Marianne “Bela” Conley-Ramsay

Instructor, English; Program Coordinator, TESOL Certificate, Teaching English as a Secondary Language (TESOL)

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Education: M.A - University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa

Courses: ENG 350, ENG 422

Topics of interest: ESL, TESOL certificate program

Extracurricular work: Accreditation


Karla S. Hayashi

Karla S. Hayashi

Interim Director, Kilohana: The Academic Success Center

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Education: B.A in Journalism, M.A in English - University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa

Courses:ENG 209, ENG 289

Topics of interest: Business, Writing

Extracurricular work: Director of Kilohana, the Academic Success Center


Seri I. Luangphinith

Seri I. Luangphinith

Chair, Humanities Division; Professor, English, English Department

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Education: B.A in English & Political Science - University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa; M.A & Ph.D - University of Oregon

Courses: ENG 100T, ENG 202, ENG 289, ENG 370

Topics of interest: Issue of migrancy and narratives of homeland in Asian immigrants; History of Koreans on the Big Island

Extracurricular work: Accreditation; Working on an art exhibit at East Hawaiʻi Cultural Cente; Working on a cultural performance night at the UH Theater; Ka Noio ʻAʻe ʻAle Press


Kirsten Mollegaard

Kirsten Mollegaard

Chair & Associate Professor, English, English Department

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Education: B.A English & Anthropology - University of Hawaiʻi at Hilo; M.A & Ph.D in English Studies - University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa

Courses: ENG 100, ENG 200D, ENG 287, ENG 300, ENG 448, ENG 488

Topics of interest: Adaptation of literature to other media; Retellings of myth and folklore in literature and film; Fairy tales through the ages; Tourism and contemporary legends in Hawaiʻi; Haunting and history in contemporary literature of the American West; Identity, gender, and spatiality; Narratives of place in film, literature, and folklore

Extracurricular work: Faculty advisor to the UH Hilo English Club and Hohonu, Journal of Academic Writing; Writing for academic journals; Writing book reviews for academic journals


Mark T. Panek

Mark T. Panek

Professor, English, English Department

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Education: Colby College and the University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa

Courses: ENG 324, ENG 430, ENG 431, ENG 434

Topics of interest: Writing

Extracurricular work: Writing: Gaijin Yokozuna (2006) about a Hawaiian-born sumo wrestler, Big Happiness: The Life and Death of a Modern Hawaiian Warrior (2011), and Hawaiʻi (2013)


Lauri R. Sagle

Lauri R. Sagle

Instructor, English, English Department

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Education: American Studies - Washington State University and the University of New Mexico-Albuquerque

Courses: ENG 100

Topics of interest: Gender, Race, and Human Rights

Extracurricular work: Director of Composition


Susan Wackerbarth Oldfather

Susan Wackerbarth Oldfather

Instructor, English, English Department

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Education: M.A. in English - the University of Washington ; M.F.A. in Creative Writing - Goddard College.

Courses: ENG 100, ENG 100T, ENG 286A,

Topics of interest: Creative writing, poetry

Extracurricular work: Working on her second novel


Jennifer C. Wheat

Associate Professor, English, English Department

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Education: M.A. in Classics - University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill; M.A. in English and American Literature - Bread Loaf School of English at Middlebury College; Ph.D. in Literature - University of California at Santa Cruz

Courses: ENG 253, ENG 287, ENG 304, ENG 305, ENG 351, ENG 352

Topics of interest: American Literature, Writing

Extracurricular work: Dr. Wheat has published articles on literature, drama, and environmental issues.