2003 Regents' Medal for Excellence in Teaching
Awarded by the Board of Regents, the teaching excellence medal pays tribute to faculty members for their extraordinary level of subject mastery and scholarship, teaching effectiveness and creativity and personal values beneficial to students.
Kakkala "Gopal" Gopalakrishnan
Excellence in Teaching
Jonathan Goldberg-Hiller is an associate professor in the UH Manoa Department of Political Science. He is a former recipient of a Presidential Citation for Meritorious Teaching.
Inspired by Antonio Gramsci, a prominent 20th century political theorist, he seeks to treat all of his students as philosophers, and orients his teaching to draw from the wellspring of practical knowledge residing in every student. He believes successful teaching depends on three elements—the exploration of another way of life, knowledge about oneself, and the constitution of a community of knowledge. In order to invigorate this culture of learning, he omits or minimizes lecturing and encourages students to fashion their own knowledge by teaching them to ground their discussions on their critical readings of course material.
Goldberg-Hiller has been involved in writing a new undergraduate curriculum for political science and has designed a new university-wide program for the study of law, society and globalization.