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Regents’ Medal for Excellence in Teaching

Teaching Medal Award Winner

Rhonda Black, headshot

Rhonda Black

An associate professor of special education at Manoa, Rhonda Black is committed to using the power of education to improve the quality of life for individuals with disabilities, and those who are under-represented politically, socially and economically.

She accommodates a variety of learning styles by utilizing visual media, simulated Town Hall Meetings, game show quizzes and group problem-solving cooperative projects in her classes.

To Black, teaching is about connection–connection to students, community and content. She believes teaching is about who we are, and who we are becoming.

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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Current awardees and links to archives.


Danny Aiu, headshot
Danny Aiu
Manuel Cabral, headshot
Manuel Cabral
Laurel Gregory, headshot
Laurel Gregory
Keith Kashiwada, headshot
Keith Kashiwada
Albert Spencer, headshot
Albert Spencer