Regents’ Medal for Excellence in Teaching
Teaching Medal Award Winner
Ryan Daniels is an assistant professor in the administration of justice department at UH Maui College.
As a former policeman, he is a subject matter expert and brings his life experiences to the classroom each day. He inspires students about the criminal justice program and motivates students to do their best.
His students describe his teaching style as “direct and to the point.” He explains the “why” in such a way that transitions students from “read, memorize, recite” to the “understand and explain.” His student-teacher interactions are very productive.
Daniels’ energetic teaching style is contagious in the classroom and nearly everyone participates in each class. Everyone’s voice is heard and he takes the time to listen and respond to learning needs.
Gifted with multiple talents, Daniels’ ability to convey information to a diverse audience surpasses students’ expectations. One student wrote, “His high level of facilitation and preparation of materials supplied me with the tools I needed to propel ahead of industry standards.” He is not only a teacher, but also a mentor who cares about the overall success of a student.
The Regents’ Medal for Excellence in Teaching is awarded by the Board of Regents as tribute to faculty members who exhibit an extraordinary level of subject mastery and scholarship, teaching effectiveness and creativity and personal values that benefit students. The board also awards the Regents’ Medal for Excellence in Research.
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