Regents’ Medal for Excellence in Teaching
Teaching Medal Award Winner
Francis T. Takahashi is an assistant professor in the Electronics Technology Program, Trade Technology Division of Kauai Community College.
He once wrote, “We must encourage students to become lifelong learners expanding their minds and horizons on the voyage to discover new 'worlds' on an island they may have once perceived as very small.”
Takahashi received a BA and MS in zoology at the University of Hawaii before completing his PhD in physiology at Oregon State University. He is also trained in business administration, electronics and data processing, which led to stints at IBM, Domain and Maxtor.
This broad background enabled Takahashi to start an electronics technology program at Kauai CC in 1985.
The Regents’ Medal for Excellence in Teaching is awarded by the Board of Regents as tribute to faculty members who exhibit an extraordinary level of subject mastery and scholarship, teaching effectiveness and creativity and personal values that benefit students. The board also awards the Regents’ Medal for Excellence in Research.
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