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Assistant Specialist in Geoscience Education and Outreach - University of Hawai'i

companyDepartment of Earth Sciences, University of Hawai'i at Manoa
locationHonolulu, HI 96822, USA
PublishedPublished: 1/31/2023

The Department of Earth Sciences in the School of Ocean andEarth Sciences and Technology, University of Hawai‘i at Mānoa seeksto fill a tenure-track faculty position at the level of AssistantSpecialist in the area of Geoscience Education and Outreach(GEO).

We seek a talented scientist and educator with the capacity forexcellence in teaching and mentoring, including creative approachesfor enhancing student learning, engaging undergraduate studentsfrom diverse backgrounds in research, and promoting their academicsuccess. The successful candidate is expected to assist with thedevelopment, coordination, assessment, and day-to-day management ofour undergraduate program in the Earth Sciences, including academicadvising, research experiences, outreach, recruitment andretention, and career development and planning. The successfulcandidate will pursue funding individually or collaboratively withother faculty to support the undergraduate program and the successof our students. They will produce scholarly work to present atprofessional meetings and/or in peer-reviewed publications onassessment activities, Geoscience Education research, and/or EarthScience research. All of the above will be done in keeping withbest practices for an institution that serves a culturally diversestudent body, including a large number of Native Hawaiians andPacific Islanders. A willingness to engage with faculty, staff, andstudents in a collaborative fashion that supports diversity andinclusivity is an essential value of our Department, and is arequired characteristic of the successful candidate.

The Department of Earth Sciences ( one of thirteen research units and four academic departmentswithin the School of Ocean and Earth Science and Technology (SOEST)(,a world-class research and academic institution focused oninforming solutions to some of the world’s most vexing problems.The Department has 18 tenured or tenure-track faculty as well asmany additional cooperating graduate faculty in the Hawai‘iInstitute of Geophysics and Planetology ( Together these faculty instruct and advise approximately 50graduate students and 60 undergraduate majors.

The University of Hawai‘i at Mānoa is one of 146 Research 1Universities in the country, and is one of only a handful of land-,sea-, space-, and sun-grant institutions. It is a world leader inEarth and Environmental Sciences, consistently ranked among the topuniversities internationally.  UH Mānoa is proud of itsdiverse, multiethnic heritage. Located in Hawai‘i’s capital city ofHonolulu at the crossroads of the Pacific, the campus is home tostudents, faculty and staff from Hawai‘i, the U.S. mainland, andmore than 100 countries around the world. UH Mānoa’s programs oftenrank among the nation’s most diverse. We seek applicants who willembrace this diversity, and further welcome candidates whoseprofessional or personal perspectives enrich the communities withinthe University, SOEST, the Department, as well as the public weserve.

Apply online at for the position #85998 and click on the “Apply” (top rightcorner of the screen). If this is your first time using NEOGOV youwill need to create an account. This link provides the completevacancy announcement, including the duties and responsibilities ofthe position.  Applicants must upload a single-file PDFcontaining five parts (1) A one-page cover letter; (2) A curriculumvitae with a publication list; (3) Names and contact information ofthree individuals willing to provide professional referenceletters; (4) A two-page (maximum) statement describing experiencesin, and approaches to, teaching and mentoring students; (5) Atwo-page (maximum) statement describing a vision for thedevelopment and management of our undergraduate program in theEarth Sciences. Items (4) and (5) should include descriptions ofcommitment to collaborative engagement with others and support fordiversity and inclusivity. 

Review and evaluation of applications will begin on March 1,2023 and continue until the position is filled. Questions may beaddressed to Dr. Garrett Apuzen-Ito (, or Dr. AaronPietruszka (

The University of Hawai‘i is an Equal Opportunity/AffirmativeAction Institution.

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