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Nurturing Faculty Excellence

Endowed chairs and professorships greatly enhance the prestige of academic institutions. They are powerful vehicles used to celebrate distinction and are given to scholars or teachers who are widely recognized as leaders in their field. These endowments help our university attract and retain the best faculty and students.

An endowed chair or professorship is more than an honorific for the academic chosen to hold it. It offers a private source of funding that enables the chair holder to take advantage of opportunities, finance important research, fund necessary instrumentation, attract post-doctoral fellows and graduate students, and support collaborations with other colleagues.

Creating endowed chairs and professorships is a priority at the University of Hawaiʻi Foundation because of the powerful and direct impact these academics have on our students, our faculty and our future.

Faculty awards recognize outstanding contributions in education and nurture faculty excellence. Awards are a meaningful way to thank and acknowledge the stellar work faculty do, in their important role as mentors to the next generation and forward-thinking researchers.

Distinguished lecture series enhance our campuses’ ability to stimulate intellectual vitality in our community. Through public lectures given by distinguished leaders and renowned scholars, our community is introduced to new ideas and engages in the exchange of knowledge.

Recruiting world-class faculty

In Associate Professor Jing Ai’s risk management class, students are taught to think of risks as a being closely linked to uncertainty. From market crashes to natural disasters, risk management or the process of identifying and assessing potential risks in order to minimize negative impact, plays a crucial role in a corporation’s decision making processes.

A. Bruce Etherington

Fueled by his unrelenting commitment to the field, he established the Architecture Department within the College of Arts and Sciences, served as the department's first chair, and established both the four-year pre-architecture undergraduate degree program and the pre-professional programs in landscape architecture and interior design.

Japanese Chamber supports Hawai‘i CC

For two decades, the Japanese Chamber of Commerce and Industry in Hawai‘i has supported Hawai‘i Community College students, faculty and staff.

Students: The real winners

Retired Leeward CC provost Sharon Narimatsu knows firsthand how critical it is for educators to have access to resources so they can provide students with a rich learning environment.

Education in the age of mass migration

In a world on the move, Hawaiʻi is an extremely important case for understanding the great global migrations in the 21st century. How Hawaiʻi manages the transition of the children of immigrants in schools will be a defining new chapter in the unfolding Hawaiian saga.

Barbara Cox Anthony Chair in Aging

Hawaiʻi residents have the longest life expectancy out of all 50 U.S. states. The Barbara Cox Anthony Co-Chairs in Aging have a vision.

Dr. Colette Browne Named First Takasaki Professor

Dr. Colette Browne, the first Takasaki Endowed Professor of Social Policy, is determined to fulfill Richard & Rose Takasaki’s legacy to advance social justice and social policy in ways that benefit our world.

Law School’s J-Term Attracts Top Scholars

UH Law School students heard from a stellar group of visiting legal scholars during its unique January-Term, thanks to Frank Boas and Wallace Fujiyama.

Ken and Nora Uyeda

The Kenneth Keiso Uyeda and Nora Saida Uyeda Endowment in the Department of Geriatric Medicine will strengthen the educational, clinical training, research and community outreach missions of the department, and help ensure a strong future for the geriatric medicine fellowship training program.

Visiting Expert Shares Family Caregiver Research

AARP Senior VP and Public Policy Institute Director Dr. Susan Reinhard shared groundbreaking research on family caregivers’ complex medical tasks.

Recognizing Contributions in Vocational Education

“Generous donors like the Kunimotos support students and faculty to learn, teach, and serve.”

—Roy Kamida, professor/CPA, Leeward Community College

Frank Boas

Frank Boas will be remembered as one of the University of Hawai‘i's most ardent supporters. Through his philanthropic legacy that includes generous estate gifts, his life will be honored for generations to come.