Osher Lifelong Learning Institute

Office/Classroom:
Krauss 113-C
University of Hawai'i at Mānoa
Honolulu, HI  96822

Mailing Address:
PMB #460
2440 Campus Rd.
Honolulu, HI  96822

Dr. Carole Mandryk

Meet the OLLI-UHM Director

Dr. Carole Mandryk
Director
Phone: (808) 956-8224
Email: mandryk@hawaii.edu

Dr. Carole Mandryk, a former dean at Harvard University and an award-winning instructor in Anthropology who has taught at Universities and Colleges across the U.S. and Canada, has been named as the new director of the Osher Lifelong Learning Institute (OLLI) in the College of Social Sciences at the University of Hawaii at Manoa.

Mandryk will replace the program's outgoing director Rebecca Goodman who is retiring in July. Goodman and a group of community elders and University administrators established the forerunner of today's lifelong learning program at UHM in 1996. The program subsequently won national recognition from the American Society on Aging as well as sponsorship and endowment funding of $2 million from The Bernard Osher Foundation in San Francisco. OLLI-UHM is now part of a national network of 119 university-based lifelong learning ventures in the U.S. sponsored by the Osher Foundation.

Mandryk's professional life has spanned academic, public and political spheres. She has served as a consultant for National Geographic, NOVA, and the History Channel, has been featured in more than 15 interviews by print and broadcast media outlets pertaining to questions about past climatic conditions and human-environment interactions, and is a frequent invited speaker about climate change awareness, action, and education.

"Dr. Mandryk's academic background and her expertise as a teacher, researcher and administrator will make significant contributions to our lifelong learning venture," Goodman said. "As an accomplished teacher and scientist, Carole brings to OLLI her extensive interdisciplinary perspectives and personifies the essence of what it means to be a lifelong learner. We're delighted to welcome her to OLLI-UHM."

With BA and MA degrees in Anthropology and a PhD in Quaternary Studies (University of Alberta, 1992), Mandryk has more than 25 years of teaching experience as well as administrative and grant management expertise. She has taught and conducted research at Harvard University, George Mason University, Grant MacEwan College in Canada, and the University of Hawaii at Manoa.

She is delighted to be returning to UH Manoa to serve in a different capacity and play a role in OLLI-UHM's innovative approach to lifelong learning, where she can combine her passions for multidisciplinary approaches to knowledge, service and community engagement.