Assistant Professor Erin Kahunawaika‘ala Wright was selected for the inaugural class of the NASPA Emerging Faculty Leader Academy (EFLA). During a one-year term, Wright will work in a cohort of emerging leaders who want to gain knowledge, techniques, and experience in order to develop and sustain a fulfilling faculty career.
“I’m honored and very humbled by this selection,” Wright said. “Having been a member of NASPA for over 15 years, I know that the EFLA offers unparalleled faculty professional development. I’m looking forward to learning from my colleagues and sharing my experience and scholarship on indigeneity in higher education.”
The leading professional organization for the field of student affairs, NASPA selected seven participants from the NASPA regions who will participate in online and in-person professional development and educational sessions. Topics range from teaching strategies and curriculum development to resources on issues of tenure, merit, and performance.
A faculty member in the College of Education Department of Educational Administration and an Asian American & Pacific Islander Research Coalition (ARC) Fellow, Wright will participate in the upcoming 2016 NASPA Annual Conference, which includes a celebration dinner, orientation session, and faculty assembly. She will also serve as a mentor and possible presenter during the 2017 conference.
“My selection was made possible by the tremendous support I received from Drs. Maenette Benham, Christine Quemuel, and Lori Ideta,” Wright concluded. “I am grateful for their support, encouragement, and inspiration.”