Department of Women's Studies (WS)
Susan Hippensteele is a Professor of Women's Studies with a J.D. from the William S. Richardson School of Law and a Ph.D in Psychology from the University of Hawai'i at Manoa. She is a licensed attorney.
In 1992 Hippensteele was hired as the first victims' advocate at UHM. From 1992-2000 she worked with more than 800 students and employees with claims of race, sex and sexual orientation harassment and discrimination on campus, and conducted extensive research on campus ethnoviolence throughout the University of Hawai'i system.
In 2000 Hippensteele joined the Women's Studies faculty and in 2003 she co-founded the Hawai'i Women's Law Center, located in the Chinatown District of Honolulu, where she practiced public interest law in the areas of employment and family law until 2006.
From 2008-2015 Hippensteele served in the Office of the Chancellor working on accreditation issues, strategic planning and implementation.
Decision-making heuristics in higher education; mediation theory and application; feminist coalition building among academic and community groups; gender violence response and prevention; accommodating long-term psychiatric disabilities.
Current work involves higher education planning and accreditation, exploring factors that influence faculty career trajectories, and workplace diversity.
Hippensteele teaches courses that address psychology, gender, race, power, social justice, and law, including: Women and Madness; Psychology of Gender; Gender, Justice and Law; Sexualities; and, Gender and Violence: Transnational Feminist Analyses.
Hippensteele works with undergraduate and graduate students who wish to apply theoretical models to understanding socio-political behavior of individuals or organizations in community settings.
WS WS 392 (Fall 2015) : Sexualities - Download
WS WS 434 (Fall 2015) : Women and Madness - Download
UHM Faculty Career Pathways Study (2012 -): This research project examines the career trajectories of UHM faculty, and factors that influence their relative job satisfaction and research/scholarly productivity.
Critical Thinking and Science Literacy Course Impact on Learning Outcomes and Progress To Degree (2011 -): Our broad hypothesis is that freshman enrolled in a multidisciplinary general education course that teaches scientific reasoning skills to understand and evaluate real-world issues will be better prepared to succeed in college. The experimental course being tested teaches formal reasoning using a science literacy model designed to teach skills transferrable across disciplines. Multiple assessment measures are incorporated to facilitate iterative course and curriculum development. The course model addresses current trends in undergraduate STEM education to develop engaged learning environments that can improve retention and meet student needs for applied science skills.
Type: Education and Training
Society for College and University Planning (SCUP) Academy Member (2014)
Named by Hawaii Business Magazine as one of "20 For The Next 20." (2013)
Robert W. Clopton Award for Outstanding Service to the Community (2005): The Robert W. Clopton Award for Outstanding Service to the Community recognizes a UH Manoa faculty member for playing a socially significant role by applying intellectual leadership and academic expertise to the improvement of the community.