Richard Dubanoski is former dean of the College of Social Sciences and professor of psychology at the University of Hawaii at Manoa. He received a B.A. from Wesleyan University and an M.A. and Ph.D. from the University of Minnesota. During his tenure as dean he introduced a number of innovative teaching and learning programs to the Manoa campus, including the Commitment to Liberal Education, which is based on the LEAP model. This project draws from past educational programs developed at the college – for example, service learning and learning communities – and introduces new programs such as street science, a critical thinking course for freshmen.