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Daniela Böttjer-Wilson

Daniela Böttjer-Wilson, PhD

Faculty Specialist

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

Mahalo & Aloha Daniela!

The team at OFDAS would like to thank Daniela for her valuable years of service. Her professionalism, work-ethic, and unforgettable friendliness will be missed. Thank you for gracing us with your presence and we wish you the best in the future.

Mahalo,
OFDAS Team


Daniela’s discipline is Ocean Sciences with a Ph.D. in Biological Oceanography from the University of Bremen in Germany. Her research has brought her around the world and she has lived for several years in Chile and France before moving to Hawaiʻi in 2009. Since joining the University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa, she has progressively supported the professional development of faculty, postdoctoral scientists and graduate students across disciplines.

Daniela has a broad range of teaching experiences. One highlight was teaching the Center for Microbial Oceanography: Research and Education (C-MORE) summer course between 2012 and 2015, considered one of the most prestigious international summer programs in Microbial Oceanography. Her most recent teaching at Kapi‘olani and Leeward Community College however has elucidated her excitement and enthusiasm for student-centered learning and pedagogies of engagement. She is particularly passionate about inclusive teaching practices to address the needs of all students who come with a variety of backgrounds, learning modalities, and abilities.

One particular inclusive teaching strategy that Daniela uses in her own classroom is to teach in the context of place. Place-based teaching is widely considered as powerful pedagogical approach across disciplines and grade levels, resulting in many positive student outcomes, such as increasing interest and motivation, strengthening place attachment, promoting strong relationships with local communities, and cultivating environmentally conscientious citizens. At CTE, Daniela’s role is to support faculty and teaching assistants in their classroom teaching by providing workshops, trainings, consultations and teaching evaluations, including small group instructional diagnosis and classroom observations.


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.


Elisabeth Steele Hutchison

Elisabeth Steele Hutchison, JD

Faculty Specialist

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

Elisabeth Steele Hutchison is a faculty specialist at the Center for Teaching Excellence.

Elisabeth served as the Director of Admissions at the William S. Richardson School of Law from 2010 to 2021. In 2017, Elisabeth became the first faculty specialist to be granted tenure in the history of the Law School.

Before joining the Law School, Elisabeth developed and taught several traditional and online undergraduate courses in the UHM Women’s Studies Program. Elisabeth has served as an affiliate faculty member at CTE since 2013 and on the Faculty Mentoring Board Advisory Committee since 2016.

Elisabeth is an alumna of Carleton College, where she served as a Young Alumni Carleton College Trustee, and the Yale Law School. She graduated from Central High School in Capitol Heights, MD.


Hazel G.

Hazel Gedikli, PhD

Educational Specialist

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

As the educational 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. Hazel 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


Eric Lopez

Media Services Manager

Kuykendall Hall 107 
Phone: (808) 956-9567
ejlopez@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.