Office of Academic Affairs



Provost and Vice President of Academic Affairs 
Matthew Liao-Troth, Ph.D.

Dr. Matthew Liao-Troth

The Provost and Vice President of Academic Affairs provides leadership for the Office of the Provost, serves as chairman of the Academic Council, and is responsible for faculty, academic administration, student services, and enrollment management matters. The Provost also coordinates the academic policy recommendations of the Faculty Assembly, its committees, and task forces with the work of the Office of the Provost.

The Office of Institutional Research, Assessment and Planning (IRAP)

The Office of Institutional Research, Assessment, and Planning manages and coordinates internal and external reporting of official university statistics; conducts research studies and analyses of university data in support of key campus initiatives, decision making, and planning; and works with other administrators and faculty on projects related to recruitment, retention, student success, assessment, and data issues. IRAP maintains the database of degree programs and the section of the HPU website related to academic programs and the Academic Catelog.

Deans of Colleges

Deans of colleges (including schools, centers, and programs that report to the Provost) are responsible for providing leadership and for such matters of academic management as coordinating the design and development of academic degree programs and curriculum, the recruitment, assignment and development of faculty, and the maintenance of such programs’ quality and standards. Deans work collaboratively with faculty in shared governance. Deans serve on the Academic Council, which meet regularly during the academic year, providing oversight and management for the University’s academic programs. On matters of faculty reappointment and review, the deans work closely with the faculty promotion and review committees of their colleges on the evaluation of faculty for reappointment and promotion. Deans coordinate the process of peer evaluation of faculty. In the search for new regular and adjunct faculty, deans work closely with faculty and program chairs of the relevant academic disciplines. Deans provide guidance, and mentoring, to faculty in the improvement of teaching and may cooperate with the Teaching and Learning Center in this effort. Specific duties carried out by the dean of a college include, but are not limited to:

Faculty workload management Adjunct faculty hiring
Overload faculty contracts Orientation of faculty
Peer evaluation of faculty Student evaluation of teaching
Textbook ordering Course scheduling
Coordination with academic advising Curriculum and program review
Maintenance of model syllabi Approval of petitions to graduate
General student petitions Transcript evaluation
Approval of Degree conferral  

Assistant/Associate Deans

Assistant and associate deans help deans of colleges with the leadership and management of academic, curricular, and faculty matters in that academic unit. Assistant and Associate Deans have broader duties than program chairs, assist with the management of numerous academic disciplines, and have a more limited teaching load than program chairs.

Department and Academic Program Chairs

Department and Academic Program Chairs are full-time faculty members who assist deans of colleges with the management of academic, curricular and faculty matters. The specific duties of the department and program chairs are outlined in the Faculty Handbook and include:

Hiring of adjunct faculty Peer evaluations
Course scheduling Course assignment
Curriculum development and review Textbook orders

The Academic Council

The mission of the Academic Council is to collaborate with the Office of the Provost, to maintain a professional environment in which ideas can be translated into action, and to share in the academic governance of the University.

The deans of the colleges, the dean of Military Campus Programs, and the Faculty Assembly Chair (or a designated representative) are organized into a Academic Council which is chaired by the Provost. The Academic Council meets regularly throughout the academic year to oversee the administration and planning of academic, curricular, and faculty matters. The Academic Council works collaboratively with the Faculty Council and university wide departments and committees. The Academic Council is responsible for the preparation and delivery of the following:

Academic calendar Revision of University catalog
Course schedules Planning need for new faculty
Student evaluation of teaching Planning resource development
Classrooms and offices Faculty support services
Faculty workloads Faculty hiring plan
Faculty development General education course coordination
Academic policy proposals  

The Faculty Support Center (FSC)


The mission of the The Faculty Support Center is to support Hawai’i Pacific University’s faculty and staff by striving towards the goal of a smooth teaching experience and academic success.

To find out more about FSC, please click here.

Office of the Faculty Teaching Fellow (OFTF)


We provide a collaborative learning center that links people, projects, and technology in the pursuit of innovative ways to enhance lifelong learning for our students and our community.


In pursuit of this mission, we offer presentations, trainings, workshops, individual consultations, and project management resources on topics ranging from course and assessment design to classroom management to instructional technology.    

To find out more about the Office of the Faculty Teaching Fellow please click here.