Faculty Engagement, Scholarship and Service

Service and scholarship can fuel each other.  Pairing them often breeds dynamism, broader relevance, and accountability.   It is an opportunity to engage.  It is a chance to inspire student work.  It is a chance to address the issues we face as a community.

As a winner of the Fr. John Bolin Excellence in Scholarship Award, Professor Wayne Tanna makes the case for engaged scholarship. He sheds light on a myriad of ways to serve that can “count” for faculty:

“My philosophy as to scholarship here at Chaminade is that it is not a means to itself, and thus for one’s scholarship to be truly outstanding, it also needs to support the mission of Chaminade University.


“I have and will continue to be an advocate of applied/engaged scholarship.  These activities are the most appropriate and reasonable way for faculty at Chaminade to engage in scholarship.  Scholarship is essential to the work of faculty but our pursuit of knowledge needs to be performed in a student-centered, mission-driven way.


“As to applied/engaged scholarship, I contend that performing service which is directly connected with one’s academic skills in a fashion that serves and betters the community is in fact a vital piece of scholarship that stands by itself whether it becomes formally published or not.  Finally, given the limited resources we have available this approach represents one of the best ways for faculty at a Catholic Marianist university to continue to refresh and renew ourselves as professors and educators.


“In regards to service as scholarship, the faculty handbook states that, “The Scholarship of Application partially overlaps with the requirement of service.  So in instances where “[p]ublic service involves the direct application of knowledge in one’s field to the affairs of society, the work counts toward satisfaction of both service and scholarship requirements for retention, promotion, and salary increases.”  . . . “To be considered scholarship, service activities must be tied directly to one’s discipline and require the use of knowledge of the discipline in the service of the University or outside community.” Chaminade University Policy Manual: Volume IV, September 2007, Version 10.9, page 27.”


– Prof. Wayne Tanna

Tanna’s application for the Bolin Award included a list of local and national recognitions for his scholarly work, and lists of his publications in peer-reviewed journals and op-ed’s.  He also documented his presentations done as an invited expert and his peer-reviewed conference presentations, as well as the grants he has received.  In his areas of expertise, he also shared his work related to tax policy, diversity, law, and ethics.

Scholarship of Engagement Examples: Chaminade Faculty
The University’s Role in Building Sustainable Communities
Hawaii International Conference on Business
Keynote Speaker: Professor Wayne Tanna

Higher Education’s “Kuleana” to Make Things “Pono”
Hawaii International Conference on Social Sciences Program
Keynote Speaker: Professor Wayne Tanna

Palolo Stock Market Project
“PERSPECTIVES” E-Journal of the American Association of Behavioral and Social Sciences (AABSS)
Presentation at the AABSS Annual Conference 

Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) Project
“PERSPECTIVES” E-Journal of the American Association of Behavioral and Social Sciences (AABSS)
Presentation at the AABSS Annual Conference