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.
I teach the following courses, many of which count toward the interdisciplinary Pacific Islands Studies Certificate:
I am currently serving as advisor to the Marshallese Iakwe Club.