Dean Nathan Murata

May 1, 2020

This week marks one month of “sheltering in place.” With another two weeks before the Spring Semester 2020 is done, our faculty, staff, and students continue to persevere and excel in virtual classrooms, conferences, and events. We are bearing witness to a collective creativity and positive can-do attitude like never before. Our Technology and Distance Programs are providing the necessary drop-in support to keep faculty members in the COE and across the UH Mānoa community engaged in their work.

The university faced a major fiscal challenge in 2008–2009; however, because of the perseverance and strong leadership of the administration and fiscal office, our COE weathered the storm and continued to operate with adjustments. While our current fiscal outlook will certainly be more dire this coming fall, I am confident that with the support, leadership, and ingenuity of our chairs, directors, and faculty, we will adapt to the new normal.

While Hawai‘i continues to grapple with an unprecedented unemployment rate, even with assistance from the federal government, the narrative is changing. From the reduced number of new COVID-19 cases to the prospect of reopening certain aspects of our economy, progress and small gains are being made towards our future.

A similar methodical approach is being used by UH Mānoa in its efforts to reopen our campus. As we all know, Summer Session I will be strictly online, but Summer Session II may see certain classes held on campus. Stay tuned for more guidelines and details on what types of exemptions will be approved.

Please continue to stay safe and healthy and know how immensely grateful I am for all of your continued support and efforts.


Dean Nathan Murata

April 17, 2020

Shifting from a robust economic forecast to discussions of possible furloughs and massive unemployment, COVID-19 has altered the landscape of not only UH Mānoa, but the world. I wanted to take this time to let you know that the College of Education (COE) is here and thinking about you, hoping that you are well, safe, and healthy.

As another week of social distancing and sheltering in place draws to a close, faculty and students are fully engaged online and on track to complete the spring semester. There have been a few hiccups to be sure, but the overall feedback from faculty and students has been positive. Our Technology and Distance Programs continue to provide virtual “Drop-In Zoom” support, security best practices and strategies, and other technical support.

Looking forward, the COE has submitted an “Authorization to Plan” for both the Doctor of Physical Therapy and School Counseling programs. While our fiscal outlook appears bleak at the moment, we cannot pause on certain areas of growth and innovation. In order to emerge from this crisis stronger and more efficient, we will continue to press forward. I expect the COE to be a major player in the post-pandemic rebuilding, leading the way in which teaching, learning, and research occur.

I cannot express my gratitude enough. MAHALO to the faculty, staff, students, alumni, community partners, and families for your perseverance, commitment, and support. Please continue to be vigilant and steadfast in maintaining your health and safety for yourself and loved ones.


Dean Nathan Murata

April 10, 2020

Dear COE Students and ‘Ohana,

I just wanted to reach out and let you know that we, at the College of Education (COE), are thinking of you every day as we navigate this global COVID-19 pandemic here in Hawai‘i. My continued hope is that everyone remains safe and healthy so that we may return to work, school, and “regular” life soon. We truly are in this together, and I offer my sympathies and support to all impacted by the virus.

As I have expressed in previous messages, THANK YOU to the faculty, staff, students, and families for your perseverance, commitment, and flexibility. For some of us, the switch to online learning and working is business as usual; for others, it has been a steep learning curve. No matter where you are on this continuum, know that the COE and University appreciate your efforts to adapt and overcome.

Using online video and web conferencing tools, such as Zoom, has provided faculty and students with a safe “face to face” instruction option. Interactions, questions and answers, debriefing, evaluating and assessing can all be done in a remote environment where everyone remains safe and healthy while practicing social distancing.

Looking forward, please know that the University will be part of the post-pandemic rebuilding of the economy. President Lassner and Provost Bruno have made it abundantly clear that UH Mānoa is a major player in this endeavor and that our students, faculty, and staff are the priorities. Our commitment is to ensure that your academic and workforce goals are being met. Our dedicated faculty and staff will be a part of your successful outcome.

The University continues to update everyone on the availability of services and operational hours for essentials like computer and library access. More recently, UH System provided details on the Credit/No Credit grading option for this semester. Please stay informed of the latest COVID-19 news and remember to report any of your own updates to


Dean Nathan Murata

April 3, 2020

Dear COE Students and ‘Ohana,

I hope this message finds you and your loved ones safe and healthy. As COVID-19 news continues to grow and develop, we are taking every precaution to prevent community spread by maintaining social distancing and offering all courses online until the end of the semester. Most recently, President Lassner announced that the delivery of online courses will continue through Summer Session 1 and possibly into Summer Session 2. While our efforts are meant to keep everyone safe, I understand the difficulty of these uncertain and rapidly changing times. I would like to applaud all of you for your patience, compassion, and flexibility as we continue to work through this semester. To our Technology and Distance Programs team, we are beyond grateful for your assistance and support at a time when your expertise is most needed. Our college is thriving in the online teaching and learning environment due to your collaborative efforts.

As UH Mānoa grapples with this unprecedented global crisis, impacting social, economic, and educational outcomes, everyone’s collective understanding and cooperation will keep us moving forward together. Buildings across campus have been closing as the university is requiring everyone, except essential workers, to work from home. Following suit, the college has closed Everly and Wist Halls as well as the Andrew In College Collaboration Center. UH Mānoa leadership and the faculty senate are collaborating on a pass/fail, credit/no credit grading option for this semester. Details of how this will be implemented are in progress and coming soon. I want to reassure you that your academic programs will not be disrupted or delayed. As we progress into another week of online delivery, I hope everyone is becoming more and more at ease with this way of instructional delivery and learning. Remember to stay in close communication with your instructors, advisors, and/or supervisors. Continue to be vigilant and take good care of yourselves.

Should you want to report or update the college on COVID-19, please feel free to send an email to:


Dean Nathan Murata

March 27, 2020

COE ‘Ohana,

I hope this message finds everyone safe and healthy. While spring break has come and gone, the University will continue with its online instruction format for the duration of the spring semester, and maybe even into first summer session. This, along with the decisions to “shelter in place” and “stay at home/work from home” will undoubtedly help curb the spread of COVID-19.

To the entire COE family, thank you for your flexibility and optimism in moving to an online teaching and learning environment, ensuring that all of our students’ and partners’ needs are being met and complying with the daily updates from UH Mānoa. I am appreciative of our Technology and Distance Programs (TDP) staff for their continued expertise and support of not only our COE faculty and staff, but of those across our campus. While not everyone may be comfortable teaching online, the TDP staff has helped to make the transition a smooth one. Thanks to them, our college is leading the way in online teaching.

To our students, I want to assure you that your academic program will not be disrupted. Faculty and staff are working diligently to create alternatives for you to complete your coursework on time. Adjustments and accommodations are also being made for those of you who have field or clinical experiences in schools, community organizations, and private sectors since you are not permitted to complete these requirement in the actual facilities. Thank you for your patience, flexibility, and understanding as we work through this crisis.

UH Mānoa has cancelled all on-campus activities, including athletic events and commencement, during the COVID-19 pandemic. Of course, we would all like to minimize further cancellations of events if possible. In the meantime, we can look forward to our COE Convocation being held virtually, largely due to the support and assistance of our Learning Design and Technology (LTEC) faculty. We are working on moving our job fair to a virtual format for our graduates too.

There continues to be good news and inspirational stories from the COE, including faculty members who have set up donation stations to assist our Kūpuna in need. So many of our faculty and staff continue to go above the call of duty to assist others. The COE is here, even if online, to serve our students, faculty, and staff. I plan to have continuous communication with all of you. Please also college, university, and community news for updates on COVID-19.

Thank you to all and please stay healthy, vigilant, and safe.

Dean Nathan Murata

March 13, 2020

Dear COE Students and ‘Ohana,

As you are receiving information from the University of Hawai‘i (UH) on COVID-19, I wanted to take this time to provide a College of Education (COE) update. President Lassner has announced that beginning March 23, 2020 all courses will be delivered online until April 13, 2020. UH Mānoa will remain open for business, including the libraries, food establishments, some computer labs, and the Warrior Rec Center.

Our faculty have been engaging in online and distance education programs for some time, and I am confident in their ability to transition seamlessly during the upcoming weeks. Along with our faculty, the COE also has an excellent Technology and Distance Education (TDP) program with highly experienced and respected staff members who can provide technical support as necessary.

Until further notice, the COE’s Andrew W.S. In College Collaboration Center (CCC, Wist Hall 134) will be open after the break with strict guidelines on seating distance as well as sanitizing wipes for computers, table space, keyboards, mice, and other objects that you may use. Due to the fluidity of the current situation, these plans may change.

I wanted to reassure all of you that our academic programs will not be disrupted. There may be some adjustments needed on both sides, so please be patient. Remember to stay in close communication with your instructors, advisors, and/or supervisors. Please be vigilant and take good care of yourselves. Have a nice and safe Spring Break.

Should you want to report or update the college on COVID-19, please feel free to send an email to


Dean Nathan Murata

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