Assistant or Associate Professor (Tenure-Track) – Hawaiian Studies

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The Kamakakūokalani Center for Hawaiian Studies at the University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa School of Hawaiian Knowledge invites applications for a tenure-track Assistant or Associate Professor of Hawaiian Studies faculty position to start August 1, 2023.

Duties and Responsibilities

  • Teach assigned undergraduate and graduate courses at KCHS in at least one of the three following fields – Kūkulu Aupuni, Kumu Kahiki, Moʻolelo ʻŌiwi which could include the introductory course of HWST 107.
  • Develop and teach new courses in at least one of the three following fields – Kūkulu Aupuni, Kumu Kahiki, Moʻolelo ʻŌiwi.
  • Advise and mentor undergraduate and graduate students.
  • Participate in committees in charge of candidates for advanced degrees.
  • Supervise independent study activities and off-campus learning such as practicums and internships.
  • Conduct and maintain an active research agenda in their field of expertise.
  • Sustain strong community engagement/relations for teaching and research purposes.
  • Participate in Departmental, School, and University committees.
  • Provide service relevant to the individual's academic specialty to the university.
  • Perform other duties as assigned.

Assistant Professor Minimum Qualifications

  • PhD or JD, from a college or university of recognized standing in a field of study closely related to, or focusing on, Hawaiian Ancestral Knowledge, including but not limited to Anthropology, Archaeology, Architecture, Economics, Education, English, Ethnobiology, Ethnobotany, Geography, Health, History, Indigenous/Native Studies and Politics, Law, Natural Resource Management, Planning, Public Health, and/or other areas may be considered based on candidates strengths  ABDs may be considered.
  • Demonstrated ability and expertise in teaching and research that are related to KCHS areas of concentration.
  • Demonstrated ability to utilize educational technology in teaching (in person and/or online). Demonstrated scholarly achievement and research experience, including publication in Hawaiian Ancestral Knowledge.
  • Considerable knowledge of ancestral and historical topics in Hawaiʻi and the broader Moananuiākea.
  • Proficiency in Hawaiian and English, including the ability to translate and do research in Hawaiian. Poise and good address for meeting and conferring with others.

Associate Professor Minimum Qualifications

All minimum qualifications in the Assistant Professor rank plus a minimum of four years of full-time college/university teaching at the rank of assistant professor (or equivalent), with evidence of increasing professional maturity.

Desirable Qualifications

  • Demonstrate competence and experience teaching in higher education.
  • Experience teaching courses in higher education in areas such as Hawaiian Studies, Kūkulu Aupuni, Kumu Kahiki and/or Moʻolelo ʻŌiwi topics.
  • Demonstrated research in Hawaiian Ancestral Knowledge in the fields of Kūkulu Aupuni, Kumu Kahiki and/or Moʻolelo ʻŌiwi.
  • Ability to teach and develop new courses in one of the following concentrations: Kūkulu Aupuni, Kumu Kahiki and/or Moʻolelo ʻŌiwi.
  • Ability to teach classes in Hawaiian, including the ability to translate and research in Hawaiian. Demonstrated ability in teaching in diverse modes and various formats (synchronous, asynchronous settings).
  • Diverse experience in working with and advocating for the Hawaiian community on issues of history, land, culture, language, and politics.
  • Demonstrated ability to attract significant extramural funding and secure grants and contracts to build program base.
  • Willingness to assume leadership roles within the department, such as serving on departmental and university committees.

To Apply

Please submit the following in an application package at
  1. A cover letter that outlines specifically how you satisfy the minimum and desirable qualifications,
  2. Names with contact information (including email addresses) of three (3) current professional references who can address your qualifications to the advertised duties and responsibilities,
  3. Current Curriculum Vitae,
  4. One research paper related to the advertised duties and responsibilities of the position,
  5. Other relevant materials may include teaching evaluations, examples of educational technology use in teaching,
  6. Official or copy of transcripts that reflect degree and course work with CONFIDENTIAL INFORMATION (ie. social security number, birth date, etc.) REDACTED.
If requested transcripts are unobtainable by the review date, please indicate so in your cover letter. Unofficial transcripts are acceptable upon application, but official transcripts will be required if selected to fill the position. Minimum qualifications must be met by the effective date. Incomplete applications will not be considered. Note: If you have not applied for a position before using NeoGov, you will need to create an account.
Application material will become the property of the school upon submission. Applications submitted via e-mail and/or fax will not be considered.
Inquiries: Maile Andrade, Director; 808-956-0555;
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