Pilot State Facilitator
Richard Dubanoski is dean of the College of Social Sciences and professor of psychology at the University of Hawaii at Manoa. He received a B.A. from Wesleyan University and an M.A. and Ph.D. from the University of Minnesota. He has been a strong advocate for undergraduate education, serving as the campus liaison for LEAP. During his tenure as dean he has introduced a number of innovative teaching and learning programs to the Manoa campus. Most recently, he initiated a new project, Commitment to Liberal Education, which is based on the LEAP model. This project draws from past educational programs developed in the college – for example, service learning and learning communities – and introduces new programs such as street science, a critical thinking course for freshmen. When complete, Commitment to Liberal Education will incorporate the four Essential Learning Outcomes of LEAP and many of the high-impact teaching practices.