Dr. Alice Tse Receives 2014 UH Board of Regents’ Excellence in Teaching Award

Dr. Alice M. Tse accepts award UHM Nursing is proud to announce that Dr. Alice M. Tse, PhD, APRN was recognized at the University of Hawaii at Manoa awards ceremony on April 30, 2014 with the 2014 Board of Regents’ Excellence in Teaching Award. This award recognizes faculty members who have made significant contributions in teaching and student learning. Dr. Tse was nominated by the school and selected by a campus-wide committee of former award recipients. She exhibits extraordinary levels of subject mastery and scholarship, teaching effectiveness and creativity, and personal values beneficial to students.

Brendon Friedman, MS, MBA, RN, a former student of Dr. Tse and current UHM Nursing Instructor said “Dr. Tse has been an inspiration to me academically, professionally, personally, and is in fact one of the primary reasons I focused my career on the community and intentionally sought out a teaching position after graduating.” Friedman also emphasized Tse’s adoption of and expertise in using technology to enhance her teaching effectiveness and creativity. Tse believes teaching is a transformative experience. She has been described by one student as “an enlightened sensei able to convey the meaning of extraordinarily complex ideas with a few succinct words and concepts.”

Dr. Alice M. Tse poses for group photo

A colleague observing her in a large class of students with varying competencies and knowledge identifies her success as residing in that most compelling quality of the truly gifted teacher: “As I observed the participants, it became clear that each felt that Associate Professor Tse was speaking just to them.” Her courses on community action research and exploration of health and healing practices are significantly informed by professional expertise in Native Hawaiian and Pacific Islander health and a long association with Native Hawaiian Health Care System.

Dr. Alice M. Tse smiles for group photo Dr. Tse has more than 35 years experience as a clinician, educator, mentor and researcher. Her research focuses on vulnerable populations, especially minority groups with health disparities with funding from the National Institutes of Health, the Department of Defense, and private foundations. Her scholarship has been recognized with numerous awards and she has held a Health Professions Fellowship from the WK Kellogg Foundation. In 2013 she was selected as a Health Disparities Scholar by the NIH/NIMHD.

Photos from the ceremony are available for viewing/downloading from the UH Manoa Flickr site at The video of the ceremony is available on the awards page at

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