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Open Rank Faculty

Open Rank Faculty - African American Studies - (FAC002610) 
Organization: H0094 African-American Studies 
Salary: Commensurate with experience


The African American Studies Department at the University of Houston invites applications for an Open Rank position in African American or African Diasporic studies in the humanities with a preference for an interdisciplinary scholar in health or environmental sciences. Secondary research areas may include medical humanities, 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 and a track record of extramural funding. Applicants must hold the PhD or equivalent degree in African American Studies, a humanities field, a health-related, or equivalent by the time of appointment.

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. Candidates should be prepared to teach Introduction to African American Studies and upper-level courses. Rank and salary will be commensurate with the final candidate’s credentials and experience.

In March 2021, the UH Department of African American Studies became a degree-granting department, with the mission of developing the knowledge of people of African descent in America and throughout the greater diaspora and the continent. With over 40 faculty affiliates across the campus who study African, African American, Caribbean, Latin American experiences, AAS is the center of Black intellectual studies 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 at

For full consideration, application materials must include a cover letter describing research agenda and teaching experience; curriculum vitae; 15-20 page copy of a recent publications in PDF or Word format; a statement of diversity contributions, and contact information for three letters of recommendation providers. Tenured candidates should provide teaching evaluation summaries from 3 recent courses and the 3 recommenders’ must be peers who can speak to the candidate’s quality of research publications. 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 the Search Committee chair Dr. Kmt Shockley at

The University of Houston 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. It also provides support for the Digital Humanities. The University of Houston is responsive to the needs of dual career couples.

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 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 PhD or equivalent degree in African American Studies, a humanities field, a health-related, or equivalent by the time of appointment.

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, Diversity Statement  

Employee Status: Regular/Benefits 

Job Posting: Sep 23, 2022, 9:43:23 AM