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

Manoa’s Meritorious Teachers

Janice Smith , headshot

Janice Smith
Department of Chemistry

Janice Smith is a professor in the Department of Chemistry. Students often approach chemistry without enthusiasm or they might be intimidated because their background in math is weak. Smith believes it is a teacher’s job to dispel those fears.

She believes that a gifted instructor can create a friendly environment that allows students to concentrate on learning the material rather than worrying about it. She feels that a teacher can be a strong role model in a student’s life. In her own career, students look upon her as a successful female scientist who juggles a busy career with a rich family life. In this way a teacher’s influence can extend well beyond the classroom.

A major project Smith is undertaking is to transition the organic chemistry laboratories to safer and less costly microscale experimentation. This involved revising and updating the entire organic chemistry laboratory curriculum, which serves hundreds of students each year. Smith also serves as faculty advisor to the student affiliate chapter of the American Chemical Society.

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