Helen Au

Helen Au

Workforce Development Specialist

Dr. Au earned a Bachelor’s degree in Business Administration, a Master’s degree in Educational Administration, and a Doctoral degree in Education (focus in Educational Administration) from the University of Hawaii at Manoa. She is currently serving as the Workforce Development Specialist (a faculty position) at the Hawaii’s Educators Excellence and Equity (ECE3) Project at the Institute of Teaching Education (STE) at the College of Education at the University of Hawaii at Manoa.

In recent years, she served as the Workforce Development Faculty at the Windward Community College; Director of Marketing, Assistant Director, Program Director, and Principal of Investigator of the Curriculum Research & Development Group (CRDG) in the College of Education (COE) at the University of Hawai‘i at Mānoa (UHM) for about fifteen years. CRDG is a PreK-20 curriculum research and development unit in the College of Education at the University of Hawaii at Mānoa. Prior to CRDG, she served as the Senior Vice President of Admissions, Marketing, and Career Placement at the Hawaii Business College (a two-year vocational and trade school), and President of the American Marketing Association Hawaii Chapter. Through these positions, she gained valuable leadership skills and experiences working effectively with multi-cultural populations locally, nationally and internationally, such as students, parents, scholars, educators, professionals, private sector, public sector, media, and government agencies.

Her expertise includes handling admissions and financial aid; conducting enrollment management; securing and managing grants and contracts; establishing partnerships and building relationships with internal and external constituents; working with accrediting agencies and employers; managing budget and personnel; conducting program/curriculum development and evaluation; practicing student success models and pathways; building resources and technology for operating efficiency; and implementing professional development for faculty and staff.

Dr. Au has served more than 24 different professional and university communities throughout the years. Her professional work resulted in a few dozen national and international scholarly presentations, publications, external partnerships, and contracts totaling $5 million dollars. Several of the funding agencies included Hawai‘i Dept. of Education, Hawai‘i Dept. of Labor, Rasmussen College, Texas Educational Agency, and University of Michigan. In 2015, Dr. Au and her managing team received the Innovation and Transformation Award from UHM College of Education. She was also elected as the Emerging Scholar by the American Educational Research Association during the same year. Dr. Au is fluent in English and Chinese.

COE Affiliation

School of Teacher Education - Elementary