Speakers (2017)

The IAFOR International Conference on Education – Hawaii 2017 (IICEHawaii2017) was held in Honolulu, Hawaii from January 8 to January 11, 2017. The following Keynote, Featured and Spotlight Speakers provided a variety of perspectives from different academic and professional backgrounds on the conference theme "Educating for Change".

This page provides information about 2017 presenters. For details of presentations and other programming from 2017, please visit the 2017 Programme page.


  • Dr Xu Di
    Dr Xu Di
    University of Hawai’i at Manoa, USA
  • Dr Linda Furuto
    Dr Linda Furuto
    University of Hawai’i at Manoa, USA
  • Dr Amanda Müller
    Dr Amanda Müller
    Flinders University, Australia
  • Dr Kristin Palmer
    Dr Kristin Palmer
    University of Virginia, USA
  • Professor Ken Urano
    Professor Ken Urano
    Hokkai-Gakuen University, Japan
  • Professor Michael B. Salzman
    Professor Michael B. Salzman
    University of Hawaii at Manoa, USA
  • Uncle Bruce Yoshio Keaulani
    Uncle Bruce Yoshio Keaulani
    Living Life Source Foundation
  • Aunty Kehaulani Lum
    Aunty Kehaulani Lum
    Living Life Source Foundation
  • Professor Curtis Ho
    Professor Curtis Ho
    University of Hawai’i at Manoa, USA
  • Professor Ted O’Neill
    Professor Ted O’Neill
    Gakushuin University, Japan
Dr Xu Di
University of Hawai’i at Manoa, USA

Biography

Xu Di (许笛) is a professor in the department of Education Foundations, College of Education, University of Hawai’i-Mānoa. She is a member of the board of examiners for the National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education (NCATE, now Council for Accreditation of Educator Preparation [CAEP]), which has provided national accreditation for teacher education programs in the United States since 2007. Her recent publications focus on bridging Eastern and Western philosophy for educational practices and include Chinese Philosophy on Teaching & Learning: Xueji《学记》 in the Twenty-First Century (2016), The Wisdom from the East: A Holistic Theory and Practice of Health and Wellness (2013), Spiritual Heritage and Education Today (2013), Taoism: Origin, Essence, and Practice (2013), and A Reading of Lao Zi for Educational Philosophers Today (2012). In addition, she published A Comparison of the Educational Ideas and Practices of John Dewey and Mao Zedong in China (1992) and various chapters and articles on teacher education, educational foundations, multicultural education, international education, and ESL education. She worked as an international consultant in teacher education and educational reforms in Central Asia and Africa for the World Bank in 2002 and 2001. She served on the Hawai’i Teacher Standard Board (2005–2008) and as the president of the American Association of Colleges of Teacher Education (AACTE) Hawai’i Chapter as well as Hawai’i state representative (2006–2008). She was a visiting scholar and research associate at the Philosophy of Educational Research Center at Harvard University (1999–2000), a visiting professor in Peking University (2015, 2011, 2009, and 1997) and in Renmin University (2012, 2014, and 2016), and an exchange professor at National Kaohsiung University in Taiwan (1998). She served as manuscript editor as well as editorial board member for Harvard Educational Review during 1988–1990. She was honored in Who’s Who among American Teachers in 1996, 1998, 2000, 2001, and 2008.

Featured Panel Presentation (2018) | Educational Policy: Does the Democratisation of Education in Educational Systems Fuel Economic and Social Inequality?

Previous IICEHawaii Presentations

Featured Panel Presentation (2017) | Aloha as a Way of Being: Hawaiian Perspectives on Learning

Dr Linda Furuto
University of Hawai’i at Manoa, USA

Biography

Dr Linda H. L. Furuto was born and raised in Hau‘ula on the North Shore of O‘ahu, Hawaii. She is an Associate Professor of Mathematics Education at the University of Hawai‘i at Mānoa College of Education. Prior to joining the UHM, Dr Furuto was an Associate Professor of Mathematics, Head of Mathematics and Science, and Founder of the Mathematics Center at the University of Hawai‘i – West O‘ahu. Dr Furuto completed her PhD at the University of California, Los Angeles, received her Master’s degree from Harvard University, and her Bachelor’s degree from BYU. Her research interests include quantitative research methodology, ethnomathematics, and educational access and equity. Over the past 15 years, Dr Furuto has been a Visiting Scholar of Mathematics at the University of Tokyo, worked with students in the Boston public school system as a research-practitioner in Harvard University’s “Inventing the Future” project, taught mathematics and music at the Technical College in Suva, Fiji, collaborated with the East-West Center and Ministry of Education of Vietnam on the International Forum for Education 2020 initiative, and helped to design educational programs with the Polynesian Voyaging Society. In addition, Dr Furuto has researched and consulted at the East-West Center, US Department of State, UCLA Center for International and Development Education, and Pacific Resources for Education and Learning. She received the Pacific Business News’ Top Forty Under 40 Award in 2010, the University of Hawai‘i Board of Regents Frances Davis Award for Excellence in Teaching in 2011, University of Hawai‘i Board of Regents Medal for Excellence in Teaching in 2012, and was featured on PBS Hawai‘i’s Long Story Short in 2016. She is humbled to be engaged in the 2013-2017 Mālama Honua Worldwide Voyage on the Hōkūle‘a voyaging canoe to collectively care for our planet through island wisdom and global connections.

Keynote Presentation (2017) | Pacific Ethnomathematics: Navigating Ancient Wisdom and Modern Connections
Dr Amanda Müller
Flinders University, Australia

Biography

Dr Müller is a Senior Lecturer at Flinders University where she teaches English for Specific Purposes. Among her achievements are: reaching the top three finalists for a national award for innovative work in nursing; being an invited speaker on language testing and then on clinical communication; acting as a consultant for multicultural aged care support; receiving two international quality badges for her computer games; gaining a Faculty Teaching Excellence award; being the recipient of the university’s Vice-Chancellor’s Award for Early Career Researchers. Dr Müller is currently under consideration for a national Research Council Discovery Award and has been involved in eight successful research grants.

Dr Müller has worked in many multidisciplinary research groups and published on a diverse range of topics, including simulation-based learning, English language testing and policy, nursing English, computer assisted language learning, teaching kanji, academic English, teaching psychomotor skills in ultrasound, higher education, childbirth, English dialects, phonological awareness, and nursing registration policy. Her articles have appeared in top international journals, such as the International Journal of Nursing Studies, Medical Teacher, and Women and Birth, and important Australian journals, such as Higher Education Research & Development and the Internal Journal of Pedagogies and Learning. She has produced a number of book chapters and two books, A Glasgow Voice, on Scottish literary language, and U2Uni: Personal tools for success (Custom Edition), which deals with academic literacy. She also has a number of conference publications. She is constantly looking for new opportunities to conduct and disseminate research.

Featured Presentation (2017) | Doing Interdisciplinary Research and Publishing
Dr Kristin Palmer
University of Virginia, USA

Biography

Dr Kristin Palmer is the Director of Online Learning Programs at the University of Virginia (UVa). In this role, she is responsible for open educational resources, facilitating the assessment and fulfilment of pan-university e-learning needs, and conducting research. She represents UVa on the Networked Learning Collaborative of Virginia (NLCVa), she is a co-chair of the Online Education Advisory Committee, and is a member of the Accessibility Task Force and the President’s Strategic Planning Steering Committee. She co-created and is on the Advisory Board for the annual Innovation in Pedagogy Summit at UVa.

Prior to UVa, Dr Palmer worked in both education and business on complex technology projects. She has worked at Hewlett-Packard, eBay, Intuit, and Disney.

Featured Presentation (2017) | Bringing Global Stories Into the Classroom Through OER and MOOCs
Professor Ken Urano
Hokkai-Gakuen University, Japan

Biography

Ken Urano is a professor at the Faculty of Business Administration, Hokkai-Gakuen University, in Sapporo, Japan, where he mainly teaches English to business students. He is also a visiting professor on the Graduate Program in Foreign Languages, Nagoya Gakuin University, where he supervises master’s students in English. His research interests include second language acquisition (SLA), especially acquisition of morphology and syntax, research methodology in SLA, task-based language teaching, English for specific purposes, and computer-assisted language learning.

Featured Presentation (2017) | Developing and implementing an English for Specific Purposes syllabus for business majors in Japan
Professor Michael B. Salzman
University of Hawaii at Manoa, USA

Biography

Michael B. Salzman is a professor and Chair of the Department of Educational Psychology at the University of Hawaii at Manoa. He is a licensed psychologist and has published in the areas of cross-cultural psychology, cultural psychology, intercultural conflict, intercultural sensitivity training, multicultural counseling and cultural trauma and recovery among indigenous peoples and the effects of globalization on culture and anxiety. He has worked with diverse populations as a teacher, clinician and researcher in urban and rural settings and has been at UH since 1997. He recently contributed a chapter entitled “Ethnocultural Conflict and Cooperation in Hawaii” in the Handbook of Ethnic Conflict: International Perspectives and a chapter in the just published Internalized Oppression: The Psychology of Marginalized Groups.

Featured Panel Presentation (2017) | Aloha as a Way of Being: Hawaiian Perspectives on Learning
Uncle Bruce Yoshio Keaulani
Living Life Source Foundation

Biography

Bruce Yoshio Keaulani was born and raised in Waikiki, one of two sons of “Ox” Keaulani, a beachboy who surfed with Duke Kahanamoku, and Janet Kaneda Keaulani, the daughter of a Buddhist priest from Niigata Prefecture. His genealogy traces back to the heavens, through the union of his ancestors, Paiea and Kuahilanimaka. Uncle Bruce is the CEO and Kahu of Living Life Source Foundation, in Pu`ulena, Mānoa, and Professor of Kaito Gakko, a school of peace martial arts, where he carries the lineage of Doctor Kaito, Uncle David Nuuhiwa.

Uncle Bruce was taken at age 5, by his father, to study the teachings of peace martial arts and healing with Seishiro “Henry” Okazaki, and later, was selected to carry his family’s practice of Hawaiian martial arts. He credits his teacher, Aunty Mornnah Simeona, for enlightening him with the practices of ho`oponopono, lomilomi, laau lapaau and laau kahea.

A father, grandfather and great-grandfather, he has worked with youth of all ages, and their families for over 40 years, as a coach, kumu, Sensei, and traditional healer. Uncle Bruce has a deep concern for the needs of homeless youth and families, especially, in the Ahupuaa of Waikiki, and sustains a nurturing and safe Kauhale, a Native Hawaiian traditional system of living, where peace and Aloha is honored.

Featured Panel Presentation (2017) | Aloha as a Way of Being: Hawaiian Perspectives on Learning
Aunty Kehaulani Lum
Living Life Source Foundation

Biography

Aloha. I am Kehaulani Lum from Aiea, Oahu. Mahalo nui loa for the opportunity to serve the youth and families of Hawai`i Nei. My paternal family ties are to Nanakawaaokeoua, of Kawaihae, Hawaii, Kapou of Wailea, Hawaii, Waiehu of Waipio, Hawaii, Helela of Anahulu, Oahu, Kailiahi and Akana of Aiea, Oahu, Hulilani of Mokuoeo, Oahu, and Lum of Kalihi, Oahu. My maternal family ties connect to Taua of Hana and Lahaina, Hubbell of Makawao and Pukalani, Keawe and Haia of Hana, and Keanu of Wailuku.

Beyond the islands of Hawaii Nei, my familial lineage traverses the great oceans and continents, to Matapuupuu, chief priest of Huahine and advisor to Keopuolani, Huangdi, the Yellow Emperor of China (2697 BC), Bi Gan, advisor to the last Emperor of the Shang Dynasty, Wilhelm of Weissach, Württemberg, Germany, Hubball of Worcestershire, England, and the O’Sullivan Bear Clan.

As the eldest grandchild of my family in both lines, I was prepared since age 5 for a lifetime of service to humanity, especially, in the realms of Native Hawaiian cultural and historic preservation, economic development, education, natural resource restoration, spirituality, and social development. I appear today as the Board Secretary of Living Life Source Foundation and a student of Uncle Bruce Keaulani.

Featured Panel Presentation (2017) | Aloha as a Way of Being: Hawaiian Perspectives on Learning
Professor Curtis Ho
University of Hawai’i at Manoa, USA

Biography

Curtis Ho is Professor, Department Chair and Graduate Chair of the Learning Design and Technology department at the University of Hawai’i at Manoa. He has been a UH faculty member for over 30 years, teaching graduate and undergraduate courses in educational media research, interactive multimedia, web-based instruction, distance education, video technology, and computer-based education. He has taught courses in American and Western Samoa and Saipan, and was the first to offer a course statewide over the Hawai’i Interactive Television System.

Curtis Ho received his PhD in Educational Technology from Arizona State University where he served as instructional designer. He has consulted for public and private schools, financial institutions, and higher education. For several years he directed the Office of Faculty Development and Academic Support for the University of Hawaii’s Manoa campus. He has presented extensively at national and international conferences at locations including Beijing, Copenhagen, Eskisehir, Hanoi, Ho Chi Minh City, Lugano, Rome, Kumamoto, Kyoto, Melbourne, Montreal, Osaka, Panang, Taipei, Takamatsu, Tokyo, Toronto, and Vancouver.

Professor Ho was a Principal Investigator, Co-Principal Investigator and Project Director for three US Department of Education grants totalling over 9.8 million US dollars. He is a co-organiser of TCC Worldwide Online Conference, an executive committee member of E-Learn, Association for the Advancement of Computers in Education, and is also past-President of the Pan Pacific Distance Learning Association, a chapter of the United States Distance Learning Association and of the Pacific Association for Communications and Technology, a chapter of the national Association for Educational Communications and Technology.


Previous IICEHawaii Presentations

Featured Panel Presentation (2017) | Educating for Change: Challenging and Preserving Traditional Cultures
Professor Ted O’Neill
Gakushuin University, Japan

Biography

Ted O’Neill is a professor at Gakushuin University, Tokyo, in the Faculty of International Social Sciences. He previously taught at the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences at Tokyo Medical and Dental University and J. F. Oberlin University. Ted was co-editor of The Language Teacher for the Japan Association for Language Teaching (JALT) and later served on the JALT National Board of Directors as Director of Public Relations from 2012 to 2016. He received an MA in ESL and Bilingual Education from the University of Massachusetts/Boston, USA in 1996 and completed a postgraduate Certificate of Educational Technology and Information Literacy through the Graduate School of Education at the State University of New York in 2014. He is a part of a research group studying implementation of content-based language education and content and language integrated learning in East and Southeast Asia with the generous support of The Research Institute for Oriental Cul­tures at Gakushuin University.​

Professor Ted O’Neill is a Vice-President (at large) of IAFOR. He is a member of the Educational Technology section of the International Academic Advisory Board.


Previous IICEHawaii Presentations

Featured Panel Presentation (2017) | Educating for Change: Challenging and Preserving Traditional Cultures