Honolulu Community College's David Cleveland named emeritus professor

Honolulu Community College
Posted: Sep 16, 2008

HONOLULU — David Cleveland, retired professor of sociology at Honolulu Community College, has been awarded the title Professor Emeritus, Community Colleges, in recognition of his 33 years of dedicated and faithful service to the college. The emeritus designation is conferred for distinguished service, and it carries certain privileges and courtesies of regular faculty status.

Honolulu CC Interim Chancellor Michael Rota said, "I have known and respected David and his work for more than 25 years and this recognition is well deserved. As a respected faculty leader, we hope to call upon David to share his knowledge, expertise and passion for many years to come."

Cleveland‘s colleagues noted that he is "a teacher and mentor of extraordinary proportions who can bring out the best in others. He maintains high standards and demands much of his students, requiring independent research projects and a substantial amount of writing. His commitment to making more than 100 undergraduate students think and write every semester sets the benchmark for other classes."

One of his former students said, "It was through his support and encouragement that I found myself actually believing that I could succeed in college. The idea that I was ʻgood enough‘ helped me pursue a bachelor‘s degree in education."

Cleveland, who retired in 2005, received the Frances Davis Award for Excellence in Undergraduate Teaching in 2003.