Curriculum Vitae
Eric Denton
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Kapi'olani Community College · 4303 Diamond Head Road · Honolulu, Hawai'i 96816 · (808) 734-9416 · ericd@hawaii.edu

Eric Denton

Education

MA · Religion · University of Hawai'i at Mānoa · Honolulu, Hawai'i · 1996
BA · Religion · University of Hawai'i at Mānoa · Honolulu, Hawai'i · 1991

Certificate · Hungarian · Eötvös Loránd University · Budapest, Hungary · 1996
Certificate · Spanish · University of Hawai'i at Mānoa · Honolulu, Hawai'i · 1990

Teaching

Kapi'olani Community College · Honolulu, Hawai'i · 1997 - 1998 · 1999 - Present

        REL 150 · Introduction to the World's Major Religions

        REL 151 · Religion and the Meaning of Existence

        REL 151 & ENG 270E · Learning Community · Inventing Eternity: Early Religion and Literature

        REL 202 · Understanding Indian Religions

        REL 209 · Understanding Islam

        REL 215 · Contemporary Religions

        REL 215 & ENG 270F · Learning Community · Reinventing Eternity: Modern Religion and Literature

        REL 222/HIST 222 · Religion and Conflict in the Modern Era

Európai Nyelvek Stúdiója · Budapest, Hungary · 1991 - 1992 · 1993 - 1994 · 1996

        English as a Foreign Language

Teaching Equivalencies

Academic Coordinator · International Education · Fall 2012 - Spring 2013

Philosophy & Religion Assessment Coordinator · Arts and Humanities Department · Fall 2011

Chair · Arts and Humanities Department · Spring 2009 - Fall 2010

Coordinator · International Studies · Fall 2006

Coordinator · Asian Studies · Fall 2001 - Fall 2005

Co-Coordinator · Kapi'olani Asia Pacific Emphasis (KAPE) · Fall 2001 - Spring 2003

Professional Service

To the Discipline

Religion Discipline Coordinator · Arts and Humanities Department · Spring 2007 - Present

Religion Discipline Assessment Coordinator · Arts and Humanities Department · Spring 2011 - Present

Curriculum Updates · REL 150 · REL 151 · REL 200 · REL 201 · REL 202 · REL 205 · REL 209 · REL 210 · REL 215 · REL 222 · HIST 222 · Fall 2016

Curriculum Updates · REL 150 · REL 151 · REL 200 · REL 201 · REL 202 · REL 209 · REL 210 · REL 215 · REL 222 · HIST 222 · Fall 2011

Religion Representative · Asian Studies Board · Fall 2006 - Spring 2009

Faculty Mentor · Arts and Humanities Department · Religion Discipline · Fall 2003 – Fall 2005

Independent Study · “The Scholarship of Religious Violence” · Spring 2004

Independent Study · “Women and Religion in Korea” · Fall 2003

To the Department

Alternate · Arts and Humanities Department · Kapi'olani Community College Faculty Senate · Fall 2017

Member · Arts and Humanities Department Personnel Committee · Fall 2005 · Fall 2007 · Fall 2008 · Fall 2013 · Fall 2014 · Fall 2017 (C5 applications only)

Peer Evaluator · Arts and Humanities Department · Spring 2004 · Fall 2004 · Spring 2005 · Fall 2006 · Spring 2007 · Fall 2007 · Spring 2008 · Fall 2008 · Spring 2011 · Fall 2011 · Spring 2012 · Fall 2012 · Spring 2013 · Fall 2013 · Spring 2014 · Spring 2015 · Fall 2015 · Spring 2016 · Fall 2016 · Fall 2017

Member · Arts and Humanities Department Screening Committee · Fall 2004 · Spring 2014 · Fall 2014 · Summer 2016

Arts and Humanities Representative · Student Learning Outcomes Assessment Ad Hoc Faculty Senate Committee · Spring 2007 - Spring 2012 · Fall 2013 - Spring 2014

Editor · Revised Arts and Humanities DPC Guidelines · Fall 2010

Member · Arts and Humanities DPC Review & Revision Committee · Spring 2008

Chair · Arts and Humanities Department Personnel Committee · Fall 2006

To the College

Chancellor Search Advisory Committee · Kapi'olani Community College · Fall 2017 - Spring 2018

Guest Speaker · "Cosmic Justice, Divine Mercy, and a Culture of Civility" · Kapi'olani Community College Civility Task Force · United Nations Day · 24 October 2017

Peer Evaluator · Lama Library · Summer 2017

Co-Host · University of Hawai'i SEED Initiatives for Diversity, Equity, Access and Success (IDEAS) · "Diversity Month: Celebrating Religious Diversity, Inclusiveness, and Accomodation" · Kapi'olani Community College · October 2016

Presenter · New Employee Orientation · UHPA · 16 August 2016

Co-Concierge · PROMO C4ward · Tenure & Promotion Support Group · Fall 2013 - Fall 2015

Presenter · New Student Orientation · College Readiness Workshops (4) · 18 & 20 August 2015

Guest Speaker · “Divine Filth: Aghoris, Cannibalism, and the Logic of Non-Duality” · SSCI 260 · 28 January 2015

Participant · Degree Qualifications Profile (DQP) Project · Fall 2013 - Spring 2014

Guest Speaker · “The Academic Study of Myth and Religion” · HWST 270 · 20 March 2008 · 30 August 2011 · 30 August 2012 · 17 January 2013 · 7 February 2014

Presenter · “Religion: Real Jobs in the Real World” · Career Exploration & Transfer Fair · 27 February 2013 

Presenter · “The Successful Promotion Dossier” · PROMO C4ward · 6 February 2013

Member · Student Services Department Personnel Committee · Fall 2011 · Fall 2012

Co-Facilitator · Standard III Accreditation Committee · Standard III.D. · Fall 2010 - Fall 2012

Member · Student Services Screening Committee · Spring 2011

Robespierre · The Scarlet Pimpernel · KCC Spring Production · Spring 2011

Panelist · Got Philosophy?  Professional Philosophy Workshops · 8 May 2009 · 12 April 2010

Interviewer · Engaged in Education Intake Sessions · 6 March 2009 · 5 March 2010 · (Professional Development Days)

Member · Student Learning Outcomes General Education Subcommittee on Self and Community  · Fall 2008 - Spring 2009

Peer Coach · Laulima · Sharon Rowe · 13 May 2009

Presenter · “Lactating Virgins, Exploding Turbans, and the Politics of Beer” · 9 November 2007 (THINK Seminar) · 6 March 2009 (Professional Development Day Seminar)

Chair · Student Learning Outcomes Subcommittee on Accreditation Communications · Fall 2007 - Spring 2008

Guest Speaker · “Holy Land, Contested Lands: The Politics of Myth and Identity in the Modern Middle East” · 20 March 2008 (KCC International Festival) · 5 March 2009 (POLS 207)

Presenter · WAC+ Critical Thinking Workshop · Wo Innovations in Learning Day (WILD) · 7 March 2008

Member · Excellence in Teaching Award Selection Committee · Fall 2002 - Spring 2003 · Spring 2007

Tour Guide · KCC Ambassadors · Campus Tour Program · Fall 2006 – Spring 2007

International Education Representative · Center for Excellence in Learning, Teaching, and Technology (CELTT) Advisory Committee · Fall 2005 - Fall 2006

Presenter · “In the Footsteps of Prophets: Travels in the Middle East” · International Education Week · 16 November 2006

Guest Speaker · “Gold, Gods, and Glory: Power and the Rhetoric of Religious Absolutism” · Phi Theta Kappa Induction Ceremony · 4 November 2006

Presenter · “Jinn and Tonic: Adventures in International Weblogging” · Center for Excellence in Learning, Teaching, and Technology (CELTT) Seminar · 11 September 2006

Member · Combined Personnel Committee · Fall 2005

Chair · International Education Board · Fall 2003 - Fall 2005

Chair · Asian Studies Board · Fall 2001 - Fall 2005

Presenter · “The Hijacking of Religious Essences and Other Strange Tales” · The Hidden Intellectual Network at KCC (THINK) Seminar · 28 January 2005

Chair · Excellence in Teaching Award Selection Committee · Fall 2003 – Spring 2004

To the System

Member · Executive Committee · University of Hawai'i Professional Assembly · 30 April 2016 - 28 April 2017

Ex-Officio Member · Investment, Finance and Audit Committee · University of Hawai'i Professional Assembly · 30 April 2016 - 28 April 2017

Treasurer · University of Hawai'i Professional Assembly · 30 April 2016 - 28 April 2017

Director · University of Hawai'i Professional Assembly · 26 April 2014 - 28 April 2017

Member · Nominations and Elections Committee · University of Hawai'i Professional Assembly · Spring 2015 - Spring 2017

Member · Personnel Committee · University of Hawai'i Professional Assembly · Fall 2014 - Spring 2017

Chair · Investment, Finance and Audit Committee · University of Hawai'i Professional Assembly · Fall 2015 - Spring 2016

Chair · Tenure and Promotion Review Committees · Spring 2007 · Spring 2009 · Spring 2014 · Spring 2016

Member · Investment, Finance and Audit Committee · University of Hawai'i Professional Assembly · Fall 2013 - Spring 2015

Member · Tenure and Promotion Review Committees · Spring 2011 · Spring 2013 (2) · Spring 2015

Panelist · Faculty Thought Leadership Series · University of Hawai'i Professional Assembly · 7 January 2014

Guest Lecturer · REL 680B · Teaching Religion · University of Hawai'i at Mānoa · Fall 2006

Community Service

Public Speaking

Guest Speaker · “A Token of Divine Mercy: Unity, Community, and Diversity within Islam” ·  The Plaza at Waikiki · 23 August 2017

Guest Speaker · “Islam: Submission to the Will of God” ·  St. Andrew's Priory School · World History I & II · 4 February 2015

Guest Speaker · “Holding Fast to the Rope of God: Diversity and Division in Islam” · Shangri La Center for Islamic Arts and Cultures · 13 January 2015

Guest Speaker · “A Token of Divine Mercy: Unity, Community, and Diversity within Islam” ·  Kahala Nui Retirement Home · 8 April 2014

Guest Speaker · “A Token of Divine Mercy: Unity, Community, and Diversity within Islam” · Shangri La Center for Islamic Arts and Cultures · 21 January 2014

Guest Speaker · “In the Footsteps of Prophets: Travels in the Islamic Mediterranean” · Kahala Nui Retirement Home · 6 June 2011

Guest Speaker · “Behind the Wall: Arab East Jerusalem and the West Bank” · Rotary Club of Kahala Sunrise · 25 May 2011

Presenter · “Islam and the Hijacking of Religious Essences” · Mini-Conference on Religious Pluralism and Religious Tolerance · Chaminade University of Honolulu · 16 April 2005

Presenter · “Islam in Iraq: Diversity and Interpretation” · Current Affairs Forum · Hawaii Pacific University · 11 April 2005

Co-Presenter · “Inventing Eternity: A Fully Integrated Learning Community” · League for Innovations Conference · New York, New York · March 2005

Presenter · “Islam in Iraq: Diversity and Interpretation” · Current Affairs Forum · Chaminade University of Honolulu · 4 February 2005

Guest Speaker · “The World’s Major Religions” · Farrington High School History Classes · 20 February 2004

Restoration Work

Volunteer · 'Ahahui Mālama I Ka Lōkahi · Ulupō Heiau and Lo'i Restoration · 10 March 2013

Volunteer · Na Kupuna a me na Kako'o o Halawa · Heiau Restoration · 2 March 2013

Volunteer · Paepae o He'eia · Loko I'a Restoration · 23 February 2013

Volunteer · Mālama Maunalua Limu Huki · 6 March 2010

Participant · Pahua Heiau Talk Story · Liveable Hawaii Kai Hui and the Office of Hawaiian Affairs · 25 February 2010

Ministerial Services

Minister · Rowe and Boyer Wedding Ceremony · 19 August 2016

Minister · Yueh and Thelin Wedding Ceremony · 15 February 2015

Minister · Ota and Nakamoto Wedding Ceremony · 18 March 2007

Minister · Kinard and Dawrs Wedding Ceremony · 08 August 2006

Minister · Kam and Martin Wedding Ceremony · 19 June 2005

Minister · Cochrane and Vandermeer Wedding Ceremony · 19 February 2005

Other

Ambassador · American Academy of Religion · April 2016 - Present

Volunteer · 'Ohana Beautificaiton Day · Keiki Hau'oli Children's Center · Honolulu Community College · 30 September 2017

Docent · First Folio! The Book That Gave Us Shakespeare · Folger Shakespeare Library · Kapi'olani Community College · 9 & 12 May 2016

Client · Tamra Ambulance Project · Tamra, Israel and Kapi'olani Community College eBusiness · Fall 2008 - Fall 2009

Host · “The Israeli Palestinian Reality” · Lecture and Book Signing by Susan Nathan · Kapi'olani Community College · 23 October 2008

Host · “Palestinian Encounters: Youth Voices from Behind the Wall” · Palestine Symposium · Who Are the Palestinians? Understanding the Nakba · Kapi'olani Community College · 10 March 2008

Interviewer · Library of Congress Veterans History Project · Fall 2003 - Fall 2007

Panel Moderator · 2006 Student Conference on Historical, Political, and International Studies · Chaminade University of Honolulu · 11 November 2006

Expert Testimony · “The Dietary Laws of Coptic Christianity” · Hawai‘i State Department of Public Safety, Corrections Division · 30 July 2003

Professional Development

Professional Memberships

Member · American Academy of Religion · 1998 - Present

Member · North American Association for the Study of Religion (NAASR) · 2003 - 2012

Lectures and Performances

Lecture · “Symmetry and Pattern in Islamic Art” · Dr. Carol Bier · Doris Duke Foundation for Islamic Art · Shangri La · 5 March 2016

Lecture · Aloha 'Āina Speaker Series · "Mālama Honua, Aloha 'Āina" · Kaleomanuiwa Wong · Kapi'olani Community College · 3 March 2016

Performance · "Subali-Sugriwa: Battle of the Monkey Kings" · University of Hawai'i at Mānoa · Kennedy Theatre · 29 January 2016

Lecture · Aloha 'Āina Speaker Series · "Maunakea and Haleakalā" · Kaleikoa Ka'eo, Kaheleonālani Dukelow, and Ho'olei Dukelow · Kapi'olani Community College · 18 November 2015

Lecture · Stephen and Marylyn Pauley Seminar in Sustainability · Former Vice President Al Gore · University of Hawai'i Sea Grant · 15 April 2014

Lecture · “Damascene Jewels: Syrian Interiors in Context” · Dr. Anke Scharrahs · Shangri La Scholar-in-Residence · Kapi'olani Community College · 19 February 2014

Lecture · “The Indian Equator: Mark Twain's India Revisted” · Lord Ian Strathcarron · English-Speaking Union · Kapi'olani Community College · 9 April 2013

Lecture · “Islamic Calligraphy: Form, Function and Decoration” · Dr. Wheeler M. Thackston, Jr. · Doris Duke Foundation for Islamic Art · Shangri La · 11 December 2010

Lecture · “Borders of Sorrow: Violence and Politics of Religious Identities in Modern Indo-Pakistani Fiction” · Dr. Alok Bhalla · Doris Duke Foundation for Islamic Art · Shangri La · 26 June 2010

Lecture · “Does Art Have a Religion? Islamic Art Revisited” · Dr. Aslam Syed · Doris Duke Foundation for Islamic Art · Shangri La · 23 May 2009

Lecture · “Israel and Palestine: A Journey through Despair” · Dr. Joseph Overton · The Hidden Intellectual Network at KCC (THINK) Seminar · 24 April 2009

Panel Presentation · “The Roles of Women in Contemporary Iran” · Farideh Farhi, Marcia Morse, and Marty Nikou · Doris Duke Foundation for Islamic Art · Shangri La · 21 March 2009

Lecture · “The Dream of the Poem: Islamic Art, Arab Verse and Andalusian Hebrew Poetry” · Peter Cole · Doris Duke Foundation for Islamic Art · Shangri La · 24 January 2009

Lecture · “Introducing the Qur'an as Literature” · Dr. Carl W. Ernst · Doris Duke Foundation for Islamic Art · Shangri La · 26 June 2008

Lecture · “In Search of the Memory of Al-Andalus” · Prof. Maria Rosa Menocal · Doris Duke Foundation for Islamic Art · Shangri La · 8 March 2008

Lecture · “The Prison-House of the Orient: A History of Contemporary Architecture in the Islamic World” · Prof. Nasser Rabbat · Honolulu Academy of Arts · 27 May 2007

Lecture · “Soldiers Zen in WWII Japan: A Classic Case Study of Holy War” · Dr. Brian Victoria · University of Hawai'i at Mānoa · 11 March 2004

Workshops, Courses and Conferences

Workshop · Best Practices in Teaching Online · Recharge '17 Tech Day · Kapi'olani Community College · 14 August 2017

Workshops · Taskstream Early Adopters · Kapi'olani Community College · 21 May 2015 · 11 May 2016

Workshops · Achieving the Dream: Hawai'i Strategy Institute · "Taking College Teaching Seriously" by Dr. Gail Mellow · "Connections Across Space and Time" by Marissa Bunton Brown · Kapi'olani Community College · 4 March 2016

Workshop · W.I. Assignment Design · WAC+ · Kapi'olani Community College · 26 February 2016

Forum · Open Educational Resources · Kapi'olani Community College · 4 May 2015

Workshop · KCC Ancestry Library · Lama Library · Kapi'olani Community College ·14 January 2015

Course · "A Taste of the Arabic Language" · Kapi'olani Community College Continuing Education · 26 January - 09 March 2011

Workshops · Achieving the Dream: Hawai'i Strategy Institute · "Student Success: What We're Learning About What Matters Most" by Dr. Kay McClenney · "Application of Universal Design for Learning" by Megan Conway · Windward Community College · 4 March 2011

Workshop · Secrets of Success · “Let's Honor Queen Kapi'olani” · Colette Higgins · Kapi'olani Community College · 24 June 2010

Summer Leadership Academy · Community College Leadership Development Initiatives (CCLDI) · Hawai'i Tokai International College · 6-10 July 2009

Retreat · Student Learning and Assessment, Level I · Western Association of Schools and Colleges · Honolulu, Hawai'i · 29-31 January 2009

Conference · American Academy of Religion · Chicago, Illinois · 1 - 3 November, 2008

Conference · North American Association for the Study of Religion · Chicago, Illinois · 31 October - 1 November, 2008

Workshop · Title VI · “Beyond Asia and the Pacific” · Kapi'olani Community College · 17-18 May 2007

Workshop · Learning Information Literacy Online (LILO) · Windward Community College · 16 May 2007

Workshop · Skip Downing · Student Engagement Techniques · Journey to the Center Professional Development Day · Kapi'olani Community College · 2 March 2007

Workshop · Ruth Stiehl · Student Learning Outcomes · Windward Community College · 16-17 February 2007

Workshop · ePortfolio · Center for Excellence in Learning, Teaching, and Technology (CELTT) · Kapi'olani Community College · 26 January 2007

Workshop · Title VI · “Beyond Asia and the Pacific” · Kapi'olani Community College · 16-18 May 2005

Conference · League for Innovations · New York, New York · March 2005

Learning Communities Institute · Kapi'olani Community College · April 2004

Workshop · Teachers Talking to Teachers about Teaching · Kapi'olani Community College · 14 November 2003

Conference · American Academy of Religion · Denver, Colorado · 17 - 20 November, 2001

Trainings

Training · Lōkahi: Working Better Together · Kapi'olani Community College · 17 August 2017

Training · Maintaining a Professional Work Environment · Kapi'olani Community College · 19 August 2015

Training · College Readiness · New Student Orientation · Kapi'olani Community College · 17 August 2015

Training · The Aloha Touch: The Head, Heart, and Hands of Excellent Customer Service · Kapi'olani Community College ·19 August 2014

Training · Workplace Violence · Kapi'olani Community College · 10 January 2014

Other

Independent Research · American Religious Mutations · The Cult of Santiago Matamoros · The Cult of John the Baptist · Ongoing

Independent Readings · Post-Secondary Education · Pedagogy · Theories and Methods in the Academic Study of Religion · Traditional Hawaiian Religion · Hinduism · Buddhism · Judaism · Christianity · Islam · Ongoing

Independent Study · PowerPoint · Prezi · YouTube · Ongoing

Sabbatical Leave · Spain, Morocco, Egypt, Jordan, Israel, the West Bank, Turkey, Romania, Hungary, and Bosnia-Herzegovina · December 2005 – May 2006

Fulbright-Hays Group Project Abroad in Malaysia and Indonesia · Asian Studies Development Program · June – August 2004

Awards and Recognition

Publication · "Yoga: The History of a Word" · Yoga Hawaii Magazine · Spring/Summer 2017 ·

Grant · University of Hawai'i SEED Initiatives for Diversity, Equity, Access and Success (IDEAS) · "Diversity Month: Celebrating Religious Diversity, Inclusiveness, and Accomodation" · Kapi'olani Community College · October 2016

Promotion · Professor of Religion · Kapi'olani Community College · 1 August 2012

Travel Grants · Faculty Development Council · Kapi'olani Community College · 2001 · 2004 · 2005 · 2008

Promotion · Associate Professor of Religion · Kapi'olani Community College · 1 August 2008

Who’s Who Among America’s Teachers · 2005

Tenure · Assistant Professor of Religion · Kapi'olani Community College · 1 August 2005

Promotion · Assistant Professor of Religion · Kapi'olani Community College · 1 August 2004

Fulbright-Hays Scholarship · Asian Studies Development Program · Group Project Abroad · Malaysia and Indonesia · 2004

“Teacher Most Likely to Promote Critical Thinking” ·
Kapi'o Newspaper · 2003

Board of Regents' Award for Teaching Excellence · University of Hawai'i · Kapi'olani Community College · 2001 - 2002