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Regents’ Medal for Excellence in Teaching

ArboledaPia Arboleda is Assistant Professor and Coordinator of the Filipino and Philippine Literature program at the Department of Indo-Pacific Languages and Literatures. She holds a Doctor of Arts degree in Language and Literature from De La Salle University.

Prior to joining UH, she served as assistant professor in Filipino at University of the Philippines Baguio, and as visiting professor at Osaka University where she taught Filipino language and literature to Japanese students.

As part of her integrated approach to teaching, research and materials development, Arboleda produces multi-media bilingual animated films on Philippine folklore. One of her major accomplishments is the translation and subtitling of the 13-part film series on Noli Me Tangere (based on the literary masterpiece by Jose Rizal), as well as numerous Philippine films that are now used for teaching. Arboleda has also translated several books from English into Filipino.

Chancellor’s Citation for Meritorious Teaching

SchultzSusan M. Schultz has been teaching undergraduate and graduate courses in composition, American literature, contemporary poetry, creative writing, and small press publishing at UH Mānoa since 1990.

For over two decades, she has also served as editor for Tinfish Press, a not-for-profit organization that publishes experimental poetry from Hawaiʻi and other places in the Pacific region.

Schultz is a critic, poet, and editor, whose most recent books center on Alzheimer’s disease: two volumes of Dementia Blog as well as Memory Cards: 2010-2011 Series, Singing Horse Press.

College of LLL Excellence in Teaching Award

BerezAndrea Berez-Kroeker joined the Department of Linguistics in 2011 and teaches in its Language Documentation and Conservation area. A specialist in technologies for the preservation of endangered languages, Berez-Kroeker focuses her teaching and mentoring on preparing graduate students for field-based research in endangered language communities worldwide. She sees her primary responsibility as a teacher as harnessing her students’ zeal and turning them into skilled, ethical fieldworkers who will not only contribute meaningfully to linguistic science, but also make a difference in the lives of people with whom they work.

In her own research, Berez-Kroeker is dedicated to supporting technology, infrastructure, and sustainability in field linguistics, while also bridging the gap between linguistics, archiving, technology, and community language activism.

Chancellor’s Award for Outstanding Service

Gayle-NagasakoGayle Nagasako is simply an icon in the Department of English. Her name is synonymous with the department, whether you ask alumni or emeriti faculty, students or staff. It’s no wonder.

Nagasako started working on the Mānoa campus in 1972, and her legacy career at the department began in 1976 when she was a clerk-typist. She worked hard and eventually became secretary in 1988.

Since then, Nagasako has never looked back, thoroughly enjoying her job and the many people with whom she interacts.   Her unparalleled experience in the department is critical to smooth operations and management. She takes on all her tasks with a joyful heart. It is most appropriate that Nagasako is receiving the Chancellor’s Award for Outstanding Service.

Originally from Maui, Nagasako returns there to visit family. Her fun-loving side also takes her to Disneyland and Vegas, as all who know her know. “But I’m always happy to return to UHM and the English department. There’s no better place to work. I’m very touched that my present and former chairs and associate chairs nominated me for this honor.”