CTE Staff

Kathleen O. Kane, Ph.D.
Faculty Specialist
Director, OFDAS
Kathie Kane

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. 


Daniela Bottjer-Wilson, Ph.D.
Faculty Specialist
Daniela Bottjer-Wilson

Daniela’s discipline is Ocean Sciences with a Ph.D. in Biological Oceanography from the University of Bremen in Germany. Her research has brought her around the world and she has lived for several years in Chile and France before moving to Hawai’i in 2009. Since joining the University of Hawai’i at Mānoa, she has progressively supported the professional development of faculty, postdoctoral scientists and graduate students across disciplines. As Postdoctoral Researcher at the Center for Microbial Oceanography: Research and Education (C-MORE) and officer of the Graduate Women in Science Hawai’i Chapter, she has developed and implemented professional development workshops in areas such as leadership, diversity, negotiation and mentoring.

Daniela has a broad range of teaching experiences. One highlight was teaching the Center for Microbial Oceanography: Research and Education (C-MORE) summer course between 2012 and 2015, considered one of the most prestigious international summer programs in Microbial Oceanography. Her most recent teaching at Kapi’olani and Leeward Community College however has elucidated her excitement and enthusiasm for student-centered learning and pedagogies of engagement.

As Faculty Specialist with the Center for Teaching Excellence (CTE), Daniela provides a variety of teaching evaluations, including small group instructional diagnosis, classroom observations and paper and pencil assessments. She is initiating and implementing a new classroom observation protocol, as well as coordinating the Faculty 3x3 Professional Development Series on ‘Teaching Matters’ and on ‘Technology Matters’. With increasing numbers of courses being offered online, Daniela is developing faculty professional development workshops around online teaching as well as online teaching assessments.


Suzette Mehlhorn, MSCJA
Educational Specialist

As an Educational Specialist at the University of Hawai'i at Mānoa, Suzy Mehlhorn is dedicated to disseminating tools of current technology to faculty in order to facilitate and enhance their teaching experience, whether online, hybrid, or face-to-face. Currently, Suzy holds recurring sessions related to technology and productivity in the classroom.

Employed at the UH Mānoa since 2000, Suzy has, during that time, earned a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology and Sociology, and in 2009, she graduated from Chaminade University of Honolulu with a Master of Science in Criminal Justice Administration with a strong focus on leadership, teamwork, and Organizational Behavior practiced throughout successful state agencies.

Since 2004, she has been a key team member with numerous contributions to the Center for Teaching Excellence and Faculty Mentoring Program, including creating the department websites cte.hawaii.edu, fmp.hawaii.edu and ofdas.hawaii.edu.

Since 1992, Suzy has embraced computers and online technology when she constructed and managed the online Bulletin Board System (BBS) Asylum out of Pearl City, Hawai’i. Before the internet as we know it was available, she imported FidoNet newsgroups for locals to read online. A total of 3 people could be logged in her BBS at once, which was unheard of at that time! In 1994, Suzy constructed and actualized Lua-uhane MUD, an online multi-user dimension reality game populated by 100 plus simultaneous users from locations worldwide.

OFDAS 30 Years

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