Assistant Professor of Oceanography – Hawaii Pacific University


Job Summary: 

HPU is seeking a highly motivated candidate to fulfill teaching, research, and program development in oceanography at the Assistant Professor level in Physical Oceanography, broadly defined. We seek a candidate who is enthusiastic about undergraduate teaching and will implement student-centered research activities, while mentoring undergraduate and Master’s students in field observations, data analyses, and scientific writing. The Marine Science Program at HPU has 3 undergraduate majors, BS Marine Biology, BS Oceanography, and BA Marine Affairs, and a MS Marine Science program with a thesis-based and applied track.  By Fall 2023, the College’s Marine Science program operations are to be primarily based at HPU’s Makapu`u campus in Waimanalo, which hosts HPU’s marine science degree programs, the Oceanic Institute, and the Center for Marine Debris Research.

 The successful candidate will demonstrate excellence in teaching undergraduate and graduate courses, as well as research in multi-disciplinary aspects of oceanography. Teaching will include Descriptive Physical Oceanography, along with General Oceanography, General Oceanography labs, and other courses related to biophysical interactions, modelling & simulation, and/or coastal processes.  In addition to teaching both undergraduate and graduate courses, the candidate may develop courses in his/her area of expertise. Pursuit of scholarship activities that engage and enhance the academic and professional development of our undergraduate and graduate students is desired.


Minimum Qualifications: 

  • PhD in Marine Science, Oceanography, or related field.
  • Experience teaching marine science or Oceanography courses.
  • Research experience and scholarship record in multi-disciplinary aspects of Oceanography.
  • Desire to mentor graduate and undergraduate students
  • COVID-19 VACCINATION REQUIREMENT:  COVID-19 vaccination is a condition of employment for HPU.  After receiving a conditional offer of employment, prospective employees are required to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 with an FDA-approved vaccine.  HPU complies with federal and state laws on reasonable accommodations related to this requirement.

Desired Qualifications:

  • 3 years experience teaching marine science or related field (including graduate assistantships).
  • 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 developing marine science curriculum.

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 to 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 utilize excellent time and stress management skills.

Key Responsibilities/Essential Job Functions:

1. Teaching (60-80%) 

  • Teach 24 credits of lecture and laboratory courses. Courses can include, but are not limited to, “Descriptive Physical Oceanography” and other multi-disciplinary courses required for the Marine Science programs.
  • Develop and teach a Quantitative Marine Science course in the applicant’s area of expertise.  
  • Plan and develop classes and syllabi of courses in conjunction with the program chair that meet the requirements of the program and establishes appropriate student learning outcomes, and provides for appropriate class activities throughout the semester.
  • Plan and deliver individual classes that conform to the syllabus and other requirements of the University.
  • Demonstrate a command of the discipline and skill in presenting it effectively in the context of an integrated education.
  • Maintain accurate and complete records on student participation and performance, use appropriate measures and evaluate student performance on the basis of established student learning outcomes, provide timely feedback to students and assign grades that are an accurate and fair evaluation of student work.
  • Submit grades and any other required documentation in a timely manner.
  • Post and maintain regular office hours at times reasonably convenient to students.  Serve as an advisor to students and provide informed advice.
  • Meet deadlines and follow directions of the program/department chair, associate dean or dean of the college.
  • Evaluate the teaching of colleagues through the process of peer review.

 2. Scholarship and Professional Development (10-25%)  

  • Conduct research projects in marine science or closely related field involving students. 
  • Apply for, obtain, and manage internal and external research funding.
  • Disseminate research findings through publication, conference presentations, and invited talks.
  • Contribute to institutional and infrastructure grant writing.
  • Keep abreast of developments in the field of expertise.

 3. University Service (10-15%) 

  • Attend orientation programs and Faculty Assembly meetings and participate in academic duties, including academic advising for undergraduate and/or graduate students
  • Participate in committees; course, program and curriculum area coordination; curricular development and textbook selection; instructional workshops and activities within own curricular areas, policy and program review; or other learning assessments. 
  • Serve as representatives on school or college level and university level committees of the Faculty Assembly, as well as on other task forces and committees that assist the chair of the Faculty Assembly and/or the deans in the formation of academic policies and related matters.
  • Assist with co-curricular activities to include organization of, participation in, or presentation of faculty forums or workshops; advising and sponsorship of clubs and societies; participation in, organization of, providing guidance and assistance to extra-curricular or co-curricular university events such as banquets, the literary magazine, the athletic program, intercultural events, theatrical productions, guest speaker forums, or graduation ceremonies.
  • Participate in recruiting and retention activities
  • Meet department and college specific expectations for university service.

 4.  Performs other related duties as assigned (5%)

  • Actively participate as an effective member of team by completing assigned duties, accepting additional assignments or reassignments. 

 This description is not designed to list all activities, duties or responsibilities which may be required for this job. Other duties, responsibilities and activities may be assigned at any time.

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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