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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,

· stimulates students to become active participants in their own learning, and takes pride in motivating them to do their best work,

· 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 of us 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 and skills.

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 (PBL) that 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. Students 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 strategies.

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 style course.

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 .


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