Dr. Krystyna Aune has been at the University of Hawai`i at Mānoa since 1991 and has been serving as Dean of Graduate Education since 2014. Prior to this appointment, Dr. Aune served as Associate Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs and as Associate Dean of the College of Arts & Humanities. She was Chair of the Department of Communicology as well as Director of Graduate Studies. Dr. Aune was awarded the Board of Regents Medal for Teaching Excellence in 2004.
Dr. Aune’s research examines emotion experience and expression in relationships. Her research is published in the premiere journals of the communication discipline, as well as social psychology and personal relationships journals, and in several edited books as a contributor. She serves on several Editorial Boards and has been elected to offices in the International Communication and the National Communication Association. Dr. Aune has presented over 50 competitively selected papers at these conferences. She has served as a consultant to review Communication programs for the University of Central Florida and the University of Arizona. She has been interviewed for segments on local and syndicated television and radio programs regarding relationship and family topics.
One of Dr. Aune’s main administrative initiatives is professional development. She developed a workshop series for academic department and graduate chairs called “Leadership Matters”. Her overriding goal as an administrator is to facilitate student, faculty, and staff engagement, development, and success.