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Assistant Professor (Coastal Fisheries Management and Policy), University of Hawaii Manoa

The Department of Natural Resources and Environmental Management (NREM), at the University of Hawaii at Manoa (UHM) invites applicants for a tenure track position in coastal fisheries management and policy at the Assistant Professor level to begin August 1, 2024.

The department seeks candidates whose teaching, research and scholarship will be centered on subtropical and tropical fisheries of the Pacific. This position is part of a series of coordinated hires across multiple schools and colleges at the University of Hawaii at Manoa (UHM). Island nations across the Pacific are faced with increasing challenges in managing Coastal and Marine resources stemming from globalization, growing demand, changes in governance systems, and climate change. A broad understanding of the ecological, social, cultural, economic, governance, and policy dimensions of these often data-poor fisheries is required to develop creative and effective management strategies and policy options that can ensure the longevity of fisheries and the benefits they provide to people.

Initial positions at UHM are in the Department of Natural Resources and Environmental Management (NREM), the Oceanography Department, the Sea Grant College Program, and the Center for Pacific Island Studies to address the sustainability of tropical island and ocean fisheries. In addition to research activities, all four faculty will be expected to contribute to the creation and instruction of a new accredited graduate degree in fisheries to serve the needs of Hawai‘i and the Pacific region. It is envisioned that this program will have multiple tracks to accommodate foci in both the natural and social science components of the field. This position within NREM will focus on decision science that supports the management and policy of coastal fisheries, both commercial and non-commercial, within interconnected land-sea, human-natural systems.

The department seeks a candidate who will expand the expertise of the department and integrate undergraduate and graduate education with cutting-edge research that serves the needs of the people of Hawaii and the Pacific Island region. The successful qualified candidate will have research expertise in decision science and/or risk analysis with a specific focus on management and policy for coastal fisheries, which can include targeted, invasive, and/or threatened fish populations and other environmental challenges of federal, state, and community resource managers. The research program developed by the successful candidate will emphasize decision-making, quantitative/qualitative modeling to evaluate consequences and trade-offs of potential management actions, and the generation of results with clear and tangible benefits to resource management agencies. Qualified candidates shall possess strong teaching and mentoring skills that enrich the department’s undergraduate and graduate degree programs, and also possess a strong desire to collaborate across the University of Hawai‘i System to build and grow a world-class fisheries science graduate program.

The University of Hawai‘i at Manoa (UHM) is an indigenous-serving institution with a commitment to becoming a Native Hawaiian Place of Learning. THE UHM is classified as an “R1” institution; part of a 10 campus statewide system that has 48,373 students enrolled (Fall 2022), and it is a Minority Serving Institute (MSI) and Land Grant University (LGU) within the US Western-Pacific region. UH is one of a few MSI-LGUs offering Associate, Baccalaureate, Masters, and Ph.D. STEM degrees, as well as post-graduate certificates.

The Department of Natural Resources and Environmental Management NREM’s mission is to weave knowledge systems, build capacity and leadership for stewardship in Hawaii, and create scalable, holistic solutions to local and global environmental challenges. More information about NREM is available at

Duties and Responsibilities:

  • Develops and teaches courses, approximately three courses per year, relevant to the NREM program at the undergraduate and graduate level in areas such as decision analysis, modeling, or coastal management and policy and electives for the new graduate fisheries program.
  • Contributes to the development of a graduate degree program in fisheries science and management.
  • Actively participates in undergraduate and graduate advising, mentoring, and student recruitment.
  • Develops and sustains a globally recognized, externally funded research program related to coastal fisheries management and policy with a focus on sustainability and resiliency in Hawaii and the Pacific Island region.
  • Supervises and mentor NREM graduate and undergraduate student research.
  • Provides service to the department, college, university, profession, and the broader community.
  • Job Type: Faculty
  • Organization: University of Hawai'i at Manoa - College of Tropical Agriculture and Human Resources
  • Qualifications: Minimum Qualifications A doctorate from an accredited college or university of recognized standing in decision analysis, ecology, fisheries science, economics, environmental science, political science, conservation social science, or related discipline All But Dissertation (ABD) candidates may be considered; all degree requirements must be completed by the time of hire. Demonstrated ability to develop and instruct high-quality courses relevant to coastal fisheries management and decision-making to a diverse population of undergraduate and graduate students Demonstrated capability to conduct high-quality applied research as evidenced by a strong record of research productivity including peer-reviewed publications in top peer-reviewed journals, presentations, and/or outreach activities consistent with career stage Demonstrated scholarly achievement Demonstrated collaborations Ability to work to engage successfully in a multicultural and multi-ethnic environment Desirable Qualifications Experience with interdisciplinary collaboration. Strong record of mentoring students at graduate and undergraduate levels, as demonstrated by student publications and placement in post-graduation positions. Demonstrated potential to develop a strong, competitively-funded research program. Experience working in the Pacific Island region and/or in tropical island systems, consistent with the intent to develop a fisheries program to serve the Pacific Island region. Demonstrated knowledge of effective strategies in working with diverse faculty, staff, students and/or community members (e.g., coastal management sector) Direct experience in the coastal management sector.
  • How to apply: Apply on website:
  • Location: Honolulu, HI
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