Office of the SVP and Provost

About Matthew Liao-Troth


Matthew Liao-Troth, P.h.D., joined Hawai’i Pacific University as it’s first-ever provost on July 15, 2013, overseeing the divisions of academic and student affairs for the university. He holds a faculty appointment in public administration.

Dr. Liao-Troth was previously the dean of the J. Whitney Bunting College of Business at Georgia College & State University. While dean, he also served as interim provost and vice president of academic affairs at GCSU. He is an emeritus professor of management at Western Washington University (WWU), where he was chair of the Department of Management and director of Graduate Business Programs in the College of Business & Economics. He also served as Faculty Senate President while at WWU. He formerly led the National Nonprofit Leadership Alliance (née American Humanics Program) at DePaul University. Dr. Liao-Troth held faculty appointments at all of these institutions while in academic leadership roles, and also served on the faculty of Washington University in St. Louis.

Dr. Liao-Troth holds a doctoral degree in management and a master’s degrees in management and policy from the University of Arizona and an MBA from San Diego State University with a focus on personnel and industrial relations. He earned a bachelor’s degree from the University of California-Santa Cruz in American Studies.

Prior to his work in academia, Dr. Liao-Troth served as a division executive with Boy Scouts of America, and his research interests have focused largely on management of non-profit organizations. His book, “Challenges in Volunteer Management” (Information Age, 2008), has been widely adopted as a textbook for graduate programs in non-profit management.”

Office of the Provost

The Provost’s office oversees academic and student affairs. Academic Affairs is organized around five colleges and faculty which together administer the academic programs on the Downtown and Hawaii Loa Campuses and Military bases around Oahu. Student Affairs includes Student Life, Housing, Student Activities, Student Government Association, and Behavioral and Mental Health. Each academic program is home-based in one of these colleges, regardless of the campus on which its faculty teach or its courses are delivered.

The Office is headed by the Senior Vice President & Provost, who reports to the President of the University and is a member of the President’s Cabinet and the university’s Senior Leadership Team. Each of the colleges is headed by a dean who manages the academic programs of the college with a team of assistant/associate deans, department chairs, faculty council, faculty committees, and elected faculty officers. The deans also serve on the Dean’s Council where university-wide academic matters are deliberated, and as ex officio members of the committees of the Faculty Assembly as appropriate.

Each faculty member, whether holding regular or adjunct status, is assigned to a college under the office and, according to his/her status, takes part in the governance of that college. The specific division to which a faculty is assigned is based upon his or her major academic discipline and the academic programs in which the discipline is located. Faculty who teach in several fields will have one college designated as their home base but may find that they take direction from more than one dean.

Recommendations on academic matters such as the approval of courses and curriculum, the planning of academic programs, the formulations of academic requirements for degrees and honors, and the selection and evaluation of faculty are made by the Senior Vice President & Provost to the President. These recommendations are based upon recommendations of the Deans Council, the Faculty Senate and or the Faculty Assembly. The processes of faculty governance are described in the Faculty Senate constitution and by laws.

Other departments that report to the Senior Vice President & Provost include the Registrar’s Office, Academic Advising, Career Services, the Library, the Office of Sponsored Projects (Grants), Office of International Students and Scholars and the Study Abroad and International Student Exchange program.

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.

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
  • Faculty Orientation
  • 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 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.

List of The Colleges, Deans, Department Chairs, Directors, and Faculty

The mission of the Dean’s 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 the College of Extended and Interdisciplinary Education, and the Faculty Assembly Chair (or a designated representative) are organized into a Academic Council which is chaired by the Provost. The Dean’s Council meets regularly throughout the academic year to oversee the administration and planning of academic, curricular, and faculty matters. The Dean’s Council works collaboratively with the Faculty Council and university wide departments and committees. The Dean’s 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 mission of 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.

The Office of the Faculty Teaching Fellow facilitates the effort of faculty and academic units to develop and sustain practices that promote the highest quality of teaching and learning.


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Faculty Teaching Fellow
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Han Nee Chong
Instructional Design & Technology Specialist
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