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Recruiting Powerhouse Faculty


Great universities are comprised of a wide range of faculty members who have developed as a diverse community of teacher-scholars. The University of Houston is poised to become a prominent educational force globally, and as such, holds the responsibility for recruiting and retaining a diverse Powerhouse Faculty that will advance the University’s national competitiveness, student success, and community engagement goals.

The Office of the Provost through its office of Faculty Recruitment, Retention, Equity, and Diversity strives to ensure that the University of Houston recruits and retains an excellent and diverse faculty.  This is accomplished by partnering with search committees and stakeholders to identify and hire the best talent and making sure it is diverse and representative of the talent pool and the UH student population. This toolkit includes resources, guidelines and practical suggestions that will help make this task more productive and successful.

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UH Points of Pride

Please let prospective UH Powerhouse Faculty know that the University of Houston is more than a Carnegie-designated Tier One public research university; we are a community of groundbreakers and innovators.  We are marketplace leaders. We are thought provokers. We are transforming education. This is Cougar nation.

  • The University of Houston is the second most ethnically diverse major research university in the United States (U.S.News & World Report)
  • Students come to UH from more than 137 nations and from across the world. 
  • Ranked among Best colleges in the United States (U.S. News & World Report, 2014, 2015, 2016)
  • Ranked #4 in the nation in “12 Top Colleges Where Students get the Best Bang for Their Buck,” for meeting performance-based standards in line with those suggested by President Barack Obama (PolicyMic, 2013)
  • Ranked among the Top 25 campuses in the U.S. with the most international students (Open Doors 2012, Institute for International Education)
  • Ranked #1 for Best Online Programs in the United States (U.S.  News & World Report, 2015, 2016)
  • Ranked among 150 institutions nationwide on the list of "Princeton Review Best Value Colleges" (The Princeton Review, 2013, 2014)
  • Only one of three Tier One public research institutions in the nation designated as a Hispanic-Serving Institution (HSI) by the U. S. Department of Education Office of Postsecondary Education, and also designated as an Asian-American Serving Institution (U. S. Department of Education, 2012)
  • Ranked in the top ten universities in the nation on the U.S. News Short List for enrolling the most transfer students (U.S. News and World Report, 2012, 2014)
  • Holds Tier One research university distinction (Research-Very High) from the Carnegie Foundation — one of eight Carnegie-designated Tier One public research universities in Texas (Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching, 2016)
  • Membership in the Texas Medical Center

UH recognized for being environmentally responsible as one of the nation’s “greenest” colleges (The Princeton Review, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014 & 2015)

Houston Points of Pride

Please let prospective UH Powerhouse Faculty members know that Houston, the country’s fourth largest city with 2.3 million residents, is a vibrant, international community committed to cultural and commercial progress, with an extraordinary mix of world-class arts, affordable housing, excellent school districts, booming business, diverse population and a time-honored spirit of enterprise.

  • Houston has more than 500 cultural, visual and performing arts organizations, 90 of which are devoted to multicultural and minority arts and is one of five U.S. cities that offer year-round resident companies in all major performing arts.
  • More than 145 languages are spoken throughout the Houston area.
  • 92 countries have consular offices in Houston, the third highest in the nation.
  • For the seventh consecutive year, Houston ranked first as “Top Destination City” for U-Haul rentals. The rankings reflect the top destinations for one-way U-Haul truck rentals and are a strong indicator as to how well Houston is attracting new residents.
  • Houston has professional teams representing football, baseball, men’s basketball, and men and women’s soccer.
  • Houston has among the youngest populations in the nation.
  • The city has the third-largest Hispanic and third-largest Mexican population in the United States.
  • Houston boasts more than 40 colleges, universities and institutions - offering higher education options to suit all interests.
  • Houston is the culture and culinary capital of Texas with more than 12,000 restaurants and eating establishments covering more than 60 cuisines.
  • Houston ranked No. 1 in Travel + Leisure's "America's Best Cities For Food Snobs" (2015).
  • Houston ranked No. 1 most charitable city in the country by Forbes and Charity Navigator (2016).
  • Houston named the No. 2 in Travel + Leisure's "Friendliest Cities in America" (2016).
  • Houston is home to the Texas Medical Center, the largest medical center in the world, with a local economic impact of $20 billion. More than 106,000 people work within its facilities, which encompass 50 million square feet. Altogether 4.8 million patients visit them each year.
  • When comparing Houston's economy to a national economy, only 29 nations excluding the United States have a gross domestic product exceeding Houston's regional gross area product.
  • Houston ranks second in employment growth rate and fourth in nominal employment growth among the 10 most populous metro areas in the U.S.
  • Home to over 5,000 energy related firms, Houston is considered by many as the energy capital of the world.
  • 26 Fortune 500 companies are headquartered in Houston metro area.
  • Houston's economy has a broad industrial base in the energy, aeronautics, and technology industries: only New York City is home to more Fortune 500 headquarters.
  • The Port of Houston ranks first in the United States in international waterborne tonnage handled and second in total cargo tonnage handled. It is the tenth largest port in the world.