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Minutes, Agendas & Reports: 2011-12
University of Hawaii at Manoa Faculty Senate, October 19, 2011
Architecture Auditorium/ Arch 205; 3:00 - 4:00 pm
- Call to Order
- Chair’s Report
- Approval of September 21 Senate Minutes
Failed: 18 in favor; 29 against; Proposed Amendment & supporting documents available at:
Passed: unanimous; Approved Motion & supporting documents available at:
Failed: 23 in favor; 26 against; Motion & supporting documents available at:
Passed: 3 votes against; Approved Motion & supporting documents available at:
Marguerite Butler, Michael Cooney, Guliz Erdem, L Neil Frazer, Henry Lew, John Madey, Luciano Minerbi, Lawrence Nitz, Raul Rudoy
Robert Cowie, Linda Cox, Jayson Dibble, Ariana Eichelberger, David Ericson, Chin Lee, Mark Levin, Dongmei Li, Scott Lozanoff, Jennifer Matsuda, Torben Nielsen, Carol Plummer, Robert Richmond, H. Ronald Riggs, Kelly Roberts, Jane Uyehara-Lock, Cynthia Ward
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 - 3:05 pm
- Chair’s Report
- Tenure & Promotion Guidelines: As a result of the CPM resolution on tenure and promotion that was passed last year, Senators were reminded that departments are currently reviewing tenure and promotion guidelines.
- Course Advertising: CPM found that this is not a Senate issue.
- 2012 Excellence in Teaching Awards: Nominations for 2012 faculty teaching awards are being accepted
- Faculty Experts Directory: Senators were informed of the UH system’s new faculty experts directory and were asked to participate by providing their own expert profiles.
- Chancellor Search Process: SEC submitted faculty nominees for the search committee to the President, but has not yet heard back about the status; A senator noted that she was contacted to serve on the committee so it seems that there may be progress.
- Approval of September 2011 Minutes: moved, seconded and passed with 1 opposed; Passed with amendment to include the jusification statement provided by CAB their motion.The Parliamentarian noted that the Bylaws apply to all committees.
Inquiry made about the status of the report on the election issue. The report was accepted, Cooney noted, and any Senator may bring up the report.
- Proposed Amendment to Manoa Faculty Senate Bylaws: Qualification of SEC Authority
Doug Vincent, Chair of CAB, proposed two Bylaws changes on behalf of the Committee on Administration and Budget (CAB), as displayed on the screen and verbally repeated.
A Senator asserts that these amendments are unnecessary and redundant. Also, the Congress could not vote on it if passed because it would have to be referred to the SEC. Doug noted that it was not done in secret but at a regular meeting, and CAB felt it was necessary for the SEC to be reminded of its Charter, bylaws, and rules of order are binding on all committees, situations, and the SEC. There are better methods to respond to disagreements with changes to bylaws. Another Senator asserted to the contrary that it was necessary because the SEC acted as if the bylaws did not apply, and they did violate the bylaws in a very obvious way. An inquiry was made as to what substantively was involved. Doug clarified that it had to do with committee appointments, specifically that the CFS had not be consulted. One senator asserted that he would vote against the amendment because it makes no sense to rub the SEC's nose into its problems—very unprofessional—although he agreed that the SEC needs to stick to the rules. Another senator noted that the actions concerned took place in the summer when committees were not meeting. Doug noted that the meeting involved was on May 18th. Halina Zaleski, who was on the SEC at the time, noted that the bylaws are actually confusing on the points of contention, specifically overlapping times (?) regarding when the new SEC takes over from the outgoing SEC and appointment dates are essentially unworkable. We should not snipe at each other.
Question about 2/3rd majority; not required according to the parliamentarian.
Proposal failed: 18 in favor & 29 opposed.
Proposed Amendment & supporting documents available at:
- Motion to Endorse Proposal to Reorganize the College of Tropical Agriculture and Human Resources (CTAHR)
Doug Vincent, Chair of CAB, introduced the motion on behalf of the Committee on Administration and Budget (CAB) and the Committee on Research and Graduate Education (CORGE).
Motion passed: 49 in favor (unanimous).
Approved Motion & supporting documents available at:
- Resolution on Hiring of New UHM Chancellor
Ron Bontekoe, Chair of CORGE, presented the Resolution on behalf of the Committee on Research and Graduate Education (CORGE).
A senator expressed his views about outside applicants for chancellors. Why did CORGE think the outsiders were worse? Ron responded that they were not considered “worse” but just less familiar with the local institution, history and policies. Another senator suggested that the Regents Ch. 9. definition be used instead. Ron noted that there are researchers. The idea that you have to have experience here is bogus according to another commentator. Another noted that there are those outside UHM but in Hawaii. It was clarified that the wording under discussion was in the “desirable” area, not required. Another noted that the time during which someone served; some faculty who have been here have also been disappointed. Another suggested that it's almost discriminatory to include the local clause. Another suggested that the resolution rules out some. Ron responded that it's in the desired area. Another suggested that “particularly at UHM” be added after “professor.” Another said the wording seems to exclude UHM researchers. Ron agreed and wanted to add “specialist” and “librarians.” Robert asked whether “faculty member” would work as a friendly member.
Motion failed on amended document: 23 in favor & 26 opposed.
Motion & supporting documents available at:
- Motion to Accept SEC Recommendation to Change Chancellor Position Description
Robert Cooney, Senate Chair, presented the Motion on behalf of the Senate Executive Committee (SEC).
Experience working in a multicultural society is a sine qua non one said, but not necessarily in Hawaii. Another suggested that this is a desirable qualification, not a requirement, and also as a desirable one. Moved and seconded to amend to exclude reference to Hawaii experience. Moved, seconded, and passed with an apparent clear majority. Remove “the” somewhere. Parliamentarian notes that because this is not a Senate document, we cannot vote for the motion.
Motion passed on amended document: 3 opposed.
Approved Motion & supporting documents available at:
- Adjournment: at 3:48 p.m.
Richard W. Chadwick, Secretary