About Our Faculty
The faculty of UH Hilo are highly qualified, recognized experts in their disciplines. About 89% of full-time faculty hold doctoral or equivalent degrees in their respective areas. They are committed to quality education as a priority, placing a special emphasis on teaching and student-teacher interaction. Based on Fall 2012 figures, the undergraduate student/faculty ratio in Lower Division courses is approximately 23/1, in Upper Division courses approximately 16/1, while the student/faculty ratio in graduate level courses is approximately 6/1 when the College of Pharmacy is excluded and approximately 17/1 when courses in the College of Pharmacy are included.
UH Hilo takes pride in its faculty’s research and scholarly accomplishments. Faculty use the diverse natural, physical, cultural, and economic resources of Hawaiʻi Island as a laboratory to investigate issues that are important locally, nationally, and globally. Faculty excel at combining teaching and research in the undergraduate experience as well as in the graduate experience. Most disciplines consider hands-on learning an integral part of their curriculum.
Extramural funding in the fiscal year 2009 amounted to $20.1 million. This amount demonstrates UH Hilo’s robust commitment to research and scholarship.