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Regents’ Medal for Excellence in Teaching Awarded

Posted on | August 28, 2009 | Comments Off

Top row, from left, David L. Callies, Diane Caulfield, Sang Yee Cheon, John Constantino, Michele Ebersole, James Henry, Krista Hiser, Frank Kudo, Ross Langston, Laura Lees, Shelley Ota, V. Amarjit Singh and  Taupouri Tangaro

Top row, from left, David L. Callies, Diane Caulfield, Sang Yee Cheon, John Constantino, Michele Ebersole, James Henry, Krista Hiser, Frank Kudo, Ross Langston, Laura Lees, Shelley Ota, V. Amarjit Singh and Taupouri Tangaro

Mānoa’s David L. Callies, Honolulu’s Diane Caulfield, Mānoa’s Sang Yee Cheon, Kauaʻi’s John Constantino, Hilo’s Michele Ebersole, Mānoa’s James Henry, Kapiʻolani’s Krista Hiser, West Oʻahu’s Frank Kudo, Windward’s Ross Langston, Maui’s Laura Lees, Leeward’s Shelley Ota, Mānoa’s V. Amarjit Singh and Hawaiʻi’s Taupouri Tangaro were honored with the Board of Regents’ Medal for Excellence in Teaching.

This award recognizes faculty who exhibit an extraordinary level of subject mastery and scholarship, teaching effectiveness and creativity, and personal values beneficial to students.

A professor in the William S. Richardson School of Law, Callies is a preeminent scholar and leader in the legal academy who often talks about the fantastic potential Manoa law students have and how they can make the most of their experiences. Read more.

Caulfield is a professor in cooperative education who has demonstrated her commitment to the college and its students in the roles of counselor, instructor and division chairperson. Read more.

An assistant professor in East Asian Languages and Literatures, Cheon has single-handedly envisioned, formulated and structured the BA Flagship Program in Korean, developed its curricula and recruited its students. Read more.

Constantino is an assistant professor and counselor in student services who listens attentively to each student, provides comprehensive service and designs a clear educational plan to help them achieve their goals. Read more.

An associate professor of education, Ebersole is an outstanding role model who inspires students to do their best, while displaying professional demeanor and personal warmth that characterize the most effective teachers. Read more.

Henry is an associate professor in English who developed an English 100 mentoring program that raised the success rates of freshmen and provided valuable instructional experience and financial support for the mentors. Read more.

An assistant professor of English, Hiser works with students in developmental English classes, and teaches, “so that students can live the richest, deepest, most reflective version of whatever life’s path unfolds for them.” Read more.

Kudo is an assistant professor of accounting who demonstrates a genuine enthusiasm for teaching and a dedication to his students that make him an outstanding instructor and excellent role model. Read more.

An instructor of anatomy and physiology, Langston is considered by his students to be “an amazing instructor” who is knowledgeable on a wide range of areas and displays a humble, easy-going and student-centered style of teaching. Read more.

Lees is an instructor of English who is deeply passionate about teaching and gives confidence to all of her students by empowering them and creating an atmosphere of enjoyable learning. Read more.

A professor of accounting, Ota looks for ways to engage students in the learning process, including hands-on activities like Lego kits to demonstrate the accounting concept of costing the manufacturing process. Read more.

Singh is a professor in civil and environmental engineering who instills the valuable lesson of how an innovative idea can become a reality in the engineering profession and what can cause ideas to fail. Read more.

An assistant professor and department chair of Hawaiian life styles and humanities, Tangaro inspires students through creativity, sensitivity, gentle humor, innovation and a deep, profound sense of purpose. Read more.

These honorees will be recognized at the annual Convocation ceremony on Sept. 15, 10 a.m. at Mānoa’s Kennedy Theatre.

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