8/9/2017 Source: Office of Communication Services, CTAHR
Over the past 20 years, Associate Professor Michael Cheang of the Department of Family and Consumer Sciences has evolved his role as an educator from that of a teacher, to that of a facilitator and learning partner. His teaching is grounded in learning theories and aligned with research on best practices across the nation. As a result, student learning has become not only more meaningful, but empowering. Cheang was honored with UH Manoa’s 2017 Frances Davis Award for Undergraduate Teaching Excellence.
Cheang also takes his teaching into the community. One of his most popular talks is titled, “What are we going to do about mom?” Using humor, he effectively helps audiences relate to the difficult issues of caring for an aging family member. His colleagues recognize him as having achieved significant hallmarks of transformational learning in his students: critical changes in student thinking, problem solving, written and oral communication with interpersonal skills, and enhancements in social and emotional IQ competencies. Wrote one, “He is a shining example of a renaissance professor making a difference in the lives of our students, conducting research and scholarship that matters, and contributing to improving the quality of life for our most vulnerable citizens.”