UH Manoa faculty awarded for significant contributions to teaching and student learning

University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa
Arlene Abiang, (808) 956-5637
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External Affairs & University Relations
Posted: Jul 27, 2005

HONOLULU — The University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa has awarded faculty members Sun-Ki Chai, Jason Maddock, John Rieder and John Zuern with the 2005 Chancellor‘s Citation for Meritorious Teaching. Established in 1986, the award recognizes UH Mānoa faculty who have made significant contributions to teaching and student learning.

Sun-Ki Chai is an assistant professor of sociology. Chai‘s goal in teaching is to help students gain mastery of a broad range of social science knowledge and then apply it in practical ways in their everyday lives. He is a respected scholar with a diverse interdisciplinary background and interests in the fields of social change and development, ethnic relations and rational-choice theory. His most notable contribution to the department was his transformation of an introductory sociology course to include written paper assignments and web-based discussion groups. He also serves as principal investigator of an extramural grant on modeling and simulation of cultural differences in human decision-making.

Jason Maddock is an associate professor of public health sciences and epidemiology. Maddock‘s goal is to develop an integrated curriculum for his students to enhance their skills as future professional practitioners in the field of public health. The curriculum he uses focuses on written and oral communication, teamwork, the ability to find information, translating theoretical ideas into real world applications and critical thinking. As an advisor to graduate students, he works to find challenging and unique job placements for them to apply their knowledge. Among the locations are a reproductive agency in Cambodia, an inter-city health clinic and an intra-agency program. Maddock is the primary developer of two degree programs at Mānoa: MPH/MS in social and behavioral sciences and the Ph.D. in health promotion and health education.

John Rieder is a professor of English. Rieder places questions and questioning at the heart of his teaching. His objective is not to bring students around to the "right" answers, but rather to turn them into the questioners. He was the driving force behind changing an introductory English course goal of teaching students "the ability to use different critical approaches and be aware of the critical assumptions behind them" to the new goal of fostering "the ability to frame a critical question and understand the issues at stake in trying to answer it." Rieder has been able to bring Greek tragedy, romantic poetry, science fiction, American cinema, and local literature side by side with canonical literary criticism, Marxism, structuralism and gender issues.

John Zuern is an associate professor of English. For more than a decade, Zuern‘s teaching and scholarship has gravitated toward the rhetoric and aesthetics of digital art, theories of hypertext and multimedia writing, and philosophical — especially ethical — issues connected with technology. With a background in graphic design, he tries to import the best elements of the studio model of instruction with students in literature and writing classes. As chair of the Educational Planning and Policy Committee, he guided the committee through the development of a set of criteria for evaluating a new proposal for computer-mediated courses, in particular, distance-learning courses.

Recipients of the 2005 Chancellor‘s Citation for Meritorious Teaching will be recognized for their contributions to the university along with other UH award winners at a system-wide ceremony in September.

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