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Assistant Professor of Middle Level and Secondary English

Kumu Ikeda comes to UH West Oʻahu in the Education division with 23 years of teaching experience in both public and private schools. Her career includes teaching English in grades 6-12 as well as being a secondary literacy specialist and a teacher evaluator. Her academic research is focused on Hawaiian culture-based education and Hawaiian ways of knowing in education. She is also one of the founders and the former co-director of the Lehua Writing Project out of UH Hilo.

Ed.D. Doctor of education in professional educational practice
University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa, 2012-2014

M.Ed Masters in Education
University of Hawaiʻi at Hilo, 2008-2010

B.A. English, Education Certification in Secondary Education
University of Hawaiʻi at Hilo, 1987-1991

Fall 2015-Present: Assistant Professor, Education
University of Hawaiʻi West Oʻahu

  • EDEF 200/201 Introduction to Teaching as a Career
  • EDEF 345 Introduction to Middle/Secondary Education
  • EDUC 210 Hawaiian Ways of Knowing in Education
  • EDUC 410 Reading and Writing Across Curriculum
  • EDML/EDSE 428 Language Arts Methods, Middle level/Secondary
  • EDML/EDSE 430 Block 1 Practicum with Seminar Middle level/Secondary
  • EDML/EDSE 440 Block 2 Practicum with Seminar Middle Level/Secondary
  • EDML/EDSE 490 Student Teaching Middle Level/Secondary
  • EDML/EDSE 492 Student Teaching Seminar Middle Level/Secondary

"Carving out inclusive sanctuaries for participation in higher education" Special issue of Policy Futures in Education (2018)

"Native Educators in Hawaiʻi Navigating their Ed.D. Journeys" chapter in Exploring the Impact of the Dissertation in Practice (2017)

Ka Moʻohelu o Ke Alana: The Accounting of a Culture-Based Education Professional Development Course

Invited Speaker, Plenary Panel: "Native Control of Native Education: Native Hawaiian researchers, research and a research agenda" Hawaiʻi Education Research Association, January 2018, Honolulu, HI

• "Unleashing the Mana of the Goddesses: Lessons from Pele and Hiʻiaka" Pacific Ancient and Modern Language Association, November 2017, Honolulu, HI

"Teach for Aloha: A (K)new Framework for Change" Pacific Circle Consortium, September 2017, Hiroshima, Japan

"E Hoʻoulu i Nā Pua o Hawaiʻi: Building Cultural Humility in Pre-service Teachers" World Indigenous People's Conference on Education, June 2017, Toronto Canada

"Ea - Nurturing Political Pre-Service Teachers" Native Hawaiian Education Conference, March 2017, Kaneohe, HI

"Kuahuokalā: Carving out Inclusive Sanctuaries for Participation in Higher Education" He Manawa Whenua, March 2017, Hamilton, NZ

"Mākau Aʻoaʻo:Cognitive Coaching for Hawaiian medium mentor teachers", Invited workshop, June 2016, UH Hilo

"Point of Entry: Crossing Borders, Both Real and Perceived in the University" American Educational Research Association, April 2016, Washington, D.C.