Bennett Zazzera, who is earning his PhD in the UH Mānoa College of Education (COE) Department of Educational Psychology (EDEP), was awarded a Regents’ Medal for Excellence in Teaching. Each year, the Board of Regents selects faculty members who exhibit an extraordinary level of subject mastery and scholarship, teaching effectiveness and creativity, and personal values that benefit students.
“I first met Bennett when we collaborated last year to write a proposal for a new physical therapy doctoral program at UH Mānoa,” said EDEP Professor and Chair Kathy Ratliffe. “He struck me as someone who was enthusiastic about teaching, very collaborative, and open to learning new things. He joined our PhD program last fall and is gaining insights into his own teaching through his participation in educational psychology courses. Congratulations to Bennett for winning this prestigious award!”
Program director of the Kapiʻolani Community College Physical Therapist Assistant Program, Zazzera is a doctor of physical therapy and board-certified clinical specialist in orthopedic physical therapy. He says his goal is to “create a fun and safe classroom environment where all students feel confident and comfortable participating” (UH News story).