Lecturer Department of English Shidler College of Business
“Being able to work with an amazing number of students through both our University of Hawai‘i English Department and the Shidler College of Business is an honor for me,” states Karyl Garland. She has been teaching for over 26 years, the most recent 7 of which have been at UH. Her commitment is to helping others learn to write with power and precision. The courses Garland consistently teaches are English 100/100A: Composition 1, English 408: Professional Editing, and Business 209: Written Communication in Business. Essentially, she understands how writing well is essential for success regardless of one’s major or chosen profession. In addition to her status as a UH lecturer, Garland is a freelance writer and editor with dozens of stories and articles in local publications including two cover stories for HILuxury magazine.
Associate Professor and Coordinator Filipino and Philippine Literature Program
Recipient of the 2015 Regent’s Medal for Excellence in Teaching, Pia Arboleda is Associate Professor and coordinator of the Filipino and Philippine Literature Program. She holds a Doctor of Arts degree in Language and Literature (major in Literature), a master’s degree in Language in Literature (major in Filipino) and a Bachelor of Science in Commerce (major in Marketing) from De La Salle University.
Prior to joining UH, she served as Visiting Professor at Osaka University where she taught Southeast Asian Culture, Philippine Literature, Language and History for almost five years. At UH, she teaches Filipino Translation Theory and Practice, Philippine Folklore, Philippine Travelogue: People, Places and Practices, Rizal’s Life and Writing, Philippine Food, Music and Rituals, among others. In Spring 2018, she will also be joining the UHM Honors faculty.
Her research interests include sexism in Philippine language, gender and literature, Philippine folklore and traditional cultures. She produces multi-media instructional materials. Her latest project, Ub-Ufok Ad Fiallig: Tales of Enchantment from Barlig, is an online resource that includes digital comic books narrated in Filipino with English subtitles, teaching modules and library resources. This is hosted by the UH Manoa Center for Southeast Asian Studies with additional support from the UH Open Educational Resources Office.
Jason Kenji P. Higa
Ph.D., Assistant Professor, Dept. of Anatomy, Biochemistry, & Physiology
Born in Hawai’i and raised on the west side of Oahu in Ewa Beach and Makakilo, Dr. Jason Kenji Higa is a UH alumnus, former Regents Scholar, scientist, and “local boy” who is now an Assistant Professor of Physiology at the John A Burns School of Medicine (JABSOM). He first earned his Bachelor of Science degree in Biology at UHM, earned his Master of Science degree in Biology (with diversification in artificial intelligence) at the University of San Francisco, and then returned to Hawai’i to earn his doctorate in Cell and Molecular Biology from JABSOM.
During his graduate and postdoctoral studies, Jason published in several scientific journals and received awards such as the ARCS Scholar of the Year award. After obtaining his doctorate, Jason started lecturing at the medical school, which further stoked his interest and passion in teaching future health professionals. Last year, he joined the faculty at the main UH Mānoa campus, and now enjoys teaching physiology to undergraduate, graduate, and medical students.