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Mathematics, Natural and Health Sciences
Professor of Mathematics

Dr. Michael Furuto is Professor of Mathematics in the Mathematics, Natural and Health Sciences Division at the University of Hawai‘i-West O‘ahu.  Dr. Furuto was raised on the North Shore of O‘ahu, and completed his Ph.D. at Oregon State University, Master’s degree at the University of California Riverside, and Bachelor’s degree at Brigham Young University Hawai‘i.

Dr. Furuto's research interests include examining various mathematical pedagogical strategies to foster student learning, enhancing students’ mathematics self-efficacy, and performing quantitative and statistical analysis on sports. He has been invited to present his research at conferences from Hawai‘i to Boston, Washington DC, Tokyo, and Athens, Greece.  Dr. Furuto's teaching mantra is: “Students don’t care how much teachers know, until they know how much teachers care.” As an educator, he is very passionate about his students, their learning, and how to work together to achieve overarching goals. Someone once said, “Give a man a fish; you have fed him for today. Teach a man to fish; and you have fed him for a lifetime.”  When Dr. Furuto first heard this quote, he was fresh out of high school trying his best to not fail his undergraduate math class. However, thanks to fantastic professors, he was able to learn so many things. To those professors he will always be grateful. Now, as a professor himself, one of Dr. Furuto's goals is to teach students to fish. He continuously strives to perpetuate knowledge and inspire learning so students can maximize their abilities. Dr. Furuto would like to spend his career instilling the same sense of excitement and discovery to his students at UH West O‘ahu. His research interests and teaching philosophy are intricately intertwined, and he is always happy to perform research opportunities with UH West O‘ahu students. 

In addition to Dr. Furuto's academic endeavors, his hobbies include surfing and enjoying the beach with his wife and children, as well as playing basketball and football.

2023-Present: Professor of Mathematics
University of Hawai‘i – West O‘ahu

2022-2023: Special Programs Director
University of Hawai‘i – West O‘ahu

2018-2023: Associate Professor of Mathematics
University of Hawai‘i – West O‘ahu

2018-2022: Chair of Mathematics, Natural and Health Sciences Division
University of Hawai‘i – West O‘ahu

2013-2018: Assistant Professor of Mathematics, Co-Coordinator of Mathematics Program
University of Hawai‘i – West O‘ahu

2009-2013: Mathematics Instructor
Oregon State University

2010-2013: BRIDGE Mathematics Program Director and Lead Instructor
Oregon State University 

2008, 2009: Summer School Mathematics Teacher
Mililani High School

2007-2009: Graduate Teaching Assistant
University of California Riverside

2004-2007: Undergraduate Teaching Assistant
Brigham Young University Hawai‘i

2001-2002, 2004-2007: Mathematics Tutor & Grader
Brigham Young University Hawai‘i

Ph.D. Mathematics Education, minor in Mathematics
Oregon State University, June 2013

M.S. Mathematics
University of California Riverside, June 2009

B.S. Mathematics, minor in Japanese
Brigham Young University Hawai‘i, June 2007

  • MATH 103ML College Algebra with Tutorial and Lab 
  • MATH 103 College Algebra 
  • MATH 111 Math for Elementary School Teachers 
  • MATH 135 Pre-Calculus 
  • MATH 241 Calculus I 
  • MATH 242 Calculus II 
  • MATH 361 Probability Theory 
  • MATH 461 Applied Statistics

Awards and Honors

  • University of Hawai‘i Board of Regents’ Medal for Excellence in Teaching, 2016