Hawaii Pacific University: Assistant/Associate Professor – Marine Science

Posted on January 22, 2024
Expires: May 31, 2024


SALARY $64,000.00 – $100,000.00 Annually

LOCATION HPU Downtown Campus; Honolulu, HI

JOB TYPE Faculty – Regular Full Time


DEPARTMENT Dept of Natural Science

OPENING DATE 12/21/2023



Please submit a cover letter, CV, research and leadership statement, teaching statement, diversity, equity and inclusion (DEI) statement, along with contact information for three references. Review of applications will begin February 01, 2024.

Job Summary:

The Marine Science Program at Hawai’i Pacific University invites applications for full-time faculty positions at the level of Assistant, Associate, or Full Professor. We seek candidates who are enthusiastic about undergraduate teaching and will implement student-centered research activities that mentor undergraduates and Master’s students in field and lab activities, data analyses, and scientific writing. HPU’s Marine Science program offers three Bachelor’s degrees (BS Marine Biology, BS Oceanography, and BA Marine Affairs) and a Master’s of Science in Marine Science degree with thesis-based and applied tracks. By the anticipated start date of August, 2024, program operations will be primarily based at the Makapu’u campus in Waimanalo, Oahu, which also hosts the Oceanic Institute (an aquaculture research and technology development center), and the Center for Marine Debris Research. Teaching responsibilities may also take place at HPU’s central campus in Honolulu. Our program’s resources include the 42-ft R/V Kaholo, which operates in Kaneohe Bay, and an AAUS certified scientific diving program. The successful applicants will fulfill teaching, research, and program development needs within the Marine Science program. Applicants should demonstrate the potential to develop scholarship activities that engage both undergraduate and graduate students within the broad field of marine sciences, which may include, but are not limited to, the following areas: Coral Reef Ecology, Conservation Biology, Marine Vertebrate Biology, Finfish Aquaculture, or Marine Policy. Successful applicants are expected to contribute to the existing undergraduate and graduate curriculum, which may include Coral Reef Ecology, Marine Invertebrate Zoology, Oceanography, GIS or other quantitative data science courses, science writing, a capstone research course in Marine Biology, and/or other classes in their area of expertise. Because some teaching may be done in other programs (e.g. Biology) or substituted with an administrative leadership role, candidates with experience and/or interest in leadership are encouraged to state so.

About the University:

Hawai’i Pacific University (HPU) is a private, non-profit institution and founded in 1965. It is Hawaii’s largest private university with its core campus in the heart of Honolulu’s business district, and a marine science campus on the east end of O’ahu in Waimanalo. HPU is a Title III Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islander-serving institution recently recognized as the “Most culturally diverse university in the U.S.” (universities.com, 2023) with students from the 50 United States, U.S. Territories, and over 60countries. Serving the higher education needs of the military community, including on O’ahu military installations, HPU and the Department of Veteran Affairs partner to offer the Yellow Ribbon Program. Our diverse learning environment of innovative, hands-on experiences is amplified by the power of community collaborations, and students are empowered to pursue their passions while solving real world problems.

About the College:

The College of Natural and Computational Sciences is home to the Department of Computer Science and Engineering, the Department of Mathematics, and the Department of Natural Sciences. The Marine Science program is the largest of the college, hosting nearly 40% of majors in the college.

Minimum Qualifications:

  • PhD in Marine Science, Marine Biology, Oceanography, or related field
  • Experience teaching marine science or related courses
  • Research experience and scholarship record in multi-disciplinary aspects of marine science
  • Desire to mentor graduate and undergraduate students

Desired Qualifications:

  • 3 years experience teaching marine science or related field (including graduate assistantships)
  • Experience developing marine science curriculum
  • Experience mentoring graduate and undergraduate research
  • Track record of successfully securing extramural funding
  • Track record of publications in the peer-reviewed literature
  • Ability to maintain active research program involving undergraduate and graduate students
  • Experience and/or interest in program administration (or administrative leadership)

Other Qualifications:

  • Report to work obligations to support the department and may require work during HPU’s winter break, if necessary.
  • Must meet training and background check qualifications and comply with the Protection of Minors policy.
  • Upon hire, candidate must have reliable personal transportation to facilitate travel between all HPU worksites and other locations as required by the position.
  • Able to teach classes scheduled during days, evenings, and weekends.
  • Able to teach classes at multiple locations on Oahu.
  • Successful candidate will be able to work in an environment that utilizes excellent time and stress management skills.

Hawai’i Pacific University is an Equal Opportunity Employer committed to fostering a diverse, equitable environment in which faculty and staff can excel irrespective of race, color, national origin, sex, disability, age, genetic information, sexual orientation, gender identity/expression, marital status, or any other protected class covered by state and federal law. Hawai’i Pacific University encourages applications from veterans and individuals with disabilities. A pre-employment background investigation is performed on candidates selected for employment.


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