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Approved by the Mānoa Faculty Senate on April 20, 2011
unanimous; 4 abstention

Supporting Documents

Date Document & Link Committee
  Reorganization Checklist CAB
  College of Natural Sciences Reorganization Proposal  

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RESOLUTION TO ENDORSE PROPOSED REORGANIZATION OF THE COLLEGE OF NATURAL SCIENCES

WHEREAS,

The College of Natural Sciences proposes to merge the Departments of Biology and Zoology and the Marine Option Program into a new Department of Biology under the supervision of the Chair of the Department of Biology, AND

WHEREAS,

The stated benefits of such a merger lie in the streamlining and more complete integration of the biological sciences curriculum and better support for 1,140 undergraduate majors and 110 graduate students, AND

WHEREAS,

Such an integration of the biological sciences curriculum also accords with intellectual movements in biology stressing the greater integration of zoology with biology proper, AND

WHEREAS,

The former biology program was initially administered by a cooperative arrangement among the Departments of Zoology, Botany, and Microbiology and became the Department of Biology in name only, while lacking sufficient faculty and staff to independently support the undergraduate majors and graduate students, AND

WHEREAS,

The Chair of the Department of Zoology was also named the Chair of the Department of Biology in 2008, while merger discussions occurred among faculty and staff of the Departments of Zoology, Biology, Microbiology, and Botany and the Marine Option Program to form a totally complete department of biological sciences, AND

WHEREAS,

The faculty and staff of the Departments of Microbiology and Botany subsequently decided on their own accord to remain independent departments, AND

WHEREAS,

Even without the faculty and staff of the Departments of Microbiology and Botany, the merger of the Departments of Biology and Zoology and the Marine Option Program would bring into the new Department of Biology eighteen (18) faculty, twelve (12) graduate assistants, and five (5) staff members, thus creating a critical mass to help serve and support, along with other contributing departments, all of the new department’s students, AND

WHEREAS.

The faculty and staff of the Departments of Biology, Zoology, and the Marine Option Program submitted to the Dean of the College of Natural Sciences on 20 January 2009 a proposal to merge the three entities into a new Department of Biology to bring about the benefits of such a merger, AND

WHEREAS,

There are anticipated cost savings in such a merger and no losses of current personnel with no additional funding needed at this time such that the reorganization will be resource neutral, AND

WHEREAS,

The current Department of Zoology and Biology students will be allowed to graduate with degrees currently offered, AND2

WHEREAS,

The faculty of the College of Natural Sciences and the Colleges of the Arts and Sciences Executive Committee have been consulted and no major objections to the merger have been declared, AND

WHEREAS,

The administration should take great care to consult with the appropriate undergraduate and graduate student organizations representing the large number of students who will be affected by this reorganization, AND

THEREFORE,

BE IT RESOLVED that the MFS endorses the proposed merger among the Departments of Biology and Zoology and the Marine Option Program into a new Department of Biology under the supervision of the Chair of the Department of Biology.