2011 UH Mānoa Awards

Each year, the chancellor honors UH Mānoa faculty and staff for exceptional leadership and service to the campus community. Visit UH System’s Faculty & Staff Awards for more information.

In addition to those listed above, UH Mānoa faculty and staff have received other awards for their dedication, excellence, and service. Visit UH System’s Faculty & Staff Awards for current and previous recipients.

Chancellor’s Citation for Meritorious Teaching

Established in 1986, the Chancellor’s Citation for Meritorious Teaching recognizes UH Mānoa faculty members for significant contributions to teaching and student learning. Below are recipients of the award.

Review the Eligibility Requirements to learn how to nominate an employee.

2011 Recipients

Steven Businger

Steven BusingerSteven Businger is a professor in the meteorology department. He is an active meteorology research scientist in the evolution and structure of destructive atmospheric storms. He articulates his philosophy of teaching through the theme of using nature’s creativity and imagination to stimulate these qualities in students. He engages them by demonstrating that science is not the privilege of a small number of researchers but part of the vast reality of living—the how, what and why of everything in human experience. Businger’s teaching practices are derived from the understanding that students can flourish in oral and writing intensive courses through implementation of his own teaching designs, with the ultimate goal of "exposing students of meteorology to the tools of their future trade."

Alison Conner

Alison ConnerAlison Conner is a professor in the William S. Richardson School of Law. She is an exemplar scholar and mentor. Her teaching style, in courses such as Law and Society in China and Introduction to American Law, exudes a high level of respect for students and an abiding concern for their personal achievement. Many have described the experience of taking one of her classes at the School of Law as transformational. Since assuming a leadership role in developing the renowned Pacific and Asian legal studies and master of laws programs, Conner has helped shape the careers of international students from over 30 countries. Although regularly invited to lecture at campuses throughout the world, she considers UH Mānoa to be her true teaching home.

Charles Fletcher

Charles FletcherCharles Fletcher is the associate dean for academic affairs at the School of Ocean and Earth Science and Technology and a professor in the geology and geophysics department. His courses range from introductory geology to advanced classes in Quaternary geology to global change. Fletcher’s impact is far-reaching—mentoring students, publishing scholarly works and textbooks, and educating community members and government agencies on coastal management and climate change. In Fletcher’s view, the learning process is unique—social through interaction, analytic through problem-solving and spatial/visual through illustrations. "This education is not measured in grades or doled out by semester. These are gifts from a lifelong teacher who endeavors to improve the lives of his students each and every day regardless of venue or schedule," says one student.

Wendell Kekailoa Perry

Wendell Kekailoa PerryWendell Kekailoa Perry is an assistant professor at the Hawaiʻinuiākea School of Hawaiian Knowledge. He is an emerging kanaka maoli scholar and new leader in higher education. He is an influential teacher through courses such as Hawaiian Institutions: Trusts, Organizations and Governments, Native Hawaiian Rights and Practices and Hawaiʻi: Center of the Pacific. He has been described as having the rare ability "to effectively teach as an indigenous educator about issues critical to the well-being of indigenous peoples to students who may or may not be indigenous, and who may or may not be receptive." Perry’s many commitments to teaching include being a grant writer and principal investigator of Ka Papa Loʻi o Kanewai Cultural Resource Center, where Mānoa students and community members join in learning about cultural practices.

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Chancellor’s Award for Outstanding Service

The Chancellor’s Award for Outstanding Service recognizes UH Mānoa employees for their sustained exceptional leadership and service to their departments/offices and the campus. Each year, the chancellor honors one employee in each of three categories:

  • Administrative, Professional & Technical
  • Buildings & Grounds Maintenance
  • Civil Service

Review the Eligibility Requirements to learn how to nominate an employee. Recipients are automatically nominated for the Governor’s Award for Distinguished State Service.

2011 Recipients

University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa Chancellor Virginia S. Hinshaw has bestowed 2011 Chancellor’s Awards for Outstanding Service on Susan Carlson, Hatsuko Kaulukou and Morris Lai. The annual award recognizes UH Mānoa staff members for outstanding work performance, service and leadership. Criteria include record of competence and efficiency, exceptional contribution toward the attainment of program objectives, finding creative solutions to difficult problems, and demonstrated integrity and dedication to the mission of a program.

“These three individuals are truly deserving of this award because they go above and beyond the call of duty. Our UH Mānoa ʻohana is fortunate to benefit from their many contributions,” said Chancellor Hinshaw.

Susan Carlson

Susan Carlson has served as a graduate secretary for the Department of History for more than three years. Due to staffing limitations, she has been instrumental in leading the provision of services for this large department and its faculty, which was previously assisted by multiple individuals. She has embraced the new and additional responsibilities with such excellence and grace, that the department and graduate chairs often respond to departmental inquiries with the familiar three-word comment, "Let’s ask Sue." Carlson is admired for her dedication to students, a seemingly endless supply of patience, and respectful approach to any and all concerns. Her nominators note that, while she would not appreciate being the center of attention, she warrants public acknowledgement for everything she does to support students, faculty, administrators and other staff within the department and the university at large.

Hatsuko Kaulukou

Hatsuko KaulukouHatsuko Kaulukou has served as a janitor in Buildings and Grounds Management for more than 17 years. She is described as an "angel from heaven" and admired for her constant smile, positive attitude and exemplary work ethic. Doing what is necessary to get the job done without complaint, Kaulukou’s approach to dealing with building challenges are often emulated by admiring colleagues. She adheres to a top standard of performance, which results in spotless classrooms and restrooms, shiny water fountains and immaculate highly trafficked areas. Kaulukou’s dedication to exceptional service goes beyond covering her own assignments, as she fills in whenever and wherever needed. The pride that she takes in her appearance and workplace is evident, in details ranging from pressing her uniform daily to beautifying the women’s restrooms with fresh flowers. She donates her unused vacation annually to others, which reflects the genuine care she has for those she works with and the aloha that she exudes for the campus.

Morris Lai

Morris LaiMorris Lai currently heads the Curriculum Evaluation Office in the College of Education’s Curriculum Research and Development Group and has served Mānoa for almost 37 years. Those who work with him in the state Department of Education describe him as the “face” of UH Mānoa, where he has been an advisor, teacher, panelist, reviewer and confidante through his research and evaluations. Lai has made numerous contributions toward developing new culturally appropriate evaluation criteria, methods and techniques, and has been a member of numerous committees and organizations focusing on the Native Hawaiian language, culture and community. A repeat winner of prestigious national awards, he is also internationally recognized for his work while generating more than $26 million in extramural contracts and grants. His infamous “Laiberry” began with a personal donation of books, which has since expanded to over 4,000 titles on Hawaiʻi and Hawaiian education.

Carlson, Kaulukou and Lai will be recognized for their achievements along with other UH award recipients at the annual Convocation ceremony held in the fall at the UH Mānoa campus. The ceremony is open to the public at no charge, and no reservations are needed. For more information, visit http://www.hawaii.edu/about/awards.

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