Makalapua Alencastre, Associate Professor of Indigenous Education at UH Hilo, is the 2015 Carnegie Project on the Education Doctorate (CPED) Dissertation in Practice of the Year Award winner. Her dissertation, E Hoʻoulu ʻIa Nā Kumu Mauli Ola Hawaiʻi: Preparing Hawaiian Cultural Identity Teachers, was selected for its high quality research and potential to impact practice in education.
Associate Professor and Education Doctorate (EdD) Director Jeff Moniz said, “Dr. Alencastre’s recognition from CPED speaks to her excellence as a scholar practitioner. Her award also brings honor to her advisors, Drs. Sarah Twomey and Walter Kahumoku, and to the members of her cohort. This serves as an important validation for the hard work of our advisors, mentors, program, and institution.”
Alencastre was among the first cohort of professional practice graduates in the EdD program at the UH Mānoa College of Education (COE). Designed to prepare professionals for leadership roles at all levels of education, the EdD received commendation from Lieutenant Governor Shan S. Tsutsui when he proclaimed November 20, 2014 “Doctor of Education Day” in recognition of this first cohort.
“Makalapua’s contribution to the field of education in Hawaiʻi supports a much needed area of research in Indigenous teacher preparation that addresses the complexity and challenges of Native Hawaiian language survivance,” said Twomey.
An international consortium of over 80 colleges and schools of education, CPED has been working to strengthen the education doctorate since 2007. Alencastre’s dissertation was one of 26 nominated from 17 CPED member institutions. She will be recognized at the CPED Convening at Lynn University in Florida on October 7, 2015.