Robert W. Clopton Award for Outstanding Service to the Community
Clopton Award Winner
Edward (Ned) Shultz is a professor of history and director of the Center for Korean Studies. Under his six-year leadership, the center has become a vibrant and dynamic academic center. With his affable personality, honesty and hard work, Shultz has transformed the Center for Korean Studies into one of the most academically active research centers within the UH System.
Koreans immigrated to Hawaii in two waves—the first group came between 1903 and 1924, and their descendants are mostly third and fourth generation Korean Americans, while the second group migrated to Hawaii after 1965 and are still struggling to plant their roots in Hawaii. A large gap in terms of culture and language exists between them. Largely through the efforts of Shultz, these culturally disparate groups are now holding meetings together for the common cause of promoting Korean-awareness in Hawaii. The center has become a favored venue for such dialogues.
Shultz also played an important role in the planning and execution of events associated with the 100th anniversary of Korean immigration to the United States. As the academic chair and secretary of the central planning committee, he was responsible for coordinating education and art related activities throughout Hawaii.
A colleague observed, "Ned Shultz has played a leading role in bringing 'gown and town' together, especially with the Korean community in Hawaii. Seldom have I seen a person who is as dedicated to the cause of community service and well-being."
The Robert W. Clopton Award for Outstanding Service to the Community recognizes a UH Manoa faculty member for playing a socially significant role by applying intellectual leadership and academic expertise to the improvement of the community. The award was established as a memorial to longtime Manoa College of Education Professor Robert Clopton and first awarded in 1977.
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