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Excellence in Undergraduate Teaching Honored

Posted on | August 28, 2009 | Comments Off

Top row from left, Joanne Birch, Kelikokauaikekai Hoe,  Abegail Kopf, Heather Kurano, Lisa Parr, Taupouri Tangaro and Stefanie Wilson

Top row from left, Joanne Birch, Kelikokauaikekai Hoe, Abegail Kopf, Heather Kurano, Lisa Parr, Taupouri Tangaro and Stefanie Wilson

Mānoa’s Joanne Birch, Windward’s Kelikokauaikekai Hoe, Kapiʻolani’s Abegail Kopf, Mānoa’s Heather Kurano, Hilo’s Lisa Parr, Hawaiʻi’s Taupouri Tangaro and West Oʻahu’s Stefanie Wilson were honored with the Francis Davis Award for Excellence in Undergraduate Teaching. In memory of the late Frances Davis who taught mathematics at Leeward and Mānoa for 19 years, the award recognizes faculty members who demonstrate outstanding dedication and excellence as teachers of undergraduate students.

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

Birch is a graduate teaching assistant and doctoral candidate in botany who enjoys expanding students’ understanding of diversity and enforcing the idea that hard work, determination and self-confidence make a successful scientist. Read more.

Hoe is an assistant professor in Hawaiian Studies whose diverse experience includes Hawaiian language plays, loʻi restoration and the creation of hula instruments. He also revived the Polynesian voyaging and seamanship classes. Read more.

Kopf is an instructor in respiratory therapy who strives to facilitate learning experiences that promote independent learning, professionalism and the application of knowledge and critical thinking in future healthcare providers. Read more.

Kurano is a Spanish instructor who exposes her students to authentic, culturally relevant materials, and often incorporates video clips, radio excerpts, reading materials and music from her travels to Spanish-speaking areas into her lessons. Read more.

Parr is an instructor of marine science whose capacity for encouraging students to interact with their community has raised the level of expectation in the marine science department as a whole. Read more.

Tangaro is an assistant professor and department chair of Hawaiian life styles and humanities who “is charged with bridging not only generations, but our sister campuses and our community.” Read more.

Wilson is an associate professor of business administration who believes graduates should have the knowledge and skills to help them achieve their professional goals and they should also provide leadership and service to their communities. Read more.

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