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Dean, College of Arts and Sciences

The University of Hawai‘i at Hilo
Hilo, Hawaii

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UH Hilo, Academic Affairs, College of Arts & Sciences (CAS), position number 89129, general funds, full-time, permanent, to begin approximately August 2022, pending position clearance and availability of funds.

The University of Hawai‘i at Hilo (UH Hilo) seeks a Dean for its largest and most diverse college, the College of Arts and Sciences (CAS). CAS offers Bachelor of Arts, Bachelor of Science, and Master’s degrees, as well as specialized undergraduate certificate programs. With a responsibility to serve all members of the UH Hilo student body, the mission of CAS is grounded in the diversity of the students and the College’s disciplines. The Dean will lead CAS in advancing their vision for high-quality engagement of students in intellectual partnerships from the classroom to the community. Our students graduate with intercultural competence preparing them to be global citizens of Hawai‘i and the broader world community, as befits the University’s mission and vision.

The University of Hawai‘i at Hilo is committed to being an indigenous serving institution and fostering a Hawaiian place of learning as part of the University of Hawai‘i System. For the last three years, the campus has been identified by the U.S. News and World Report as one of the most ethnically diverse national campuses, and the University seeks to foster a climate of critical and self-reflective engagement and intellectual curiosity that genuinely supports the diversity among our 3,000 students.

The Dean is the academic and administrative leader of CAS and the College’s principal advocate, leading the College with a clear focus on student success and the wellness of the campus community that such success requires. The Dean will integrate ethical and fair principles in decision-making, have a comprehensive vision of and experience with data use, and be a collaborative leader in all areas of curriculum, assessment, and other matters of shared governance. Leadership in the development of community partnerships and external funding sources will also be key to the Dean’s efforts on behalf of the College and University. As a member of the Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs’ team, the Dean is expected to ensure that the mission and goals of the College are aligned with and supportive of the vision and strategic mission of those of UH Hilo and the University of Hawai‘i System.

Duties and Responsibilities

Academic Affairs:

1. Create an environment that fosters positive faculty, staff and student morale, academic and instructional excellence, and broad support for research, scholarship, and creative arts (RSCA) productivity.

2. Promote an environment of academic rigor and support that motivates students, staff and faculty to excel.

3. Develop and maintain excellence in instructional and research programs through the recruitment and retention of high-quality faculty and staff.

4. Facilitate the development and adoption of promising teaching and learning, curricular, assessment, and RSCA practices.

5. Ensure academic services are delivered to students effectively and in ways that promote student success.

6. Review and recommend revision of academic policies that may improve student retention, progression, and graduation.

7. Solicit and incorporate feedback, input, insight, suggestions, and recommendations from students, faculty and staff to foster student success.

8. Support professional development of faculty and staff.

9. Provide leadership to Department Chairs and faculty in the formulation, implementation and oversight of enrollment management plans within the college and in partnership with other campus units.

10. Review applications for contract renewal, promotion, tenure, merit, etc. Counsel post-tenure faculty for performance improvement.

11. Assist in developing and administering policies for program assessment, review, and accreditation.

Administrative Affairs: 

1. Provide effective leadership, direction and support in implementing the vision, mission, strategic plan, core commitments, and responsibilities of the College.

2. In collaboration with faculty and senior administration, develop, coordinate, and achieve short and long-term goals, objectives, and initiatives consistent with the strategic plans of the College, UH Hilo and UH System.

3. Ensure effective services to students including advising and registration.

4. Provide sound budgetary administration and leadership in financial planning for the College.

5. Work with division and department chairs on budgeting, program review, student and faculty issues, and course scheduling.

6. Ensure that the College’s administration, operations, and programs reflect the diversity of the College’s stakeholders, cultures and thinking.

External Relations and Fundraising:

1. Initiate and support the development of sustained and strategic academic partnerships and collaborations with the academic, community and businesses institutions.

2. Foster alumni relationships and support by the inclusion of alumni in College events and strategic planning.

3. Coordinate activities with local, state, national and international officials, legislators, and organizations to further promote the College’s reputation and enhance career opportunities for students and alumni.

4. Nurture relationships with potential donors in collaboration with the UH Foundation.

5. Encourage and support extramural grant activity by faculty and staff; provide mentorship in grant preparation, submission and management.

6. Promote the sharing of the College’s expertise with the community through the development of credit and non-credit programs to serve the needs of the community and other constituencies identified in the College’s and UH Hilo’s mission statements.

Minimum Qualifications:

1. Earned terminal degree in one of the College’s disciplines or closely related fields.

2. Attained the rank of full professor or equivalent rank.

3. Five (5) years of progressively responsible administrative experience in academic leadership at the level or department chairperson or higher.

4. Excellent verbal and written communication skills.

5. At least five (5) years of undergraduate teaching at university/college level.

6. Record of distinguished teaching, scholarship, publication and professional activity and achievement. Evidence of community service and outreach.

7. Demonstrated commitment to diversity and equity; experience working among and with diverse populations, particularly Asian American, Native American, Pacific Islander, Indigenous, and/or non-traditional student populations.

Desirable Qualifications: 

1. At least ten (10) years of undergraduate teaching at university/college level.

2. Record of sustained distinguished teaching, scholarship, publication, and professional activity and achievement.

3. Record of successful institutional fundraising.

4. Demonstrated experience implementing student success initiatives.

5. Ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships with multiple constituencies.

6. Demonstrated commitment to diversity and equity in an Asian American and Native American Pacific Islander-serving Institutions (AANAPISI); experience working among and with diverse populations, particularly AAPI and Indigenous populations.

7. Display evidence of consultative and collaborative leadership. Record of problem solving, decision making, and conflict resolution.

8. Demonstrated experience creating and developing innovative and sustainable programs and initiatives.

9. Experience in conducting program assessments, reviews, and accreditation.

10. Understanding and appreciation of the unique island and Native Hawaiian culture.

11. Familiarity with a unionized environment and/or labor relations.

Pay Range: Negotiable

To Apply: For a complete description, application instructions and to submit an application, please visit and search for position #89129 or Dean, CAS. Please be sure to review the full job posting before applying. Failure to submit all required documents shall deem an application to be incomplete. Incomplete applications will not be considered. Note: If you have not applied for a position before using NEOGOV, you will need to create an account.

Covid-19 Vaccination Requirement: Effective January 3, 2022, the University of Hawaii requires all employees, students and visitors be fully vaccinated against COVID-19. Exemptions may be granted for medical condition(s) or a sincerely held religious belief. Applicants should be prepared to comply with this requirement as a condition of employment.

Inquiries: Joseph Sanchez, [email protected]

Please refer to position #89129 when making inquiries.

Closing Date: Continuous recruitment, first review of applications will begin on or about April 25, 2022.

University of Hawai`i at Hilo is an EEO/AA Employer M/W/Disability/Veterans

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