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Associate Dean of Research, UHH
Position Number:
Hiring Unit:
Daniel K. Inouye College of Pharmacy
Date Posted:
March 13, 2017
Closing Date:
Continuous - application review begins April 20, 2017
Salary Information:
Commensurate with qualifications and experience.
Monthly Type:
11 Month
Full Time/Part Time:
Full Time
General Funds

Other Conditions:
  • Appointment to begin approximately July 2017, pending position clearance and availability of funding.
Duties and Responsibilities
  1. RESEARCH AFFAIRS: Advance the research mission and vision of the DKICP by nurturing scholarship and sustained growth of extramural research funding for Pharmaceutical Sciences and Pharmacy Practice. Oversee all research activities of faculty and students via working relationships with the Department of Pharmaceutical Sciences, the Department of Pharmacy Practice, and other scientists, scholars, nationally and globally. Build and support research development and scholarship among faculty and students. Develop and promote research capacity by leveraging the expertise of faculty in both academic departments and proactively pursuing funding opportunities across a broad range of relevant areas including but not limited to drug discovery, basic life/health sciences research, translational research, clinical trials, and health services research. Establish research programs in the College in accord with the priorities of the Dean and Faculty. Create research mentorship programs for students and faculty as part of the student- and faculty development process. Maintain a viable and funded research program that is inclusive to the participation of students and Faculty members. Maintain a role as PI on program and consortium grants (e.g., COBRE, EPSCOR). Build research infrastructure within the College, UH Hilo and collaboratively among the DKICP’s affiliated institutions. Hard infrastructure: maintain the hard infrastructure that is essential for the core research function of the DKICP including the maintenance of the modular research buildings and equipment therein, and the relocation of satellite research sites; allocate/assign research space and equipment to faculty researchers. Operational framework of the DKICP research enterprise: establish Office of Research Affairs and grants management structure and process to facilitate and advance research scholarship and productivity; navigate the policies and procedures of the Office of Research Services and the Research Corporation of the University of Hawaii. Environment: create and sustain an environment that promotes research scholarship and research integrity among faculty and students, which involves the delineation of policies and procedures for research vigor, competence in issues related to protection of human subjects, and ethical research productivity. Support staff: supervise all support staff for research. Lead, facilitate, and support grant-writing activities and proposal submissions in the quest for intra- and extramural funding including funding for research training (e.g., pre- and post-doctoral fellowships). Develop mechanisms to identify potential research funding sources (e.g., NIH, NSF, federal government, industry, local contracts, public-private partnerships, etc.) and direct Faculty to these resources on a timely basis. Serve as a resource for faculty seeking advice and support to develop strategic research initiatives in response to emerging opportunities. Identify and secure resources necessary for successful extramural funding including but not limited to the solicitation of off-campus services to aid in the determination of research design, data analysis and manuscript editing. Implement grant writing workshops to facilitate various aspects of grant writing. Increase awareness of online and in-person training opportunities in research. Facilitate reviews of grant proposals and manuscripts as requested by faculty members, e.g., by developing a network of experienced researchers who are willing to review faculty grant proposals and/or manuscripts. Advise and assist faculty on research proposals, INDs, patenting, research contracts and intellectual property issues in conjunction with the Office of Technology Transfer and Economic Development UH System. Develop, sustain, and advance collaborative relationships in research. Promote interdisciplinary research collaborations between the Department of Pharmaceutical Sciences and the Department of Pharmacy Practice. Promote collaborative relationships between DKICP and researchers at the University of Hawaii, and other partner institutions in academia and industry, nationally and internationally. Build relationships and/or partnerships with the pharmaceutical industry throughout the nation and the world. Develop and promote the integration of research programs and research initiatives in the Pharm.D. and Ph.D. programs in collaboration with the Associate Dean for Academic Affairs. Lead the quest to establish Centers of Excellence by fostering research creativity and innovation throughout the College, UH Hilo, and UH System. Assess and evaluate the needs and deficiencies of the research program at DKICP and make recommendations to the Dean for addressing those needs. Support initiatives that foster dissemination of research knowledge and skills, technology transfer, and the equitable treatment of intellectual property. Track and disseminate research-related outcomes. Work with the DKICP Public Information Office and others to disseminate key research findings from Faculty projects. Lead the development of a vision for the future of research at DKICP that highlights the unique location of Hawaii and the Pacific. Promote the uniqueness and strengths of the DKICP research enterprise, and identify potential opportunities and synergies that might exist within the College, and between the College and off campus entities.
  2. ADMINISTRATIVE AFFAIRS: Oversee the research mission and direct the establishment and continuation of funded research programs among the faculty. Provide leadership in implementing the mission, vision, and strategic plan of the DKICP. Member of the Dean's Executive Committee. Leadership role (including membership) within the UH System’s research structures, inclusive of the Office of the Vice President of Research, research units within UH schools (specifically JABSOM), UH Hilo Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs and professional-disciplinary Research Councils such as AACP/ACPE, NSF, NIH, National Academy of Sciences, Institute of Medicine, AHRQ. Communicate with academic leaders by representing the College at UH System Research forums, the UH Hilo Vice Chancellor Academic Advisory Committee, UH Hilo Research Council and other ACPE/AACP research national forums. Produce budgetary plans and fiscal documents that demonstrate accountability to fiscal integrity in the College, which may include establishing fiscal/grant management personnel as the number of funded grants increase over time. Secure financial and institutional support for the research mission via grant-writing for pharmacy practice training grants, collaborate with the Dean in fundraising for distinguished professorships and honorary and/or endowed chairs, and participate in the State of Hawai' i legislative hearings to obtain general (G) funds for the College. Administer and manage research affairs in the College, inclusive of establishing and maintaining monitoring/tracking data and knowledge management system for the research program. Collect data to provide evidence that the College's administration, operations and management reflect the diversity of the College's unique cultures among students, faculty, staff, stakeholders, and the community. Maintain and advance a culture of diversity, equal opportunity and justice throughout the College of Pharmacy.
Minimum Qualifications
  1. An earned doctorate – PharmD, PhD or MD in a related discipline. Experience in laboratory-based research and instrumentation. A minimum of three (3) years of academic and administrative leadership experience in pharmaceutical/biomedical sciences in a US College/School of Pharmacy or Medicine. Attained the academic rank of Associate Professor or have demonstrated a record of comparable professional experience prior to appointment. A successful record obtaining externally-funded, health-related grants/contracts which may include pharmaceutical/biomedical sciences, clinical pharmacy innovation and service, or social and behavioral administrative sciences. Participation in collaborative research initiatives. A record of senior authorship in peer-reviewed publications. Experience in mentoring junior faculty, researchers and students.
Desirable Qualifications
  1. Dual degrees (Pharm.D., Ph.D. or M.D., Ph.D.) are highly desirable. Appointment at rank of Professor in a US academic institution (or a senior level position in the private or governmental sectors). Demonstrated experience developing and leading a collaborative research initiative. Nationally or internationally recognized leadership in pharmaceutical/biomedical sciences. Teaching experience as a faculty member in professional and/or graduate programs at a US academic institution. Experience in fundraising (e.g. from the pharmaceutical industry, corporations and private donors) and in activities that enhance the resource base of the college (e.g. revenue from technology transfer, and revenue from partnership with industries.) Ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships with internal and external constituencies (eg. developed internal working groups, developed MOUs with external agencies, working with legislature). Demonstrated commitment to consultative processes and an understanding of shared governance. Experience in working with multi-cultural populations and in promoting diversity. A sustained record as Principal Investigator on large peer-reviewed collaborative grants in the pharmaceutical/biomedical sciences or basic/applied/clinical health sciences. A record of serving as Principal Investigator on funded NIH grants. A demonstrated and sustained record of scholarship documented by high impact/highly cited peer reviewed publications and invited presentations at national and international forums. Experience in organization of research development programs for faculty and/or graduate students. Experience working in or with the pharmaceutical industry.

To Apply:
Submit a letter of application stating clearly the position being applied for, the position number, and addressing how the minimum and desirable qualifications are met; a current resume; names, addresses, email and telephone numbers of three (3) professional references; and transcripts showing degrees and course work appropriate to the position (copies are acceptable, however original official transcripts will be required prior to employment). Electronic submissions are welcomed. Send email with “Associate Dean of Research Application” as subject and addressed to All requested documents/information become the property of the University of Hawaii at Hilo. Incomplete applications will not be considered. Failure to submit all required documents shall deem an application to be incomplete.
  1. UH Hilo College of Pharmacy
  2. Attn: Kristi Nakamura/#89469
  3. 200 W. Kawili Street
  4. Hilo, HI 96720-4091
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