This year, fourteen University of Hawaiʻi faculty members have been selected as recipients of the Regents’ Medal for Excellence in Teaching, and three were selected as recipients of the Regents’ Medal for Excellence in Research.

“These superb University of Hawaiʻi teachers and researchers are changing students’ lives and making a difference for our community,” said UH President David Lassner. “We thank them for their dedication and their commitment to excellence.”

Regent’ Medal for Excellence in Teaching

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Top row from left, Norman Q. Arancon, Pia Arboleda, Brian L. Cassity, Julia Eve Hammer and Roy Y. Kamida. Middle row from left, Melissa Kirkendall, Katie Landgraf, Justin D. Levinson, Victoria Mathis and Aaron T. Ohta. Bottom row from left, L. Ayu Saraswati, Ron D. Solis, Norman Takeya and Charles K. Whitten

  • Norman Arancon, assistant professor, horticulture, UH Hilo
  • Pia Arboleda, assistant professor, College of Languages, Linguistics & Literature, UH Mānoa
  • Brian L. Cassity, professor, Arts and Humanities, Kapiʻolani Community College
  • Julia Eve Hammer, professor, School of Ocean and Earth Science and Technology, UH Mānoa
  • Roy Y. Kamida, professor, accounting, Business Division, Leeward Community College
  • Melissa Kirkendall, instructor, anthropology, UH Maui College
  • Katie Landgraf, assistant professor, accounting, UH West Oʻahu
  • Justin D. Levinson, professor, William S. Richardson School of Law, UH Mānoa
  • Victoria Mathis, assistant professor, nursing, Kauaʻi Community College
  • Aaron T. Ohta, associate professor, electrical engineering, College of Engineering, UH Mānoa
  • L. Ayu Saraswati, associate professor, women’s studies, College of Social Sciences, UH Mānoa
  • Ron Darren “Kekeha” Solis, assistant professor, Hawaiʻinuiākea School of Hawaiian Knowledge, UH Mānoa
  • Norman Takeya, assistant professor, transport and trades program, Honolulu Community College
  • Charles Whitten, professor and counselor, student services, Windward Community College

The Regents’ Medal for Excellence in Research

From left, Karen Meech, Robert Thomson and Axel Timmermann

From left, Karen Meech, Robert Thomson and Axel Timmermann

  • Karen Meech, astronomer, Institute for Astronomy, UH Mānoa
  • Robert Thomson, assistant professor, biology, College of Natural Sciences, UH Mānoa
  • Axel Timmermann, professor, oceanography, School of Ocean and Earth Science and Technology, UH Mānoa
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