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UH Manoa Chancellor’s Citation for Meritorious Teaching 2002-2006 Award Recipients

Manoa’s Meritorious Teachers

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Michael Cheang
Center on Aging

Michael Cheang is an assistant professor in the Center on Aging in the John A. Burns School of Medicine. He believes that students come to class with their own life experiences and each contributes to the learning process. He sees the classroom as a community of learning—he learns from his students just as they learn from him.

Identifying with Paolo Freire’s notion of education as a means of empowering people, Cheang asks one question when explaining a concept, "when working with families and communities, how can you use this concept to help them to help themselves?"

Cheang believes in life-long learning and is involved in community activities and service. He was invited to sit on the editorial board of the ASA—s Generations journal and the Honolulu Committee on Aging. Cheang shares his teaching skills and is a highly regarded provider of in-service training for local service providers.

Cheang grew up in Singapore and lived a significant portion of his adult life in Hawai‘i. He has traveled extensively across Asia, the U.S. and Europe. The insights Cheang gained from these travels, combined with his personal experiences in Hawai‘i and Singapore, give him a strong sense of awareness of Asia-Pacific-Hawai‘i-related issues and concerns.

The University of Hawai‘i at Manoa Chancellor’s Citation for Meritorious Teaching recognizes Manoa faculty members who have made significant contributions to teaching and student learning.

Select a recipient for more about that individual, or view the most recent winners.


Benjamin Bergen, headshot
Benjamin Bergen
Tep Dobry, headshot
Tep Dobry
Electrical Engineering
Gwen Naguwa, headshot
Gwen Naguwa
Scott Rowland, headshot
Scott Rowland
Geology and Geophysics
C. Alan Titchenal, headshot
C. Alan Titchenal
Human Nutrition


Sun-Ki Chai, headshot
Sun-Ki Chai
Jason Maddock, headshot
Jason Maddock
Public Health Science and Epidemiology
John Rieder, headshot
John Rieder
John Zuern, headshot
John Zuern


Kazi Ashraf, headshot
Kazi Ashraf
Carlos Coimbra, headshot
Carlos Coimbra
Lorrie Wong, headshot
Lorrie Wong


Michael Cheang, headshot
Michael Cheang
Center on Aging
Annette Sherry, headshot
Annette Sherry
Jenny Teruya, headshot
Jenny Teruya
Sylvia Yuen, headshot
Sylvia Yuen
Center on the Family