Krystyna Aune is selected as Dean of Graduate Education

University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa
Michele Tom, (808) 956-9396
Office of Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs
Posted: Mar 27, 2014

Dean of Graduate Education Krystyna Aune
Dean of Graduate Education Krystyna Aune

Krystyna Aune, PhD, has been named the new Dean of Graduate Education at UH Mānoa effective March 31, 2014.

Aune is currently Interim Associate Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs, as well as Professor in the Department of Communicology, College of Arts and Humanities, UH Mānoa.  The Hawaiʻi Kai resident has impressive administrative experience at UH Mānoa at different levels of management.

Prior to her current appointment in the Office of the Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs, Aune was Interim Associate Dean at the College of Arts and Humanities, and Chair and Director of Graduate Studies in the Department of Communicology.  Her primary responsibilities as Interim Associate Vice Chancellor include curriculum review, program actions, program review, professional accreditation, handling student academic matters, professional development, and new classroom environments and technology.

Aune teaches graduate and undergraduate courses on Interpersonal Relations, Family Communication, and Communication Theories, among others, and was awarded the Board of Regents Medal for Teaching Excellence in 2004. She has served on more than 60 master’s committees as either advisor or committee member, and several doctoral committees in the Department of Psychology.

Her research examines emotion experience and expression in relationships.  Her research is published in the premiere journals of the communication discipline, as well as social psychology and personal relationships journals and in several edited books as a contributor.  She serves on several Editorial Boards and has been elected to offices in the International Communication and the National Communication Association. Aune has presented over 50 competitively selected papers at these conferences.

Aune obtained her PhD from the University of Arizona in Communication with a minor in Psychology, and holds a MS and BS in Communication and Psychology, respectively, from Illinois State University.

Said Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs Reed Dasenbrock, “Nearly one third of the students at UH Mānoa are graduate students, so it is crucial to the welfare of the campus that the Office of Graduation Education be led by a strong capable dean. We have found such a dean in Krystyna Aune, who has capably served the whole campus as Interim Associate Vice Chancellor since 2009.  I look forward to continuing to work with her in her new capacity.”

Added Chancellor Tom Apple, “We were blessed and grateful to have received very strong candidates for this tremendously important position, and were fortunate to have chosen a candidate who is not only familiar with the university and Hawai‘i’s culture, but possesses the experience at all levels from faculty to higher administration within UH Mānoa. Dr. Aune’s exemplary background and experience in academic leadership, and in promoting and sustaining programs within higher education, make her the best match to take Graduate Education to the next level."

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