Minutes, Agendas & Reports: 2011-12
University of Hawaii at Manoa Faculty Congress, October 19, 2011
- Call to Order
- Approval of February 16 Congress Minutes
- Chancellor Position Discussion
- Discussion of Chancellor's role at UHM
- Discussion of Chancellor Search
Faculty Members Signed in for Senate Meeting:
Chizuko Allen, Venkataraman Balaraman, Ronald Bontekoe, James Caron, James Cartwright, John Casken, Richard Chadwick, Beei-Huan Chao, William Chapman, Donna Ching, Thomas Conway, Robert Cooney, Martha Crosby, Shirley Daniel, Sandra Davis, Saori Doi, David Duffy, Thomas Ernst, Brian Glazer, Jing Guo, Debora Halbert, Cynthia Hew, Peter Hoffmann, Wei Huang, Joseph Jarrett, Lilikala Kameeleihiwa, Kenneth Kipnis, Anne Leake, David Leake, Spencer Leineweber, Barry Lienert, Ingrid Lin, Bonnyjean Manini, Patricia Masters, Dore Minatodani, Joyce Najita, Richard Nettell, Thanh Truc Nguyen, Ian Pagano, Raymond Panko, Benito Quintana, Stacey Roberts, Scott Rowland, Todd Sammons, Lilia Santiago, Ekaterina Sherstyuk, Janice Shoultz, Victor Stenger, Carolyn Stephenson, Ashley Stokes, Douglas Vincent, Pal Wessel, Kelley Withy, Annette Wong, Halina Zaleski, Kate Zhou, Herbert Ziegler, Pavel Zinin
Myrtle Hamada, Wendy Pearson (Program Officer), David Ross
CALL TO ORDER - 3:57 pm
The Parliamentarian noted that, while Congress can debate the amendments, voting must follow by polling the entire faculty congress after the meeting.
- Approval of February 16, 2011 Congress Minutes; moved, seconded and passed unanimously, as amended; “member of the Congress” should substitute for “faculty” in the minutes.
- Proposed Amendment to MFS Bylaws: Absenteeism
Doug Vincent, Chair of CAB, presented the Proposal on behalf of the Committee on Administration and Budget (CAB).
A brief discussion followed. A paragraph was added to the amendment that will treat Senators as having voluntarily resigned from the Senate after they accumulate 3 unexcused absences. An “unexcused absences” means that the Senator did not inform the Chair of the relevant committee, in the case of committee meeting attendance, or the Senate Office, in the case of Senate and Congress meeting attendance, of a reason for their absence.
- Proposed Amendment to MFS Bylaws: Resolution on the Formation of the CORGE as Standing Committee
Doug Vincent, Chair of CAB, presented the Proposal on behalf of the Committee on Administration and Budget (CAB). A brief discussion followed.
- Chancellor Position Discussion
A member of the Congress hypothesized that the Manoa Chancellor and System President would likely prefer to keep the Chancellor’s position description as is.
Another noted that some faculty have raised the question of whether there should be a Chancellor at all, but recognized that addressing this question may not be possible at this point in the search process. A more general question asks what the structure of the University should be. UH is 11 years into the “Dobell experiment” or the division of responsibilities between the Manoa Chancellor and UH System President that was first initiated by former UH President Dobell 11 years ago At this point, we might recommend that the university organization be reviewed to improve its overall functioning.
Another Congress member noted that there was no Manoa Chancellor before President Dobell took office. Today, there is a System Vice President who makes all the decisions for the Community Colleges, but there is nobody looking at exactly how much community college, 4-year college, and the UH system administrations actually cost. Manoa faculty wanted a Chancellor who could go to bat for us in the system; but, since the President appoints the Chancellor, the system is run like the old plantation system. In private colleges, faculty members may have more of a say.
Another Congress member noted that, on the ASCFSC website, there is a system organization chart that delineates the responsibilities of the various System VP’s in relation to the campuses (the Chart was displayed on screen). It is probably a good time to look at the overlapping duties. Perhaps the Chancellor should report directly to the Board of Regents.
Another member pointed to recent efforts to put more power back into the President's office. Back in President Mortimer's time, there was only one layer between the President and the faculty.
Another Congress member pointed to the search parameters and process used in this search. The last Chancellor search was conducted by the Senate Executive Committee (SEC) and was, therefore, quite open and transparent. The short list was full of well-qualified people and we should be happy with the outcome.
A Congress member noted the difficulty of picking the “right” person who would “solve all our problems.” The suggestion to look at overall governance is, in fact, the solution. We need more faculty participation and an administration that works for the faculty, not faculty working for the administration. If we want to leave a legacy, we need to change the way the whole structure works.
A Congress member suggested that the strategic plan would be a good way to start - to implement the prioritization of fund allocation noted in the plan would put more teeth into faculty governance.
ADJOURNMENT: at 4:23 p.m.
Richard W. Chadwick, Secretary
MOTION TO APPROVE OCTOBER 19, 2011 CONGRESS MINUTES
A: IN SUPPORT