to this exemplar. In each case, Senator Sipes asked that the speaker submit her/his points in writing to the GEC.

Interdisciplinary Work and HallMarks

Concerns raised included: interdisciplinary work which seemed threatened by hallmarks that appeared narrow and constraining; confusion as to what was intended by "vocabulary" (Senator Manicas offered the explanation that "vocabulary" was selected as an alternative to "discourse"); that the material was circular, saying merely "that biology is biology"(Senator Bley-Vroman); the 80% figure in a hallmark was questionned; and so on. Senator Sipes said that the discussion reflected a real need for comments to be addressed to the GEC. He reiterated the following deadlines: 19 October for the diversification hallmark, and 26 October for the foundation and focus hallmarks. The need for linking these developments to the Catalog deadline was mentionned.

Distribution Channels of HallMarks Information

Next there was extended discussion of the distribution channels of the hallmarks information. Various senators expressed concern over not receiving materials. VC Kim and Ken Tokuno talked about difficulties with e-mail lists. One senator pointed out that there were faculty under deans where there was no intervening department chair, so that the process of transmittal via department chairs would not have worked in such cases.

At 3:55 Chair Cooper asked that we move to the next item on the agenda, the breakout to the "Conversation". We were asked to begin the conversation with attention to a number of general questions (See below) and then to turn to the ordered questions which members of the SEC would lead groups to, taking notes on the responses. The general questions were: How do you feel about the campus climate? How do you feel about the changes going on? What are you aware of that is going on? What did you think of President Dobelle's speech to the Congress on 11 October?

In lieu of an exhaustive record of the multiple voices next contributing to the "Conversation", two executive summaries are appended here, the fuller prepared from individual SEC members' summaries of conversations in the groups they led, for the SEC meeting with Interim Chancellor Neubauer on 24 October, and the briefer, one page summary prepared by Chair Cooper from the fuller summary, and used by her at the Deans' and Director's meeting.


The Senate adjourned at 4:22.

Respectfully submitted,

Michael L Forman Secretary for the Senate

Appendix A

24 October 2001, SEC Meeting with Interim Chancellor Neubauer

Notes from Conversation with Faculty Senators, Manoa Faculty Senate Meeting 17 October

condensed for Deane Neubauer from six groups, summarized by SEC rapporteurs, by Mike Forman, for the SEC

[Note: In an effort to cover as many topics as possible, groups were assigned to begin at different points in the list taken from Karl Kim's handout, Manoa Strategic Planning Process: group I began at International Education, II began at University District, III began at Transition Team, IV began at Landscaping, V began at Honors College, and VI began at the top (management audit).]

Campus Climate in General

Neubauer deserves a lot of credit for improving morale and communication II

question: What is the President's theory of management? II

Excellence, students
Honors College
Film School
Paradise Park
campus immediately
Airconditioning problems
Medical School site
Calendar
Salary matters
Names

Appendix B

Faculty Conversations on the New Campus Culture Faculty Conversations on the New Campus Culture Manoa Faculty Senate Meeting October 17, 2001

Campus Climate in General
Students and Excellence
Physical Plant
Medical School Site
Calendar
Salary Matters
Names

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