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Assistant Professor

Assistant Professor - African American Studies - (FAC002586) 
Organization: H0094 African-American Studies 
Salary: Commensurate with experience


The African American Studies Department at the University of Houston invites applications for a tenure-track Assistant Professor of African American or African Diasporic studies with a preference in health or environmental sciences. Research areas may include race and environmental justice, intersections of science and race, minority health or health disparities, including mental health disparities. Part of the mission of AAS is to make connections with local and/or national communities of African and diasporic peoples, therefore, preference will also be given to candidates with community-engaged experience.

We seek a scholar with a strong promise of scholarly productivity, as well as experience with teaching and course design at both the undergraduate and graduate levels. Applicants must hold the Ph.D. or equivalent degree in African American Studies or a health field by time of appointment.  A background in community-engagement is preferred as well as success in generating external funding.

In March 2021, the UH Department of African American Studies (AAS) became a degree-granting department, with the mission of developing the knowledge of people of African descent in America, throughout the greater Diaspora and on the continent. With over forty faculty affiliates across the campus who study African, African American, Caribbean, and Latin American experiences, AAS is the center of Black intellectual thought at UH. This hire is one of two that is occurring this year and part of a cluster of hires that will take place over the next two years. We offer an undergraduate major, minor and a graduate certificate. Visit our home page

Applicants are to apply at for posting number FAC002586 under the faculty employment link. The search will continue until the position is filled. For full consideration, application materials must include a cover letter describing research agenda and teaching experience; curriculum vitae; 15-20 page writing sample in PDF or MS Word; a statement of contributions to diversity and inclusion; and contact information for three recommenders. Review of applications will begin on October 20, 2022, but the position will remain open until an acceptable short list is compiled. Questions about the position should be directed to Dr. Rheeda Walker, search committee chair, at

UH is a growing urban research institution and its student body reflects the racial, ethnic, and international diversity of the Houston metropolitan area. Located in the fourth largest city in the U.S., Houston is home to one of the largest medical centers in the world, numerous global energy corporations, and a vibrant arts community, all of which provide exciting research opportunities. In Fall 2020, the University of Houston welcomed the first incoming class to its medical school, which focuses on primary care and underserved populations.

The University of Houston, with one of the most diverse student bodies in the nation, seeks to recruit and retain a diverse community of scholars. We welcome candidates whose experience in teaching, research, or community service has prepared them to contribute to our commitment to diversity and excellence. The University of Houston is responsive to the needs of dual career couples.

The University of Houston is an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer. Minorities, women, veterans, and persons with disabilities are encouraged to apply. Additionally, the University of Houston prohibits discrimination in employment on the basis of sexual orientation, gender identity or gender expression.

Qualifications: Applicants must hold the Ph.D. or equivalent terminal degree in African American Studies or a health field by time of appointment A background in community-engagement is preferred as well as success in generating external funding.

Notes to Applicant: Official transcripts are required for a faculty appointment and will be requested upon selection of final candidate. All positions at the University of Houston are security sensitive and will require a criminal history check.

Required Attachments by Candidate: Curriculum Vitae, Cover Letter/Letter of Application, Writing Samples, Diversity Statement  

Employee Status: Regular/Benefits 

Job Posting: Sep 23, 2022, 8:54:36 AM