Congratulations to the LLL winners of the 2017 Mānoa/Board of Regents Awards!


Frances Davis Award for Excellence in Undergraduate Teaching for a Graduate Assistant

The Frances Davis Award for Excellence in Undergraduate Teaching for a faculty and a graduate assistant 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 Mānoa for 19 years.

Mark “Maleko” Wilding

Mark Wilding is a PhD student in the Department of Second Language Studies, where he has taught a variety of undergraduate courses over the last 5 years. His achievements as a teacher stem from a real passion for language learning, a genuine empathy for his students, and a vocation for helping others learn in a fun and ʻohana-like environment. His department chair shared, “We are not sure if he is fluent in as many as 12, but he certainly spends time practicing and extending his command of more languages than there are professors in the department.” Mark regularly corresponds with other polyglots and takes a new language course every semester here at UHM, which gives him a deeper insight into the many challenges faced by language learners and teachers at different stages. With glowing course feedback every semester, many students consider him a role model teacher.

Board of Regents’ Medal for Excellence in Research

The Regents’ Medal for Excellence in Research is awarded by the Board of Regents in recognition of scholarly contributions that expand the boundaries of knowledge and enrich the lives of students and the community.

James Dean Brown

James Dean “JD” Brown has made outstanding contributions to the field of applied linguistics in the areas of language testing, language curriculum design, language research methods and teaching of connected speech. Since joining the Department of Second Language Studies, he has trained hundreds of graduate students and served on 44 doctoral committees. His 370 publications include 25 books, 23 monographs, 51 peer-reviewed articles, 74 book chapters and more, all of which have garnered nearly 12,000 citations. As a speaker, he has delivered 60 invited plenary/keynote speeches, 56 peer-reviewed conference presentations and more than 300 other invited lectures and workshops. This Fulbright Senior Scholar has earned the prestigious Duke of Edinburgh Award; the International Language Testing Association Samuel Messick Award; and the College of Languages, Linguistics & Literature Excellence in Scholarship and Research Award.

Mānoa Chancellor’s Citation for Meritorious Teaching

The University of Hawai‘i at Mānoa Chancellor’s Citation for Meritorious Teaching recognizes Mānoa faculty members who have made significant contributions to teaching and student learning.

Daniel E. Harris-McCoy

Assistant Professor Daniel Harris-McCoy is described as an innovative teacher who has inspired a renewed interest among students for studying the classics. Utilizing his own unique, lively teaching style, his students are immersed in the language and culture of the ancients. His goal is for students to develop an ability to see contemporary society as the product of a long and often fractious social, intellectual and aesthetic history; and that they develop the habit of questioning personal beliefs through exposure to world views very different from their own. Among the diverse devices in his pedagogical portfolio are the practice of calligraphy to enhance manuscript writing and textual transmissions; production of comic book versions of various mythic stories; and listening to Greek Beats and Toga Beats, a hip-hop based method for learning Greek and Latin created by Harris-McCoy and an undergraduate student to help students grasp the intricacies of Greek and Latin grammar.

Outstanding Academic Advisor / Advising Unit Award

The Council of Academic Advisors recognizes an individual or unit who, over the past two years, has demonstrated excellence and/or innovation in advising, and/or has made a significant contribution to the advising community.

Advising Center for the Colleges of Arts & Humanities and Languages, Linguistics & Literature (‘Oikela Award)

The Advising Center for the Colleges of Arts and Humanities and Languages, Linguistics & Literature was established in 2015 as part of the reorganization of the Colleges of Arts and Sciences (CAS) Student Academic Services. The Advising Center provides services to its students and other arts and sciences majors (particularly in the physical sciences) without interruption. The creation of “tiered access to advising” and the coordinated efforts of the new eight-person team led by Ruth O. Bingham has improved student access to advising and alleviated long wait lines. The team also includes Kay S. Hamada, Nanette C. Miles, Craig Mitchell, Julie Terlaje, David Yeo, Heather Young and Carolina Asiatico. Additionally, the Advising Center worked collaboratively to create new academic advising programs designed to help students stay focused and on track. The Advising Center has developed and implemented new and innovative methods to improve its services and to provide students with the support they need to be successful.
For the full list of 2017 Mānoa Award Recipients, click here.