Chancellor's Engaged Scholars Profiles


2019-2021 Cohort

Todd Inouye

Todd Inouye

Assistant Professor of Management
Research Interest: Todd Inouye 's research has two parts: teaching methods, and in examining how contextual boundary conditions like diversity, gender, or public policy affect the strategies of small business managers and owners.

Why is community-engaged scholarship important to you?

Community-engaged scholarship is absolutely critical for the success of UH Hilo as well as its current and former student body. Students must be able to apply concepts they learn in the classroom to real problems in our communities within a safe environment. In line with that, our community partners expect to hire graduates who can immediately add value to their organizations and that is difficult if new hires lack the experience of working in the communities they hope to serve. In order for our students to truly be successful working in diverse communities like Hawaii, they must have practice fostering reciprocal relationships with the community before they leave. Only then can they have a true sense of the places they have been and where they hope to go.


Margary Martin

Margary Martin

Associate Professor, Education
Research Interest: Margary Martin

Why is community-engaged scholarship important to you?


Colby McNaughton

Colby McNaughton

Instructor, Education
Research Interest:Colby McNaughton 's research interest includes teacher recruitment, innovative approaches to teaching/communicating science, and community-based marine resource management through educational awareness.

Why is community-engaged scholarship important to you?

Community engaged scholarship helps students build a sense of connection to the community in which they are living and learning. Students are provided rich learning opportunities that create a sense of belonging to not only the campus community but the larger Hawai’i Island community. They are challenged to take action on issues they encounter in their everyday life and apply course content in meaningful and productive ways. Through mutually beneficial relationships between students, instructors and community partners, community needs are addressed and contributions are made toward a more sustainable future for Hawai’i.


Lauri Sagle

lauri Sagle

Instructor, English; Director of Composition
Research Interest: Lauri Sagle 's research interests includes first-year writing, Human Rights, Popular culture of Hawaiʻi.

Why is community-engaged scholarship important to you?

Although we're experiencing a time when higher education is being uniquely challenged, we also now have an opportunity to ensure that it's repositioned more effectively and meaningfully within the community. Higher ed institutions should not only be perceived of as academic establishments within our communities. They should actually, authentically be part of them. Prioritizing that mutuality happens by understanding the needs of the community, valuing our students' immense capabilities, and then further facilitating their interconnectedness through our classes' projects, activities, and objectives. Community-engaged scholarship is important because it perpetuates this vital partnership; it is important because it means that we are thinking and striving together; and it is important because it helps re-seed the future for all of us.


Michelle Shuey

Michelle Shuey

Instructor, Geography and Environmental Sciences
Research: Michelle Shuey 's research includes the relationship between humans and nature, and how people see and create nature as they believe it to exist based on cultural, religious, or societal beliefs.

Why is community-engaged scholarship important to you?

Community-engaged scholarship is important to me because I want my work to positively impact the communities in which I live and work, and to build a stronger relationship between the university and the communities we serve. I believe we can build more resilient students, families and communities, and environments in which they live, by combining community needs and diverse experiences with relevant science, creating more inclusive, practical, effective and successful resolutions to problems.


Alicia Takaoka

Alicia Takaoka

Instructor, English Department
Research Interest:Alicia Takaoka 's research interest includes Literary Theory, Sociological Theory, Pedagogy, and Human-computer Interaction

Why is community-engaged scholarship important to you?

Community engaged scholarship allows students to immerse themselves in their community and environment in meaningful ways. Establishing partnerships with businesses and nonprofits in order to achieve a common goal allows students to apply what they’re learning in the classroom in real-world, tangible projects that foster personal growth and job skills. In addition, community engaged scholarship is feminist in its approach to problem-solving by allowing communities to identify their own strengths and areas of improvement as well as contribute to the solution. All of these qualities create a dynamic, fun classroom environment.


Helen Tien

Helen Tien

CoBE Academic and Career Advisor; Instructor, Management
Research: Heng “Helen” Tien 's focus is market insight and economic impact research with university students

Why is community-engaged scholarship important to you?

Community-engaged scholarship is important to me for 2 reasons: Contributing to the community and building well-rounded students. I originally began community-engaged scholarship because I wanted the university (and College of Business and Economics) to be a resource for businesses and organizations in the community. But it wasn't till I saw my students' engagement and participation, that I knew it was necessary to do every-semester, if possible. Whether it's advanced marketing courses or Intro to Business, community-engaged teaching teaches students critical thinking and application better than any assignment I can create without community partners.