Award Winning Faculty and Staff

The award recipients listed below represent the high quality teaching and service provided by UH West Oʻahu faculty and staff to the success of our students and the environment in which we all work together. As a teaching institution, UH West Oʻahu is proud of the faculty recognized by nomination of students and colleagues for their excellence in the classroom. As a place of higher learning, the university depends on all of its employees to provide a positive working environment and the exceptional staff members recognized here represent the commitment of all the employees who contribute to making UH West Oʻahu a great place to work.

The Regents’ Medal for Excellence in Teaching

The Regents’ Medal for Excellence in Teaching is awarded by the Board of Regents as tribute to faculty members who exhibit an extraordinary level of subject mastery and scholarship, teaching effectiveness and creativity and personal values that benefit students.

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Kamuela Yong (2020)

Assistant Professor of Mathematics

Jennifer Byrnes

Jennifer Byrnes (2019)

Assistant Professor of Anthropology

EKH Article
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Jon Magnussen (2018)

Associate Professor of Music

EKH Article
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Michael Furuto (2016)

Assistant Professor of Mathematics

EKH Article
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Katie Landgraf (2015)

Assistant Professor of Accounting

Hawaii.edu News
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Richard Jones (2014)

Assistant Professor in Elementary Education

Hawaii.edu News
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Linda H.L. Furuto (2012)

Associate Professor of Mathematics

Hawaii.edu News
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Garyn Tsuru (2011)

Assistant Professor of Psychology

The West Press
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Frank Kudo (2009)

Assistant Professor of Accounting

Hawaii.edu News
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David Alethea (2003)

Professor of Philosophy

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Gary Helfand (1999)

Public Administration

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Louis Herman (1995)

Social Sciences

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Ross Prizzia (1987)

Public Administration

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Ekkehard Stiller (1983)

BUSA

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Roland Stiller (1982)

BUSA

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Linda Nishigaya (1981)

Assistant Professor of Sociology

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Barbara Newton (1980)

Humanities

Frances Davis Awards

The Frances Davis Award, financed largely by faculty contributions, is a memorial to the late Frances Davis who taught mathematics at Leeward Community College and UH Mānoa for 19 years. Frances Davis was an inspired teacher dedicated to sharing her knowledge of mathematics with undergraduates attending the University of Hawai’i. The award recognizes recipients for their dedication to teaching, for their demonstrated excellence as teachers, and for their attention to undergraduate students.

YongKamuela

Kamuela Wong (2019)

Assistant Professor of Mathematics

EKH Article
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Monica LaBirola (2017)

Assistant Professor of History

EKH Article
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Linda H.L. Furuto (2012)

Associate Professor of Mathematics

Hawaii.edu News
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Stefanie Wilson (2009)

Associate Professor of Business Administration

UH System
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Michael Hallstone (2004)

Assistant Professor of Justice Administration

UH System

Lecturer Excellence in Teaching Award

The UH West Oʻahu Staff Kumupaʻa award recognizes a civil service or administrative professional and technical (APT) employee for outstanding demonstrated work performance, service, leadership and/or fostering of excellence in higher education.

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Tiare Picard (2020)

Lecturer in Engish

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Steve Hanneman (2019)

Lecturer in BUSA

EKH Article

Kumupaʻa Staff Award

The UH West Oʻahu Staff Kumupaʻa award recognizes a civil service or administrative professional and technical (APT) employee for outstanding demonstrated work performance, service, leadership and/or fostering of excellence in higher education.

Special Campus Awards

This UH President’s Award for Excellence in Building and Grounds Maintenance award honors a UH employee who exhibits dedication and sustained superior performance in a maintenance, landscaping, custodial, shop or trucking position.

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Erline Vasconcellos (2014)

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James "Kimo" Yamaguchi (2013)

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Mark Nakayama (2008)