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Approved by the Mānoa Faculty Senate on December 8, 2010

Supporting Documents


Motion to Retire the Faculty Handbook

The University of Hawai‘i at Mānoa Faculty Handbook was last updated in the early 1970s and was distributed to new faculty as a printed handbook;

New faculty to the University of Hawai‘i system beginning in the 1990s did not received the handbook;

The handbook was transformed into an online wiki and maintained by an ad hoc senate committee of three faculty members, all of whom were associated with the educational technology discipline;

The online wiki has 54 sections, 37 of which are still incomplete after three years of concerted effort by the ad hoc committee;

The site has been visited 1259 times from September 2007 to October 2010, more than 75% of which was by the three faculty members of the ad hoc committee;

The three faculty members of the ad hoc committee found they were generally providing links to other sites in the University of Hawai‘i website;

The ad hoc committee considers all information in the handbook to exist on various web sites within the University of Hawai‘i as well as on community-based web sites;

Even after updating links, the ad hoc committee found web site URLs changed and does not consider practical updating those links in perpetuity;

Historically, most faculty handbooks have been replaced by union contracts;

The essence of a wiki is that it is a collaborative effort, but the faculty handbook wiki has been predominantly a 3-person effort.

Therefore, the University of Hawaii Mānoa Faculty Senate’s Committee on Professional Matters recommends that the Faculty Handbook be retired.