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Assistant Professor (Mo'olelo 'Oiwi)
Position Number:
Hiring Unit:
Kamakakuokalani Center for Hawaiian Studies, Hawaiinuiakea School for Hawaiian Knowledge
UH. Manoa.
Date Posted:
April 16, 2018
Closing Date:
Continuous - application review begins June 30, 2018
Salary Information:
Salary Commensurate with qualifications and experience
Monthly Type:
9 Month
Tenure Track:
Full Time/Part Time:
Full Time
G Funds

Duties and Responsibilities
  1. 1. Teach assigned undergraduate and graduate courses at KCHS with primary focus in the field of Mo'olelo 'Oiwi, and a secondary concentration in Kumu Kahiki including the introductory course of HWST 107.
  2. 2. Develop and teach new courses in Mo'olelo 'Oiwi with a focus on Hawaiian Literature in Hawaiian and English; and contribute to comparative research/teaching in Kumu Kahiki.
  3. 3. Advise and mentor undergraduate and graduate students.
  4. 4. Participate on committees in charge of candidates for advanced degrees.
  5. 5. Supervise independent study activities and off campus learning such as practicums and internships.
  6. 6. Conduct and maintain an active research agenda in field of expertise.
  7. 7. Sustain strong community engagement/relations for teaching and research purposes.
  8. 8. Participate in Departmental, School, and University committees.
  9. 9. Provide service relevant to the individual's academic specialty, to the university.
  10. 10. Perform other duties as assigned.
Minimum Qualifications
  1. 1. Phd, JD, or MFA from a college or university of recognized standing in a field of study closely related to, or focusing on, Hawaiian Ancestral Knowledge including but not limited to Anthropology, Archealogy, Architecture, Arts, Dance, Education, English, Ethnobiology, Ethnobotany, Ethnomusicology, Geography, History, Indigenous Politics, Law, Marine Resource Biology, Natural Resource Management, and or Theatre. ABDs may be considered.
  2. 2. Demonstrated ability and expertise in teaching.
  3. 3. Demonstrated ability to utilize educational technology in teaching (in person and/or online).
  4. 4. Demonstrated scholarly achievement and research experience including publication in Hawaiian Ancestral Knowledge.
  5. 5. Considerable knowledge of ancestral, historical, and literary topics in Hawaii and the broader Moananuiakea.
  6. 6. Proficiency in Hawaiian and English including the ability to translate and do research in Hawaiian.
  7. 7. Poise and good address for meeting and conferring with others.
Desirable Qualifications
  1. 1. Demonstrate competence and experience teaching in higher education.
  2. 2. Experience teaching courses in higher education in areas such as Hawaiian Studies, Hawaiian History, Hawaiian Literature, in Mo'olelo 'Oiwi and Kumu Kahiki topics.
  3. 3. Demonstrated research in Hawaiian Ancestral Knowledge in the fields of Mo'olelo 'Oiwi and Kumu Kahiki.
  4. 4. Ability to teach and develop new courses in Mo'olelo 'Oiwi (with a focus on Hawaiian literature) and Kumu Kahiki concentrations.
  5. 5. Ability to teach classes in Hawaiian, including the ability to translate and research in Hawaiian.
  6. 6. Diverse experience in working with, and advocating for, the Hawaiian community on issues of historical and literary narratives, land, culture and politics.
  7. 7. Demonstrated ability to attract significant extramural funding and secure grants and contracts to build program base.
  8. 8. Willingness to assume leadership role within the department such as serving on departmental and university committees.

To Apply:
Submit cover letter that outlines specifically how you satisfy the minimum and desirable qualifications, names with contact information (including email addresses) of 3 professional references who can address your qualifications to the advertised duties and responsibilities, current curriculum vitae, one research paper related to the advertised duties and responsibilities of the position, other relevant materials may include teaching evaluations, examples of educational technology use in teaching, copy of transcripts that reflect degree and course work (official transcripts required at time of hire) and any other relevant materials that address the advertised duties and responsibilities of the position to the address below. Application material will become property of the school upon submission. Applications submitted via e-mail and/or fax will not be considered.
  1. Kamakakuokalani Center for Hawaiian Studies
  2. Hawaiinuiakea School of Hawaiian Knowledge UHM Attn 0088411
  3. 2645 Dole Street KAMA 209A
  4. Honolulu, HI 96822
  1. Dr. Antoinette Freitas, Director; 808-956-0591;

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