Cooperating graduate faculty are faculty with a primary appointment outside the Department of Linguistics who are eligible to serve on dissertation committees.
- Full-level cooperating graduate faculty have sufficient expertise to chair dissertation committees for students in Linguistics.
- Associate-level cooperating graduate faculty for the Department of Linguistics are typically faculty whose primary affiliation is in a unit that does not have a graduate program. They are eligible to serve as members of dissertation committees when they have appropriate research expertise for the dissertation topic, but not as the chair of the dissertation committee or as the University Representative (“external member”).
Note regarding additional committee members: Other faculty who have been appointed to the UHM Graduate Faculty are available to serve on dissertation committees. They must be Full Graduate Faculty to serve as the University Representative. See the Office of Graduate Education for a listing. Such faculty include those with primary appointments in psychology, anthropology, and other areas related to Linguistics research who regularly work with our students but are not listed here.
Affiliate Graduate Faculty are not faculty members of UH (they are non-compensated appointees). They are typically former graduate faculty who have moved to another institution who are still qualified and willing to serve as graduate faculty.
Adjunct Faculty and Visiting Faculty include former students or faculty, postdoctoral scholars, and others who are associated with the department to engage in research projects. They are not typically available to serve as advisors and do not typically teach at UH.
Professor Emeritus & Affiliate Faculty
Language documentation; historical linguistics; endangered languages and language revitalization; typology; field methods; American Indian languages.
First/second language acquisition, Syntax, Psycholinguistics
Ethnolinguistics; American Indian languages.
Sociolinguistics, Discourse Analysis, Multilingualism in Hawai’i and the Pacific
Language documentation; Oceanic languages; language survival; typology; syntax; L1 acquisition.
Cooperating Faculty (IPLL)
Thai linguistics; Tai/Thai dialectology; language learning and teaching
Language Variation and Change, Pidgins and Creole Linguistics, Hawai’i Creole
Cooperating Faculty (SLS)
Language and social interaction; socially grounded approaches to second language acquisition; qualitative research methodology.
Cross-linguistic comparisons between English and Chinese languages
Peter C. Lincoln
Austronesian Languages, Language Documentation
Dr. Keao Nesmith is a Linguist with a PhD in Applied Linguistics from the University of Waikato in Hamilton, New Zealand, with a focus on language teaching theory and practice and has presented papers at several academic conferences and universities around the world. He is a native of Kekaha, Kaua‘i, Hawaiian Islands, and a Hawaiian and English speaker. His interests are vast, spanning from language acquisition, archaeology, participation with Kaua‘i locals in the maintenance of and research on centuries-old cultural sites on Kaua‘i, Hawaiian material and performance culture, and Polynesian language and culture studies
Syntax; minimalist programs; Tongan and other Polynesian languages; Austronesian languages; endangered and under-documented languages of Polynesia; language planning in
Fulbright Visiting Scholar
Kenneth L. Rehg
Phonology; Micronesian linguistics; lexicography; endangered and under-documented languages; language contact; language planning; vernacular language education.
Cooperating Faculty (IPLL)
Khmer language; linguistics and literature.
Oceanic languages, especially Papua New Guinea
Linguistic Anthropology, Sociolinguistics, Pidgins, Creoles and Created Languages
Language contact and contact-induced language change; language and education; descriptive or sociolinguistic studies in Oceania and South Asia.
Noenoe K. Silva
Cooperating Faculty (POLS)
Hawaiian politics; indigenous politics.
Vanuatu languages; Australian languages; linguistic fieldwork technologies; language archiving.
Adjunct Faculty (Association Professor in the Department of English Education at Jeju National University)
Jeju language; language documentation and revitalization; discourse.
Adjunct Faculty (Instructor at Jeju National University)