Kathleen O. Kane, Ph.D.
As Director of the Office of Faculty Development and Academic Support since 2011,
Dr. Kathleen Kane oversees three units, including the Center for Instructional Support (CIS) and two faculty and TA professional 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. Broadly, her responsibilities include extending and expanding support for faculty and TAs to
continue to develop and thrive professionally in their teaching, research and service.
More 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. As such, she has been deeply involved in the development of transformative environments such as Sakamaki Innovation Zone, Webster 101 Collaborative Classroom, and a number of classroom improvements in buildings across Manoa campus.
Kathie earned a Ph.D. in Political Science from the University of Hawai'i at Manoa in 1994 and continues to teach courses in the College of Social Sciences as an affiliate faculty, with a focus on the intersections of theory, aesthetics, memory and film.
Suzette Mehlhorn, MSCJA
As an Educational Specialist at the University of Hawai'i at Mānoa, Suzy Mehlhorn is dedicated to disseminating tools of current technology to faculty in order to facilitate and enhance their teaching experience, whether online, hybrid, or face-to-face. Currently, Suzy holds recurring sessions related to technology and productivity in the classroom.
Employed at the UH Mānoa since 2000, Suzy has, during that time, earned a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology and Sociology, and in 2009, she graduated from Chaminade University of Honolulu with a Master of Science in Criminal Justice Administration with a strong focus on leadership, teamwork, and Organizational Behavior practiced throughout successful state agencies.
Since 2004, she has been a key team member with numerous contributions to the Center for Teaching Excellence and Faculty Mentoring Program, including creating the department websites cte.hawaii.edu, fmp.hawaii.edu and ofdas.hawaii.edu.
Since 1992, Suzy has embraced computers and online technology when she constructed and managed the online Bulletin Board System (BBS) Asylum out of Pearl City, Hawai’i. Before the internet as we know it was available, she imported FidoNet newsgroups for locals to read online. A total of 3 people could be logged in her BBS at once, which was unheard of at that time! In 1994, Suzy constructed and actualized Lua-uhane MUD, an online multi-user dimension reality game populated by 100 plus simultaneous users from locations worldwide.
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