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Engaged Instruction


   Wayne Iwaoka

   Naomi Kanehiro

   Laura Kawamura

   Lynn Nakamura-Tengan

   Claire Nakatsuka

   Julia Zee


An integration of Cooperative Extension with the Instruction program that provides students with real-life experiences and opportunities for contributing to their community.

Dian Dooley
Wayne Iwaoka

Julia Zee
Lynn Nakamura - Tengan
Claire Nakatsuka
Laura Kawamura
Naomi Kanehiro


The Kellogg Commission on the Future of State and Land-Grant Universities
The Engaged University

Land-grant public institutions, including the University of Hawaii, have a rich heritage of service to our state and nation. Justin Morrill and Abraham Lincoln brought the concept into being, the land-grant ideal of public university service to community and nation. Over the course of a century and a half, land-grant public universities have spread across the United states and its territories. We have brought the benefit of new knowledge to our publics.

Why then the need for change, the need to do more, the need to do better? The challenge we face is the growing perception that, despite the resources and expertise available on our campuses, our institutions are not organized to bring them to bear on local, national, and international problems in a coherant way. Also facing many public institutions are long-term financial constraints and growing emphasis on accountability and productivity.

From 1996 through 2000, this presidential Kellogg Commission on the Future of State and Land-Grant Universities was charged with helping to define the direction public universities should go in the future and to recommend an action agenda to speed up the processes of change. A series of reports document the commissions' findings at

The Commission concluded that it was time to go beyond outreach and service... to go beyond our inherited concept that emphasize a one-way process in which the university transfers its expertise to students and community. The new process is a commitment to sharing and reciprocity... to become more sympathetically and productively involved with our communities, however community may be defined. Embedded in engagement are partnerships, two-way streets defined by mutual respect among partners for what each brings to the table.

The engaged university believes in the enrichment of student experiences. In doing so we gain access to various kinds of off-campus learning opportunities. The engaged institution accomplishes at least three things:

It is organized to respond to the needs of today's students and tomorrow's, not yesterday's.

It enriches student's experiences by integrating research and engagement into the curriculum and offering practical opportunities for students to prepare for the world they will enter.

It must put its critical resources (knowledge and expertise) to work on the problems communities it serves face.

The changing nature of engagement, in terms of our students, their preparation, our communities, their problems, is a daunting challenge.


Food Science and Human Nutrition 381:
Experimental Foods

Students develop critical thinking and problem solving skills in Wayne Iwaoka’s FSHN 381, Experimental Foods class. Assignments are given to challenge students’ ability to create innovative food products. The collaborations among the Class, Extension, and companies in the Food Industry allow experiential applications of real world challenges.


Food Science and Human Nutrition 452:
Nutrition Education

For the past decade, Dian Dooley's FSHN 452, Nutrition Education Class has worked with Cooperative Extension in various capacities. Course had provided students with practical, community based opportunities; Extension Agents have provided community outreach expertise and experience. Examples of projects are included in this Web site.


Cooperative Extension Service Agents:
Community Extension Educators

Extension Educators in nutrition, family life, and educational technology have been involved with various instruction-based endeavors in various capacities for many years. Working relationships have deepened and projects have emerged that have been both valuable learning experiences for students and useful educational experiences for the community agencies involved. As they have served as conduits between students and community, the reciprocity of sharing and learning together have also been beneficial to the Extension Educators involved.


Engaged Instruction

As part of both Instruction and Extension endeavors, FSHN 452 Nutrition Education (Instruction) and NEW Nutrition Education for Wellness (Extension), have partnered in an Engaged Instruction Project. NEW has also partnered with internship programs and high school senior projects. This is our collective endeavor to model "engaged public university" actions and behaviors. We are only at the beginning and will continue to develop. This web page is our way of sharing our endeavors.



Contact Information

Engaged Instruction
1955 East-West Road #306
Honolulu, Hawaii 96822
Phone: (808) 956-4124
Fax: (808) 956-6457z


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