Ferguson is a professor in the UH Manoa Women’s
Studies Program and the Department of Political Science. Ferguson
believes that teaching is a process, not a product, because it
is ongoing, unpredictable, and, under the best of circumstances
can contribute to a lifetime of lasting reflection.
The idea of “teacher as thinker” underlines Ferguson’s
pedagogical moves and modes. She believes that the teaching/learning
process flourishes best when she keeps a few basic guidelines in
mind—start where the students are; expect a great deal, but
in do-able steps; always take students’ concerns seriously
and have a good time.
Her classes are best described as lecture/discussion with a series
of ongoing conversations. Because people learn with their bodies
as well as their minds, Ferguson looks for ways to include hands-on
activities, such as field trips to a free school, a Native Hawaiian
community project, a food co-op and a grassroots feminist organization.
Ferguson began the Faculty Ambassadors Program in 1996 to take
the excitement of university teaching and research into high school