Comerford will also serve as director for Research and Cooperative Extension effective September 1.
Kathleen Berg has been named the new director of the University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa College of Education’s Curriculum Research and Development Group. Berg has been an educator and researcher for more than 35 years, serving in a variety of roles at College of Education, CRDG and University Laboratory School.
Associate director at CRDG for nine years, Berg holds a doctorate in educational psychology and has been teaching students at all grade levels and conducting research and evaluation for much of her career.
Berg’s experience includes project management, mathematics teaching and curriculum development at CRDG as well as teacher education and research as faculty with the Masters of Education in Teaching Program. She has been the principal investigator, director, or co-director of a number of projects at CRDG, including the middle school project at the University Laboratory School and several externally funded projects in K–12 mathematics curriculum development and school safety.
In 2009, Berg was appointed as the Hawaiʻi State Commissioner for the Interstate Compact on Educational Opportunity for Military Children and currently serves as chair of the national commissioner. She retired in 2009 as a brigadier general in the Hawaiʻi Air National Guard where she served as a traditional, part-time guard member for more than 30 years.
“We are honored to have Kathy in this new role, and I am thrilled that she has agreed to take on this important and challenging task in the College of Education. The work of CRDG is vital to improving education in Hawaiʻi, one of five priorities we are focusing on as we continue to build capacity within the college” said College of Education Dean Donald Young.
—Adapted from a UH Mānoa news release