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by Tiffany Garrett, staff writer


This announcement usually takes place at the Winter Graduation Ceremony. In January, Dan Flood, assistant professor of Marketing and Management with the Military Campus Program (MCP) was awarded the honor.

“At first, I didn’t understand,” Flood said, “because I never thought that I would ever be chosen as the Teacher of the Year. That’s the first time in HPU’s history that someone from the Military Campus Programs was selected for this honor, even though we have some of the very best teachers in MCP.”

The Teacher of the Year Award is open to any full-time faculty member teaching at HPU. Students, when they petition to graduate, are asked who their most influential teacher was. Those names are given to a committee of faculty and administrators, selected by President Wright, which then determines who the teacher of the year will be for that year.

Flood received his B.A. at the University of Hawai‘i-Manoa and his Masters at Pepperdine. Flood got his Ph.D. at Union Institute Graduate School in Management with a focus on entrepreneurship and strategic planning.

He started as an adjunct instructor in 1984, where he taught business courses for HPU, UH, Antioch, and Chaminade until 1993. Flood also owned his own business, which “provided equal employment opportunity plans for Hawai‘i’s medium size government contractors,” he said.
Flood recently retired from the U.S. Coast Guard Reserve with 32 years of service.

His passion for teaching began at the age of 25, when Aloha Airlines asked him to train different departments on aspects of the Boeing 737, which the company had just purchased. Then, at the age of 40, Dr. Helen Chapin, the dean of the Military Campus Program at the time, asked him to teach on the military bases as an adjunct instructor.

“ I’ve been a born-again teacher ever since,” Flood said.

Flood said that great teachers need to understand their students and be able to respond to their individual situations and learning preferences.

“ I think that learning should be student centered and formative, not summative,” said Flood. Along with that he believes learning should be problem based, since that reflects the real world.

“ A great teacher should include good attitudes and the skills students will need to become productive members of a global society,” said Flood, “as well as a personal philosophy of education which includes lifelong learning for themselves.”

All teachers hope to instill something in their students. Flood had just three final words of advice for his students: “Don’t give up!”




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