University of Hawaiʻi at Hilo faculty members Steven Lundblad, Patricia Hensley, and Lisa Parr were honored with excellence in teaching awards during 2018 Spring Commencement ceremonies held May 12.
UH System Awards
- UH Board of Regents Award for Excellence in Teaching: Steven Lundblad, professor of geology. Lundblad is recognized as a popular and creative teacher, a remarkable mentor and a resource for students. His teaching style is described as dynamic and interactive, with a wonderful mix of entertaining and thought-provoking lectures, in-class activities, discussion, group work and demonstrations. Through his geoarchaeology laboratory, Lundblad provides opportunities for students to assist in cutting-edge research, present findings at national conferences, and co-author scientific papers.
- The Frances Davis Award for Excellence in Undergraduate Teaching: Patricia Hensley, assistant professor of nursing. Hensley has earned a reputation as a dedicated nurse, educator and student advocate with a passion for teaching what she loves. She works tirelessly to make complicated subjects easier to grasp by utilizing a variety of teaching methods, including study aids, critical-thinking exercises and hands-on activities. She sets high expectations for her students, and they respond by putting in the extra time and effort required to become the best possible nurses they can be.
UH Hilo Award
- The Chancellor’s Award for Excellence in Teaching: Lisa Parr, instructor in marine science. Parr is committed to ensuring every student achieves their highest potential. Her teaching style and classes are specifically designed to engage and challenge students and fit each class dynamic. She also serves as site coordinator for the Marine Option Program and co-director of the scientific diving field course on quantitative underwater ecological surveying techniques. To address the demand for advising, Parr created a peer advising program that helps ensure no one is denied a timely graduation due to inadequate planning.