MCP Faculty and Staff

Military Campus Programs

Full Time Faculty

Mr. Brenden L. Bliss, History

Brenden Bliss

Mr. Brenden L. Bliss has a BA in History from Andrews University (Newbold College) and earned an MA in War Studies with Distinction from King’s College, London. His main research interest is Naval History and he has made recent presentations at theSociety for Military History national conference (2010) and the USS Missouri Memorial Association’s 65th Anniversary Commemoration, History Conference. He has taught History and DMS courses on base and online at HPU since 2005 and prior to becoming full-time faculty served in several administrative positions since including Associate Coordinator of HPU-Pearl Harbor and Scheduling and Administration Coordinator of MCP.


Dr. Augustina Manuzak, Biology


Dr. Augustina Manuzak hold a Medical Doctor degree from Indonesia. She earned her Master of Public Health (MPH) degree from University of Hawaii at Manoa, focusing on International Health and Health Services Administration and Planning. She earned her PhD degree in Public Health Epidemiology from Walden University, Minnesota.  She teaches Biological Sciences and Public Health courses at HPU Military Campus Program and College of Nursing and Health Sciences for undergraduate and graduate programs.

Dr. James Corcoran, History


Dr. Jim Corcoran holds a BS from West Point, a Masters in Asian Studies and a Ph.D. from the University of Hawaii at Manoa in history, focusing on China and Southeast Asia. A career U.S. Army officer, he was the Director of Asian Studies in the Department of National and International Security and Strategy at the U.S. Army War College, Carlisle PA in the 1980s and the 1990s. He teaches history and courses on Asia in HPU's Military Campus Program and is a Curriculum Area Liaison for History, Diplomacy & Military Studies, as well as the MCP contact for Asian Studies. He has published a series of conference reports on Asian Security as Rapporteur for the National Defense University, a recent article in the Association of Diplomacy and Military Studies Newsletter, and reviews in the  World History Association Journal. His areas of research and writing include military history, diplomacy, Asian Studies, and national and international security and strategy.  He is the recipient of the HPU Trustees' Award for Excellence in Teaching, 2012-2013, HPU Teacher of the Year, and also the recipient of the HPU Faculty Assembly Golden Apple Award for Distinguished Teaching, 2011 (Undergraduate, Adjunct).

Ms. Sheryl Sunia, Justice Administration

Sheryl Sunia

Ms. Sheryl Sunia retired from the Honolulu Police Department (HPD) after 29 years of service. She spent 20 of those years in the criminal investigation division (12 years in child sex crimes) and became the first female detective in the history of the HPD. She was also a member of HPD’s hostage crisis negotiation team for 20 years and negotiated high profile cases to include the Xerox incident and Sand Island incident with John Miranda. Ms. Sunia holds a Master of Science in Criminal Justice Administration degree from Chaminade University. She has been an adjunct instructor at HPU and other colleges in Hawaii since 1994.

Dr. Daniel Flood, Management

Daniel Flood

Dr. Daniel Flood has been teaching courses in management and marketing at several universities and colleges since 1984. In addition to teaching, Dan has owned a management-consulting firm–the Small Business Advocate–for the past 20 years providing counseling for Hawaii’s small businesses in business plan development and marketing strategy. Prior to that, he was Manager of Terminals for Aloha Airlines for ten years and has retired from the U.S. Coast Guard Reserve as an O-6. He has an M.B.A. and a Ph.D. in Management with a focus in entrepreneurship and strategic planning. Today, he is intimately involved in HPU’s development of the Military Campus distance learning initiatives and its MBA program as well as the facilitator for Military Campus Programs' Strategic Planning Team.

Dr. Howard He, Economics and Finance
Dr. Howard He is an Associate Professor of Economics. He received his B.A. and M.A. in Economics from Fudan University in Shanghai, China. He received a Ph.D. degree in Economics from University of Hawaii in 1999. He has more than 15 years of academic experience in teaching and research. He has served as associate professor of business at Wayland Baptist University, associate graduate faculty at Central Michigan University, adjunct faculty at University of Southern California and Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University, assistant professor at Fudan University, editor of Journal of World Economy, and research fellow at Ford Foundation Economic Program. His research interests include macroeconomics, applied econometrics, economic forecast, corporate finance and efficiency of financial markets.
Dr. Roger Kadala, Physics and Mathematics
Dr. Roger Kadala holds graduate degrees in Mathematics & Engineering from New York University, Physics from the University of Hawaii Manoa ,and Law and Applied Mathematics and Philosophy from the University of Venezuela. He has been teaching at the University level , both graduate and undergraduate , since 1972 in universities worldwide. He teaches upper level courses in mathematics, physics & astronomy , computer science , engineering and international business. A former jet pilot, with over 11,000 jet flight hours , in DC-10 , DC-8 , Lear , Gulfstream and Citation aircraft, including several years of flight status in Air Force One aircraft for various world leaders outside the US. An active waterman , having successfully completed numerous Ironman Triathlons , and several individual Molokai Channel crossings , and competing in open ocean paddleboard races. Management experience as continental area manager for flag carrier airline , and executive director for import-export corporations worldwide. Currently his research interests are in High Energy Physics ( Supersymmetry ) & Cosmology.
Mr.Robert Popp, Political Science
Robert Popp

Mr.Robert Popp has been a member of Hawaii Pacific University (HPU), bothfaculty and staff since 1990. His service to the University includes Chair, Academic Policies Committee (1999-Present), Member, Faculty Council (1999-Present), Program Chair, Military Campus Programs (2003-2005), Member, General Education (GenEd) Task Force (2004-Present), Member, Merit Pay Task Force (2004-Present). Bob received his BSin Communication from Fordham University, a MAin International Relations from the University of Southern California and plans to enter the University of Hawaii at Manoa in the Political Science doctorate program.
Dr. Mary L. Smith, Computer Science
Mary Smith
Dr. Mary L. Smith is Assistant Professor of Computer Science. She earned a BS in Business from Old Dominion University, an MS in Information Systems at Hawaii Pacific University and a Doctor of Education degree from the University of Southern California. Her research interests are human computer interaction, database management systems, and software engineering. Dr. Smith has been a computer consultant, taught 12 years in the Masters of Information Systems at the downtown campus and was the Chair of the Computer Science Department at Concordia University Texas.
Mr. Azhar Ishaque, Computer Science

Mr. Azhar Ishaque is a Lecturer of Computer Science who has been in the Information Technology field for 20 years. He is an alumni of Hawaii Pacific University and has been teaching here since 2004.  He holds a BS in Computer Science and an MS in Information Systems.  His concentrations include Systems and Applications Administration, Programming, Networking, Database Administration, and Project Management.  He also works for the Operations Services Division of First Hawaiian Bank as an Assistant Vice President and Manager supporting mission critical systems and applications.  In his spare time, he loves to travel to other countries and enjoys eating spicy food.

Dr. Thomas A. Stetz, Psychology
Tom Stetz
Dr. Thomas A. Stetz has a Ph.D. in Industrial and Organizational Psychology from Central Michigan University.His work experience includes three years as a Personnel Research Psychologist at the U.S. Office of Personnel Management and over ten years at the National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency as the in-house Industrial Psychologist. He has taught at the undergraduate and graduate levels in Stress, IO Psychology, Statistics, Psychometrics, and Tests and Measures. He has also worked as a guest researcher at the Walter Reed Army Institutes for Research, Tripler Army Medical Center, and as a contractor at the U.S. Army Aeromedical Research Laboratory. In addition, he has published research 12 peer-reviewed journal articles and presented over 30 papers and posters at national level conferences.
Dr. Justin Vance, History

Justin Vance

Dr. Justin Vance is Associate Professor of History and Interim Dean for Hawaii Pacific University’s Military Campus Programs. He earned a BA History from Boise State University, an MA in Diplomacy and Military Studies from Hawaii Pacific University, and a Doctor ofEducation degreefrom the University of Southern California. His research interests are teaching History via distance learning settings, the American Civil War, and WW II in the Pacific. In the past, he taught History at Wayland Baptist University, Embry Riddle Aeronautical University, conducted battlefield tours of Hawaii’s World War II military sites for Home of the Brave Tours, and has worked at bringing history to life at the Battleship Missouri Memorial and Bishop Museum. Dr. Vance is the 2010 winner of the Golden Apple Award for Distinguished Undergraduate Teaching at HPU.
Mr. Robert Wilson, Writing
 Mr. Robert Wilson teaches WRI 1050, 1100, and 1200. He has been a language teacher for 25 years both here and abroad (Thailand and Taiwan). Most of those years hve been among students whose first language is not English. In addition to teaching English courses, Rob has also taught computer literacy, business research writing, personal finance, and COM 1000. Four of his 15 years at HPU were in academic advising. In 2003, he moved from the main campus to Military Campus Programs in order to spend more day time with his son, Jonathan.