Bardwell-Jones chosen for UH General Education Curriculum Design team

Professor of Philosophy Celia Bardwell-Jones will take part in the first revision to the UH System’s General Education requirements since 1999, which makes this redesign process a monumental milestone in the UH System’s curriculum development.

By Susan Enright

Celia Bardwell-Jones
Celia Bardwell-Jones

A professor of philosophy at the University of Hawai‘i at Hilo has been chosen as part of a team to develop a plan to redesign every aspect of the UH 10-campus system General Education requirements.

Celia Bardwell-Jones, who also teaches for the gender and women’s studies program, was chosen along with 16 others from throughout the UH System to begin the process of redesigning the core curriculum all UH undergraduates are required to take. These courses reflect standards of learning and encompass the skills and knowledge that are essential for all graduates.

“I believe a general education curriculum has the potential to foster student learning outcomes that prepares our students in a global, feminist and multicultural world to build capacities of reflection, empathy, adaptability, innovation, and a commitment to values that support the flourishment of a community,” says Bardwell-Jones.

With the support of faculty governance groups systemwide, UH President David Lassner convened the working group to, “develop a plan for the redesign of general education at UH both substantively, the skills, competencies and knowledge that comprise general education, as well as structurally, how general education is organized and the curriculum is maintained.”

This is the first revision to the UH System’s General Education requirements since 1999, which makes this redesign process a monumental milestone in the UH System’s curriculum development. According to an announcement by the UH System, the process presents the opportunity for the university community to create a model that best prepares students for the modern world of industry and higher education beyond graduation.

“A general education curriculum that fosters critical thinking through practice and engagement promotes the value of being exposed to, becoming familiar with a wide breadth of multiple forms of knowing, which grounds students to confidently respond to the ever-emerging challenges of living within a democratic life,” says Bardwell-Jones.

Members of the UH General Education Curriculum Design Team, the experts and specialists from the UH community who will collaborate to produce the General Education proposal, are as follows in alphabetical order:

  • Nani Azman, Professor of Psychology, UH Maui College
  • Celia Bardwell-Jones, Professor of Philosophy, UH Hilo
  • Shana Brown, Associate Professor and Chair, History, UH Mānoa
  • Michael Cawdery, Professor of Education, Leeward Community College
  • Sam Giordanengo, Associate Professor of History, Hawaiʻi CC
  • Ryan Girard, Associate Professor of Sciences and Math Division Chair, Kauaʻi CC
  • kuʻualoha hoʻomanawanui, Professor of English, UH Mānoa
  • Rene Hutchins, Student Representative
  • Karadeen Kam-Kalani, Professor of Speech, Division Chair, Humanities & Social Sciences, Honolulu CC
  • Kristin Kumashiro, Professor of Chemistry, UH Mānoa
  • Nicolas Logue, Assistant Professor of Theatre, Faculty Senate Chair, Windward CC
  • Mike Menchaca, Professor, Chair, and Graduate Chair, Learning Design & Technology, UH Mānoa
  • Amy McKee, Transfer Specialist, UH Mānoa
  • Kealohilani Leleo, Student Representative
  • Leslie Opulauoho, Faculty Specialist, UH West Oʻahu
  • Marc Rollon, Student Representative
  • Anthony Silva, Associate Professor of ESL, System Assessment Coordinator Representative, Kapiʻolani CC

To learn more about the project, the UH General Education Redesign website provides information on the process.


Story by Susan Enright, a public information specialist for the Office of the Chancellor and editor of UH Hilo Stories. She received her bachelor of arts in English and certificate in women’s studies from UH Hilo.