Instructional Support, Research & Service Units
The following facilities are an integral part of UH Manoa. Some are designed for the purpose of research, some for research and teaching, and others to provide services to UH Manoa students, faculty, staff, or the surrounding community. Other units under the jurisdiction of a particular college/school are listed in the appropriate college/school section.
The Center on Aging (COA)
Gartley Hall, Room 201 B and C
The Center on Aging (COA) was established by the UH Board of Regents in July 1988 to stimulate and coordinate gerontological activities at UH Manoa, to establish gerontology as an academic field at UH Manoa, and to promote collaboration between UH and other organizations concerned with aging.
The center is involved in a number of research and training projects including age-friendly cities, dementia, elder abuse, cultural variations in caregiving, perceptions of chronic disease, death and dying practices, elder care/kupuna care, workforce development, and coordinating specialized training and workshops in gerontology.
The projects had been conducted in collaboration with a number of UH Manoa departments including the School of Law, School of Nursing and Dental Hygiene, and the College of Social Sciences, along with community agencies such as the City and County of Honolulu, Executive Office on Aging, Hawai‘i Medical Services Association, Hawai‘i Department of Human Services, Kokua Mau, and Papa Ola Lokahi among others. COA is one of three units within the Myron B. Thompson School of Social Work, which also includes the Department of Social Work and the Office of Public Health Services.
2550 Campus Road
The Assessment Office (AO) supports quality student learning and promotes excellence in educational practices. The AO assists in planning and implementing institutional- and program-level student learning outcome assessment. The AO provides consultation services on learning assessment-related issues to all academic programs. As the central academic assessment office on campus, the AO collaborates with the campus community to establish meaningful, manageable, and sustainable assessment.
Institute for Astronomy(Top)
2680 Woodlawn Drive
The Institute for Astronomy (IFA) has offices and laboratories in Manoa, on Maui, and on Hawai‘i island, and access to all the observatories on the summit of Mauna Kea and most of those on Haleakala. Its faculty conducts research into galaxies, cosmology, stars, the solar system, and the sun; develops new technologies for ground-based and space-based observatories; trains new astronomers through its undergraduate and graduate programs; and educates the public through a variety of outreach projects.
UH Manoa extends its research capacity and service to the state through cooperative agreements and relationships with various institutions, including Bernice P. Bishop Museum, East-West Center, Hawaiian Agricultural Research Center, Honolulu Academy of Arts, National Marine Fisheries Service, National Park Service, Nature Conservancy of Hawai‘i, Pacific International Center for High Technology Research, Tropical Fruit and Vegetable Research Laboratory, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, U.S. Geological Survey’s Hawaiian Volcano Observatory, several local hospitals, and numerous state agencies.
East-West Center1601 East-West Road
Honolulu, HI 96848-1601
Tel: (808) 944-7111
Fax: (808) 944-7376
The East-West Center is an education and research organization established by the U.S. Congress in 1960 to strengthen relations and understanding among the peoples and nations of Asia, the Pacific, and the U.S. The center contributes to a peaceful, prosperous, and just Asia Pacific community by serving as a vigorous hub for cooperative research, education, and dialogue on critical issues of common concern to the Asia Pacific region and the U.S. Funding for the center comes from the U.S. government, with additional support provided by private agencies, individuals, foundations, corporations, and the governments of the region.
Diving Safety Program (SCUBA and Compressed Gas Diving)(Top)
The UH Diving Safety Program (DSP) is vested with system-wide support and oversight authority for occupational diving activities of UH faculty, staff, students, and volunteers ensuring compliance with national standards. UH DSP is an organizational member of the American Academy of Underwater Sciences (AAUS) and adheres to the AAUS Standards for the Certification of Scientific Divers and Operation of Scientific Diving Programs. The governing body is the UH Diving Control Board. The diving safety officer is responsible for day-to-day execution of the program, with unit diving coordinators at HIMB, UH Hilo, and UH Maui College.
DSP provides standard scientific diver training courses on a periodic basis for UH personnel who use compressed gas diving for research or education. Advanced training in decompression techniques, mixed gas, and closed-circuit rebreathers is available as needed. A diving equipment inspection program for equipment to be used under UH jurisdiction is provided on the Manoa and Hilo campuses. The main office at UH Manoa also operates the Hawai‘i Advanced Diving Facility.
Environmental Health and Safety Office (EHSO)(Top)
2040 East-West Road
The Environmental Health and Safety Office (EHSO) works to promote a healthy and safe campus environment through the development and administration of various health and safety programs. Please visit our website for more detailed information about the programs listed below.
Diving Safety Program–supports SCUBA and compressed gas diving operations in research and educational programs and ensures that they are conducted in a safe manner. Provides training courses and offers inspections for diving equipment to be used under UH jurisdiction. Compiles reports on UH scientific diver activity and investigates accidents and complaints related to UH diving.
Environmental Compliance Program–monitors university operations for compliance with federal and state rules and regulations related to storm water management, water and air pollution.
Fire Safety Program–monitors campus facilities and operations for compliance with applicable fire codes. Conducts inspections, provides training and maintains campus fire suppression equipment.
Occupational Health and Safety Program–assesses and monitors potential workplace hazards. Conducts inspections of on and off-campus facilities, laboratories, and operations for compliance with federal and state rules and regulations related to workplace safety and health. Responds to complaints and requests for hazard evaluations.
External Affairs and University Relations(Top)
External Affairs and University Relations (EAUR) works with the UH Manoa advancement team and other marketing and public relations staff to promote the image of and enhance support for the UH System. Four units report to the Vice President for Student Affairs and University/Community Relations: Creative Services provides editorial, photographic, and design support for print and online publications; Governmental Relations serves as the liaison to state and federal lawmakers; Collegiate Licensing oversees use of the university’s names, identities, and marks; Public Relations and Special Events builds support among local, national, and international audiences through news media relations, public affairs, and events. Online resources available from the EAUR home page include Newsroom, Malamalama magazine, the university style guide and graphics standards manual, News@UHemployee newsletter, and stationery and business card procedures. Also see the UH Events Calendar at www.hawaii.edu/calendar.
Office of Faculty Development and Academic Support(Top)
Since 1988, the Office of Faculty Development and Academic Support (OFDAS) has provided general academic support in instructional and professional development activities and services for UH Manoa faculty and academic staff; provides leadership development workshops, seminars, and focus groups for department chairs; conducts TA training; supports faculty evaluation and professional development plans; supports departmental instructional and faculty development projects; coordinates new faculty orientations; coordinates the annual Excellence in Teaching awards and Faculty Community Service awards; assists with honors ceremonies; maintains faculty development resources; and coordinates a faculty mentoring program. In addition, OFDAS provides opportunities for faculty members to participate in an array of instructional and curriculum development activities to improve teaching and learning on the Manoa campus. OFDAS has been deeply involved in the development of Manoa classroom spaces based on the principle of agility in education–as in educational spaces–as a response to more immersive, more engaged opportunities to teach and learn. More complex than an initial design of an agile physical environment is the aligning of agile design with agility in teaching and learning, schedules, curriculum, and subsequent demands on faculty professional development. OFDAS staff have been involved in development of transformative environments such as Sakamaki Innovation Zone, Webster 101 Collaborative Classroom, and a number of classroom improvements in buildings across Manoa campus, and in orienting and supporting faculty, TAs, and students in teaching and learning in such spaces. All OFDAS activities and services are available to full-time tenure track, full-time non-tenure track, adjunct, and part-time faculty. OFDAS is presently organized into three functional units: the Center for Instructional Support (CIS), the Center for Teaching Excellence (CTE), and the Faculty Mentoring Program (FMP), which are actively engaged in providing support in the areas of teaching, assessment, and instructional technology. While each of the functional units have distinct foci, they work in collaboration within OFDAS to respond to faculty requests and needs.
Center for Instructional Support
The Center for Instructional Support (CIS) is organized into three primary divisions, MultiMedia services, Graphic Media Design services, and Campus Central Repair to provide academic and classroom support. Services include: media equipment loan, scanning for exams and surveys, graphic design for visual instructional and information materials, on-campus repair for media equipment, classroom equipment installation and repair with a full-time staff of seven professionals. CIS manages media and classroom upgrades and installations in the 180+ general classrooms to ensure that appropriate and desired instructional technology is easily accessible to faculty. Consultations with UH Manoa academic units and faculty may be arranged to assist with the effective use of technology in teaching to help plan and provide the richest possible learning experiences for students. Serving as advocate for the faculty, CIS is included in the consultations for the design of all new construction and renovation of classroom facilities and serves as ombudsman to resolve faculty and student concerns about classrooms.
Center for Teaching Excellence
The Center for Teaching Excellence (CTE) provides programs for professional development and assessment of teaching and learning through programs, services, and publications, all contributing to the development of attitudes, values, skills, and knowledge to impact the complex processes of teaching and learning. Ongoing dialogues about good teaching are maintained through seminars, workshops, individual counseling, and course assessment offerings with individuals, departments, and colleges/schools. Excellence in teaching is achieved through instructional development activities, teaching performance evaluations, intensive classroom observations, small student group instructional diagnosis, individual consultations on teaching practice and mentoring, and professional development offerings directed toward developing high impact and innovative teaching and learning theories, technologies, and pedagogies. CTE is involved in providing opportunities for faculty professional and career development by conducting New Faculty Orientations, developing and supporting electronic Course and Faculty Evaluation (eCAFe), supporting Department Chairs Seminar Series, and for teaching assistants through TA Trainings and Preparing Future Faculty Series.
Faculty Mentoring Program
The Faculty Mentoring Program (FMP) within the broader mission of OFDAS has become part of an integrated effort to retain new faculty and to provide support for faculty with tenure and seniority throughout their academic careers. Orienting mentoring towards all faculty has accomplished the engendering of a broader base of collegiality across gender and ethnicities as well as academic departments. It provides a Summer Dossier Series of professional development events, a Dossier Library of successful tenure and promotion dossiers from Manoa faculty and a Mentor-Mentee Pairing Program, pairing individual senior mentors with junior mentees
Hawai’i State Center for Nursing(Top)
2528 McCarthy Mall
The Hawai‘i State Center for Nursing (HSCN) was established by the Hawai‘i State Legislature “to address nursing workforce issues” (Act 173) with the goal of assuring that the State of Hawai‘i has the nursing resources necessary to meet the health care needs of its people. HSCN is a dynamic and respected champion for the nursing profession and a source of reliable information on existing and emerging trends in nursing. Through strategic thinking, collaboration, and the pursuit of synergistic solutions, HSCN has become a recognized leader in workforce planning, nursing research, and professional practice.
The core values of HSCN focus upon excellence, accessibility, collaboration, innovation, education, and cultural diversity. The functions of the center include:
Industrial Relations Center(Top)
The Industrial Relations Center (IRC) seeks to promote understanding of industrial relations and human resources development problems, techniques, and policies. Organized to facilitate UH Manoa research and instruction in the disciplines and professions related to industrial relations, the IRC also serves labor, management, and the community as the link in a continuing dialogue, reporting on changes in the field. The center maintains a library for information services and current publications; provides reference service; conducts conferences, lectures, and group discussions; and assists in the training of students and practitioners in the field. Research studies in industrial relations problems are conducted and published by the IRC.
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