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Kathleen O. Kane

Kathleen O. Kane, PhD

OFDAS Director, Faculty Specialist

Kuykendall Hall 107 
Phone: (808) 956-6978
cte@hawaii.edu

As Director of the Office of Faculty Development and Academic Support since 2011, Dr. Kathleen Kane oversees three units, including a TA professional development program and two faculty development programs: the Center for Teaching Excellence (CTE) and the Faculty Mentoring Program (FMP). Kathie has been associated with the development of CTE since 1991 and FMP since 2003. Her responsibilities include extending and expanding support for faculty and TAs to continue to develop and thrive professionally in their teaching, research, and service. 

Kathie earned a PhD in Political Science from the University of Hawai‘i at Mānoa in 1994 and has taught in Political Science and Women’s Studies as an affiliate faculty, with a focus on the intersections of theory, aesthetics, memory, and film.

Recently, Kathie has focused on the concept of Space Matters, a movement towards agility in education—as in educational spaces—as a response to more immersive, more engaged opportunities to teach and learn. More complex than the design of an agile physical environment is how to align agile design with agility in teaching and learning, schedules, curriculum, and subsequent demands on faculty development. She has been deeply involved in the development of transformative environments such as Sakamaki Innovation ZoneWebster 101 Collaborative Classroom, the upcoming Dean 104 Cultural Lab, and a number of classroom improvements in buildings across the Mānoa campus.


Hazel G.

Hazel Gedikli, PhD

Faculty Specialist

Kuykendall Hall 107 
Phone: (808) 956-6978
hgedikli@hawaii.edu

As the faculty specialist at CTE, Hazel Gedikli develops and facilitates professional development programs and services for faculty and teaching assistants at UH Mānoa. Hazel is committed to helping faculty and instructors in gaining teaching skills that lead to significant learning experiences.

Hazel considers and promotes the higher education classroom as a space for collaborative knowledge production and active learning. She aims to apply the same philosophy in her current role by engaging in pedagogic conversations across disciplines and bringing together faculty and instructors with diverse research interests and teaching expertise.

Hazel completed her PhD in English at the University of Massachusetts Amherst where she taught literature and composition courses. Her research focuses on contemporary ethnic American women‘s literature and women of color feminist movements. She holds an MA in English from the University of Rhode Island and a BA in foreign language education from Boğaziçi University.

A Fulbright alumna and devoted cultural nomad Hazel loves traveling and learning about new cultures. In Honolulu, she spends her spare time mostly in nature.


Rena Higa

OFDAS Secretary

Kuykendall Hall 107 
Phone: (808) 956-9567
renah@hawaii.edu


Mark E. Nakamura

Graphic Designer

Kuykendall Hall 107 
Phone: (808) 956-9567
markn@hawaii.edu

Mark has been a professional graphic designer with OFDAS since 1988. His graphic works can be found in many local, national and international periodicals and books, as well as at conferences and lectures. In addition to his work in the graphics field, he has worked the fields of industrial relations and library and information sciences. His research contributions have been published in journals and books and he has lectured courses in labor-management relations.


Marween Yagin

Marween Yagin

Graphic Designer

Kuykendall Hall 107 
Phone: (808) 956-9567
marween@hawaii.edu

Marween has been a professional graphic designer since 2004. After obtaining a BFA in Graphic Design from UH Mānoa, he has gained experience in design projects involving print, web, identity, packaging, advertising, and architectural signage and graphics. His wide-ranging experience has made him well-rounded in various media, knowledgeable with graphics production, consultation, and support.