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Frances Davis Award for Excellence in Undergraduate Teaching

Davis Award Winner

Julie Powers, headshot

Julie Powers

Julie Powers is an assistant professor of early childhood education and currently serves as department chair for social science at the University of Hawai‘i Maui College.

Originally from Tucson, Arizona, she has worked in the field of early childhood education in Hawai‘i, Colorado, Minnesota and Arizona and has consulted internationally.

Powers is passionate about supporting children and families by preparing her students to be nurturing, knowledgeable, committed professionals.

One student wrote, “From planning activities to building relationships, I am truly inspired to emulate Julie’s respectful and creative ways when engaging with children.”

A faculty member noted, “Julie Powers lives and breathes student-centered teaching and is an exemplar on our campus of service to undergraduate students.”

She supports her community by serving on the Maui Economic Opportunity Board of Directors and providing workshops for local schools and conferences. “She is a resource that I will turn to for reflection, guidance and support.” She has also taken leadership roles for the National Association for the Education of Young Children, authoring “Parent-Friendly Early Learning.”

The Frances Davis Award for Excellence in Undergraduate Teaching recognizes dedication and demonstrated excellence as teachers of undergraduate students. It was established as a memorial to the late Frances Davis, who taught mathematics at Leeward Community College and UH Manoa for 19 years.

Current Winners
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2002 – 2015 Honorees
2012–2015 | 2007–2011 | 2002–2006.


Corey Adler, headshot
Corey Adler
Anne Chung, headshot
Anne Chung
LaVache Scanlan, headshot
LaVache Scanlan

Past winners from 2007–2011 and 2002–2006.