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Regents’ Medal for Excellence in Teaching

Teaching Medal Award Winner

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Alice Tse

Alice Tse is an associate professor in the School of Nursing and Dental Hygiene at UH Manoa.

Tse believes teaching can be a transformative experience. At the core of her pedagogical philosophy are the principles of empowerment and praxis, through facilitation, reciprocal learning and dialogue.

She has been described by one student as “an enlightened sensei able to convey the meaning of extraordinarily complex ideas with a few succinct words and concepts.” A colleague observing her in a large class of students with varying competencies and knowledge identifies her success as residing in that most compelling quality of the truly gifted teacher: “As I observed the participants, it became clear that each felt that Professor Tse was speaking just to them.”

Her courses on community action research and exploration of health and healing practices are significantly informed by professional expertise in Native Hawaiian and Pacific Islander health and a long association with Native Hawaiian Health Care Systems such as Ke Ola Mamo.

The Regents’ Medal for Excellence in Teaching is awarded by the Board of Regents as tribute to faculty members who exhibit an extraordinary level of subject mastery and scholarship, teaching effectiveness and creativity and personal values that benefit students. The board also awards the Regents’ Medal for Excellence in Research.

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