Unit: Plant & Environmental Protection Sciences
Program: Entomology (PhD)
Degree: Doctorate
Date: Thu Oct 09, 2014 - 1:26:23 pm

1) Below are your program's student learning outcomes (SLOs). Please update as needed.

1. Acquire and demonstrate competency/skills as a biologist.

2. Acquire and demonstrate entomological knowledge necessary for professional success.

3. Acquire and demonstrate communication and literacy skills.

4. Demonstrate the ability to apply creative and critical thinking in the independent development and conduct of research.

2) Your program's SLOs are published as follows. Please update as needed.

Department Website URL: http://www.hawaii.edu/peps
Student Handbook. URL, if available online: http://www.catalog.hawaii.edu/courses/departments/peps.htm
Information Sheet, Flyer, or Brochure URL, if available online:
UHM Catalog. Page Number:
Course Syllabi. URL, if available online:

3) Select one option:

Curriculum Map File(s) from 2014:

4) For your program, the percentage of courses that have course SLOs explicitly stated on the syllabus, a website, or other publicly available document is as follows. Please update as needed.


5) Did your program engage in any program assessment activities between June 1, 2013 and September 30, 2014? (e.g., establishing/revising outcomes, aligning the curriculum to outcomes, collecting evidence, interpreting evidence, using results, revising the assessment plan, creating surveys or tests, etc.)

No (skip to question 14)

6) For the period between June 1, 2013 and September 30, 2014: State the assessment question(s) and/or assessment goals. Include the SLOs that were targeted, if applicable.

Students were asked to provide data on the following:
Presentations you have made at meetings (International, national, local, college);
Publications arising from your research; 
Awards received;
Outreach activities (e.g. Ka Meo Kolo exhibits etc).

7) State the type(s) of evidence gathered to answer the assessment question and/or meet the assessment goals that were given in Question #6.

Number of presentations made;

Number of publications produced;

Awards received;

Outreach activities contributed:

8) State how many persons submitted evidence that was evaluated. If applicable, please include the sampling technique used.

All entomology graduate students were polled by email.

9) Who interpreted or analyzed the evidence that was collected? (Check all that apply.)

Course instructor(s)
Faculty committee
Ad hoc faculty group
Department chairperson
Persons or organization outside the university
Faculty advisor
Advisors (in student support services)
Students (graduate or undergraduate)

10) How did they evaluate, analyze, or interpret the evidence? (Check all that apply.)

Used a rubric or scoring guide
Scored exams/tests/quizzes
Used professional judgment (no rubric or scoring guide used)
Compiled survey results
Used qualitative methods on interview, focus group, open-ended response data
External organization/person analyzed data (e.g., external organization administered and scored the nursing licensing exam)

11) For the assessment question(s) and/or assessment goal(s) stated in Question #6:
Summarize the actual results.

Conference presentations: 5 at National and regional meetings of the Entomlogical Society of America. Listed below.

Peer-reviewed publicatons: 7. Listed below, student author in bold.

Presentations:San Jose, M., Leblanc, L., Rubinoff, D. 2014. Systematics and Population Genetics of the Bactrocera dorsalis complex (Diptera: Tephritidae). Presented at ARCS Scholar Symposium. Honolulu, Hawaii. 19 April, 2014.

San Jose, M., Leblanc, L., Rubinoff, D. 2014. Mitochondrial DNA-based Population Genetics of Bactrocera dorsalis (Diptera: Tephritidae). Presented at CTAHR Symposium. Honolulu, Hawaii. 12 April, 2014.

San Jose, M., Leblanc, L., Rubinoff, D. 2014. Population genetics of the Bactrocera dorsalis complex (Diptera: Tephritidae) based on mitochondrial DNA. Presented at Annual Entomological Society of America Meeting. Tucson, Arizona. 7 April, 2014.

San Jose, M., Leblanc, L., Rubinoff, D. 2013. Phylogenetics of the genus Bactrocera and evolution of male lure response. Presented at Evolunch. Honolulu, Hawaii. 6 December, 2013.

San Jose, M., Leblanc, L., Rubinoff, D. 2013. Evolution of male lure response in the genus Bactrocera. Presented at Annual Entomological Society of America Meeting. Austin, Texas. 10 November, 2013.

Peer reviewed Publications:

Eiben, J. and Rubinoff, D. (2014) Application of agriculture developed demographic analysis for the conservation of the Hawaiian alpine wēkiu bug. Conservation Biology, 28(4). 1077-1088.

Medeiros, M.J., Eiben, J.A., Haines, W.P., Kaholoaa, R.L., King, C.B.A., Krushelnycky, P.D., Magnacca, K.N., Rubinoff, D., Starr, F., & Starr, K. (2013) The importance of insect monitoring to conservation actions in Hawai‘i. Proceedings of the Hawaiian Entomological Society 45. 149-165.

Leblanc L., Rubinoff D. Wright M.G. 2013. Conservation implications of changes in endemic Hawaiian Drosophilidae diversity across land use gradients. PLoS ONE 8(5): e62464. doi:10.1371/journal.pone.0062464

Schutze M.K., Aketarawong N., Amornsak W., Armstrong K.F., Augustinos A.A., Barr N., Bo, W., Bourtzis K., Boykin L.M., Cáceres C., Cameron S.L., Chapman T.A., Chinvinijkul S., Chomič A., De Meyer M., Drosopoulou E., Englezou A., Ekesi S., Gariou-Papalexiou A., Geib S.M., Hailstones D., Hasanuzzaman M., Haymer D., Hee A.K.W., Hendrichs J., Jessup A., Ji, Q., Khamis F.M., Krosch M.N., Leblanc L., Mahmood K., Malacrida A.R.,Mavragani-Tsipidou, P., Mwatawala M., Nishida R., Ono H., Reyes J., Rubinoff D., San Jose M., Shelly T.E., Srikachar S., Tan K.H., Thanaphum S., Ul-Haq I., Vijaysegaran S., Wee S.L., Yesmin F., Zacharopoulou A., and Clarke A.R. 2014. Synonymization of key pest species within the Bactrocera dorsalis species complex (Diptera: Tephritidae): taxonomic changes based on a review of 20 years of integrative morphological, molecular, cytogenetic, behavioural, and chemoecological data. Systematic Entomology. IN PRESS.

Barr, N. B., Ledezma, L. A., Leblanc, L., San Jose, M., Rubinoff, D., Geib, S. M., Fujita, B., Bartels, D. W., Garza, D., Kerr, P., Hauser, M., Gaimari, S. 2014. Genetic Diversity of Bactrocera dorsalis (Diptera: Tephritidae) on the Hawaiian Islands: Implications for an Introduction Pathway into California. Journal of Economic Entomology, 107, 1946-1958.

San Jose, M., Leblanc, L., Geib, S. M., Rubinoff, D. 2013. An Evaluation of the Species Status of Bactrocera invadens and the Systematics of the Bactrocera dorsalis (Diptera: Tephritidae) Complex. Annals of the Entomological Society of America, 106(6), 684-694.

Leblanc, L., Hossain, M. A., Khan, S. A., San Jose, M., Rubinoff, D. (2013). A Preliminary Survey of the Fruit Flies (Diptera: Tephritidae: Dacinae) of Bangladesh. Proceedings of the Hawaiian Entomological Society, 45:51–58.




12) State how the program used the results or plans to use the results. Please be specific.

We will monitor the progress of students using not only traditional measures such as completion of courses, but using their outputs demonstrating development in the field of entomology.

The current data we have show that our students are achieving our SLOs, in that they actively contribute to scientific meetings, publish their work and communicate science to the general public. Our programs (Ms and PhD in entomology) average around 14 students per year; the output reported here is good for a small program.

13) Beyond the results, were there additional conclusions or discoveries?
This can include insights about assessment procedures, teaching and learning, program aspects and so on.

No. We do plan to improve our grdauate proigram assessment to identify meaningful measures of our graduate students progress and to determine whether we are meeting the SLOs.

14) If the program did not engage in assessment activities, please explain.
Or, if the program did engage in assessment activities, please add any other important information here.