Mary Therese Perez Hattori

Scholarship Program Specialist
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Area of Expertise: 

Educational technology, distance learning, information technology, culturally responsive and culturally sustaining education, leadership development, arts education, multilingualism, indigenous research methodologies, Micronesians in the US.


Dr. Mary Therese Hattori is responsible for planning and organizing all areas of scholarship programs including the United States South Pacific Scholarship Program and the Asian Development Bank-Japan Scholarship Program. She also serves as Coordinator for the Affiliate Scholars Program.  Dr. Hattori plays a leading role, working with the Dean of Education, in initiatives for new program development, which includes grant and proposal writing and development of new partnerships with governments, ministries of education, or institutions in the Asia-Pacific region, such as Vietnam International Education Development (VIED), Khon Kaen University in Thailand, the Indonesian Directorate of Higher Education (DIKTI), the Islamic University of Indonesian (UII), and others. She is a core part of the senior leadership team of the Education Program and plays a role in the planning and coordination of the EWC Student experience.

She previously served as Director of the Center for Teaching & Learning and Associate Professor of Education at Chaminade University; Outreach Director of the Center for Pacific Islands Studies at UHM; and Associate Professor of Information Technology and Director of the Center for Excellence in Learning, Teaching and Technology at Kapi'olani Community College.

A native Chamoru of Guåhan (Guam), she is a community organizer and advocate for Pacific islanders in Hawai'i, co-organizer of cultural events such as the Annual Cultural Animation Film Festival, the Annual Celebrate Micronesia Festival, Micronesian Women's Summit, and Oceania on the Reel, and teacher/mentor of students in Pacific Studies, Learning Design & Technology, and the UHM & San Francisco State University Educational Doctorate programs which are part of the Carnegie Project on the Educational Doctorate. Dr. Hattori is also an author, poet, public speaker, and philanthropist. Follow her on Twitter and Instagram.



  • EdD, Professional Educational Practice, University of Hawai‘i at Mānoa, 2014
  • MEd, Educational Technology, University of Hawai‘i at Mānoa, 1993
  • Professional Diploma, Secondary Education (Social Studies), University of Hawai‘i at Mānoa, 1989
  • BEd with distinction, Secondary Social Studies (Pacific Islands History), University of Hawai‘i at Mānoa, 1989