Faculty Recognized for Teaching Excellence

Richardson Law School Professors Troy Andrade and Denise Antolini have been awarded the Board of Regents Teaching Excellence Award and the Robert W. Clopton Award for Distinguished Community Service from the University of Hawai‘i at Mānoa, respectively.

Professor Troy Andrade is one of the honorees of the Regents’ Medal for Excellence in Teaching awarded by the Board of Regents. The award honors faculty members who exhibit an extraordinary level of subject mastery and scholarship, teaching effectiveness and creativity, and personal values that benefit students.

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Troy Andrade

Andrade teaches an impressive array of courses at Richardson Law School, including social justice lawyering, legal writing and Hawaiʻi’s legal history. His colleagues recognize his generous, hardworking spirit, and over 30 current and former Ulu Lehua Scholars feel “privileged to call Professor Andrade our inspirational, exceptional, fearless director and leader.” Troy is also the Director of the Ulu Lehua Scholars program; he considers himself a direct beneficiary of the legacy of the heart and soul of the program.

Professor Denise Antolini has been selected as the 2022 recipient of the Robert W. Clopton Award for Distinguished Community Service. The award, first given in 1977 as a memorial to long time UH Mānoa College of Education Professor Robert Clopton, recognizes a University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa faculty member for playing a socially significant role by applying intellectual leadership and academic expertise to the improvement of the community.

UH Mānoa President David Lassner praised Professor Antolini for her decades of tireless work in the name of conservation and environmental justice, and for her “open, dedicated, magnanimous heart that has generated teaching and learning legacies in service to our local and global communities.”

The award selection committee also recognized that Professor Antolini’s “service to the community for the past 25 years, and [her] unique expertise, enthusiasm, and ability to inspire courageous thinking, have significantly shaped the landscape of environmental law and policy in Hawai‘i.”

Both of the Richardson faculty members will be among awardees honored at the 2022 UH Mānoa Awards Ceremony on Monday, May 2 at 3:30 p.m. at the Kennedy Theatre. The celebration will be livestreamed here. The ceremony recognizes the dedication and service of UH Mānoa faculty, staff, and students committed to enhancing the University’s mission of excellence.

Headshot of Denise Antolini
Denise Antolini