Merle K. Koury, PhD
School of Nursing and Dental Hygiene
University of Hawaii at Manoa
2528 McCarthy Mall, Webster Hall 201B
Honolulu, Hawaii 96822
Dr. Merle K. Koury is currently the Associate Specialist and Director, Office of Student Services, School of Nursing and Dental Hygiene. She has been at UHM SONDH since January 2009. Before assuming the Directorship at UH Manoa, she served as an Assistant Professor, Language and Literature Division at the College of Southern Maryland and Part-time faculty, University of Hawaii Leeward Community College, Language Division and instructional faculty, Southeastern University in Washington DC Liberal Studies Department both in the Graduate and Undergraduate programs.
Prior to employment in the U.S, she served as Chairperson, Humanities and Language Department, and Professor both in the undergraduate and graduate programs at Capitol University, Philippines for several years. At Capitol University, she was actively involved in addressing institutional goal of achieving national accreditation and particularly involved in the areas of instruction, curriculum development, language, and faculty development.
Dr. Koury has received a number of professional awards and grants/scholarships, including the Capitol University faculty service award for 15 years of dedicated service, Capitol University Alumni Association plaque of outstanding alumna award, and recipient of the faculty development thesis and dissertation grants from the Fund Assistance to Private Education, Philippines. Dr. Koury started her doctoral degree at the University of the Philippines-Diliman and earned her doctor of philosophy in educational planning and management from Mindanao University of Science and Technology, master’s degree in education from Capitol University, and bachelor’s degree in education from Bukidnon State University.
Currently, she is the project coordinator of the Advanced Education Nursing Education (AENT) scholarship, Nurse Faculty Loan Program, Jonas Nurse Leader Program andJonas Veterans Healthcare Program scholarships. She also oversees and directs various UH Foundation nursing scholarships, tuition waivers and award distribution.