Executive Policy 5.221 Executive Policy 5.221


Classification of Faculty


Executive Policy Chapter 5, Academic Affairs
Executive Policy EP 5.221, Classification of Faculty
Effective Date:  January 2024
Prior Dates Amended:  May 2011, October 2014
Responsible Office:  Office of Vice President for Academic Strategy
Governing Board of Regents Policy:  Chapter 5
Review Date:  January 2027

I. Purpose

This Executive Policy maintains the administrative infrastructure relating to the classification of faculty at the University of Hawai‘i Mānoa, University of Hawai‘i Hilo, University of Hawai‘i - West O‘ahu, and the University of Hawai‘i Community Colleges.

The purpose of this executive policy is to describe the duties, responsibilities and minimum qualification requirements of faculty.

II. Definitions

No policy specific or unique definitions apply.

III. Executive Policy

  1. Executive Policy Responsibilities

    It shall be the responsibility of the President to promulgate a classification policy in consultation with University executives setting forth the duties, responsibilities, and qualifications of faculty. The President or designee shall have the authority to make appointments that conform to Regents’
    policy 9.202.

  2. Classification Guidelines

    1. The classification guidelines may include the following categories for tenure-eligible faculty: Faculty (F) for all faculty engaged in instruction, research, specialized educational service, and community service or some combination; Librarian (B); Extension Agent (A); Clinical Professor (H); and Community Colleges (C).

    2. The classification guidelines may include the following categories for non-tenure eligible faculty: Instructor (I2), Junior Extension Agent (A2), Researcher (R2), Clinical Professor (H2), Lecturer (L), Visiting (V), Non-Compensated Faculty (NC), Professor of Practice (D), and Affiliate Graduate Faculty (NC).

    3. At a minimum, the faculty classification plan shall include general statements of duties and responsibilities and minimum qualification requirements. When the situation warrants, and especially in those fields where advanced degrees are not commonly held by faculty members, other evidence of scholarly, artistic or professional attainment may be accepted in lieu of advanced degrees. In general, equivalents for terminal degrees will be used sparingly and only when there is clear evidence that the substituted items of training and experience are in fact equivalent in qualifying the faculty member for the individual’s duties and responsibilities.

    4. Individual campuses may develop additional duties and responsibilities in accordance with their unique needs and campus missions.

    5. The classification of faculty positions in the University of Hawai‘i shall be as provided in the attachments for the 4-year campuses and for the Community Colleges.

    6. Positions that were approved and under recruitment prior to August 1, 2024, may be hired under the preceding classification system.

      Attachment 1:  4-Year Campus Classification
      Attachment 2:  University of Hawai‘i Community Colleges Classification
      Attachment 3:  Legacy Classifications (UH Mānoa, UH Hilo and UH West O‘ahu classification documents prior to approval of the current classification plan and in effect until all individuals have transitioned out of these classifications).

    7. The compensation of faculty members shall be in accordance with provisions reflected in the most current collective bargaining agreement between the University of Hawai‘i and the exclusive representative.

    8. The adjunct faculty series is intended to encourage the utilization of qualified, experienced persons from the local community in appropriate educational programs and thereby to enhance and improve the integration of practical real world experience with conceptual, theoretical, and vicarious instruction. Adjunct faculty are further defined in the classification attachment where relevant.

    9. Lecturers

      The Provost/Chancellors shall develop academic standards for the hiring of lecturers on their respective campuses or divisions. Lecturers shall be paid and receive benefits and any other compensation according to the collective bargaining agreement.  The rates shall be paid on the basis of the policies and rates in effect on the campus where the course is taught. Lecturers who are appointed to teach not more than six-credit hours at the Mānoa, Hilo, and West O‘ahu campuses and those appointed to teach not more than seven-credit hours at Community Colleges are carrying less than half-time load equivalent.

      Lecturers are hired to meet temporary, part-time requirements, and should not be used to replace regular full-time faculty. Use of lecturers should be reviewed annually by departments and colleges. Optimal use of lecturers will vary by unit to support student success. Lecturers should not, as a general concept, be hired to teach more than 100% across the University system as defined in EP 9.214. Lecturers employed full-time elsewhere (outside UH employment) should not be appointed for more than six-credit hours per semester or nine-credit hours during the academic year (the same limits as for full-time University faculty members). Lecturers who are appointed after the start of classes and who do not teach the full course(s) shall receive a pro-rata share of the lecturer stipend. The formula to be used is: the instructional class hours completed divided by the instructional class hours required for the course, multiplied by the total amount payable for the entire course.

IV. Delegation of Authority

There is no policy specific delegation of authority.

V. Contact Information

Office of the Vice President for Academic Strategy
Telephone: (808) 956-6897
Email: ovpas@hawaii.edu

VI. References

A. Hawai‘i Revised Statutes, Section 304A, University of Hawai‘i System
B. Administrative Procedure A9.205, A9.235
C. Link to superseded Executive Policies in old format https://www.hawaii.edu/policy/archives/ep/
D. Link to Administrative Procedures in old format https://www.hawaii.edu/policy/archives/apm/sysap.php

VII. Exhibits and Appendices

Attachment 1:  4-Year Classification
Attachment 2:  Community College Classification
Attachment 3:  Legacy Classification Documents
BOR Action memo


    David Lassner    
    January 16, 2024    


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