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Wednesday, March 6, 2019

Dr. Audrey Hokoda Receives University Senate’s Excellence in Teaching Award

Dr. Audrey Hokoda with students at a conference in Cancun, Mexico.
Dr. Hokoda with students from her Youth Violence Prevention lab at a conference in Cancun, Mexico.

A longtime College of Education professor has received San Diego State University’s highest honor for teaching excellence.

Dr. Audrey Hokoda, professor in child and family development, has been named the 2019 recipient of the University Senate Excellence in Teaching Award. The annual university-wide award recognizes an SDSU faculty member for contributions made to students, respective academic disciplines, and the campus communities.

 “I am thrilled to congratulate Audrey on this wonderful achievement,” said Dr. Y. Barry Chung, dean of the College of Education. “I can’t think of a more deserving recipient. In 25 years at SDSU, she has made an important impact on both knowledge in her field and on countless students in our college. I am so proud to be part of a community of inspiring educators like Audrey.”

Selected from a field of seven distinguished nominees from across SDSU, Hokoda stood out for “her longstanding reputation as a caring and innovative educator” whose students “have themselves won prestigious awards and opted to enter the academy,” according to a University Senate statement. 

Hokoda has taught at SDSU for the past 25 years, including the past 19 in the Department of Child and Family Development. Her teaching and research center on youth violence prevention, particularly domestic issues, peer relationships and conflict resolution.

As the awardee, Hokoda will receive the title Senate Distinguished Professor. She will be honored at a reception on April 24.