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Visiting Scholars Program

African American Studies Visiting Scholars Appointments

In pursuit of the African American studies department’s mandate to advance excellence in academic research, undergraduate and graduate education, and intellectual exchange and service within the University and Houston communities, the department annually invites two scholars who have demonstrated and excelled in research and teaching in the discipline of Africana studies/Africology for a yearlong visiting appointment. 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 Africology 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/Africology. 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 after 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 20212022 academic year. Additionally, the Visiting Scholar(s) will be required to be in residence at the University of Houston for the same academic year. Additionally, Visiting Scholars are required to make two presentations concerning their research projects. The African American studies department aids Visiting Scholars interested 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 20222023 academic year. Applications are sought from scholars in the academic discipline of Africana Studies/Africology, 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 2022.

Applications should include:

  • An updated curriculum vitae
  • A two-page description of the proposed research project
  • Three letters of recommendation (uploaded from references)
  • A syllabus of the undergraduate course to be taught during the academic year

Applications will be accepted until the position is filled. Please upload ALL application materials to the job posting HERE.


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.