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COE Doctoral Student Association Council

The 2013-2014 COEDSA Council is comprised of COE doctoral students who volunteer their time to present an orientation event for incoming PhD students in August, and subsequent workshops and other events during the year.


Kavita Rao Faculty Advisory kavita@hawaii.edu
Dr. Kavita Rao is the faculty advisor for the COEDSA council. She is an assistant professor in the Special Education department. Her research focuses on educational and assistive technologies, literacy strategies for culturally and linguistically diverse learners, and universal design for learning. Kavita has been faculty advisor for the COEDSA Council for the past five years and she enjoys working with the group to help plan activities and events to build a supportive research community for COE doctoral students.

Shannon Hillman COEDSA Past Chair/Policy Studies skbrown2@hawaii.edu
Shannon is a third year doctorate student in Policy Studies and the educational researcher at the Hawaiian Educational Policy Center. Her interests are in English Language education and policies of its implementation, particularly in Asia-Pacific. Her dissertation will focus on the benefits of English fluency to economic growth in developing Asia.

Mary Chang Past Chair/Educational Foundations mkhchang@hawaii.edu
Mary is a third year Ph.D. student. Her research interests include considering the conception of liberal education as function, faculty development, and science education. She's been a part of COEDSA from her first year and appreciates all the support and guidance from past and current members.

Kevin Lima Past Chair/Educational Foundations kevin.lima@hawaii.edu
Currently Kevin is an Associate with the business management firm Booz Allen Hamilton. He earned an M.A. in Human Resource Management and has classroom experience at a private and a public higher education institution. His research and theoretical interests are in higher education student persistence and student involvement.

Wendan Li Council Member/Educational Foundations wendan@hawaii.edu
Wendan Li is a council member of COEDSA. She is a doctoral student in Educational Foundations. As a student researcher in doctoral education, Wendan relatively knows a little more about the value and importance of student association and peer support environment for a successful navigation in graduate schools. She is easygoing and social, loves to make friends. Her cross-cultural learning and living experience shaped her identity as an international citizen, at least she aspires to be so. As a council member, Wendan wishes to contribute to this warm family based on what she knows about doctoral education.

Jennifer Padua Council Member paduajen@hawaii.edu
Jennifer Padua is an instructor and cohort coordinator in the Institute of Teacher Education (Elementary Education) program at the COE, UH Manoa. She is a doctoral student in the Curriculum and Instruction PhD program. For over a decade, she has worked with students and teachers in Hawaii, American Samoa, the Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands, Guam, the Republic of the Marshall Islands, Palau, and the Federated States of Micronesia. Her research interests are language and literacy development, curriculum development, digital literacies, pre-service teacher education, in-service teacher professional development, and educational access for all students.

Francisco V. Jumawan Council Member/Learning Design and Technology fjumawan@hawaii.edu
Frank is a third year doctoral student. He is currently a Graduate Assistant at Curriculum Research and Development Group (CRDG) and his duties include the development of the online learning community for Teaching Science as Inquiry Aquatics project. He also serves as an Instructional Design Assistant at Distance Course & Consulting (DCDC). Frank received his Masters in Educational Technology and his undergraduate in Exercise Science and Health Management at UHM. He perviously worked Computer Support Specialist at the Nagatani Academic Center in the UH Athletic Department and as a Football Video Manager giving him almost a decade of extensive and diverse technology and media experience. Frank also worked for two years as a Health and Wellness Consultant for HMSA’s HealthPass. Frank was born and raised in Wahiawa and is a proud Leilehua High School graduate. He is passionate about health, nutrition and exercise and loves staying active. His numerous activities include working out, Wing Chun kung fu, stand-up paddle boarding and hiking.

Eduard "Eddie" MERC COEDSA Current Chair/Learning Design and Technology emerc@hawaii.edu
Eddie Merc is originally from The Slovak Republic, Europe, and has been living in Hawai’i for the past 15+ years. He currently works as the Assistant/Interim Director at the Center for the Advancement of Innovative Teaching (CAIT) at Hawai’i Pacific University (HPU). He is also an adjunct business faculty instructor at HPU teaching international business and management HPU’s military campus programs. Eddie is currently in his 3rd year of Ph.D. doctorate studies at the College of Education at UH Manoa with the concentration in educational technology (ETEC). He also volunteers his time as a COEDSA and AECT-HI Council Member for graduate and doctorate student associations at UH. Eddie came to Hawai’i as a former ATP professional tennis player to represent UH, HPU, and BYU-Hawai’i Universities to win two national NCAA tennis titles in 2002 and 2003. At his full-time work at HPU, he specializes in distance education methodologies and educational tools for hybrid and online courses for both traditional and non-traditional student groups. His passions include home-based travel business with his wife Kristine, tennis teaching and international travel.

Youxin Zhang Web Editor/Learning Design and Technology youxin@hawaii.edu
Youxin is a web editor of COEDSA. She is a 3rd year doctoral student in Educational Technology Department at College of Education (University of Hawaii at Manoa). She is currently working at School of Nursing and Dental Hygiene as the GA. Also, she is the instructional designer for Mountain West Clinical Translational Research-Infrastructure Network of University of Nevada at Las Vegas. She is originally from Wuhan, China; and she received her master degree from the University of Wisconsin and is interested in instructional design, mobile learning, app development, innovative technology and graphic design.

Amy Sojot

Council Member/Educational Foundations

amysojot@hawaii.edu
Amy Sojot is a PhD student in Educational Foundations and works for the College of Education’s EdD in Professional Practice program as a graduate research assistant. Her research examines the intersections of art, policy, and education theory. Amy’s present focus considers art’s stimulating properties as a means to examine contemporary educational assumptions.

Esmeralda Carini

Council Member/Curriculum Studies

escarini@aol.com
Esmeralda Carini is a Ph.D. candidate in the College of Education in the Curriculum and Instruction program. Her research interests include balanced literacy, formative literacy assessments, and teacher professional development. Esmeralda received her M.A. in Education from the University of Hawaii, Manoa and earned her B.A. in Interdisplinary Education from the University of San Diego. She is currently the Literacy Content Specialist for Kailua Kalaheo Complex Area, Windward District. Esmeralda is a new member to the COEDSA family.

Heather Dewoody

Council Member/Educational Foundations

dewoody@hawaii.edu
Heather is an educational researcher for the College of Education, and a doctoral student in the Educational Foundations department. Her research focuses on mindfulness education, education for sustainable living, and alternative home schooling models. In her free time she works on her off-grid infrastructure and permaculture.

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