Board of Regents Excellence in Teaching Award ceremony
Tuesday, April 30 | 10a | Orvis Auditorium | free and open to the public

Dr. Sai Bhatawadekar

SaiBhatawadekarDepartment of Indo-Pacific Languages & Literatures, assistant professor and Hindi-Urdu Program Coordinator

The College of LLL congratulates, Dr. Bhatawadekar, a recipient of this year’s of the Board of Regents Excellence in Teaching Award, which recognizes faculty who have made significant contributions in teaching and student learning. The faculty honored exhibit an extraordinary level of subject mastery and scholarship, teaching effectiveness and creativity. Dr. Bhatawadekar joined the department in 2008 as a specialist in foreign and heritage language teaching, pedagogy, curriculum and material development and program building. Her research interests comprise, but are not limited to, South Asian cinema and culture, film adaptation of literature, Hindi and Buddhist religious philosophies and their reception in the West, and German-Indian comparative philosophy.

The following three faculty members have been selected to receive the College of LLL Excellence in Teaching Award for the 2012-2013 Academic Year.

Dr. Marta González-Lloret


Department of Languages and Literatures of Europe and the Americas, associate professor

One of Dr. Gonzálaz-Lloret’s main interests is CALL (Computer Assisted Language Learning). Most of her courses incorporate technology (webCT, Intenet, web-page creation, blogs, wikis, discussion forums) to learn Spanish in a practical manner. She enjoys teaching on line and has created and maintain the LLEA department and its five-division web sites.

Dr. Robert McHenry

Bob McHenryDepartment of English, professor and Undergraduate Program Director
Dr. McHenry came to the University of Hawai‘i in 1970. As a specialist in Restoration and Eighteenth-Century literature, he has written mostly on Dryden, often in an old historicist manner. He edited a selection of historical materials related to Absalom and Achitophel. Currently Dr. McHenry is working on a life of Dryden’s contemporary, Roger North, an early biographer, essayist, and Tory historian of the reign of Charles II. As a regular teacher of Shakespeare, he has become interested in studying the adaptations of his plays, expecially those done in the Restoration, as well as nineteenth-century operas and modern films.He has studied the relationship between literature and both the visual arts and music, exploring the possible application of ideas about the mannerist and baroque styles to literary forms.

Prof. Patrick Woo

Patrick WooDepartment of East-Asian Languages & Literatures, instructor in the Japanese Program


Patrick Woo joined the department in 1990 and has devoted himself to the Japanese language program at UHM for over twenty years. In addition to teaching Japanese language courses at all levels, he also teaches literature courses in translation (EALL 271, 272, 372B) and two special Japanese reading and writing courses for bilingual students. He works collaboratively with new lecturers and is actively involved in the training and mentoring of graduate assistants. He was the Lower Level Japanese Language Program Coordinator in 2003 and 2005, and has served as the Resident Director for the UHM summer program at the Konan University in Kobe, Japan (2001 and 2003) and for the Year-in-Japan Study Abroad Program at the J.F. Oberlin University in Tokyo, Japan (2007-2008). Noted for his enthusiasm and creative teaching style, he received the 2007 Frances Davis Award for Excellence in Undergraduate Teaching, a system-wide award that recognizes dedication and demonstrated excellence as teachers of undergraduate students.

See past winners here.