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Nominations for 2012 excellence in teaching awards are now open

Announcement from Kenith Simmons, Interim Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs.

UHH Students, Faculty and Staff,

UH Hilo and the UH System annually honor excellent teachers who are nominated by their colleagues and students with the following three awards:

* The Board of Regents’ Award for Excellence in Teaching
* The Chancellor’s Award for Teaching Excellence
* The Frances Davis Award for Excellence in Undergraduate Teaching

UH Hilo is currently seeking nominations for the 2012 Excellence in Teaching Awards.

For more information on the teaching awards, criteria and nomination form go to pdf of memorandum (update: pdf no longer available).

Deadline for submitting nominations and supporting statements is February 10, 2012 and must be sent electronically to vcaa[at] Please indicate “Teaching Award” and the name of the nominee in the subject line when you submit your nomination.

Kenith Simmons
Interim Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs


Learn more about UH Hilo faculty and staff awards.

Search committee announces candidates for UH Hilo Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs

The Search Committee for the University of Hawaii at Hilo Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs is pleased to announce the names of the finalists for the position.  The candidates and their campus visitation dates are:

Karen Pugliesi, Vice Provost for Academic Affairs, Northern Arizona University, Nov. 7–8.

Julio Blanco, Dean of Natural Sciences, California State University at Bakersfield, Nov. 9–10.

William Riffee, Dean of Pharmacy, University of Florida, Nov. 14–15

Matthew Platz, Director of the Division of Chemistry, National Science Foundation and former Dean and Vice Provost, Ohio State University, Nov. 17–18.


Announcement about Strategic Plan implementation

Announcement by the Chancellor about Strategic Plan implementation

Aloha Colleagues,

Over the past few months I have been working with the Council of Vice Chancellors to develop a process that will guide unit implementation planning. I have asked all the vice chancellors to lead and facilitate the development of an implementation plan for their unit.

In this context unit refers to the four major university divisions – Academic Affairs, Administrative Affairs, Research and Economic Development and Student Affairs– and the Office of the Chancellor.

I have asked that completed unit implementation plans be submitted to me by the end of June 2012. Guidance on the unit implementation planning process, including a template for unit plans, is available at the Strategic Plan Implementation page.

Development of the unit implementation plans will be led and facilitated by the appropriate unit leader– in this context that means the relevant VC for each of the major divisions, and me for the Office of the Chancellor– with significant input from all faculty and staff. Some of you may have heard from your VC (or me if you report directly to my office), or you will be hearing from your VC in the coming days on what to expect for your unit and how you will be able to participate.

As you know, there are six goals in our new strategic plan, each with several priority and/or supporting actions. So that we have a clear idea of who will lead on what, I have allocated responsibility for each action to one of the VCs or myself.

Implementing a strategic plan runs the risk that we will become too focused on details and loses sight of the broad principles that motivated the plan in the first place. Keep in mind what the actions you implement should accomplish:

Positively impact our students by:

  • Helping to graduate more men and women who are prepared to succeed in their lives outside of university, and providing an improved learning and living environment that encourages improved retention.

Positively impact our faculty and staff by:

  • Improving the working environment through better communications, streamlined processes and procedures, increased professional development opportunities and better supported teaching and research activities.

Positively impact on our local community by:

  • Actively working with community partners on joint projects and initiatives, ensuring that UH Hilo produces high quality graduates that are able to meet local workforce needs, and encouraging community members to engage in university-based activities.

I want to emphasize that this strategic plan forms a central pillar of UH Hilo– its development was based on input from our faculty, staff, students and community, and as such it is very much our strategic plan. It is our guide for the coming year on issues of most importance for our institution. As such, from now on it will form the basis for decision-making criteria by me and the university’s senior leadership on our strategic direction, budget allocations, and day-to-day operations.

One final note, although we will be doing implementation planning over the coming year, we will also be doing implementation. The process of planning does not overrule the activity of action. I encourage you all to participate in the implementation planning processes and to help put our strategic plan into action for the benefit of our entire university and surrounding community.

I welcome and encourage continuous feedback on the Strategic Plan and its implementation. Please email uhhplan[at] with any comments, ideas or questions you may have.


Don Straney

UH system to present proposed tuition schedule at public meeting in Hilo

UH to present proposed tuition schedule at public meetings statewide; meeting in Hilo scheduled for Sept. 28.

The University of Hawai‘i will be presenting its proposed tuition schedule for fall 2012 through spring 2017 to the community at open public meetings statewide from Sept. 16 to Oct. 21. The meetings will explain the rationale for the tuition proposal, what increases would be used for, and elicit feedback from the public.

Hilo’s meeting is scheduled for Wednesday, Sept. 28, beginning at 3:30 p.m. at the UH Hilo Campus Center Dining Room. Students, the university community, and the public are invited to present testimony (written and/or oral) on the university’s proposed tuition schedule.

On Oct. 21, there will be an 11:30 a.m tuition proposal meeting broadcast statewide via Hawai‘i Interactive Television System (HITS), which can be attended on campus at UH Hilo’s media services room #359.

The final recommendation on the proposed tuition increase will be presented to the UH Board of Regents for action at a meeting in mid-fall.

The dates, times and locations of the meetings are subject to change. Please visit the UH system website for up-to-date information. A PDF of the presentation to the Board of Regents and the current and proposed tuition schedule can also be found online.

Please call the UH Systems Office at (808) 956-9803 with any questions.

Chancellor Straney on PBS Hawai‘i INSIGHTS panel

Joining INSIGHTS host Dan Boylan for the hour-long live broadcast at 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 8, will be UH President M.R.C. Greenwood, UH West O‘ahu Chancellor Gene Awakuni, UH Hilo Chancellor Donald Straney, and UH Mānoa Hawai‘inuiākea School of Hawaiian Knowledge Dean Maenette Benham.

PBS Hawaii:  and you!HONOLULU – Higher education and the role and impact of the University of Hawai‘i System as the state’s only public institution of higher education will be the topic of discussion on “INSIGHTS” on PBS Hawai‘i on Thursday, Sept. 8. Joining host Dan Boylan for the hour-long live broadcast at 7:30 p.m. will be UH President M.R.C. Greenwood, UH West O‘ahu Chancellor Gene Awakuni, UH Hilo Chancellor Donald Straney, and UH Mānoa Hawai‘inuiākea School of Hawaiian Knowledge Dean Maenette Benham.

The panelists will share the latest developments at the University of Hawai‘i’s 10 campuses statewide. Discussion will also include the role of the UH System in creating and disseminating knowledge, fostering innovation to help grow the local economy and preparing Hawai‘i’s workforce for the next generation of jobs.

The program airs live at 7:30 p.m. on Sept. 8 and will be rebroadcast on Friday at 9:30 p.m. An audio rebroadcast will play on Sunday morning at 6 a.m. on both KUMU 94.7 FM and KPOI 97.5 FM. Viewers can join the discussion by calling in during the live broadcast to 973-1000 on O‘ahu or 1-800-238-4847 from the neighbor islands, emailing questions to, or follow the discussion on Twitter and send comments to @pbshawaii. For more information visit