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Dean, School of Ocean and Earth Science and Technology

University of Hawaii at Manoa
Honolulu, Hawaii
Closing date
Jun 17, 2022

The University of Hawai‘i at Mānoa (UH Mānoa) seeks a motivated, dynamic, experienced, and visionary leader to serve as Dean of the School of Ocean and Earth Science and Technology (SOEST). The successful candidate has an exciting opportunity to contribute to this community-serving university grounded in a Native Hawaiian place of learning, and guide the School to greater excellence in research, education, and service to its students, the Hawai‘i community, and beyond.    

Established in 1988, the School of Ocean and Earth Science and Technology (SOEST) is a world-class research and academic institution focused on informing solutions to some of the world’s most pressing problems. SOEST is globally recognized as a premier institution for research and education in the life sciences and geosciences. SOEST brings together four academic departments, eight research units, several federal cooperative programs, and support facilities of the highest quality in the nation to meet today’s challenges related to the oceans, Earth, atmosphere, planetary, human and environmental interactions and emerging technologies. The mission of SOEST is to serve society through uplifting and expanding knowledge about our oceans, Earth, life sciences, atmosphere, and planets, and enhancing the quality of human life in the state of Hawai‘i, the nation, and across the globe, by providing world-class research and education, contributing to a high-tech economy, and promoting the sustainable and resilient use of the environment.

Reporting to the Provost, the Dean provides leadership and guidance in all aspects of the School, including fostering research excellence, promoting academic rigor, building relationships with communities on local, national and global levels and creating a welcoming, equitable and supportive environment for all associated with SOEST. As a senior member of the Provost’s team, the Dean ensures that the mission and goals of SOEST are aligned with and support the vision and strategic mission of UH Mānoa, 2015–2025 Strategic Plan  and the University of Hawai‘i System.

For more information about the SOEST, visit

Nominations, inquiries, and application information

Nominations, inquiries, and applications are being accepted for this position. Review of applications will begin on or about June 21, 2022 and will continue until the position is filled. For best consideration, submit an application by June 28, 2022. 

To apply, please visit and search for Position Number 89288.

Note: If you have not applied for a position before using NEOGOV, you will need to create an account. Please attach the following to the online application: a cover letter summarizing your interest and qualifications for the position, vision statement for advancing SOEST’s strengths and community engagement, a current curriculum vitae, a statement regarding your commitment to and/or experience in promoting diversity, equity, and inclusion in the workplace, and the names of four (4) professional references, including title, and contact information. For inquiries and nominations: email or contact Michele Lau at 808-956-9396 / Fax: 808-956-7115.

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The University of Hawai‘i is an equal opportunity institution and encourages applications from and nominations of women and minority candidates.

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