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Manoa Faculty Senate Executive Committee Minutes of June 2, 2003

Highlights

2. Outgoing Chair's Report (Forman)
3. Vice Chair's Report (Schroeder)
4. Budget Exercise Status Report
5. UHPA-UH Contract "Fallout"
6. Articulation of PHIL 110
7. Distinguished Lecture Series
8. Educational Entrepreneurship Task Force
9. Senate Finances
10. Other Business

Present: Meda Chesney-Lind, Martha Crosby, David Flynn, Michael Forman, Thomas Hilgers, Roger Lukas, Jill Nunokawa, Frank Sansone, Thomas Schroeder, and Charlotte Mitsutani.

Vice Chair Schroeder called the meeting to order at 3:04 pm.

1. The minutes of the May 19, 2003 meeting were approved as corrected. The work of outgoing SEC secretary Frank Sansone was applauded.

2. Outgoing Chair's Report (Forman)

- Between May 20 and May 29, the chair attended four administration-called meetings dealing with UHM's budget. Lukas, Sansone, and Schroeder participated in some of the meetings.

- Forman chairs the Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs Search Committee. The search is ongoing; however, 64 applications were in the committee's hands on May 28 and were on that date reviewed. On May 29, the search committee chose 12 applicants from the 64; each will be invited to participate in a video or telephone interview. The search committee hopes to bring 3 or 4 final candidates for campus visits in late August.

- An 1-page overview on Language, Culture, and Area Studies has been completed. A group of specialists will use that paper as a jumping-off point for a "study paper" on how these areas are administratively organized on other campuses.

- Forman conveyed SEC's views on the faculty mentoring program to the Chancellor. Follow-up discussions continue.

- The 2003 WASC Special Visit Report is circulating among special visit participants. The Chancellor is eager to make the report available to the larger community.

3. Vice Chair's Report (Schroeder)

- Issues relating to UHM's Kakaako development are under discussion in several quarters.

- New SEC member Jill Nunokawa will be the Senate Parliamentarian for the coming year.

4. Budget Exercise Status Report

- The Budget Exercise Committee continues to meet; member Schoeder voiced concern that, because of faculty absences during summer, the Arts and Humanities may be under represented on the committee. The four SEC members on the committee reported on the committee's agenda and procedures to date.

5. UHPA-UH Contract "Fallout"

- Implications of some provisions of the new partial contract are difficult to predict. Members noted recent concerns voiced by units that employ faculty members with soft-money sources.

6. Articulation of PHIL 110

- The University Council on Articulation is trying to achieve a "more permanent resolution" to issues raised by a May 14 memo from interim VPAA Neubauer regarding PHIL 110. SEC discussed issues and received a list of potential Manoa faculty participants in the next round of discussions from Jeanne Oka, chair of GEC and member of UCA. Vice chair Schroeder will contact faculty members on the list about availability and consult Oka before campus nominations are sent to UCA Chair Karl Kim.

7. Distinguished Lecture Series

- A draft charter for governing this series was distributed and discussed. Schroeder will convey SEC suggestions on faculty participation to VCAA.

8. Educational Entrepreneurship Task Force

- SEC discussed the proposed "areas of focus" and processes for facilitating balanced review of issues. Schroeder will convey suggestions to the Chancellor.

- Potential nominees for task force membership were discussed. Senate office secretary Charlotte Mitsutani will contact a list of faculty members about their willingness to serve and will report her findings to SEC.

9. Senate Finances

- Outgoing Chair Forman reported that funds promised to support the General Education Office during 02-03 have now been transferred to the appropriate accounts. Further, funding for both the GEO and the Faculty Senate for 03-04 have been orally approved by VCAA Kim, who indicated a willingness to sign formal allocations.

- Discussion revealed a consensus: Recurring line-item allocations should be provided for the Senate, General Education Office, and General Education Committee. Additional funds should be available for special projects, such as specific GEC assessment initiatives.

10. Other Business

- Discussion revealed consensus in two areas: the need to provide electronic balloting for Senate affairs, and the desirability of establishing a ready electronic means for communication with and among faculty members.

There being no further business, the meeting ended at approximately 5:25 pm.

Respectfully submitted,

Thomas Hilgers

Next meetings: June 9: SEC on call; June 16, SEC meet at 3:00 p.m.; June 25, SEC meet with Chancellor at 3 p.m.


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