Tom Brislin - Other Things I Do/Have Done at UH


Chair, Academy for Creative Media 2004-2012

Chair, School of Communications 1998-2002

Chair, Council of Chairs, UH Manoa 2007-2009

SMART Exchange

Student Media Art Exchange: A unique exchange program of students, films, and festivals between the Academy for Creative Media, University of Hawaii at Manoa, the Shanghai University School of Film and Television Art & Technology, the Hawaii International Film Festival and the Shanghai International Film Festival.

The SMART Exchange has produced the first U.S.-China student film co-productions.

Special Programs in Journalism

Co-Director (Formerly Director), Parvin Fellowship Program in Journalism Studies for journalists from the People's Republic of China.

Administrator, Carol Burnett Fund for Responsible Journalism Ethics Programs.1995-2012

Coordinator, Newspaper in Residence Program, funded by a grant from the Knight Foundation through the Association for Schools in Journalism and Mass Communication, 2002-2003.

Administrator, George Chaplin Awards for Editorial Excellence and Journalism Education Program. 1993-2000.

East-West Center Media Program International Advisory Council, since 2001.

College/University Program Development

College Focus Program

Learning Communities:

Values Across the Curriculum/College:

Research Interests:

Media/Journalism Ethics; International/Intercultural Media; Film, Media Culture, and Society; Popular Culture; Hawaii Journalism History.

Editorial Boards

Visual Communication Quarterly
Contributing Editor, Media Ethics
Journal of Mass Media Ethics 1995-2013
Guest Editor, Journal of Mass Media Ethics special issue on pedagogy. Vol. 12 No. 4 (1997)

Curriculum Development

The Academy for Creative Media: Created courses, in collaboration with faculty, in Digital Cinema Production; Computer Animation and Game Design; and Critical Studies. Created admission to major and degree program requirements.

Convergence Journalism: Restructured traditional Journalism curriculum, utilizing colloborative teaching, to prepare students to report across all media platforms.

Hawaii Journalism History: Produced (and periodically update) 24- page booklet on Hawaii's Journalism History for use in Journalism Studies classes. Initially supported by an Educational Improvement Fund grant ($4500) to develop curriculum materials emphasizing contributions by women and minority journalists in Hawaii. Booklet received Meritorious Mention in ASNE Isaiah Thomas Newspaper History Preservation Competition and awarded Special Commendation by AEJMC Commission on the Status of Women and Commission on Minorities.

Media Ethics

Developed Problem Based Learning / Case Study method based on active- learning strategies taking students through examination of multiple perspectives and options before committing to a decision.

Public Opinion Polling Program for Student Journalists: Developed and coordinate student public opinion polling program conducted by Specialized Reporting students and, on occasion, staff members of Ka Leo O Hawai'i, the campus newspaper. Several series of poll-based articles covering such subjects as campus racism and sexism; student cheating; campus security; Hawaii "Brain Drain;" media usage; basis of knowledge about AIDS and its prevention.

Computer-Assisted Reporting: Created instructional guide and accompanying computer disk on Elements of Database Reporting for Specialized Reporting Class.

Committees and Such