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

Manoa’s Meritorious Teachers

Wayne Iwaoka, headshot

Wayne Iwaoka
Department of Human Nutrition, Food and Animal Sciences

Wayne Iwaoka is an associate professor in the Department of Human Nutrition, Food and Animal Sciences in the College of Tropic Agriculture and Human Resources. Iwaoka believes that education should further student’s critical thinking and problem solving skills. Students should learn to collaborate, be creative, reflect on their learning and communicate effectively. Learning goes beyond the core principles of food science and technology, and Iwaoka uses his courses as a vehicle to cultivate life skills in his students.

Iwaoka’s unconventional teaching style communicates the content of a course in a rather exceptional way. He introduced innovative options, such as administering the Meyers-Briggs Personality Profile so students can better understand themselves. He also uses the Cornell Critical Thinking Test to monitor his students’ critical reasoning skills.

Because of Iwaoka’s unconventional class structure and high standards many of his students find his courses challenging, however, they appreciate the challenges.

As an academic counselor, Iwaoka stresses the importance of finding, exploring and developing students’ passions so that they can incorporate them into their careers.

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