Department of English and Applied Linguistics



Through language, we communicate, shape our world, and create meaning. The activities pursued by English students—reading, writing, analysis, interpretation, the study, and teaching of language—are central to success in all other professional and creative endeavors.  HPU undergraduate English students may pursue these studies by majoring in English or TESOL. We also offer minors in English, TESOL, Writing, and Film Studies, along with a TESOL certificate.  For those interested in graduate study, we offer a Master’s in TESOL and plan on beginning a low residency M.F.A. in Creative Writing in the summer of 2019.

Our HPU English alumni have gone on to pursue graduate studies and careers in education, law, management, professional/technical writing, journalism, advertising, editing, publishing, teaching abroad, entrepreneurship, sales, business and more.

TESOL majors study aspects of language that relate to the acquisition of a first and second language as well as the history and social contexts of language. TESOL students graduate with job preparation training, opportunities to travel, and viable career paths. Many graduates have taught internationally and nationally in public or private schools, specialized language schools, and workplace programs, or have found careers as international student advisors, immigrant service providers, and teachers of other languages.
Our majors, minors, and alumni in all our programs speak highly of our close-knit student body and numerous hands-on opportunities, such as TESOL practicum courses, paid peer tutoring, and editing positions with both student and professional literary magazines.  Our students also praise the one-on-one attention they receive from our talented, creative, and cohesive group of faculty members.

Please explore the rest of our website, which includes information about our programs and events, our clubs and societies, lively extracurricular activities, and student comments about our programs.  If you have questions or need advice, feel free to drop by or contact me or any of our faculty by phone or email. Come join us for an educational experience that will change your life, for the better and forever.

Cook, Kenneth, Ph.D.
1188 Fort Street Mall, Suite 409 (MP), Honolulu, HI 96813
Phone: (808) 687-7057 | E-mail:

Falgout, David, Ph.D.
500 Ala Moana Blvd., WP 5-360-H, Honolulu, HI 96813

Administrative Assistant
500 Ala Moana Blvd., WP 6-308, Honolulu, HI 96813
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Gili, Angela, Ph.D.
500 Ala Moana Blvd., WP 5-360-M, Honolulu, HI 96813
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Hannum, Barbara
Coordinator, International Group Programs
1188 Fort Street Mall, Suite 247 (MP), Honolulu, HI 96813I 968
Phone: (808) 544-0255 | E-mail:

Kirschenmann, Jean
Assistant Professor
1188 Fort Street Mall Suite 407 (MP), Honolulu, HI 96813
Phone: (808) 544-1111 | E-mail:

Leach, Laurie, Ph.D.
Associate Dean and Professor
500 Ala Moana Blvd., WP 6-311, Honolulu, HI 96813
Phone: (808) 544-1103 | E-mail:

Associate Professor
500 Ala Moana Blvd., WP 5-360-K, Honolulu, HI 96813
Phone: (808) 544-1107 | E-mail:

Nguyen, Hanh Thi, Ph.D.
500 Ala Moana Blvd., WP 5-360-M, Honolulu, HI 96813
Phone: (808) 687-7050 | E-mail:

Robinson, Steven
500 Ala Moana Blvd., WP 5-360-H, Honolulu, HI 96813
Phone: (808) 356-5240 | E-mail:

Ross, Deborah, Ph.D.
500 Ala Moana Blvd., WP 5-360-R, Honolulu, HI 96813
Phone: (808) 544-0297 | E-mail:

Soong, micheline, Ph.D.
Associate Professor
500 Ala Moana Blvd., WP 5-360-N Honolulu, HI 96813
Phone: (808) 544-0809 | E-mail:

Tjarks, Mark, Ph.D.
Chair and Professor
500 Ala Moana Blvd., WP 5-360-O, Honolulu, HI 96813
Phone: (808) 566-2445 | E-mail:

Williams, Christy, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor
500 Ala Moana Blvd., WP 5-360-N, Honolulu, HI 96813
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