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Francisco Acoba

Francisco Acoba

Francisco “Fran” Acoba grew up in Kalihi and attended the University of Hawai’i at Mānoa, where he earned an MA in English (literary studies) that concluded with a project about contemporary Hawaiian music. After graduate school, he worked as a research assistant at a commercial real estate firm and then as a technical writer at a financial institution. In 2001, Fran started teaching at Kapi’olani Community College (KCC).

Fran currently serves as an associate professor of English at KCC, teaching literature and writing (with a sustainability focus), where he also also helps to run the college’s Service and Sustainability Learning program.

Fran believes in Peter Elbow’s enabling mantra that “[e]veryone can write.” More specifically, within a particular context, everyone can generate text that follows conventions (and goes beyond them) and has meaning for its intended audience.

Interests: climate change, indigenous wisdom, sustainable communities, water

UN SDH’s: SDG 4 Quality Education, SDG 12 Responsible Consumption, SDG 13 Climate Action, SDG 17 Partnerships for the Goals

Contact: polley@hawaii.edu

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