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

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

We seek a talented scientist and educator with the capacity for excellence in teaching and mentoring, including creative approaches for enhancing student learning, engaging undergraduate students from diverse backgrounds in research, and promoting their academic success. The successful candidate is expected to assist with the development, coordination, assessment, and day-to-day management of our undergraduate program in the Earth Sciences, including academic advising, research experiences, outreach, recruitment and retention, and career development and planning. The successful candidate will pursue funding individually or collaboratively with other faculty to support the undergraduate program and the success of our students. They will produce scholarly work to present at professional meetings and/or in peer-reviewed publications on assessment activities, Geoscience Education research, and/or Earth Science research. All of the above will be done in keeping with best practices for an institution that serves a culturally diverse student body, including a large number of Native Hawaiians and Pacific Islanders. A willingness to engage with faculty, staff, and students in a collaborative fashion that supports diversity and inclusivity is an essential value of our Department, and is a required characteristic of the successful candidate.

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

The University of Hawai‘i at Mānoa is one of 146 Research 1 Universities in the country, and is one of only a handful of land-, sea-, space-, and sun-grant institutions. It is a world leader in Earth and Environmental Sciences, consistently ranked among the top universities internationally.  UH Mānoa is proud of its diverse, multiethnic heritage. Located in Hawai‘i’s capital city of Honolulu at the crossroads of the Pacific, the campus is home to students, faculty and staff from Hawai‘i, the U.S. mainland, and more than 100 countries around the world. UH Mānoa’s programs often rank among the nation’s most diverse. We seek applicants who will embrace this diversity, and further welcome candidates whose professional or personal perspectives enrich the communities within the University, SOEST, the Department, as well as the public we serve.

Apply online at Search for the position #85998 and click on the “Apply” (top right corner of the screen). If this is your first time using NEOGOV you will need to create an account. This link provides the complete vacancy announcement, including the duties and responsibilities of the position.  Applicants must upload a single-file PDF containing five parts (1) A one-page cover letter; (2) A curriculum vitae with a publication list; (3) Names and contact information of three individuals willing to provide professional reference letters; (4) A two-page (maximum) statement describing experiences in, and approaches to, teaching and mentoring students; (5) A two-page (maximum) statement describing a vision for the development and management of our undergraduate program in the Earth Sciences. Items (4) and (5) should include descriptions of commitment to collaborative engagement with others and support for diversity and inclusivity. 

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

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