Six faculty receive Golden Apple awards
by Kalamalama staff
|To recognize Hawai‘i Pacific
University’s many outstanding teachers, the Faculty Development
Committee present ed six faculty members with the Distinguished
Teaching by a Full-Time Faculty Member Award in recognition of
their significant contributions to HPU as teachers and scholars.
Selection of the recipient of this award is based on evidence
that the faculty member:
· is regarded by his or her
students and peers as one who inspires academic excellence,
students to become active participants in their own learning,
and takes pride in motivating them to do their best
· uses creativity and innovative teaching strategies in the continuous
and sustained pursuit of teaching excellence.
These six faculty received 2004 Golden Apple awards at the
April 23 Faculty Assembly.
|Distinguished Teaching by a Full-Time Faculty Member:
assistant professor of English Dr. Micheline Soong.
Among a faculty known for outstanding teaching, Soong shines
because of her ability to integrate her classes with University
and community events, for the thoroughness and detail of her
syllabi, her willingness to share her extensive teaching materials,
such as handouts and assignments, with her peers, and the enthusiasm
she is able to generate in her students in both writing and literature
courses, within the general education program, and in the major.
Students in Soong’s classes are well-prepared readers and
interpreters of texts, and they learn to write logically as well.
Dr. Micheline Soong
|Distinguished Teaching by an Adjunct Faculty Member:
instructor of management Gerald Clay, J.D.
Clay co-teaches International Negotiation (MGMT 6430A) in the
HPU-MBA program and is also a partner at his law firm, Stanton,
Clay, Chapman, Crumpton & Iwamura. The motivation behind
his return to teaching is not the financial incentive. His motivation
comes strictly from the positive energy generated in sharing
his knowledge garnered over the twenty plus years experience
in his commercial business law private practice. His enthusiasm
and methods stimulate students to become active participants
in their own learning.
Gerald Clay, J.D.
A leader in the dispute resolution
industry, Clay brings real-life applications of the material
presented in the textbooks. He continues to create a unique curriculum
that is enhanced and fine-tuned each year. The course is developed
from actual cases, so students get hands-on opportunities to
hone their negotiation skills during in-class simulations. Without
the creative and innovative materials and strategies personally
designed by this gifted instructor, the class would not be as
successful or popular as it has been over the years.
A new innovation that Clay has introduced this semester is to
have students keep daily journals noting their “habit” patterns
of communication behavior. The journal serves as a method of
identifying areas where change is needed to incorporate the skills
and techniques acquired in class into their daily lives.
Clay has collaborated with several co-teachers and regularly
brings other active negotiators into the class for lectures on
relevant syllabus topics. His continuing popularity surely stems
from the energy and enthusiasm he exudes that inspires the students
to work hard to understand and master skills they will use everyday
in or outside of class, in business, and at home. The success
of the class is evident in the consistently above average scores
received in student evaluations.
Excellence in Scholarship: assistant professor
of communication Dr. Scott Campbell.
Soon after joining the HPU faculty in 2002, Campbell completed
his dissertation and continued an active program of research
exploring the social implications of new communication technologies.
Campbell’s recent scholarly achievements include several
refereed journal articles, book chapters, book reviews, and conference
presentations within the last year. Campbell has demonstrated
that he is a very productive junior faculty member who deserves
to be recognized for his productivity with the Golden Apple Award
for Excellence in Scholarship.
Dr. Scott Campbell
|Excellence in Mentoring: instructor of psychology
Dr. Langley Frissell.
Frissell is an appropriate candidate for this award because of
his extensive efforts to support faculty in their creative use
of distance learning technology. He provides full support to
new online instructors and helps them to adapt technology to
the needs of the class. He helps them learn new software applications,
installs programs on office computers, allows them to record
lectures at his home, and even “lurks” on chats until
students are comfortable with technology. He is available days,
evenings, and weekends to patiently answer their questions.
Dr. Langley Frissell
Frissell is a teacher in two senses.
First, he does serve as an adjunct in his professional field
of psychology, and has thereby helped psychology to develop
an online presence. Second, he is a teacher/mentor to those
who have learned how to teach online. He shows us how to make
online courses more than “canned” lectures and tests
through the use of chat, discussions, and other methods. He is
a tireless advocate for expanding the University’s distance
learning offerings and the capabilities of faculty to deliver
online courses. Not only has he unselfishly helped HPU achieve
a successful online presence, but he has provided access to
education for students who could not otherwise attend school.
Frissell began to advocate for online learning at HPU long before
he became a full-time colleague. He first came to us when he
was employed by the community colleges, and gave many hours and
much effort and enthusiasm that were never compensated. He was
generous then, and continues to be generous in sharing his knowledge
|Reflective Use of Technology - associate professor
of marketing and management Dr. Dan Flood.
In the summer of 2000, Flood was asked to teach online courses
for the military campus program. The first course was offered
immediately in the fall of 2000 (MGMT 1000). Understanding that
he could not take a traditional, lecture-based format online,
Flood developed an entirely new teaching strategy.
Dr. Dan Flood
To enhance his familiarity with
advances in the field, he researched Problem-Based Learning
was being taught at the University of Hawai‘i Medical School.
PBL is student centered, team based, and focused on problem solving.
He further combined this with an innovative learning theory,
Understanding by Design that was being explored by the State
of Hawai‘i’s Department of Education.
From these two initial sources, Flood constructed a synthesized
approach for taking problem-based learning online. He wrote a
paper, “Taking Problem-Based Learning Online,” for
a juried conference presentation, “Syllabus 2002,” at
Santa Clara in July, 2002. He then developed an online teaching
model which was presented to the HPU faculty at three WebPower
workshops in 2002 and 2003, for Scholarship Day in 2003, and
at four workshops in 2003 and 2004—attended by over 70
prospective online instructors. As a result of these innovative
workshops, the military campus has increased its online instructors
from five to almost 50 in just one year. Furthermore, numerous
members of the downtown and military campus faculty have since
used his model to begin their online teaching experience. It
is a strong alternative to other online teaching formats.
Flood uses “innovative, learning centered new technologies.” Both
the teaching strategy and the assessment model are learning centered.
Students learn course content by solving open-ended problems
through the writing of individual and team-based essays according
to strict criteria. The innovation comes from the integration
of these two unrelated strategies, which Flood reengineered to
be used in an online course delivery format.
He also requires students to respond each week in Web CT discussion
forums. Student teams meet with each other in Web CT chat
rooms to reach a consensus on weekly, written team assignments.
are then required to write reflective essays on course content
as well as on the technological processes used.
Flood is a “model and inspiration for instructors throughout
HPU in his development of creative and innovative methods for
using technology.” Not only has he interjected the “five
Themes” into the course content, but his numerous workshops
have served to instruct other faculty in these online instructional
|Excellence in Service Learning: assistant professor
of management Dr. Joseph Smith.
Smith often has incorporated service learning projects involving
communities into his course design. In China, students in one
of his MBA Human Resource Management courses worked with a local
Italian restaurant to improve employee training and reduce employee
turnover by modifying existing wage and salary practices. In
Hawai‘i, students in one of his undergraduate Principles
of Marketing courses worked with a small, locally owned pizza
parlor to collect and analyze geographic data to improve the
marketing of that establishment.
Dr. Joseph Smith
Smith’s most recent service learning
project, accomplished between January and November of 2003, responded
to compelling community needs here in Hawai‘i. Eye of the
Pacific Guide Dogs and Mobility Services, Inc. (Eye of the Pacific)
is a volunteer, non profit organization which since 1955 has
been providing quality, trained dogs and electronic sensor aids
to the blind. During that period of time, students in Dr. Smith’s
Principles of Marketing course improved that organization’s
ability to meet its organizational goals.
His students now can become involved in a community based learning
project without ever entering a classroom. Early in 2003, the
war in Iraq required many military bases to restrict entry. Incrementally,
Smith has turned to technology for a solution by transitioning
the course from the traditional podium style to a computer-assisted
By scheduling group meetings on an as-needed basis, the necessity
to enter MCBH Kane‘ohe had been eliminated. Students developed
ideas for fundraising, prepared informational and fundraising
brochures, and designed an initial web site that was subsequently
uploaded to the Internet – the realization of a long-term
desire of Eye of the Pacific!
The Nâ Mea Hanohano Award
This year HPU developed a new, noncompetitive award to honor
retiring faculty. Called the Nâ Mea Hanohano award, which
means distinguished or esteemed person in Hawaiian, it will be
presented by Rob Wilson to two retiring EFP faculty, Hari (Vernon)
Harrison and Betti Loui, both ESL instructors .