Colette Higgins
Arts & Humanities Department Chair & Professor of History
Kapi'olani Community College
Office: Kalia 101A
Phone: 734-9282

Education

1992
M.A. in History (Pacific Islands), University of Hawai'i at Manoa
1990
B.A. in History and Anthropology, University of Hawai'i at Manoa
1988
A.A. in Liberal Arts, Kapi'olani Community College
1984
Kaimuki High School

Teaching Experience

2011 to present

Professor of History, Kapi'olani Community College
2007 to 2011
Associate Professor of History, Kapi'olani Community College
2003 to 2007
Assistant Professor of History, Kapi'olani Community College; tenured in 2005
1996 to 2003
Instructor in History, Kapi‘'olani Community College
1992 to 1996
Lecturer in History at Kapi'olani Community College, Windward Community College, and Honolulu Community College
 

Courses Taught

History 151
World Civilizations I (50 sections or 150 credits)
History 152
World Civilizations II (31 sections or 93 credits)
History 284
Hawaiian History (27 sections or 81 credits; 24 sections as Writing Intensive)
  My History 284 has been designated as fulfilling KCC's HAP and UH-Manoa's Focus (H) requirements.
History 288
Survey of Pacific Islands History (4 sections or 12 credits; all as Writing Intensive)
 

My History 288 has been designated as fulfilling KCC's HAP and UH-Manoa's Focus (H) requirements .

IS 198 (a.k.a. IS 103)
College Success: Kupu A‘e (1 section or 3 credits)
Eng 272M & Hist 288 Learning Community
Time Traveling & Island Hopping: Connecting the Stories (8 sections or 24 credits, all as Writing Intensive)

Grants, Awards and Honors

2007
Received the Board of Regents' Excellence in Teaching Award, Kapi'olani CC
2004
Alumnus Speaker at KCC's Commencement exercises, May 13
2002
Frances Davis Award for Excellence in Undergraduate Teaching
2000
Nominated for the Excellence in Teaching Award, Kapi'olani CC
1991
Taraknath Das Prize in Asian History given by UH-Manoa's History Department for a paper titled "Anti-Chinese Sentiments in Hawai'i from 1862-1886"
 
1990-1992
East-West Center grantee
1990
Inducted into the Phi Beta Kappa National Honor Society
1988
Inducted into the Phi Theta Kappa National Honor Society

Other Professional Activities

2013 to present
KCC's Kalaualani Council representative on the larger UH systemwide Puko'a Council

2013

ACCJC's Degree Qualifications Profile Project (DQPP) Associate Degree Cohorts Conference in Oakland, CA, April 25-26
2012
Park Teachers Workshop at Everglades National Park in Florida, May 14-18
2012
Association of Partners for Public Lands Partnership Convention & Trade Show in Las Vegas, NV, March 4-7
2011 to present
Arts & Humanities Department Chair
2010
National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) college teacher workshop, History and Commemoration: Legacies of the Pacific War in Honolulu, July 25-30
Spring 2010
Serve on KCC's Center for Excellence in Learning, Teaching & Techonology (CELTT) Professional Development Leadership Team
2009
Co-Facilitator of Kahikoluamea Institute II for 11 faculty and staff from six different KCC units or departments, August 5-8
2009
Hawaii Summer Academy of the Community College Leadership Development Initiatives at Hawaii Tokai International College in Honolulu, July 6-10
Summer 2009 & 2010
Faculty Advisor for KCC's New Student Orientations
Summer 2008
Kapi'olani Community College - Advice for Parents YouTube video interview
Fall 2008 to present
On-site Faculty for the Service Learning Malama i na Ahupua'a Project (formerly Adopt an Ahupua'a)
  Ulupo Heiau Lo'i Kalo Kaniakapupu
  Waikalua Loko Fishpond Ka'a'awa Valley
Fall 2008 to Spring 2010
Honors Education Coordinator (included serving as Phi Theta Kappa faculty advisor)
Spring 2009
Chair of the Excellence in Teaching Award selection committee
Fall 2008 to present
Faculty Coordinator for the Service Learning Kalaupapa Names Project
Fall 2008 to Fall 2009
Member of Ke Kumu committee to honor Queen Kapi'olani's legacy at KCC
Fall 2007 to Spring 2009
Facilitator/Coordinator of KCC's Malama Pono workshops
2007
Co-Facilitator of Kahikoluamea Institute for 18 faculty from three KCC units (Malama Hawai'i, Holomua, and First-Year Experience), May 14-18
2007-2012
Facilitator for the Servant Leadership round-table discussion, National Pacific American Leadership Institute, every October
Summer 2007
Lead Facilitator and Faculty Advisor for KCC's New Student Orientations
Spring 2007
Acting Coordinator of KCC's First-Year for Faculty Program
Fall 2006
Facilitator of KCC's Hawaiian Values workshops
Fall 2006 to Spring 2009
Serve on KCC's Center for Excellence in Learning, Teaching & Techonology (CELTT) Professional Development Leadership Team
2005-2006
Facilitator of KCC's Teachers Talking to Teachers (4Ts) workshops
2005-2006
Coordinator of KCC's First-Year Experience Task Force
2005
National Pacific American Leadership Institute Ho'ala Hou class, June 10-17
2004
Facilitator during Negotiating Pacific Identities: Ethnicity, Encounters and Self-Determination, a United Nations University Global Seminar at UH Manoa's Law School, March
2003
Hawai‘i National Great Teachers Seminar at Hawai‘i Volcanoes National Park, August 10-15
2001
Institute on Campus Leadership for Sustainable Innovations, Association of American Colleges and Universities (part of KCC's six member team) in Leesburg, VA, July 10-15
2001 to 2005
Member of KCC's First-Year Experience Task Force
2000 to 2006
Faculty Mentor Coordinator for KCC's Title III grant; Faculty Liaison to Kaimuki High School
2000 to 2002
KCC's Moving Cultures Coordinator for a Ford Foundation grant given to the University of Hawai‘i-School of Hawaiian, Asian, and Pacific Studies; developed an e-mail correspondence program for students at KCC and Palau Community College
 
1997
Writing Across the Curriculum Summer Institute at KCC, May 19-June 6

Presentations

2010
"Queen Kapi'olani and the Patients of Kalaupapa"
T.H.I.N.K., February 5 At KCC library, June 24
  as part of the Secrets of Success series at KCC (once each semester since Fall 2010)
2009
"Queen Kapi'olani: Visit to Kalaupapa (July 1884) & Dedication of Kapi'olani Home for Girls (November 1885)"
  Judiciary History Center, June 24 'Iolani Palace, July 13
2009
"Assignment Design: Writing Project," Writing Across the Curriculum Summer Institute, at KCC, May 21
2008
"Queen Kapi'olani: Visit to Kalaupapa (July 1884) & Dedication of Kapi'olani Home for Girls (November 1885)," Distinctive Women in Hawaiian History: He Ho`olaule`a No Na Mo`olelo o na Wahine (Celebration of Women's History), Honolulu, Hawai‘i, April 26
 
  Queen Kapi`olani Presentation Handout
Annotated Bibliography
2007
Queen Kapi'olani presentation for the Pediatric Unit of Kapi'olani Medical Center for Women & Children, September 17, 18 & 27
2007
with Paige Wilmeth and Keith Kashiwada. "'Comm' and Stay: Creating and Sustaining the First-Year Experience at a Community College," 20th International Conference on the First-Year Experience, Waikoloa, Hawai‘i, July 10
2007
"Gold, Gods, and Glory: The Global Dynamics of Power -- How did Kalakaua maintain power in an age of neo-imperialism?" KCC's Phi Theta Kappa induction ceremony, April 20
2003
"A.L.T.E.R. = Awareness, Listening, Trial, Error, Revision," the keynote address for Staff Development Day at the College of Micronesia in Pohnpei, FSM, February 21
2002 to present

"Queen Kapi‘olani's Life and Legacy" for AAC&U visitors to KCC, February 16; (presented to various groups of KCC faculty and students when asked)

 
  as part of the Secrets of Success series at KCC (once each semester since Fall 2006)
2002
with Keala Losch and Joe Chilton. "Students Crossing Borders: Community College Connections," Remaking Asian & Pacific Studies Conference, Honolulu, Hawai‘i, December 5
2002
"E-Mail Correspondence: Using Technology to Promote Collaborative Learning," 19th Pacific Educational Conference, Pago Pago, American Samoa, July 25
2001
with Keala Losch and Kawika Napoleon. "Service Learning: Learning the Pacific Way," 18th Pacific Educational Conference, Mangilao, Guam, July 25
2000
with John Cole. "Methods of Engagement: Strategies for Helping Students Become More Effective Learners," Pacific Teaching: A Collaborative Workshop for Regional Community College Instructors, Koror, Palau, July 28
1997 to present
with Brian Cassity. "Thinking Through History" workshop as part of the Secrets of Success series at KCC (once each semester)
1996 to present
"Learning Styles" workshop as part of the Secrets of Success series at KCC (once each semester)

Community Service

2011 to present
Board of Directors, Pacific Historic Parks
2011 to present
Board Member, Waikalua Loko Fishpond Preservation Society
2010 to present
Program Committee Member, Distinctive Women in Hawaiian History
2009 to present
Lector Coordinator, St. Anthony of Padua Church, Kailua
2000-2002
School Board, St. Anthony of Padua School, Kailua
1999-2001
Lector Coordinator, St. Anthony of Padua Church, Kailua
1995 to present
Lector & Homebound Minister, St. Anthony of Padua Church, Kailua
1995 to 2007
Judge, Hawai‘i History Day, Hawai‘i Council for the Humanities

last updated on 1/11/14