Assistant Professor

University of Hawaii, WRRC
Honolulu, Hawaii
Commensurate with qualifications and experience.
Closing date
Oct 29, 2021

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Position description:

LEVEL V PROGRAM:                         Water Resources Research Center (WRRC) / College of Social Sciences (CSS)

POSITION NUMBERS:                       88665 (WRRC), 84841 (CSS)

POSITION TITLE/RANK:                    Assistant Professor (I3; M9; 1.0 FTE: 0.50 WRRC, 0.50 GEO)

DEPARTMENT:                                  WRRC – Geography & Environment (GEO)


The Department of Geography and Environment, College of Social Sciences (CSS, 0.50 FTE) and the Water Resources Research Center (WRRC, 0.50 FTE), University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa, invite applications for a full-time, 9-month, tenure track, permanent appointment at the rank of Assistant Professor, position numbers 84841 (CSS) and 88665 (WRRC), to begin Spring 2022 or Fall 2022, subject to position clearance and availability of funds. The units are seeking an individual with the capacity to conduct research, community outreach, and teaching addressing Hawai‘i's most important water-related problems stemming from climate change, invasive species, shifting water needs, and increasing human population, using field methods, data analysis, and computer modeling techniques. The hire would incorporate both western and indigenous scientific knowledge systems to facilitate the preservation and protection of freshwater resources in support of the livelihoods and traditional practices of Native Hawaiians. The person hired for this position will work closely with stakeholders and develop a vigorous program of teaching, graduate student mentoring, and research based on external funding on issues relevant to ecohydrology.

Duties and Responsibilities: The faculty member will be expected to 1) develop a robust research agenda in the field of water and society in the Asia-Pacific region; 2) teach courses in the Department of Geography and Environment B.A., M.A., and Ph.D. curriculums and contribute to undergraduate curriculum development; supervise and mentor students; 3) seek extramural funding and publish research in peer-reviewed journals; 4) provide service to the Water Resources Research Center (WRRC), the Department of Geography and Environment, the College of Social Sciences, and the University; and 5) conduct extension and outreach activites through the WRRC that enable communities in Hawai‘i to build knowledge of ecosystems, climate, and culture. Other duties as assigned by chair the Department of Geography and Environment and/or the director of the WRRC.

Minimum Qualifications:  Ph.D. in geography or a closely related field from a college or university of recognized standing or foreign equivalent.  ABDs will be considered as long as all degree requirements are met before January 1, 2022, for a spring 2022 hire or August 1, 2022, for a fall 2022 hire.  ABDs must also submit a letter from their committee chair attesting that dissertation and all degree requirements will be completed prior to the date of hire. Demonstrated scholarly achievement in the field of water resources, with a strong focus on ecohydrology; demonstrated ability to effectively teach courses and mentor students.

Desirable Qualifications: Ability to work productively with colleagues, community organizations, and stakeholders in cooperative, cross-cultural, interdisciplinary endeavors; demonstrated record of peer-reviewed research; ability to generate extramural funding; and knowledge of Asia, Pacific, or Hawai‘i ecosystems, climate, and culture.

Salary: Commensurate with qualifications and experience.

The University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity Employer committed to increasing diversity in its community and curricula. The University is a recognized leader in embracing diversity in every aspect of campus life. In addition, the Department of Geography and Environment and the Water Resources Research Center view diversity as fundamental to our efforts to create healthy, sustainable communities, and a just society. Women, people of color, and other minorities who can contribute to these goals are encouraged to apply.

To Apply:  Electronic applications only to  A complete application package includes a cover letter indicating how you satisfy the minimum and desirable qualifications, curriculum vitae (signed and dated), statement of teaching interests, sample course syllabus (if applicable), and contact information for three professional references. Finalists must be prepared to submit student evaluations for courses taught (if appropriate) and transcripts (copies are accepted, official transcripts are required at the time of hire).  Incomplete applications will not be considered.

Questions:  Professor Thomas Giambelluca (, WRRC, or Professor Reece Jones (, Department of Geography & Environment.

Continuous Recruitment: Review of applications will begin on November 1, 2021 and will continue until the position is filled.

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