Michael Bitter named permanent dean of College of Arts and Sciences

As interim dean of the college since 2017, Bitter has encouraged a variety of initiatives to improve student experience by supporting student, faculty, and staff success.


Michael Bitter pictured.
Michael Bitter

On Jan. 19, the University of Hawai‘i Board of Regents confirmed Michael Bitter as permanent dean of UH Hilo’s College of Arts and Sciences.  Bitter’s official duties started on Jan 20. Previously, he served as interim dean of the college since 2017.

Bitter came to UH Hilo in 1999. He taught in the history department as an assistant, associate, and full professor over the course of 17 years. During that time, he served as chair of the history department for seven years, was the University of Hawai‘i Professional Assembly faculty union representative for social sciences, chair of the College of Arts and Sciences’ Faculty Senate, and chair of the UH Hilo Faculty Congress’s general education committee. He also has served as chair of the Division of Social Sciences.

As interim dean of the college, Bitter has encouraged a variety of initiatives designed to improve the UH Hilo student experience by supporting student, faculty, and staff success. He is actively engaged in promoting the expansion of the programs making up the college and collaborating with the Center for Global Education and Exchange to increase exchange opportunities for UH Hilo students to study at partner universities, both nationally and internationally.

Bitter received his doctor of philosophy in European history with a focus on Russia and Eastern Europe from the University of Minnesota–Twin Cities.

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