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Dean (UHM), Hawaiian Knowledge
Position Number:
Hiring Unit:
Hawaiinuiakea School of Hawaiian Knowledge
Date Posted:
October 18, 2017
Closing Date:
Continuous - application review begins November 15, 2017
Monthly Type:
11 Month
Full Time/Part Time:
Full Time

Other Conditions:
  • Review of applications will begin on or about November 15, 2017 and will continue until the position is filled. For best consideration, applications should be submitted by November 22, 2017.
Duties and Responsibilities
  1. The University of Hawai‘i at Manoa (UH Manoa) seeks an experienced and innovative leader to serve as Dean of Hawai‘inuiakea School of Hawaiian Knowledge (Hawai‘inuiakea). This position is an exceptional opportunity to shape the future of Hawaiian knowledge at the University of Hawai‘i at Manoa, the State of Hawai‘i and abroad. Hawai‘inuiakea advances a Native Hawaiian perspective that recognizes the value of indigenous and traditional Hawaiian knowledge and its holistic aspects in service and support to the Hawaiian community. Another fundamental aspect of Hawai‘inuiakea is the extension of this knowledge within the context of the Pacific and other indigenous communicates across the globe.
  2. The Dean is the chief academic and administrative leader of the School. The Dean provides leadership and vision in strategic planning, research and implementation of programs and leads School development activities. The successful candidate will be responsible for managing the School's financial resources, facility improvements, and external relations and engagement, and is expected to provide vision and leadership resulting in significant increases in resource acquisition for the School 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 School 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 School with those of the campus, system and community to the betterment of student education.
  3. The Dean manages an annual budget of approximately $12.6 million in state, federal and extramural funds, and represents the activities of the School to the wider university, alumni, industry, and donors as well as to Hawai‘i and broader communities. There are approximately 177 UH Manoa students who are majoring in programs within Hawai‘inuiakea, as well as serves nearly 1,700 students through instruction and student support. These students include 129 undergraduate and 48 graduate students. The School offers two undergraduate degrees, two master’s degree and one undergraduate certificate. The School has approximately 54 faculty, 19 support staff, and 17 graduate assistants staffing four academic units: Kamakakuokalani Center for Hawaiian Studies, Kawaihuelani Center for Hawaiian Language, Kapa Lo‘i O Kanewai, and Native Hawaiian Student Services. (For more information about the School and degrees offered, please go to
  4. As a university striving to foster a Hawaiian place of learning, 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, multicultural 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 or equivalent terminal degree from an accredited institution.
  2. 2. Three (3) 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. Demonstrated commitment to diversity and equity and ability to work with Native Hawaiian, indigenous and/or multicultural populations.
  6. 6. Strong interpersonal, communication, and leadership skills.
  7. 7. Demonstrated fundraising ability and/or experience.
  8. 8. Ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships with multiple constituencies such as indigenous communities.
  9. 9. Demonstrated commitment to consultative and collaborative processes (i.e., shared governance and/or consensus building).
  10. 10. Demonstrated commitment to the highest ethical and academic standards.
Desirable Qualifications
  1. 1. Demonstrated experience creating and developing innovative programs/initiatives.
  2. 2. Demonstrated experience working with the Hawaiian and Pacific and other indigenous communities/cultures.
  3. 3. Demonstrated knowledge of Hawaiian cultural practices and their relationships with other Pacific Islanders.
  4. 4. Demonstrated practical application or understanding of Hawaiian Language in the areas of reading, writing, and conversation.
  5. 5. National recognition and reputation and/or the ability to command the respect of colleagues in research, university administration, federal agencies, and other extramural funding sources.
  6. 6. Considerable knowledge of the needs, trends, and developments in higher education and/or Native Hawaiians in higher education within the state, nation and internationally.
  7. 7. Commitment to effective use of information technology and distance education.
  8. 8. Knowledge of policies and objectives of external funding agencies.
  9. 9. Familiarity with or experience in an unionized environment in higher education.

To Apply:
Nominations, inquiries, and applications are being accepted for this position. Review of applications will begin on or about Wednesday, November 15, 2017, and will continue until the position is filled. For best consideration, applications should be submitted by Wednesday, November 22, 2017. Candidates must submit a cover letter summarizing their 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 to is strongly encouraged. Or, please send materials to:
  1. University of Hawaii at Manoa School of Hawaiian Knowledge
  2. Attn: Michele Tom, Executive Search Coordinator
  3. University of Hawaii at Manoa
  4. 2500 Campus Road, Hawaii Hall 209
  5. Honolulu, HI 96822
  1. Michele Tom; 808-956-9396

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