University of Hawaii Impairing Its Faculties?

RJ Brown/Civil Beat

The number of students at the University of Hawaii has grown during the last few years, but the number of tenured professors has not. Instead, the university is relying on a cheaper teaching alternative: lecturers. Professors say the university is saving money, but at the expense of its academic future.

"That's not a way to build up a university," said Michael Weinstein, a recently retired sociology professor at UH Manoa. "Lecturers are expected to teach courses, but they're not expected to do full range of faculty responsibilities. They're not meeting with committees, serving in leadership positions and researching. You have to have a lot of those people to create one full-time professorial job."

In the last three years, fall enrollment within the university system increased by nearly 11 percent. The number of lecturers kept pace with enrollment, but the number of tenured faculty has hovered around 1,800 during that same time period.

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