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Furuto
Associate Professor of Mathematics
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Dr. Michael Furuto is Associate Professor and Chair of 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 to Seattle to Athens, Greece.  Dr. Furuto's teaching motto 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 spending time with his wife and children at the beach, participating in fantasy football and basketball, and playing in basketball leagues and Turkey Bowl football games.

2018-Present: Associate Professor of Mathematics, Division Chair of Mathematics, Natural and Health Sciences
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 and Grade
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 371 Probability Theory 
  • MATH 373 Statistics

Furuto, M. (2017). Mathematics pedagogical strategies to create a positive college classroom community. Malaysian Journal of Mathematical Sciences, 11(1): 9-21.

Furuto, M. (2015). The impact of cooperative learning and mathematics journaling in college classroom communities. Pittsburgh, PA: Proceedings of the Conference on Research in Undergraduate Mathematics Education.

Furuto, M. (2014). A case study on a diverse College Algebra classroom: Analyzing pedagogical strategies to enhance students’ mathematics self-efficacy.  Denver, CO: Proceedings of the Conference on Research in Undergraduate Mathematics Education.

Furuto, M. (2013). Promoting self-efficacy and equity in a diverse College Algebra classroom. Portland, OR: Proceedings of the Student Success and Retention Conference.

  • UH West O‘ahu Faculty Senate Budget and Resource Committee Travel Grant of $2,000 for 2019 Joint Mathematics Meetings in Baltimore, MD (2018)
  • UH West O‘ahu Faculty Senate Budget and Resource Committee Travel Grant of $2,000 for 2018 National Council of Teachers of Mathematics Annual Conference and Exhibition in Washington, D.C. (2017)
  • National Science Foundation Tribal Colleges and Universities Program Grant of $746,278 for “ICE-TI: Kikaha STEM Project”; Co-Principal Investigator; Award No. HRD-1461439 (2015-2018)
  • UH West O‘ahu Faculty Senate Budget and Resource Committee Travel Grant of $2,000 for Joint Mathematics Meetings 2017 in Atlanta (2016)
  • UH West O‘ahu Faculty Senate Budget and Resource Committee Travel Grant of $1,600 for Joint Mathematics Meetings 2016 in Seattle (2015)
  • SEED Inclusion, Diversity, Equity, Access and Success (IDEAS) Grant of $3,000 for “Monte Carlo Night”; Co-Principal Investigator (2014)
  • UH West O‘ahu Faculty Senate Budget and Resource Committee Travel Grant of $2,000 for 2015 National Council of Teachers of Mathematics Annual Conference and Exhibition in Boston (2014)
  • Oregon State University Graduate Teaching and Researching Fellowship, 2009-2013
  • Distinguished Chancellor’s Fellowship, University of California Riverside, 2007-2009
  • Mathematics Scholarship, Brigham Young University Hawai‘i, 2004-2007

Conference Presentations

  • Furuto, M. and Orphan, R. (2019). NCAA Basketball Conference Champions: Does it Help with the Madness? Paper presented at the Joint Mathematics Meetings, Baltimore, Maryland, January, 2019.
  • Furuto, M., Cortado, K., Lawrence, T., and Umakoshi, K. (2018). Empowering Diverse Student Populations using Culturally Responsive Teaching and Cooperative Learning. Paper presented at the National Council of Teachers of Mathematics Annual Conference and Exhibition, Washington, D.C., April 27, 2018.
  • Cortado, K., Lawrence, T., and Umakoshi, K. (2017).  Student Engagement: Group Work in a Diverse College Mathematics Classroom. As faculty advisor, oversaw the poster presentation at The National Diversity in STEM Conference organized by the Society for Advancement of Chicanos/Hispanics and Native Americans in Science (SACNAS), Salt Lake City, Utah, October 20, 2017.
  • Furuto, M. (2017). Real-World Math: An Analysis of 3 Point Shooting in the NBA, NCAA, and Olympics. Paper presented at the Joint Mathematics Meetings, Atlanta, Georgia, January 4, 2017.
  • Furuto, M. (2016). Quantitative Analysis of Two-Point Conversions Efficiency Rate. Paper presented at the Joint Mathematics Meetings, Seattle, Washington, January 9, 2016.
  • Furuto, M. (2015). Creating a Classroom Community through Cooperative Learning and Mathematics Journals. Paper presented at the National Council of Teachers of Mathematics Annual Conference and Exhibition, Boston, Massachusetts, April 18, 2015.
  • Furuto, M. (2013). A Case Study on a Diverse College Algebra Classroom: Analyzing Pedagogical Strategies to Enhance Students’ Mathematics Self-Efficacy. Paper presented at the Conference on Research in Undergraduate Mathematics Education, Denver, Colorado, February, 2013.
  • Furuto, M. (2013). Promoting Self-Efficacy and Equity in a Diverse College Algebra Classroom. Paper presented at the Student Success and Retention Conference, Portland, Oregon, February, 2013.
  • Furuto, M. (2011). Intersection of College Students’ Culture and Mathematics Problem-Solving Style. Presented at the Research on Learning Conference, Corvallis, Oregon, March, 2011.
  • Furuto, M. (2007). A Study of the Effects of Peer Counseling and Mathematics Journals on Mathematics Achievement, Mathematics Attitude, and Attendance. Third Annual BYUH Undergraduate Research Conference, Laʻie, Hawai‘i, April, 2007.
  • Furuto, M. (2007). How to Help Your Students Succeed in Mathematics? Hawai‘i International Conference on Education, Honolulu, Hawai‘i, January, 2007.

Presentations/Invited Lecture

  • Furuto, M. (2018).  Invited to present as a faculty panelist on Tenure and Promotion Dossier with Dr. Alan Rosenfeld, Dr. Amy Nishimura and Dr. James Kardash, September 21, 2018.
  • Presented at the Fall 2017 UH West O‘ahu Professional Development Day on Increasing Student Engagement, August 15, 2017.
  • Presented as a faculty panelist at the UH West O‘ahu New Faculty Orientation on Teaching Tips at UH West O‘ahu, August 14, 2017.
  • Presented at Punahou School’s Pa‘ani Challenge College and Career Fair on When are We Ever Going to Use Math?, December, 2015.
  • Presented as lecture series speaker at the UH West O‘ahu Math and Science and X Seminar on Analyzing Pedagogical Strategies to Enhance Diverse Students’ Mathematics Self-Efficacy and Achievement, September, 2014.
  • Presented at the Ka Pilina: AIM Together Math Camp on Mathematics in the Real-World, Kapolei, HI, March, 2014.
  • Presented a poster at the UH West O‘ahu Center for Teaching and Learning Excellence (CTLE) Open House on Successful Pedagogical Strategies in a Diverse Math Classroom, Kapolei, HI, October, 2013.

Awards and Honors

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

Founder and current faculty advisor of the UHWO Math and Science Club

  • 2015-Present: UH West O‘ahu Budget and Resources Committee
  • 2013-2015: UH West O‘ahu General Education Committee 
  • 2013-2015: UH West O‘ahu General Education Symbolic Reasoning Subcommittee 

Six (6) tenure-track search committees:

  • Mathematics Faculty (Position Number 0076306T for Fall 2014)
  • Mathematics Faculty (Position Number 0076317 for Fall 2015)
  • Mathematics Faculty (Position Number 0076306 for Fall 2016)
  • Mathematics Education Faculty (Position Number 0076258 for Fall 2016)
  • Director of Student Success Initiatives (Position Number 0076364 for Fall 2017)
  • Chair of the Chemistry Faculty (Position Number 0076382 for Fall 2019)