Paul ChandlerProfessor Emeritus, Spanish

Paul Chandler

Second language acquisition, Spanish applied linguistics, Portuguese language
Office: Moore Hall 456 | Phone: (808) 956-8828

Paul Michael Chandler is a Professor of Spanish Applied Linguistics and Portuguese at UHM. He taught a variety of courses at all levels in Spanish (Spanish Phonetics); Pronunciation, History of the Spanish Language), English (Latin American; Iberian Studies-LAIS), and Portuguese (language, culture). The Southwest Conference on Language Teaching (SWCOLT) named him Honorary Lifetime Member in 2020. In May 2018, he was awarded an Honorary Ph.D. (Dr. Honoris Causa) from the National Kapodistriaca University of Athens, Greece. He is the recipient of the University of Hawaiʻi at Manoa’s Presidential Citation for Meritorious Teaching (2001) and the Excellence in Teaching Award from the Hawaiʻi Association of Language Teachers (1998).

His research interests include Second Language Reading, Assessment of Spanish and Portuguese Vocabulary, and the Portuguese Presence in Hawaiʻi. Some of his recent publications include:

  • Saudades das Ilhas. Madeirense: M. Jesus Coito, the Poet of Honolulu. 2021. (eds.) Paul M. Chandler & Edgar C. Knowlton, Jr. with Ana I. Costa Spranger. Lisbon: University of Lisbon Press, Portugal.  
  • “New Vocabulary Levels Tests for L2 Spanish” in Spanish Vocabulary Learning in Meaning-Oriented Instruction (eds.) J. Barcroft & J. Muñoz-Basols. 2021: 150-178, New York: Routledge. DOI: 10.4324/9781315100364-9.
  • Espacios en evolución: Confluencias lingüísticas y culturales: Homenaje a Anita Herzfeld. 2019. (eds.) E. Pandis Pavlakis, H. Symeonidis, P. Chandler, M. Tsokou, M. Matsusita. Madrid: Ediciones Orto.

Professor Chandler served as Chair of the Department of LLEA (2012-2020). He serves on the editorial board of ELIA (Estudios de la lingüística aplicada, University of Seville, Spain). For seven years he served on the board of directors for SWCOLT. He also served on the executive board of the American Association of Teachers of Spanish and Portuguese (AATSP) 2008-2010. And, he has twice been elected President of the Hawaiʻi Association of Language Teachers (HALT).