I grew up in Kalihi and attended the University of Hawai'i at Mānoa, where I earned an MA in English (literary studies) that concluded with a project about contemporary Hawaiian music. After graduate school, I worked as a research assistant at a commercial real estate firm and then as a technical writer at a financial institution. In 2001, I started teaching at Kapi'olani Community College.
I am currently associate professor of English, teaching literature and writing (with a sustainability focus). I also help run the college's Service and Sustainability Learning program.
I believe in Peter Elbow's enabling mantra that "[e]veryone can write." More specifically, within a particular context, everyone can generate text that follows conventions (and goes beyond them) and has meaning for its intended audience.
University of Hawai'i at Mānoa:
sustainability discourse, material sustainability, organizational change, community-based learning, assessment, narrative, early American literature
Hill, Yao Zhang, Tanya Renner, Francisco Acoba, Krista Hiser, and Robert W. Franco. "Service-Learning's Role in Achieving Institutional Outcomes: Engagement, Learning, and Achievement." Service-Learning at the American Community College, edited by Amy Traver and and Zivah Katz, Palgrave Macmillan, 2014, pp. 169-182.