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Frances Davis Award for Undergraduate Teaching 2002-2006 Award Recipients

Davis Award Winner

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Susan Hirate

Susan Hirate is an instructor of Japanese in UH Manoa. She follows a simple teaching mantra: keep it fun, keep in challenging and keep it positive. During the past 20 years, the language program’s objectives have matured, placing greater emphasis on performance, authenticity and communicative competence. Hirate shaped her program by serving on curriculum committees and developing a new listening skills course.

Hirate has been honored with the college’s Instructor Award for Innovative Teaching. A colleague observed, "Day in and day out, she exudes energy and excitement about her work, and I believe her zest can jump-start any class."

The Frances Davis Award for Undergraduate Teaching recognizes dedication and demonstrated excellence as teachers of undergraduate students. It was established as a memorial to the late Frances Davis, who taught mathematics at Leeward Community College and UH Manoa for 19 years.

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