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Associate Professor of Anatomy & Physiology

Becca Romine is an Associate Professor at the University of Hawai‘i– West O‘ahu where she teaches Anatomy & Physiology to undergraduate students and oversees the BSNS-Health Science, BAS-Health Professions, and the pre-Nursing Pathway programs.  From 2021 to January 2023, Becca was the Campus Assessment Coordinator, prior to which she served as a General Education Assessment Representative.  Since 2019, Becca has been the Principal Investigator on a National Science Foundation TCUP Targeted STEM Infusion Project grant focused on integrating both cultural based pedagogy and innovative technology into the Anatomy and Physiology courses.  Prior to joining the faculty at UH West O‘ahu, Becca taught Biology and Anatomy & Physiology at Kapi‘olani Community College and several courses within the Kinesiology and Rehabilitation Sciences (KRS) Department at the University of Hawaii, Manoa. Her previous research focused on body composition and exercise physiology, though in recent years her research has been based on STEM Education/Scholarly Teaching and Learning.  As a graduate student, Becca designed, conducted, and published research with the KRS Department and in collaboration with Hawai‘i Center for AIDS (HICFA) faculty. Becca completed her Doctorate and Masters of Science in Kinesiology at the University of Hawai‘i at Mānoa in 2016 and 2009, respectively. She’s worked as an Athletic Trainer and Physical Education teacher at private K-12 schools in Honolulu and was a Healthcare Provider and BLS Instructor with the American Heart Association. She served as Secretary on the Hawai‘i Athletic Trainer’s Association (HATA)’s Executive Board from 2011 to 2013, after which she transitioned onto the State Leadership Committee, of which she is currently serving as Co-Chair.  Prior to entering the athletic training profession, Becca earned a dual Bachelor's Degree in English and History from Boston College, where she was a member and co-captain of the women’s track and field team.

Ph.D. Education, Specialization: Kinesiology and Exercise Physiology
Education University of Hawai‘i at Mānoa, Aug. 2011 – Aug. 2016

M.S. Kinesiology, Specialization: Athletic Training
University of Hawai‘i at Mānoa, July 2006 – May 2009  

CAATE accredited Graduate Professional Athletic Training Program

B.A. English and History, Minor: Irish Studies
Boston College, Sept. 1994 – May 1998

2022-Present: Associate Professor, University of Hawai‘i–West O‘ahu

2017-2022: Assistant Professor University of Hawai‘i–West O‘ahu

  • Design, deliver, and instruct human anatomy and physiology lecture and lab courses to a diverse population of pre-nursing, pre-PT, pre-med, pre-pharm, pre-OT, and non-science majors
  • Develop Life Science and Health Science concentrations and core/elective requirements
  • Member of Faculty Senate
  • Member and Vice Chair of the General Education Committee

August 2016-May 2017: Lecturer
Kapiolani Community College

  • Under general supervision, design, deliver, and instruct human anatomy and physiology lecture and lab courses to a diverse population of community college science and non-science majors
  • Develop and update course content and material as needed

Aug. 2011-Aug. 2016: Doctoral Graduate Assistant
University of Hawai‘i at Mānoa

  • Instructed undergraduate and graduate courses within the Kinesiology and Rehabilitation Science (KRS) and Anatomy, Biochemistry, and Physiology Departments
  • Designed, conducted, and published research with KRS Dept. and in collaboration with Hawai‘i Center for AIDS (HICFA) faculty
  • Mentored and advised Masters and undergraduate students’ research

July 2009-July 2011: Physical Education Teacher
Saint Francis School

  • Developed school’s first physical education curriculum for grades K-12 based on state and federal requirements
  • Prepared lesson plans and instructional materials in physical fitness, health, and nutrition

Saint Francis School:

  • K-12th grade: Physical Education
  • 9th-12th grade: Sports and Conditioning

Undergraduate: University of Hawai‘i–West O‘ahu:

  • PHYL 141:  Human Anatomy and Physiology I
  • PHYL 141L:  Human Anatomy/Physiology Lab I
  • PHYL 142:  Human Anatomy and Physiology II
  • PHYL 142L:  Human Anatomy/Physiology Lab II
  • HLTH 395:  Health and Wellness
  • PHYL 354:  Exercise Physiology
  • PHYL 354L:  Exercise Physiology Lab

University of Hawai‘i at Mānoa:

  • KRS 152: Weight Training
  • KRS 305:  Introduction to Sports Medicine
  • KRS 332: Emergency Care and First Aid
  • KRS 354: Exercise and Sport Science
  • KRS 354L: Exercise and Sport Science Lab
  • KRS 395: Personal Health and Wellness (in person and online courses)
  • KRS 419: Admin. & Organization in Athletic Training, Exercise Science, & Allied Health
  • KRS 420: Lower Extremity Assessment
  • KRS 421: Upper Extremity Assessment

Kapi‘olani Community College:

  • BIOL 130:  Anatomy and Physiology
  • BIOL 130L:  Anatomy and Physiology Lab
  • ESS 100:  Introduction to Health and Wellness
  • ZOOL 141:  Human Anatomy and Physiology
  • ZOOL 141L:  Human Anatomy/Physiology Lab

Graduate: University of Hawai‘i at Mānoa:

  • KRS 613:  Athletic Training Clinical Practicum II (TA)
  • KRS 614:  Athletic Training Clinical Practicum IV (TA)
  • KRS 673:  Research Methods (TA)
  • KRS/ANAT 603:  Lower Extremity, Thorax, & Abdomen (Cadaver Anatomy + Lab)
  • KRS/ANAT 604:  Upper Extremity, Head & Neck (Cadaver Anatomy + Lab)

John A. Burns School of Medicine, Anatomy Lab TA


M Kocher, R Romine, C Stickley, C Morgan, P Resnick, & R Hetzler.  Allometric Grip Strength Norms for Children of Hawaiian Lineage.  J Strength Cond. Res, 2017 Oct;31(10):2794-2807.

DOI: 10.1519/JSC.0000000000001711


E Shahhaidar, B Padasdao, R Romine, C Stickley, & O Boric-Lubecke.  Electromagnetic respiratory harvester: Human testing and metabolic cost analysis.  IEEE Journal of Biomedical and Health Informatics, Mar 2015, 19 (2):  399-405.  DOI: 10.1109/JBHI.2014.2326597


K Sullivan, C Shikuma, D Chow, E Cornelius, R Romine, R Lindsey, C Stickley, I Kimura, & R Hetzler.  Aerobic Fitness Levels and Validation of a Non-Exercise VO2max Prediction Equation for HIV-Infected Patients on HAART.  HIV Clinical Trials, 2014 25(2): 69-77.  doi: 10.1310/hct1502-69


  • National Science Foundation Award number: 1855379, Tribal Colleges and Universities Program (TCUP), Targeted STEM Infusion Project (TSIP): Enhancing Discovery-based Learning in STEM Education by Integrating Augmented Technology and Culture-Based Pedagogy – Award ID: 1855379, July 1, 2019-June 30, 2022 - Funded: $498,430

Residual Volume, Hydrodensitometry, and Anthropometrics: An Analysis of Body Composition Measurement Techniques.

Oral Presentations

Kalmar, E., Ross, M., Romine, R. Under-Represented Minority Students in a STEM Course: Demographics Influence Success and Retention. American Association of Clinical Anatomists, Virtual, June 28 – July 2, 2021.


Irvine, L., Romine, R., & Williamson, L (2021, February 27).  Pūkoʻa Kani ʻAina: Reflections from Faculty in a Community of Practice Integrating 'Ike Hawai’i in Pedagogy.  Hawai’i Sociological Association (HSA) Annual Conference:  Advancing social change: reshaping institutions, revolutionizing futures. February 26-27, 2021. 


Williamson, L. & Romine, R.  POGIL (Process Oriented Guided Inquiry Learning): A Different Approach. (August 5, 2020).   American Health Information Management Association (AHIMA), Assembly on Education Virtual Symposium, August 3-5, 2020.


Romine, R., Valente, S., & Graham-Tutt, C. (2020, April 21-24).  Disaggregating Student Outcomes: Facilitating Student Success in STEM, Session C11/Proposal #174. WSCUC , Academic Resource Conference 2020, Garden Grove, CA. (conference cancelled due to COVID-19 pandemic)


Romine, R & Machosky, B.  (2019, November 22).  Process Oriented Guided Inquiry.  UHWO Office of Professional Development and Academic Support (OPDAS), Faculty Professional Development Workshop. 


Romine, R., Andrews, S., Torigoe, T.  (2018, May 26-30). Cadaver Workshop:  Anatomical and Biomechanical Principles of the Knee Joint Function.  Session B101.  Human Anatomy & Physiology Society, 32nd Annual Conference, Columbus, Ohio.


Romine, R. & Funai, D. (June 2017).  “Hawaii State Leadership Forum:  Developing Leadership Skills and Promoting Growth in a Diverse Population of Athletic Trainers”:  Presentation of data. National Athletic Trainers’ Association Convention, Ethnic Diversity Advisory Committee meeting.