As Director of the Office of Faculty Development and Academic Support since 2011, Dr.
Kathleen Kane oversees three units, including the Center for Instructional Support (CIS) and
two faculty and TA professional development programs: the Center for Teaching Excellence
(CTE) and the Faculty Mentoring Program (FMP). Kathie has been associated with the
development of CTE since 1991 and FMP since 2003. Broadly, her responsibilities include
extending and expanding support for faculty and TAs to continue to develop and thrive
professionally in their teaching, research and service.
More recently, Kathie has focused on the concept of Space Matters, a movement towards agility
in education—as in educational spaces—as a response to more immersive, more engaged
opportunities to teach and learn. More complex than the design of an agile physical
environment is how to align agile design with agility in teaching and learning, schedules,
curriculum, and subsequent demands on faculty development. As such, she has been deeply
involved in the development of transformative environments such as Sakamaki Innovation
Zone, Webster 101 Collaborative Classroom, and a number of classroom improvements in
buildings across Manoa campus.
Kathie earned a Ph.D. in Political Science from the University of Hawai'i at Manoa in 1994 and
continues to teach courses in the College of Social Sciences as an affiliate faculty, with a focus
on the intersections of theory, aesthetics, memory and film.