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Frances Davis Award for Excellence in Undergraduate Teaching

Davis Award Winner

Rex Troumbley, headshot

Rex Troumbley

Rex Troumbley is a graduate assistant in the Department of Political Science at the University of Hawai‘i at Manoa.

Troumbley’s primary teaching objective is that students leave his class understanding how power relations organize everything from the trash getting picked up to states going to war. He accomplishes this objective by combining political science methods for analyzing power with the tools students find useful for becoming engaged in their world.

His research deals with how taboo language—cursing, swearing, profanity, obscenity and racial slurs—is managed by medical, legal and technical institutions in the United States.

Most recently, his research has explored the extent to which digital technologies have been used to steer users away from undesirable behaviors, specifically interventions into the “pre-speech” of users, which work to make their expressions “pre-dictable.”

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
Go to UH News for stories on the latest honorees.

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.