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Associate Professor or Full Professor (Mechanical Engineering)

University of Hawaii at Manoa, Department of Mechanical Engineering
Honolulu, Hawaii
Commensurate with qualifications and experience.
Date posted
Oct 30, 2023

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Associate Professor or Full Professor (Mechanical Engineering); Position Number 85353; the Department of Mechanical Engineering (ME) at the University of Hawai‘i at Manoa (UHM), invites applicants for a full-time Associate Professor or Full Professor position, who have the leadership capacity and skill set to serve as the ME Department Chair, pending position clearance and availability of funds, to begin on August 1, 2024, or as soon thereafter as possible. The successful candidate may be appointed by the Dean to an 11-month appointment as Department Chair for up to a three-year period; annually renewable by the Dean; at such time when no longer Chair, the salary and appointment will revert to a nine-month basis. 
The position is open to all ME disciplines. Candidates in areas of Aerospace, Biomedical Engineering, and/or Materials are specifically encouraged to apply. Applicants should hold an equivalent rank for which they are applying. 
The Department of Mechanical Engineering is actively and purposefully committed to considering a diverse applicant pool in terms of gender, race, sexual orientation, gender identity, veteran status, and disability. The Department of Mechanical Engineering is committed to addressing the family needs of faculty, including dual career couples and single parents. Candidates who have had non-traditional career paths or who have taken time off for family reasons, or who have achieved excellence in careers outside academia, are also encouraged to apply.
The department has active research programs in biomedical engineering, computational fluid dynamics (CFD), high-performance computing, microscale and nanoscale heat transfer, microfluidics, acoustics, boiling and two-phase flow, multidisciplinary design analysis and optimization, space and ocean science & exploration, aerospace engineering, robotics, uncrewed autonomous systems (UAS), autonomous underwater vehicles (AUV), dynamical and control systems, composites and nanocomposites, nanomaterials, soft materials, micro/nano devices, nanomanufacturing, renewable energy, smart structures, corrosion, and tribology. For more information on the department, please visit
The Department of Mechanical Engineering at UHM values diversity, equity, and inclusion as integral components of a world-class education and research program and seeks to develop diversity within the profession through the education of traditionally underrepresented groups. The College of Engineering (CoE) offers B.S., M.S., and Ph.D. degrees in electrical engineering, mechanical engineering, civil engineering, and its undergraduate programs are ABET accredited. For more information on the college, please visit
The CoE closely collaborates with other units at the University of Hawai‘i, including John A. Burns School of Medicine, Cancer Research Center, Center for Microbial Oceanography: Research & Education (C-MORE), Hawai’i Natural Energy Institute (HNEI), College of Tropical Agriculture and Human Resources (CTAHR), Department of Ocean and Resources Engineering (ORE), College of Natural Sciences, Hawai’i Space Flight Laboratory (HSFL), Hawai’i Institute of Geophysics & Planetology (HIGP), School of Ocean and Earth Science and Technology (SOEST), Information and Computer Sciences (ICS), Hawaii Data Science Institute (HI-DSI), Information Technology Center, College of Social Sciences, Institute for Astronomy (IfA), and Laboratory for Advanced Visualization and Applications (LAVA).
The University of Hawaii is a Carnegie R1 (i.e., highest research activity) university and is recognized as a Land Grant, Sea Grant, Space Grant, and Sun Grant university. UHM is engaged in building a culturally diverse educational environment with a strong emphasis on research and graduate education.
The University of Hawaii at Manoa is dedicated to becoming a Native Hawaiian Place of Learning, a place that is responsive to Native Hawaiians and reflective of Indigenous Hawai‘i which promotes learning, growth, connection, and healing. UH Manoa is also a designated Truth, Racial Healing, and Transformation Campus Center.
Duties and Responsibilities 
Associate Professor

  • Teach and develop undergraduate and graduate courses in the Department of Mechanical Engineering; 
  • Develop externally funded research programs and research collaborations that result in publications in leading scholarly journals; 
  • Present research work in leading scholarly conferences;
  • Supervise undergraduate and graduate students and independent study activities; 
  • Teach via various distance delivery modes as required;
  • Serve as academic advisor to students (or Advise undergraduate and graduate students);
  • Serve on departmental, college, and university committees as appropriate, including committees in charge of candidates for advanced degrees;
  • Render service to the professional or lay community that is relevant to the individual’s academic specialty; 
  • Participate in curriculum development activities including the development of curricular materials, laboratory materials, and special instructional methods;
  • Support the recruitment, retention, and graduation of Native Hawaiian, Pacific Islander, and other underrepresented populations in Engineering;
  • Develop research emphasis applicable to or experience with Hawaii and/or the Asia/Pacific region;
  • Participate in curriculum development activities and initiatives, including efforts towards the development of curricular materials and instructional methods incorporating place-based/Hawaii-based learning to impact aerospace and mechanical engineering knowledge;
  • Learn about and implement Native Hawaiian, Indigenous, and/or place-based principles into curriculum, programming, and work culture; 
  • Participate in implementing the Native Hawaiian principles from the UH Manoa Strategic Plan to support becoming a Native Hawaiian Place of Learning within the Department of Mechanical Engineering; and
  • Perform related tasks as assigned.

As chair, if appointed (in addition to faculty duties): 

  • Oversee the day-to-day activities of the Department of Mechanical Engineering, including managing operating budget, personnel actions, curriculum development, course scheduling, teaching assignments, and academic advising;
  • Develop a vision for leadership in alignment with those of the Dean and the University, including continuous improvement of processes and advocacy for students, staff and faculty, and research;
  • Coordinate initiatives and contribute towards improving the department’s national and international standing;
  • Develop and oversee programs for fundraising campaigns, alumni relations, external communications, and community engagement;
  • Establish and maintain relationships with industry partners, including collaborative projects and work opportunities for students through internships and employment;
  • Establish and maintain student exchange programs with other universities, particularly those in Asia and the Pacific.

In addition to the duties and responsibilities of the Associate Professor rank:

  • Assumes a role of professional leadership in the department and in the relevant discipline

Minimum Qualifications
Associate Professor MQs

  • An earned doctorate in mechanical engineering or a closely related field from a college or university of recognized standing;
  • A minimum of four years of full-time college or university teaching at the rank of assistant professor or equivalent, with evidence of increasing professional maturity;
  • Demonstrated expertise in ME discipline(s);
  • Demonstrated strong commitment to teaching excellence and mentoring at the undergraduate and graduate levels, and the ability to teach students from different backgrounds with diverse life experiences and learning styles;
  • Ability to develop and teach innovative interdisciplinary courses at the undergraduate and graduate levels;
  • Documented scholarly achievement, such as a record of publications in scholarly journals and leading roles in research projects commensurate with the rank;
  • Experience in securing extramural research funding;
  • Evidence of leadership in the department and scholarly discipline;
  • Excellent communication skills and ability to communicate and collaborate effectively with others, and engage successfully in a multi-cultural and multi-ethnic environment; and 
  • Demonstrated commitment to promoting diversity, equity, and inclusion.

Professor MQs
Same as Associate level with addition of the following:

  • A minimum of four years of full-time college or university teaching at the rank of associate professor or equivalent, with evidence of increasing professional maturity;
  • Evidence of excellence in teaching;
  • Research productivity which has resulted in significant recognition by the national or international community of scholars active in the same field;
  • Demonstrated continuing participation in the scholarly and academic affairs of a university or other appropriate organization, or in an appropriate job-related service activities;
  • Demonstrated ability to plan and organize assigned activities, including the supervision of work of assistants when appropriate;
  • Ability to undertake a variety of assignments with in the University;
  • Demonstrated capacity for leadership in the department and scholarly discipline

Desirable Qualifications

  • Strong leadership skills and established record of providing leadership to university faculty and staff in an academic setting;
  • Supervisory administrative experience that includes managing budgets;
  • Demonstrated ability to promote the professional development of faculty and staff;
  • Demonstrated ability in assessing academic programs;
  • Demonstrated ability in establishing interdepartmental and interdisciplinary collaborations and partnership in research and teaching;
  • Three years or more post-tenure experience at a research-intensive academic institution;
  • Familiarity with ABET processes and procedures; 
  • Established record of participation or leadership in national/international academic organizations;
  • Scholarly experience in emerging and cross-disciplinary research areas;
  • Research emphasis applicable to or experience with Hawai'i and/or the Asian/Pacific region.

To Apply
Click on the “Apply” button on the top right corner of the screen on the application website to complete an application and attach required documents to the online application.
The applicant should submit (1) a cover letter specifying the position and the research area(s); (2) a curriculum vitae detailing research and teaching accomplishments; (3) a statement on research interests, activities, and plans; (4) a statement on teaching philosophy, interests, and plans; (5) a statement on leadership skills and plans; (6) a statement of contribution to promoting diversity, equity and inclusion; (7) the names, addresses, e-mail, and telephone numbers of at least four professional references. Finalists must be prepared to submit unofficial copies of graduate transcripts of terminal degree. Official transcripts or equivalent will be required prior to employment.
All applications received prior to January 16, 2024 will receive full consideration but the review process will continue until the position is filled. Applications will continue to be accepted, but those received after the review date will only be considered if the position has not yet been filled. 
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Dr. John Allen (, Chair of the Screening Committee.


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