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Dr. Han Nee Chong

Instructional Designer & Adjunct Faculty

Executive Summary

Experienced Instructional Designer and Faculty with a demonstrated history of working in the higher education industry. Skilled in Instructional Design, Curriculum Development, Assessment and Teaching. Designed multiple, successful online degree programs with collaborative faculty teams. Winner of the 2017 Blackboard Catalyst Award for Exemplary Course. This award recognizes faculty and course designers who develop exciting and innovative courses that represent the very best in technology and learning.


Aug 2009May 2012


University of Southern California

Dissertation: Perception and Use of Instructional Technology: Teacher Candidates as Adopters of InnovationAdviser: Dr. Dominic J. Brewer, Associate Dean of Research and Faculty AffairsFields: Diffusion of Innovation in Schools, Online Education, Instructional Technology

Jan 2003May 2005


Hawaii Pacific University

Fields: Communication, Marketing, Advertising, Public Relations

Graduated with a GPA of 4.0

Valedictory speaker for graduating class of Spring 2005

Apr 1999


University of Hertfordshire

Fields: Accounting, Finance, Business Studies

Graduated with Honors degree.

Work experience

Jan 2012Present

Instructional Design and Technology Specialist

Hawaii Pacific University
  • Assist in planning for effective implementation of curriculum to ensure that technology is used effectively to meet student needs.
  • Respond to instructional technology help and support requests in a timely way to ensure user satisfaction. 
  • Develop and organize multimedia training materials, training presentations, visual aids, online training sessions, training tips, and other educational materials appropriate to enhance faculty teaching skills and manage them in a knowledge base for instructional technology. 
  • Assist leadership and management with research, selection, and implementation of instructional software and hardware. 
  • Coordinate with IT so as to offer comprehensive solutions for instructional technology problems.
  • Make continuous improvements in key processes, techniques, and procedures related to the instructional technology and distance learning program.
  • Continually search for, evaluate, and implement use of new instructional resources including software, web sites and long-distance learning opportunities.
Jan 2010Present

Adjunct Faculty

Hawaii Pacific University
  • Teach undergraduate and graduate courses in communication, human resources development, and education.
  • Courses taught: COM3400 Communicating Professionally, COM2300 Communication and Culture, COM3300 Intercultural Communication, COM6100 Integrated Marketing Communication, HRD 3100 Instructional Design, HRD 3110 Training Methods & Delivery, HRD 3120 E-Learning and Learning Technologies 
Nov 20082012

Online Instructor

University of Phoenix
  • Teach online undergraduate business communication courses
  • Courses taught: COM140 Contemporary Business Communication, COM155 University Composition and Communication
Jul 2009Jul 2011

Business & General Education Instructor

Remington College
  • Teach undergraduate international business courses and general education courses
  • Courses taught: GE1400 Speech, GE1602 Critical Thinking, IB297 Business Portfolio Project, IB129 Introduction to Import, Export & Entrepreneurship 
Oct 20082009

Travel Specialist/ Business Owner

Funderlust-Travel, LLC

  • An affiliate of Montrose Travel California, IATA certified.
  • Manage all aspects of day to day business operations.
  • Plan, market and sell tour & cruise packages, as well as air, hotels, and rental car reservations.
Oct 2007Oct 2008

Marketing Specialist

Brookfield Homes Hawaii
  • Train new sales and marketing staff in successful new homes sales techniques & marketing campaigns.
  • Develop sales and marketing training manuals, policies and procedures.
  • Analyze real estate and new homes sales trend and competition to provide timely information for strategic marketing decision.
Mar 2005Sep 2007

Web and Database Marketing Specialist

Centex Homes Hawaii
  • Manage all aspects of online Web marketing campaigns, including cost management, strategic planning, execution and coordination of all legal approvals for marketing materials.
  • Manage company Web site and make recommendations for new interactive and web marketing partnerships.

Publications & Presentations

Chong, H. (2017). Applying Game-Based Learning to Online Course Design, 24th International Conference on Learning, University of Hawaii Manoa, Honolulu.

Chong, H. (2013). The Use of Wikis as Learning Tools for Collaborative Writing in an Undergraduate Intercultural Communication Course, 37th Annual Pacific Circle Consortium Conference, University of Hawaii Manoa, Honolulu.

Chong, H. (2012). Barriers to the Adoption of Innovation: What’s Preventing Teachers from Adopting Technology in the Classroom? 19th International Conference on Learning, The Institute of Education, University of London, London, UK.

Chong, H. (2012). Perception and Use of Instructional Technology: Teacher Candidates as Adopters of Innovation, 34th Annual Hawaii Educational Research Association (HERA) Conference, University of Hawaii Manoa, Honolulu.

Wester, H.C. (2011). Preventing Harassment towards Students in High School who are Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual, Transgender and Questioning, 11th International Conference on Diversity, University of the Western Cape, Cape Town.

Wester, H.C. (2010). Addressing High Dropout Rates in Online Undergraduate Courses, , 8th International Humanities Conference, UCLA, Los Angeles.

Burke, L., & Wester, H.C. (2010). Improving Retention of First-Year Native Hawaiian Students: A Case Study of HNL Community College, 8th International Humanities Conference, UCLA, Los Angeles.


  • Educational Doctorate Student Assembly (EDSA) (2009 – 2012)
  • International Association of Business Communicators (IABC) (2005 – 2007)
  • Habitat for Humanity, Leeward Hawaii (2007)
  • President, Graduate Student Organization, HPU (GSO) (2003 – 2005)
  • Vice President for Public Relations, Polyglot Toastmaster (2003)


  • The Order of Arete, Student Recognition Award, University of Southern California (2012)
  • Graduate Scholar Award, 18th International Conference on Diversity (2011)
  • Nominated for Golden Apple Award for Distinguished Teaching by an Adjunct Faculty Member (2010)
  • Joanne Holbrook Patton Military Spouse Scholarship (2009, 2010, 2011)
  • Dean’s List, University of Southern California, GPA 4.0 (Spring, Summer 2010)
  • Dean’s List, Hawaii Pacific University, GPA 4.0 (2003-2004)
  • USAA National Collegiate Communication Arts Award (Awarded for Spring 2005)
  • Bernice Piilani Scholarship for Journalism Excellence, Hawaii Community Foundation (Awarded for 2004/2005)
  • Delta Mu Delta Honor Society (Inducted in Fall 2004)
  • Robert E. Black Award for Excellence in Service to the HPU and Hawaii Community (Awarded on March 2004)

Other Skills

  • Demonstrated technical skills and knowledge of a Learning Management Systems (LMS)
  • Experience teaching online and designing online courses
  • Advanced analytical skills to troubleshoot software problems
  • Experience in creating simple end-user support materials in video and text formats
  • Understanding of ADA compliance in an instructional environment
  • Strong organizational and interpersonal skills with a customer service perspective essential
  • Excellent oral and written English communication skills
  • Multilingual: Proficient in the English language, Malay language, and several Chinese dialects (Mandarin, Cantonese, Hakkha).