Joe Genz at PuanuiDr. Joseph H. Genz (center) on a service trip with ANTH 100 students at Puanui, North Kohala, 2015

Informed by my first experiences of teaching in the Peace Corps (with very few resources!), I promote active, collaborative learning. Through the pedagogy of team-based learning as a type of “flipped classroom,” the responsibility of learning shifts from myself as the instructor to a role of facilitator, where students become co-teachers. This approach, as well as involving students in community service projects such as the restoration of sweet potato cultivation in North Kohala with the community group Ulu Mau Puanui, fits well with Hawaiian and other Pacific Islander ways of learning.

Men steer a canoe on the open ocean

I teach the following courses, many of which count toward the interdisciplinary Pacific Islands Studies Certificate:

  • ANTH 150 Humankind Emerging (3)
  • ANTH 205 Cultural Anthropology (3)
  • ANTH 300 Cultures of Oceania (3)
  • ANTH 357 Change in The Pacific (3)
  • ANTH 435 Indig Iss Contemporary Pacific (3)
  • ANTH 447 Marine Anth:Fishers in Oceania (3)
  • ANTH 611 Cultural Impact Assessments (3)
  • ANTH 631 Oral History Research (3)

I am currently serving as advisor to the Marshallese Iakwe Club.