UH Hilo English professor awarded Board of Regents medal for excellence in teaching
Kirsten Møllegaard teaches courses in comics and graphic novels, gender and women’s studies, film, literature, myth and folklore, and rhetoric.
Kirsten Møllegaard, professor and chair of English at University of Hawaiʻi at Hilo, is one of this year’s recipients of a Regents’ Medal for Excellence in Teaching, awarded by the UH System Board of Regents. The award is a tribute to faculty members who exhibit an extraordinary level of subject mastery and scholarship, teaching effectiveness and creativity and personal values that benefit students.
Møllegaard teaches courses in comics and graphic novels, gender and women’s studies, film, literature, myth and folklore, and rhetoric.
Her research focuses on the intersectionality of places, people and stories past and present, including the effects of climate change, war and trauma on the human experience. Some of her conference presentations and research articles are co-written with English majors at UH Hilo.
She is co-editor of Narratives of Place in Literature and Film (Routledge 2019). Her research articles and book reviews have appeared in the International Journal of Comic Art, Journal of American Culture, Journal of Popular Culture, Supernatural Studies, Western American Literature and Folklore. She has contributed numerous book chapters on fairy tales, film, literature and comics and graphic novels.
Møllegaard serves on several editorial boards and is currently secretary-treasurer on the board of directors of the Hawaiʻi Council for the Humanities as well as faculty advisor for UH Hilo’s Hohonu–Journal of Academic Writing and the English Club.