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Frances Davis Award for Excellence in Undergraduate Teaching

Davis Award Winner

Jacob Terrell, headshot

Jacob Terrell

Jacob Terrell is an instructor and doctoral candidate in the College of Languages, Linguistics and Literature at UH Manoa and leads the unit mastery classes in the Department of Linguistics.

He has contributed to readers used in the department and created and edited a reader that includes chapters from other graduate students. Terrell’s reader is now used by all sections of Linguistics 102; he also contributed to one being used in Linguistics 105.

He also created and implemented an undergraduate course, with some faculty supervision, which focuses on endangered languages. Enrollment in this course increased from 36 in its first offering to well over 100.

In the unit mastery program, Terrell revamped course materials and updated online materials to provide more accessibility. He successfully helped to transform courses that were merely taken to fulfill general education requirements to ones that students acknowledge the importance of languages and culture.

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.