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Dean (UHM), Engineering
Position Number:
Hiring Unit:
College of Engineering
Manoa Campus
Date Posted:
October 04, 2016
Closing Date:
Continuous - application review begins November 14, 2016
Salary Information:
Commensurate with experience
Monthly Type:
11 Month
Full Time/Part Time:
Full Time

Other Conditions:
  • Nominations, inquiries, and applications are being accepted for this position. Review of applications will begin on November 14, 2016, and will continue until the position is filled. For best consideration, applications should be submitted by November 22, 2016.
Duties and Responsibilities
  1. The University of Hawai‘i at Manoa (UH Manoa) seeks a dynamic visionary, entrepreneurial, and collaborative leader to serve as Dean of the College of Engineering (COE). This position is an exceptional opportunity to shape the future of engineering excellence at the University of Hawai‘i at Manoa, the state of Hawai'i, and the Asia Pacific region. As an indispensable facet of sustainable living in Hawai‘i and the Asia-Pacific region, the College is committed to ensuring its academic and research efforts address local industry demand while embracing complex societal issues including IT and cyber systems, sustainability, and infrastructure in support of the environment. And as the only engineering college with ABET-accredited programs in Hawai‘i, the COE is committed to excellence in the development of the next generation of engineering leaders.
  2. The Dean is the chief academic and administrative leader of the College. The Dean provides leadership and vision in strategic planning and implementation of programs and leads College development activities. The successful candidate will be responsible for managing the College's financial resources and external relations and is expected to provide vision and leadership resulting in significant increases in resource acquisition for the College from private gifts, grants, contracts, and other sources of revenue. As a member of the Manoa executive team reporting to the Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs, the Dean will ensure that the mission and goals of the College are aligned with UH Manoa’s and the University of Hawai‘i System’s vision and strategic mission. The Dean is expected to judiciously balance the best interests of the College with those of the campus, system and community.
  3. The Dean manages an annual budget of approximately $14.4 million in state and federal funds, and represents the activities of the College to the wider university, alumni, industry, and donors as well as the Hawai‘i and Pacific communities. There are 1,474 UH Manoa students who are majoring in programs within COE. These students comprise 1,336 undergraduate and 138 graduate students. The College offers BS, MS, and PhD degrees in Civil & Environmental Engineering, Electrical Engineering, and Mechanical Engineering, and a BS in Computer Engineering. The College has approximately 60 faculty, 30 support staff and 50 graduate assistants staffing three academic departments: mechanical engineering, electrical engineering, and civil & environmental engineering, and an organized research center, the Hawai’i Center for Advanced Communications. The COE values learning, discovery, and engagement in formal and informal settings and strives for excellence in all its endeavors. (For more information about the College, please go to
  4. UH Manoa is the flagship campus of the University of Hawai‘i System and one of a select number of campuses nation-wide recognized as a Land-Grant, Sea-Grant, Space-Grant, and Sun-Grant university. A comprehensive research university, UHM has notably broad and deep strengths in research, teaching, and community outreach related to the Asia Pacific region, enriched by its diverse, multi-cultural setting in Hawai‘i and location in the Pacific with proximity to Asia. As such it combines strong service to the State of Hawai‘i with prominent engagement as a national and international leader in higher education. (For more information about the University of Hawai‘i at Manoa, please go to
Minimum Qualifications
  1. 1. Earned doctorate in Engineering or closely related field.
  2. 2. Five (5) years of professional experience in academic leadership at the level of department chairperson or higher or comparable professional experience.
  3. 3. Attained the rank of full professor or demonstrated a record of comparable professional experience prior to appointment.
  4. 4. Evidence of distinguished teaching, scholarship, research, publication, and/or professional excellence and achievement.
  5. 5. Strong interpersonal, communication, and leadership skills.
  6. 6. Demonstrated fundraising ability and/or experience.
  7. 7. Ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships with multiple constituencies.
  8. 8. Ability to function successfully in a multi-cultural and multi-ethnic environment.
  9. 9. Demonstrated commitment to consultative and collaborative processes.
  10. 10. Demonstrated commitment to the highest ethical and academic standards.
  11. 11. Demonstrated experience in partnering with industry to develop opportunities for the technical and professional development of students.
Desirable Qualifications
  1. 1. Demonstrated experience creating and developing innovative programs/initiatives.
  2. 2. National recognition and reputation in the Engineering community; and/or the ability to command the respect of colleagues in research, university administration, federal agencies, and other extramural funding sources.
  3. 3. Familiarity with or experience in a unionized environment.
  4. 4. Understanding and/or appreciation of the unique island and Native Hawaiian culture.

To Apply:
Nominations, inquiries, and applications are being accepted for this position. Review of applications will begin on November 14, 2016, and will continue until the position is filled. For best consideration, applications should be submitted by November 22, 2016. Candidates must submit a cover letter summarizing the candidate’s interest and qualifications for the position, a current resume, and the names of four (4) professional references, including title and contact information. For job description and search information, please go to E-mail correspondence/submittal is strongly encouraged. Please send materials to:
  1. University of Hawai‘i at Manoa Engineering Search
  2. Attn: Michele Tom, Executive Search Coordinator
  3. University of Hawai‘i at Manoa
  4. 2500 Campus Road, Hawai‘i Hall 209
  5. Honolulu, HI 96822
  1. Michele Tom; 808-956-9396;

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