Dean of Academic Services

Academic Services incorporates many essential services vital to the academic success of our students. These services include the Library, Educational Media Center, the Learning Resource Center, the Writing Center, the Testing Center, the Innovation Center for Teaching and Learning, KI (Students With Disabilities Services) and the Theater.


Mayor Caldwell issuing proclamation celebrating Leeward Theatre 40th Anniversary.
Left to right: Paul Kuehn, Dean; Manny Cabral, Chancellor; Kemuel DeMoville, Theatre Manager.

Theatre – The strong Community and Cultural Centric focus of the Leeward Theatre continues full force, even with the upcoming renovation soon to be in full swing. Our community has recognized and shown their support of our direction and success by casting their votes in last Spring’s Star Advertiser Hawaii’s Best Award. We took 2nd place for best live Theatre on Oahu! Amazing, Wonderful, and, as our new mantra indicates, “We May Be Under Construction But That Won’t Slow Us Down”! Upcoming productions to look forward to include: Frangipani Perfume, A Dark and Stormy Knight, Richard III and more. Come and participate in continued AWARD WINNING entertainment.

To learn more about the Theatre; opportunities to volunteer, make a donation, become a Friend of Leeward Theatre and our upcoming season by clicking on the link below or go to

Theatre renovation


The Learning Commons is designed to be an active, student-centered learning space offering a variety of academic support services in a comfortable, technology-rich setting that encourages collaboration. Services include the campus Testing Center, Student Disability Services, Writing and Content Tutoring, common study and technology areas, Library collections, services and resources and exterior patio areas. Some highlights include:

THE LIBRARY - Please read carefully, there are several important changes in the Library as of this fall;

Service Desk Relocation:  Circulation services are now consolidated at the Circulation Desk on the 2nd (main) floor.  Book check out, laptop and equipment loans, course reserves, and group study room reservations will be conducted from this desk.  The Reference Desk has relocated to the 3rd floor.  Students in need of research assistance and Information Literacy Exam tutoring should see a librarian at the Reference Desk.  Contact:  Wayde Oshiro, Head Librarian, x378.

Pharos UniPrint:  A new system for printing in the Library and Learning Commons will be installed by the start of the academic year.  Students will release print jobs by scanning their Leeward ID card which will be linked to individual print/copy accounts.  A self-service kiosk for adding value to accounts will be available.  Contact: Wayde Oshiro, Head Librarian, x378.

Open Educational Resources:  55% of Leeward CC students have NOT purchased a textbook due to cost and 58% use textbooks costs in their decision to register for classes!  The Library continues its partnership with the Educational Media Center to promote OER as a viable alternative to expensive commercial textbooks..  Librarians are ready to support faculty by identifying materials for review, providing assistance with source attribution and licensing, and answering questions about the benefits of OER as you make the decision whether to go open and go free.  Contact: Junie Hayashi, Public Services Librarian, x680 or Wayde Oshiro, Head Librarian, x378.

Hawaiʻi-Pacific Resource Room:  In Fall 2015, the Library will debut the Hawaiʻi Pacific Resource Room, located in LC 203 (formerly the Reference, Research & Reading Room) to prominent Hawaiʻi-Pacific resources Contact: Keahiahi Long, Hawai’i Pacific Resource Librarian, x390.

Additionally, information on the following  librarian instituted programs new this fall can be found in the Academic Services/Library web site; Keiki Reading Program, Seed Share, Collaboration Mapping, EBSCO eBook collection, ProQuest Research Companion and Beta Library Website. Check them out!


LRC (Content tutoring): The LRC continues to provide one-on-one peer tutoring for over 30 disciplines, as well as various types of group support services. In addition to course-specific help, students can benefit from computer skills support (MS Office, Google Drive, Laulima, etc.). Last semester, LRC content tutors worked with students in more than 900 individual sessions, hosted about 140 language conversation group meetings, offered weekly in-class tutoring for 15 classes and drop-in tutoring for seven STEM courses, and led numerous review sessions and science success workshops.

Writing Center: The Writing Center continues to provide one-on-one tutoring for more than 40 disciplines in every instructional division.  Peer writing consultants also support students in dozens of in-class workshops across the curriculum and offer individualized workshops on a variety of topics.  Nearly 50 Success Connection workshops for students, organized through the Writing Center, are offered each year. Last semester, the Writing Center worked with students in about 1200 individual sessions and a large number of workshops.

Kākoʻo Ike (KI): KI, the program supporting students with documented disabilities, continues to provide support services to over 250 students.  Students registered with KI are eligible for appropriate accommodations and other services to provide them with equal access to education. KI professionals have offered presentations to various campus and community groups including TGIF, division faculty, Pacific Alliance Winter Institute (HS STEM interested students), and peer tutors in the LRC, Writing Center and Math Lab. They are also available to consult with individual faculty about how best to support their students.


The Educational Media Center will again be offering video recording services for instructors interested in creating 2-3 minute self-introduction videos. Spaces are still available on Wed, Aug 19 and Thurs, Aug 20.
Learning with Technology for Teaching moves onto its next phase on “flipped classroom.” Please consider participating in the “Stop Lecturing and Flip Your Classroom” eight-week workshop series on Tuesdays from September 1 until October 20 at 1:30 PM - 3:00 PM. Register here:  
We are also offering our “Starter Instructional Technologies” series which includes the following workshops: Laulima Challenge, Syllabus Starter and Makeover Challenge, Smart Classroom Challenge, Gmail Challenge, and Google Docs Challenge. Register here:
iTeach Online will offer 3 NEW professional development opportunities this fall. Take advantage of these opportunities to learn, create and develop evidence for contract renewal, tenure, and promotion.

  1. Introduction To Online Learning is designed to help you transition from the classroom to teaching online.
  2. How to Create Discussion Forums is a four step process for creating and setting-up asynchronous discussions in your online course.
  3. The Art of Teaching Online is about moving from focusing on course content to the heart of online learning- the interactions you have with your learners, and the way you facilitate learning related to the course content. It is about helping to develop the power of your learners’ minds.

For more information visit

Finally, the old Classroom on Wheels (COW) has been put out to pasture. We have a more portable, 20-chromebook cart available for checkout.

More details may be found at our newly designed website:

Participants of PRLS discussing topics
Pacific Region Learning Summit 2015



This summer we worked with faculty, lecturers, and staff to coordinate the following professional development programs.  The Operations and Maintenance Group with advisors Lexer Chou and Fabi Castellano visited the University of Hawaii Warriors Center on July 19, 2015, to observe and discuss operations & maintenance functions.  They also attended a disaster training workshop by the Red Cross. The Administrative Support Group once again coordinated the popular Campus Swap Meet and Mini Office Expo in July.  The also held a well-attended Summer Institute with sessions on Google docs, a tour of campus gardens, retirement tips from retirees, and campus updates with our vice-chancellors.

The Hawaii National Great Teachers Seminar held its 27th successful seminar from August 9-14, 2015 with 59 participants and 12 facilitators/staff.  Participants flew in from Japan, Canada, Micronesia, and six states.

Brent Hirata has been working all summer to develop an online version of our New Hire Orientation that will debut in Fall 2015 for new faculty, staff, and lecturers who are unable to attend the face-to-face orientation.

The seven participants of the Leadership Excellence Program planned, coordinated, and evaluated this year’s leadership summit held on July 7, 2015.  This first cohort of this program include: Corey Adler, Alicia Brown, Lexer Chou, Michelle Igarashi, Natalie Kahn, Warren Kawano, Christy Takamure, with program mentor, Della Anderson.

Great Teachers 2012
Hawaii National Great Teachers Seminar class of 2013



ITG has been working to improve several aspects of technology on campus and supporting several ongoing construction projects. Multiple College Computer labs have received new computers and the remaining labs have been updated. The campus Test Center has been busy administering Compass placement testing to students and the Helpdesk continues to offer friendly technology support for all of the campus. Network infrastructure improvements are ongoing including more robust wireless coverage and increased security measures for campus. We look forward to working with campus on both current and new projects throughout the upcoming year and supporting your technology needs.


For more specific information on the academic services within this department, please click on the appropriate link below.

Paul Kuehn
Dean, Academic Services

Academic Services Units