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:  October 2014
Prior Dates Amended:  May 2011
Responsible Office:  Office of Executive Vice President for Academic Affairs
Governing Board of Regents Policy:  Chapter 5
Review Date:  August 2017

I. Purpose

This Executive Policy maintains the administrative infrastructure relating to the classification of faculty at the University of Hawai‘i at Mānoa, University of Hawai‘i at Hilo, University of Hawai‘i at 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

A. Executive Policy Responsibilities

It shall be the responsibility of the President to promulgate a 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 policy.

B. Guidelines

    1. The classification of faculty positions in the University of Hawai‘i shall be as provided in the attachments for each campus. 

        Attachment 1:  University of Hawai'i at Manoa

        Attachment 2:  University of Hawai'i at Hilo and University of Hawai‘i – West O‘ahu

        Attachment 3:  University of Hawai'i Community Colleges

    2. 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.

    3. Non compensated faculty appointments shall utilize the appropriate "adjunct" title in accordance with the following guidelines for employing the adjunct faculty series:

        a) 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.

        b) The adjunct faculty series (which does not replace any current category of appointment) will be non-compensated appointments with each appointment appropriately ranked by training and experience analogous to regular faculty.

        c) The ranks in the adjunct faculty series will be:

            Adjunct Instructor

            Adjunct Assistant Professor

            Adjunct Associate Professor

            Adjunct Professor

        d) Appointments to this series will be upon invitation, will not exceed one year, and are to be the specific instructional term or terms for which the appointee has agreed to accept responsibilities.

        e) The appointment and ranking procedure utilized will be identical to that employed in the regular faculty appointment process with the exception that the recruiting and advertising aspects for compensated appointments will not be required.

        f) Reappointments of adjunct faculty at the same rank or at a different rank must be reviewed in the same manner as other faculty appointments. Changing the rank upward will require full appointment review by peers but will not involve a "promotion" process since each year's appointment is considered essentially as a new appointment.

        g) This series is effective immediately, may be utilized by all units, and appointments may be delegated to the Chancellor or designee.

4. Lecturers

    The President or designee shall have authority to appoint lecturers in accordance with the following guidelines for appointment of lecturers:

        a) The fluctuating demand by students for various courses makes it impractical to provide a permanent staff to satisfy all such demands. Therefore, lecturers are hired on a temporary, part-time basis to fill this need when regular faculty members are not available.

        b) Since lecturers are temporary, part-time employees, the University cannot obligate itself to any guarantee of future employment or give any indication that continued employment is implied or intended.

        c) Each Chancellor shall develop academic standards for the hiring of lecturers on their respective campuses or divisions.

        d) Lecturers shall be paid 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.

        e) Lecturers who are appointed to teach not more than six-credit hours at the Manoa, 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.

        f) Lecturers should not, as a general concept, be hired to teach a full instructional load equivalent of regular faculty, i.e., 15 credit hours for Community Colleges and 12 credit hours on four-year campuses per semester within the University system, since lecturers are hired to meet temporary, part-time requirements. In any event, lecturers should not be appointed for a total of more than the equivalent of 15 semester hours in the Community Colleges or 12 semester hours at the Manoa, Hilo, and West O‘ahu campuses. Appropriate equivalencies should be developed for those who may lecture at both the Community Colleges and at the Manoa, Hilo or West O‘ahu campuses at the same time.

        g) Lecturers employed full-time elsewhere (other than 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).

        h) Lecturers are not eligible for tenure regardless of assigned workload or duration of appointments. Any period of appointment as a lecturer will not be counted as probationary service should a lecturer subsequently be appointed to a regular faculty position.

        i) Lecturer appointments are normally for one semester at a time.

        j) 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 Planning and Policy
Telephone: (808) 956-6897
Email: ovpaa@hawaii.edu

VI. References

    A. Hawai‘i Revised Statutes, Section 304A, University of Hawai‘i System

    B. Executive Policy EP 9.112

    C. Administrative Procedure A9.205, A9.235

    D. Link to superseded Executive Policies in old format https://www.hawaii.edu/policy/archives/ep/

    E. Link to Administrative Procedures in old format https://www.hawaii.edu/policy/archives/apm/sysap.php

VII. Exhibits and Appendices

No Exhibits and Appendices found


    David Lassner    
    October 31, 2014    


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