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Dean and Director for Research and Cooperative Extension (UHM)
Position Number:
Hiring Unit:
College of Tropical Agriculture and Human Resources
Manoa Campus
Date Posted:
October 04, 2016
Closing Date:
Continuous - application review begins November 14, 2016
Monthly Type:
11 Month
Full Time/Part Time:
Full Time

Other Conditions:
  • 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 seeks a proven visionary leader to serve as Dean of the College of Tropical Agriculture and Human Resources (CTAHR), as well as Director for Research and Cooperative Extension. The next dean will be an energetic motivator who can leverage the many strengths of the University, as well as Hawai‘i’s unique geographical attributes and rich multi-cultural diversity to further develop CTAHR as the premier resource for tropical and/or island agricultural systems and natural resources management in the Asia-Pacific region, and to prepare students and all citizens particularly Native Hawaiian students for life-long learning. The dean will need a high level of managerial comprehension to facilitate complex matters relating to budgets, programs, personnel and facilities. The ideal candidate will have experience enabling interdisciplinary, multidisciplinary and community- based partnerships that build capacity resulting in mutually beneficial outcomes.
  2. As the founding College of the University of Hawai‘i in 1907, the College of Tropical Agriculture and Human Resources is central to the land-grant mission of the University of Hawai‘i at Manoa (UH Manoa). CTAHR provides relevant research, outreach/extension and educational programs that support and foster tropical and subtropical agricultural systems and contributes to developing resilient families and businesses in viable communities, a diversified economy, while ensuring a sustainable environment. The college is an integral part of UH Manoa’s Carnegie “RU/VH” designation and distinguishes itself in areas of tropical/subtropical plant breeding and protection; interdisciplinary tropical/subtropical agroecosystem management; obesity prevention in susceptible populations; sustainable aquaculture and horticultural production, development of nutritious crops through genetic engineering, and animal sciences.
  3. CTAHR faculty work to promote long-term family, community and policy changes that strengthen and promote the quality of life of our stakeholders throughout Hawai‘i and the Pacific Basin. CTAHR values learning, discovery, and engagement in formal and informal settings and strives for excellence in all its endeavors. (For more information about the University of Hawai‘i at Manoa and the College, please go to and
  4. UH Manoa is one of the premier institutions of higher learning in the Pacific Region and belongs to an international community of research universities. It is the flagship campus of the UH System and enrolls more than 18,500 students. There are over 900 UH Manoa students majoring in programs within CTAHR. These students comprise about 700 undergraduate and 200 graduate students. There are approximately 500 faculty, staff and graduate assistants in the College.
  5. UH Manoa is one of the nation’s few land-, sea- and space-grant institutions, and plays a unique role in serving Hawaiian, Asian and Pacific and global communities through education, research, outreach and service. Many of the university’s fields of study relate directly to the distinctive geographical and cultural setting of Hawai‘i, an island community with diverse eco-systems and an exceptional diversity of cultures
Minimum Qualifications
  1. Earned doctorate in agriculture, natural resources, family and consumer sciences, or related field from an accredited institution.
  2. Attained the rank of Professor or demonstrated record of comparable professional experience prior to appointment.
  3. Three (3) years of professional experience in academic leadership at the level of department chairperson or higher, or comparable professional experience.
  4. Evidence of strong interpersonal, communication and leadership skills.
  5. Evidence of distinguished teaching, scholarship, research, publication, and/or professional activity and achievement.
  6. Ability to function successfully in an environment characterized by cultural complexity and with a strong and valued indigenous presence.
  7. Ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships with multiple constituencies.
  8. Demonstrated fundraising ability and/or experience.
  9. Demonstrated commitment to consultative and collaborative processes.
  10. Demonstrated commitment to the highest ethical and academic standards.
Desirable Qualifications
  1. Administrative experience in a land-grant college
  2. Understanding of the unique island and Native Hawaiian culture.
  3. Experience with diverse student population.
  4. Experience with global agricultural potentials, opportunities, and problems.
  5. Familiarity with or experience in a unionized environment in higher education.
  6. Experience with distance education programs, professional certification and other non-degree programs.
  7. Experience with diversified agricultural sectors and university programs that served them.

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 a job description and search information, please go to E-mail correspondence is strongly encouraged. Please send materials to:
  1. University of Hawai‘i at Manoa CTAHR Dean 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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