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Elizabeth D. Rockwell Distinguished Visiting Professor on Ethics and Leadership at the Hobby School of Public Affairs


The Elizabeth D. Rockwell Center on Ethics and Leadership at the Hobby School of Affairs invites applications for a one-year Distinguished Visiting Professor position in Ethics and Leadership for the 2021-22 academic year. We are interested in applications from faculty in all disciplines whose work focuses on ethics and/or leadership, but for the 2021-22 appointment we are especially interested in individuals whose research focuses on issues of racial and/or gender justice, medical ethics, environmental ethics, or other timely policy-related issues. Applicants should be at least mid-career professionals with five or more years of experience in their field.

The Distinguished Visiting Professor will be expected to devote most of their time to their own research and writing. They will provided an office, library access, and research funds to support these activities. Other expectations will be negotiable. Visiting Professors will usually be expected to teach one undergraduate or graduate course during the year, attend lectures and other Elizabeth D. Rockwell Center activities, be available for class visits, present a work-in-progress in the faculty seminar series, and give a public lecture. Funds might also be available to convene a symposium or conference on some area of their research. 

Compensation is competitive and should cover most or all of the salary of Associate and Full Professors. The EDR Visiting Professor will normally be a one-year position but may also be appointed for just one semester (fall or spring) at the candidate’s request.

Applications for this position should include:

  • A formal letter of application detailing your interest in this position, relevant qualifications, and whether you would plan to reside at the University of Houston for one or two academic semesters.
  • A curriculum vitae with three references listed.
  • A brief proposal (roughly 1,000-1,500 words) of your proposed writing or research project and a proposed timeline for the year. Please indicate the current status of the project and goals for completion in the next year.

Review of applications will begin December 1 and continue until the position is filled. For questions about this position, please contact Daniel Engster at

Applications for this position are no longer open.

About the Elizabeth D. Rockwell Center on Ethics and Leadership at the Hobby School of Public Affairs and University of Houston

With over 45,000 students on the main campus and as one of the most culturally and ethnically diverse public universities in the nation, the University of Houston ( is a Carnegie-Designated Tier One Public Research University. The Elizabeth D. Rockwell Center was created in the fall of 2020 with a $6.5 million endowment to establish the Hobby School of Public Affairs as a nationally recognized leader in ethics, leadership, and public policy.  

Houston is the fourth largest and the most ethnically diverse city in the country.  It has multi-national industries, commercial centers, the largest medical center in the world, a robust arts community, professional sports, an entrepreneurial approach to new technologies, and is the world capital for petroleum exploration and energy. The Chronicle of Higher Education has named the University of Houston as one of the best places to work.  

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

 Revised 1/14/21