PhD '51, Education
In the fall of 2001, Andrew In established and endowed a fellowship fund in the Department of Teaching and Learning. The fund commemorates the 50th anniversary of his PhD, which he received from the School of Culture, Education, and Human Development in 1951. Since the establishment of the fund, Dr. In has given consistently and generously to NYU. "I was born in Hawaii, and my island culture taught me to give back in order to help others who will follow." Dr. In spent 33 years of his professional life educating and administrating at the University of Hawaii. He is now retired and living in Honolulu.
Tell me about your time at the University of Hawaii.
Very soon after I received my PhD, I was hired as an assistant professor at the University. I was assigned to supervise student teachers at the University High School, the laboratory school of the University's Teacher's College. This was important to me because improving public education in Hawaii was my life's goal. Until my retirement in 1984, I taught in several education departments and held many positions at the University, including the chairmanships of the Departments of Secondary Education, Curriculum and Instruction, and Elementary Education. I also held the appointments of Assistant Dean of Curriculum and Acting Dean of Education. That's over three decades of service.
In addition to your commitment to NYU, what other philanthropic projects interest you?
Two projects. The first involves the College of Education at the University of Hawaii. I co- chair a committee that's raised money to endow a lectureship. The income will be used to support the research of a current faculty member in the College of Education. I've also been working on a project that involves my local church, chairing its building committee while it undergoes a building and grounds renovation. The work has just been completed and the church is now a real beacon in the neighborhood. This project has meant a lot to me as I served as chairperson of the building committee when the chapel was originally built in 1955. A more personal project has me trying to complete my family tree. The In surname dates back in Chinese History from the Sung Dynasty AD 960-1280. I am working on the last five of the 27 generations. It's a favor to my grandchildren, who requested it of me. It's my legacy to them and I'm happy to comply with their wish.
How do you remember your time at NYU?
As stimulating and challenging. Both my parents had limited schooling, but they knew its value and motivated me to go to college. My maternal grandfather was a Chinese Language School Teacher and a scholar of the classics. I knew I wanted to follow his profession. NYU helped me achieve this. Ernest Melby, the Dean when I arrived, inspired me with his insights on the role of public education and its influences on the life of communities. Dr. Theodore Rice, the chairman of my doctoral committee, was my mentor and lifelong friend. They and other professors at NYU demonstrated for me the skills of listening and caring for one's fellow human beings. I have tried to emulate them in my work with students, colleagues, and friends at the University of Hawaii, and in the wider Hawaiian communities. My time at NYU formed the basis of my entire professional life.