Education

Education

MY FORMAL EDUCATION – FROM GED TO PHD

My formal education was unconventional. In 1978, at 15, I dropped out of high school to run away to Hawaii.

After working as a lifeguard and having some opportunity to travel and surf around the world, I realized that I may have missed something by not having attended high school or college.

Travel made me curious. It was time to go back to school.

Back to School

The first step in my schooling was to take the General Educational Development (GED) test at the University of Hawaii at Hilo in 1991. This gave me a certificate equivalent to a high school diploma.

Next, I enrolled at the University of Hawaii. I began my studies in 1992, at the age of 30. The first courses I took were Physical Anthropology and World Civilization. These courses, and the professors who taught them, encouraged me to continue learning. Twenty-five years later, I am still learning and sharing my enthusiasm with my students.

MY DIPLOMAS AND THESES


 

2011–2013

Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) in Environmental Management

Prince of Songkla University, Hat-yai Thailand

Dissertation: A Surf Resource Sustainability Index for Surf Site Conservation and Tourism Management 


 

2007–2010

Master of Business Administration (MBA) in Hospitality and Tourism Management

Prince of Songkla University, Phuket, Thailand

Thesis: Coastal Resource Assessment for Surf Tourism in Thailand


 

2004–2006

Master's of Arts (MA) in Taiwan Studies

National Chengchi University, Taiwan, ROC

Thesis: Ethnohistorical Perspectives of the Bunun: A Case Study of Laipunuk, Taiwan


 

1999–2001

Bachelors of Arts (BA) in Liberal Studies (Experiential Studies in Chinese Culture and Philosophy)

University of Hawaii at Hilo


 

1995–2000

Associate in Arts (AA) in Liberal Arts (Honors)

Hawaii Community College, West Hawaii Center


 

Experiential Learning

In my teens and twenties, especially while working as a beach lifeguard and an American Red Cross instructor in Hawaii, the ocean was my teacher.

Over time, and as I traveled, I gained an appreciation for learning and teaching. Everywhere I went, there were new things to learn, and when I returned, I was able to teach those lessons to others.

I believe that experience has to come first, and as we naturally gain intellectual curiosity, we develop the mental qualities that enable us to really enjoy and benefit from university education – providing us with something that may have otherwise remained inside, undiscovered.

Thanks for looking at my Education and Learning Page.

Steven A. Martin

Photo: Lifeguarding in Hawaii while taking courses at the University of Hawaii.