Gerald Meredith retired on December 30, 2010 after 12 years directing the Office of Faculty Development and Academic Support (OFDAS), and after 43 dedicated years at the University of Hawai'i at Manoa. Among his many commitments to our campus, he served on multiple tenure and promotion review committees, organized the annual Chancellor’s Teaching and Service Awards, and contributed to annual Convocation programs and Mid-year and Spring Commencement exercises.
Dr. Meredith has a long and dedicated career at Mānoa. In 1967, he was appointed as the first Evaluation and Alumni Liaison Officer at the East-West Center. A year later he was invited to join the Office of the Dean for Academic Affairs. One of his first assignments was to design a faculty and course evaluation instrument that allows students to express their attitudes about the quality of instruction. The instrument (termed the J-Series) was used on campus for over twelve consecutive semesters.
In 1987 the Office of Faculty Development and Academic Support (OFDAS) was established by the Board of Regents and Dr. Meredith became one of the founding members of the unit. The duties and responsibilities for a researcher assigned to instructional evaluation and academic support activities within the administration was approved by the Assistant Vice-President for Academic Affairs. Working with the first Director, and subsequent Interim Directors, Dr. Meredith focused on the evaluation of OFDAS programs, development of the paper-based Course and Faculty Evaluation (CAFE) system, management of the Educational Improvement Fund (EIF), and directed the process of selection of recipients of the BOR Excellence in Teaching Awards, the Chancellor’s Citation for Meritorious Teaching, the Frances Davis Award for Excellence in Undergraduate Teaching, and the Robert W. Clopton Award for Distinguished Community Service. In 1998, Dr. Meredith was appointed Interim Chair of OFDAS to oversee daily operations and maintain core services.
As a faculty specialist with a research background in social science, Dr. Meredith has published over 85 articles and has served over 25 years as an Associate Editor for the journal, Psychological Reports. He is a member of numerous professional societies, including Phi Beta Kappa, Sigma Xi, American Evaluation Association, and holds fellowship status in the American Educational Research Association and the Association for Psychological Science.