University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa

Job Title

Assistant Professor (Hawaiian Librarianship/Archival Studies)


School of Communication and Information / College of Social Sciences


Opening Date: 02/16/2023
Closing Date:  03/19/2023

Job Description

The Library and Information Science (LIS) Program within the School of Communication and Information in the College of Social Sciences at the University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa seeks a full-time, tenure-track faculty member at the rank of Assistant Professor to join our American Library Association (ALA)-accredited program.

People who locate some or all of their work in Hawaiian information practices, collections and/or institutions are especially encouraged to apply. Position number 84813 is a 9-month permanent appointment, funded by general funds, to begin August 1, 2023, subject to position clearance and availability of funds.

The working mission of the new School of Communication and Information concerns how information flows—among people and communities, through media and technologies, and across time and cultures. We advance the practice of our goal to become a Native Hawaiian place of learning by focusing on relationships: working collaboratively to conduct research, design learning experiences, and engage with and support Hawaiian, indigenous and local information practices. UH LIS graduates constitute roughly two thirds of the librarians, archivists and other information professionals in Hawai‘i.

We seek a colleague with a passion for teaching and engaging with students who can support and expand our curriculum to best serve Native Hawaiian people and information practices, and expand indigenous research and librarianship. The ideal candidate will be committed to working in partnership with indigenous, local and international communities to enhance LIS research, education and practice so that it better reflects, aligns with and serves the needs of the people of Hawai‘i.

Job Duties

Support the LIS Program, School of Communication and Information, and the Interdisciplinary PhD Program in Communication and Information Sciences through research, teaching and service.

Advise and mentor students.

Participate actively in professional organizations.

With aloha ʻāina as our base, actively engage with and contribute to the kaiāulu (community) in order to collectively care for our island home.

The candidate should show innovation and creativity in building a curriculum and research program that embodies and influences the:

  • Understanding, importance, and diversity or structure of Hawaiian knowledge
  • Processes, philosophies, and language that is intrinsic in Hawaiian knowledge frameworks
  • Importance of using Hawaiian research methodologies when investigating the information resources and services delivery needs of our various Hawaiʻi communities.

All faculty are expected to work effectively with diverse constituencies and teach core and elective courses supporting multiple pathways across the LIS curriculum, using face to face, online and hybrid modes, participate in program planning, administration and assessment, and serve selectively on program, School, College and University committees.

At the I3 Assistant Professor rank, faculty members are expected to maintain a vigorous research agenda, meet expectations of tenure and promotion, serve as academic advisor to students, supervise independent study and professional development activities, and perform related tasks as assigned. Other duties as assigned.


Minimum Qualifications:

  • Master’s degree in Library and Information Science or equivalent from an ALA-accredited institution
  • Coursework in Hawaiian Studies, Hawaiian Language or related area
  • Demonstrated commitment to effective teaching
  • Evidence of potential to conduct and publish research
  • Demonstrated commitment to information services in Hawai‘i, through coursework or experience
  • Experience with Hawaiian materials and collections in teaching, reference or research
  • Commitment to, knowledge of, and/or experience with the University of Hawai’i’s mission and purpose of positioning the University as a leading indigenous-serving higher education institution

Desirable Qualifications:

  • Fluency in Hawaiian language
  • PhD in Library and Information Science, Hawaiian Studies, Indigenous Studies or a related field from an accredited college, university, or international equivalent
  • Demonstrated ability to work effectively across disciplines, communities and cultures
  • Evidence of ability to teach courses supporting multiple pathways across the LIS curriculum
  • Professional experience in a library, archive or other information institution
  • College or university teaching or professional training experience
  • Experience with program assessment and accreditation

Supplemental Information

Inquiries: Dr. Rich Gazan, Professor and Director, Library & Information Science Program, [email protected].  Continuous recruitment.

Review of applications will begin on March 20, 2023 and continue until the position is filled.

Applications received by March 19, 2023, will be given priority.

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How to Apply

Electronic applications only at and search for Position Number 0084813, JOB# 2023-00429.

Click on the “Apply” button on the top right corner of the screen to complete an application and attach the required documents:

  • Curriculum vitae
  • Cover letter summarizing how you meet the minimum and desirable qualifications, how you define and seek to advance Hawaiian librarianship through this position, which specific courses you envision teaching, and how you would contribute to the LIS Program as a whole
  • Names and contact information (phone nos. and email addresses) of three individuals willing to provide professional reference letters
  • A statement describing your research interests, recent work and future research plans
  • A statement describing your experiences and approach to teaching and mentoring students
  • A statement describing how you envision contributing to diversity, equity and inclusion within the context of the University of Hawai'i at Manoa.
  • Official transcript(s) showing degree and coursework to date appropriate to the position (copies of transcripts are acceptable, but the official transcripts will be required upon hire).

Incomplete applications will not be considered.

Application materials will not be returned.