Center for the Advancement of Innovative Teaching

Grants and Awards

These grants are administered by the Faculty Assembly. They include

1. Trustee’s Scholarly Endeavors Program – These grants are handled by individual colleges and are given out in Fall and Spring semesters.

2. Faculty Development Grants – These grants are handled by the Faculty Assembly Office and are given out every Fall and Spring semesters. A faculty sub-committee is chosen by the Faculty Development Policies and Activities Committee and selects qualified faculty applicants for attendance or participation at local, national, and international scholarly conferences.

3. Technology Enhancement Grants - These grants are handled by the Faculty Assembly Office and are given out every Fall and Spring semesters. A faculty sub-committee is chosen by the Faculty Development Policies and Activities Committee and selects qualified faculty applicants for software or hardware needed for faculty computers or for technology used in the classroom.

4. Teaching Enhancement Grants - These grants are handled by the Faculty Assembly Office and are given out every Spring semester. A faculty sub-committee is chosen by the Faculty Development Policies and Activities Committee and selects qualified faculty applicants seeking new teaching techniques for the classroom.

We publish the names of recipients in the Po’okela, when these become available.


Golden Apple Awards

Award for Distinguished Graduate/Undergraduate Teaching by a Full Time Faculty Member

To recognize Hawai’i Pacific University’s many outstanding teachers, the Faculty Development Committee will present faculty members with the Distinguished Teaching Award in recognition of their significant contributions to HPU as teachers and scholars. Selection of the recipient of this award will be based on evidence that the faculty member:

  • is regarded by his or her students and peers as one who inspires academic excellence,
  • stimulates students to become active participants in their own learning, and takes pride in motivating them to do their best work,
  • uses creative and innovative teaching strategies in the continuous and sustained pursuit of teaching excellence.

Award for Distinguished Graduate/Undergraduate Teaching by an Adjunct Faculty Member

To recognize Hawai’i Pacific University’s many outstanding teachers, the Faculty Development Committee will present faculty members with the Distinguished Teaching Award in recognition of their significant contributions to HPU as teachers and scholars. Selection of the recipient of this award will be based on evidence that the faculty member:

  • is regarded by his or her students and peers as one who inspires academic excellence,
  • stimulates students to become active participants in their own learning, and takes pride in motivating them to do their best work,
  • uses creative and innovative teaching strategies in the continuous and sustained pursuit of teaching excellence.

Award for Excellence in Scholarship

To recognize outstanding scholarship at Hawai’i Pacific University, the Faculty Development Committee will confer the Distinguished Scholarship award on a faculty member regarded by his or her colleagues as epitomizing the fundamental qualities of scholarship: dedication of purpose, clarity of exposition, as well as originality and significance of contribution to human knowledge. Selection of the recipient of this award will be based on evidence that the faculty member:

  • has engaged in significant scholarly endeavors within the last three years in the four arenas described in the 2002 Faculty Handbook: discovery, integration, application and/or teaching

Award for Excellence in Mentoring

To recognize and encourage the importance of faculty mentorship, the Faculty Development Committee will present recipients with this award in recognition of their significant efforts to mentor new faculty. Selection of the recipient of this award will be based on evidence that the faculty member:

  • has developed, encouraged, and supported teachers in the early stages of their academic careers.

Award for Reflective Use of Technology

The potential for active learning in the classroom continues to be enhanced by the development of new, interactive technologies. Selection of the recipient of this award will be based on evidence that the faculty member:

  • has developed innovative, learning centered uses of new technologies
  • has reflectively integrated technology with instruction to foster active learning and teaching techniques
  • has developed creative and innovative methods for using technology that makes him or her a model and inspiration for instructors throughout HPU

Award for Excellence in Service Learning

This award will recognize faculty who are involved in planning and implementing service learning projects that mentor students who are working with non-profit organizations and businesses in the community as part of their course work. Selection of the recipient of this award will be based on evidence that the faculty member:

  • has implemented a service learning project or course that responded to a compelling community need and

  • developed students’ academic skills and sense of civic responsibility through engagement in organized service and reflection.

Faculty Award for Exceptional Service to Students, Staff or Faculty

This award is intended to recognize faculty who plan and provide exceptional service to students, staff or other faculty but do so outside a classroom/academic role. Selection of the recipient of this award will be based on evidence that the recipient has designed, performed and/or executed exceptional service to students or to faculty or other staff, and has made contributions with a significant positive impact on employee morale, student retention or the enhanced performance or effectiveness of other employees.


Staff Award for Exceptional Service to Students, Staff or Faculty

This award is intended to recognize staff who plan and provide exceptional service to students, faculty or other staff. Selection of the recipient of this award will be based on evidence that the recipient has designed, performed and/or executed exceptional service to students or to faculty or other staff, and has made contributions with a significant positive impact on employee morale, student retention or the enhanced performance or effectiveness of other employees.

Special Awards

These awards will be presented at the discretion of the Faculty Development Committee or by recommendation of faculty members.

TO VIEW THE 2012 LIST OF WINNERS, CLICK HERE.


How are Award Recipients Selected?
A subcommittee of the FDPAC will meet to screen applications and submit their recommendations for a vote by the larger committee. On occasion, the subcommittee may ask the nominee for additional evidence to support the nomination. We assist in processing the purchase order for the awards  and publicizing this award.

How will Award Recipients be recognized?
Recipients will receive their awards during the spring Faculty Assembly meeting and will be featured in the Po`okela newsletter.

How does one nominate a faculty/staff Member?
To nominate a staff or faculty member, the nominator must submit the following typewritten information to CAIT as an email file attachment, by campus mail, or by regular mail.

  • Nominator’s full name and title
  • Nominator’s campus address
  • Nominator’s telephone number
  • Nominator’s email address
  • Nominee’s full name and title
  • Category of Award for which the individual is being nominated
  • A two page explanation (approximately 500 words) stating why the nominator thinks the staff/faculty deserves to be nominated for the award, providing evidence of how that person fulfills the ideal of the award according to the award description.

Mailing Address for Award Nominations:
Nominations may be submitted by email to Sandra Meyer at smeyer@hpu.edu, or by mail to the Center for the Advancement of Innovative Teaching, 1188 Fort Street Mall, Suite 440, Honolulu, Hawaii 96813.