Conner is a professor of English literature at Leeward
Community College. His 32 years of service to the college and
community include his tenure as chairman of the arts and humanities
division, coordinator of the Japanese studies program and a
member of the committee to develop the college day-care center.
Conner’s scholarly accomplishments include an impressive
list of lectures, publications and poetry. But most noteworthy
are the accolades that he receives from students. Conner has
dozens of letters thanking him for his knowledge, inspiration
and caring. One student writes, “You not only talk about
caring for the students in your class, but you demonstrate
your care by the material you select to enrich our lives, and
the time you take in preparing for your classes.” Another
admiring student refers to him as “the Confucian ideal
of good educator, husband, father, friend and citizen.”
Conner is a much-loved teacher who has inspired a generation
of students with his own passion for literature and learning.
He is known for his colorful delivery, such as singing haiku
poems in a foreign language, imitating Noh theater actors,
playing recordings of novels being covered in class and bringing
in visual aids such as books, pictures, videos and maps.