Gloria gets 'Teacher Shout Out' award

July 01, 2013

Christian Gloria 'Teacher Shout Out' award
Hawai‘i Pacific University Assistant Professor Christian Gloria, Ph.D., Herff Jones representative Mary Chiang, Health Sciences Program Chairman Mark Tomita, Ph.D., and College of Nursing and Health Sciences Acting Dean Dale Allison, Ph.D., celebrate Gloria's recent Teacher Shout Out award, with checks totaling $5,000 presented June 26.

HONOLULU — A Hawai‘i Pacific University assistant professor has made the grade with students, following a national contest. Christian Gloria, Ph.D., of the Health Sciences program, was presented the Herff Jones Teacher Shout Out award June 26. He is among 10 recipients nationally and the only awardee in the state of Hawai‘i.

Teacher Shout Out is a national contest that lets students show gratitude to a teacher, advisor or coach. Students nominated an educator and the "shout outs" were voted upon, with the top 10 awarded. More than 10,000 votes were submitted during the six-week contest. Gloria was awarded $5,000, split between himself and HPU's College of Nursing and Health Sciences.

According to "Andrea L." on Gloria's nomination page, he was "integral in reviving the Health Science student club that had gone dormant in the past few semesters … is always available to his students, and never fails to provide challenges and inspiration. He pushes us to our full potential, and his passion is palpable!"

Gloria, who just completed his first year at HPU, has impressed both students and faculty, said college Acting Dean Dale Allison, Ph.D.

"We're very proud of him. He's been a great addition to the Health Sciences faculty," Allison said. "He has excellent rapport with the students and is well-liked and respected by his peers."

Gloria — whose research interests include the effect of positive emotions on health and wellness — said he was fortunate to start his teaching career at Hawai‘i Pacific. He added that the experienced faculty at the college has helped him grow over the last year.

"There's a feeling of family here and I felt very welcome," Gloria said. "They're great people to work with."

He also made his own "shout out" to Health Sciences Chairman Mark Tomita, Ph.D. "He's gone above and beyond to help my professional development as an educator."

Gloria said he's looking forward to continue teaching at HPU and "absorb the good things that I see my colleagues doing. I'm still looking for ways to enhance my teaching."