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Frances Davis Award for Undergraduate Teaching 2002-2006 Award Recipients

Davis Award Winner

David Cleveland, headshot

David Cleveland

David Cleveland is a professor of sociology at Honolulu Community College. He has been described as a teacher and mentor of extraordinary proportions, as someone who can bring out the best in others. As one of Cleveland’s students wrote, "It was through his support and encouragement that I found myself actually believing that I could succeed in college, and I was not only able to meet the expectations of my instructors but exceed them in many cases. This idea that I was 'good enough' helped me in my decision to pursue a bachelor’s degree in education."

Cleveland maintains extremely high standards and demands much of his students. In all of his introductory classes, for example, he requires independent research projects and a substantial amount of writing. Cleveland’s strong commitment to making more than 100 undergraduate students think and write every semester has helped to set the benchmark for other classes in liberal arts.

The Frances Davis Award for 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.

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Anthony Kilberk
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