Visiting Scholars Program

African American Studies Visiting Scholars Appointments

In pursuit of our broad mandate to advance excellence in academic research, undergraduate and graduate education, and intellectual exchange and service within the University and Houston communities, the African American Studies Program at the University of Houston annually invites for a year-long visiting appointment two scholars whose demonstrated research and teaching are in the discipline of Africana Studies/Africalogy. Scholars whose research and teaching are, however, in other disciplinary areas will also be considered. Visiting Scholars add to the richness and diversity of our undergraduate curriculum in Africalogy by teaching one course of their own design. In addition, the program prioritizes applications from scholars who demonstrate a commitment to generating research and publication in the discipline of Africana Studies/Africalogy. Successful candidates are, therefore, afforded an opportunity to add to the ongoing scholarship in the discipline by working toward the completion of a research project. The Visiting Scholars Program is designed to encourage new scholars to contribute fresh and innovative teaching and research.

General Description and Requirements

The Visiting Scholars Initiative is designed to generate research about African American phenomena and attract scholars who may be interested in assuming a tenure-track position at the University of Houston, subsequent to their residential visiting appointments. Research projects with emphasis on the Africana experience are strongly encouraged.

The Visiting Scholar will receive a salary appropriate to rank and will be provided administrative support.  Scholars are required to teach one three-credit hour class in African American Studies, during the 2015-2016 academic year. Additionally, the Visiting Scholar (s) will be required to be in residence at the University of Houston for the academic year of 2015-2016. Additionally, Visiting Scholars are required to make two presentations concerning their research projects.  The African American Studies Program will provide assistance to Visiting Scholars, concerning interest in advancing their projects to publication.  Equally important, Visiting Scholars must acknowledge support of AAS and UH in any publications that result from their appointment at University of Houston.

Application to the Visiting Scholars Program

The African American Studies Program at the University of Houston is soliciting applications for the Visiting Scholars Program for the 2015-2016 academic year. Applications are sought from scholars in the academic discipline of Africana Studies/Africalogy, although applications from scholars in the social sciences, humanities, education, or other academic disciplines will be considered. Applicants’ doctoral degrees must be conferred by May 2015.

Applications should include:

  1. An updated curriculum vitae.
  2. A two-page description of the proposed research project.
  3. Three letters of recommendation (mailed from references).
  4. A syllabus of the undergraduate course to be taught during the academic year.

Applications should be received by March 2, 2015.  Mail (no faxes or email attached file documents are accepted) to:

Dr. James L. Conyers, Jr., Director
African American Studies Program
Visiting Scholars Program
629 Agnes Arnold Hall
University of Houston
Houston, TX 77204-3047

The University of Houston is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer. Minorities, women, veterans, and persons with disabilities are encouraged to apply. 

For more general information, call the African American Studies Program at (713) 743-2811.