UH Manoa Chancellor’s Citation for Meritorious Teaching 2002-2006 Award Recipients
Manoa’s Meritorious Teachers
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 Hawaii. He has traveled extensively across Asia, the U.S. and Europe. The insights Cheang gained from these travels, combined with his personal experiences in Hawaii and Singapore, give him a strong sense of awareness of Asia-Pacific-Hawaii-related issues and concerns.
The University of Hawaii at Manoa Chancellor’s Citation for Meritorious Teaching recognizes Manoa faculty members who have made significant contributions to teaching and student learning.
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