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Senate Newsletter - Fall 2013
|David Ericson, Ph.D.
2013-14 Mānoa Faculty Senate Chair
The Mānoa Faculty Senate (MFS) continues to play a crucial role in the shared governance of the University of Hawaii, especially concerning academic and professional matters. As outlined in the Policies and Bylaws of the Board of Regents (Section 1-10). The BOR invests the MFS with primary authority and responsibility for such fundamental academic areas such as curriculum content, subject matter, and methods of instruction and research on the Mānoa campus and in making university-wide recommendations to the UH President and UH Board of Regents. In matters of overlapping, shared governance with the UHM Administration, the MFS speaks for the Mānoa faculty on academic policy matters such as:
In keeping with the UH BOR intent to develop and maintain a collegial approach to academic decision-making, the MFS advises the UHM and UH Administrations on all matters of campus and university life for which the UHM and UH Administrations have primary authority and responsibility (with the exception of collective bargaining and its implementation). In other words, the MFS has a large, over-arching role to play in the governance of UH Mānoa. It is scarcely a weak one, as some mistakenly imagine.
But the MFS is only as strong a governance force as the dedication and determination of the Mānoa faculty makes it be. Without these, the MFS is but a shell. Thus I am happy to report today the determination and willingness of countless senators and congress members to make the MFS a driving force on campus. Overall, thanks to the hard work of previous years’ senators, senate officers, and senate staff, the MFS is strong, and getting stronger. The more empowered senate committees appear to be working well. The senate meetings are well attended and functioning strongly. The senate office, under the formidable powers of Kristin Herrick, is humming nicely. And our collegial relations with UHM administrators have never been better – even when the occasional lapse on each side requires a degree of remonstration.
Though we lack the powers and capability to control or modify decisions outside the Mānoa campus that have recently depleted our budgets and sullied our community image, we are working to redress what we can. Nothing less than our collective university life is at stake here. Please join with us in making a strong difference.
David Ericson, MFS Chair