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- Summary: The University of Hawai‘i (UH) has “a commitment to being a foremost indigenous-serving institution and to advancing sustainability” (University of Hawai‘i Strategic Directions, 2015-2021). The directions embrace the work and input of Hawai‘i Papa o Ke Ao (www.hawaii.edu/offices/op/hpokeao.pdf), a plan for the university to become a model institution serving indigenous peoples.
- To this aim, a tenure-track faculty position has been established in PBRC through the efforts of the Kuali‘i Council, an advisory group to the Chancellor of the University of Hawai‘i (UH) at Manoa that represents some 15 schools, departments, and units serving Native Hawaiian students and initiatives. The successful applicant for this position is expected to develop research programs at UH Manoa focused on (i) the unique communities and biodiversity of the Hawaiian and other Pacific islands and (ii) the need to develop sustainable practices for the islands. A strong commitment to sustained interactions and collaborations with the Hawaiian community is essential. The successful applicant will:
- -Engage in research in the biological sciences that complements existing expertise in PBRC, which includes comparative and evolutionary biology, ecology, environmental sciences, neurobiology, health sciences, and microbiology.
- -Actively pursue creative and scholarly work, demonstrate academic resourcefulness including the ability to obtain extramural funding on a regular basis, lead dynamic mentoring and learning communities comprising Native Hawaiian and other indigenous students, and participate in service activities at the school, university and community levels.
- -Enter into collaborative projects and creative endeavors that build bridges across disciplines, such as those with faculty in PBRC/SOEST, the John A. Burns School of Medicine, and other departments across the UH Manoa campus (i.e., Native Hawaiian cluster scholars, the Coastal Sustainability cluster, the Center for Microbial Oceanography: Research and Education).
- -Teach or team-teach undergraduate and graduate courses emphasizing biological systems of Hawai‘i.
- -Collaborate with the UH Manoa Hawai‘inuiakea (School of Hawaiian Knowledge) and other indigenous scholars on transdisciplinary projects related to mutual areas of interest in Hawaiian biological systems.
- -Ph.D. or equivalent doctorate degree from a college or university of recognized standing in the biological sciences. Strong preference will be given to candidates who have successfully completed productive postdoctoral training.
- -Evidence of scholarly achievement, including publication of predoctoral and postdoctoral research in quality journals in their field.
- -Experience working among Native Hawaiian and/or indigenous organizations and/or communities.
- -Ability to work and communicate effectively across disciplines.
- -Demonstrated experience as a mentor.
- -Same as stated above for Assistant Professor, plus a minimum of four (4) years of full-time college or university teaching/research at the rank of assistant professor, with evidence of increasing professional maturity and proven ability to secure extramural funding.
- -Demonstrated understanding of Native Hawaiian traditional ecological knowledge and cultural practices, including Native Hawaiian sources and archives for research into anthropogenic impacts and land/ocean use management strategies, such as Ahupua‘a and the Kapu systems.
- -Demonstrated experience working among Native Hawaiians and/or other indigenous groups in STEM-related activities.
- -Experience leading or participating in local, national or international research, education or development activities.
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