Brigham Young University–Hawaii Academic Vice President John Bell announced two new appointments in Academics today. Karen Latham has been appointed as the new director of the Edward D. Smith Center for Learning & Teaching. Mark Wolfersberger has accepted an appointment as the dean of the Faculty of Education & Social Work. "We express appreciation to both Karen and Mark for the excellent service they have completed in their previous positions as dean of the faculty and director of the center, respectively," said Bell.
Karen brings an extensive background in teacher education and modern pedagogy with her love for and commitment to the center and its objectives. Mark brings mature vision and leadership skills honed by years of experience in various governance roles on campus. "Please join us in thanking Karen and Mark for their ongoing willingness to serve in these important roles," said Bell.
The mission of BYU–Hawaii's Edward D. Smith Center for Learning & Teaching is to inspire faculty and special instructors to effectively implement the BYU–Hawaii Learning Framework, develop the English language proficiency of their students, and encourage cross-cultural engagement among all students. The Center for Learning & Teaching also strives to help faculty gain an “assurance that God has had his hand over this entire valley” (David O. McKay at the groundbreaking and dedication of the Church College of Hawaii, February 12, 1955) that they have a purpose in God’s work here, and inspire them to become positive contributors in the community.
The Faculty of Education & Social Work manages the English as an international language, social work, teacher education, and teaching English as a second language programs. The faculty unit was formed in 2018 with programs from the previous College of Human Development.