Directory – facoba

Directory – facoba

Francisco Acoba

Associate Professor – Languages, Linguistics and Literature
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I grew up in Kalihi and attended the University of Hawai'i at Mānoa, where I earned an MA in English (literary studies) that concluded with a project about contemporary Hawaiian music. I am currently an associate professor of English at Kapi'olani Community College, where I teach writing (with a sustainability focus) and literature. I also help run the college's Service and Sustainability Learning program.

I believe in Peter Elbow's enabling mantra that "Everyone 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.

Office Kalia 228
Phone (808) 734-9412
(808) 734-9151 (fax)
Academic Background

University of Hawai'i at Mānoa:

  • BA in English
  • MA in English
Research Interests

sustainability discourse, material sustainability, organizational change, community-based learning, assessment, narrative, early American literature

Selected Publications

Student Learning for Civic Capacity: Stimulating Moral, Ethical, and Civic Engagement for Learning that Lasts

More than Bells without Clappers: Students Finding Voice through Civic Engagement with Big Questions

Place-based WAC/WID: Engaging Writing Students Through Geographic Place

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.

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