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Associate or Full Professor of Public Policy

Thank you for your interest in a faculty position at the University of Houston. Please know that the University has implemented a temporary pause on all faculty recruitment activities. We are currently not accepting any new applications. Please check back after April 19th for updates.

The Hobby School of Public Affairs at the University of Houston (UH) seeks to hire a senior faculty member (an associate/full professor with tenure) for Fall 2020 in a core area of Public Policy such as education, energy and the environment, health, housing, immigration, institutional, transportation policy, or political economy and policymaking. We welcome a broad range of applicants but are particularly interested in those who are willing to engage in multidisciplinary research.

Applicants are expected to demonstrate a record of scholarly productivity, commitment to develop and sustain a nationally competitive program of research with implications for public policy, and capability and commitment to contribute to undergraduate and graduate programs. The Hobby School emphasizes multidisciplinary collaboration and affiliation. Individuals with cross-cutting disciplinary and/or methodological interests are particularly encouraged to apply, as are those with interests in working with diverse populations. Preference will be given to candidates with strong formal and methodological skill sets in areas including but not limited to data visualization, decision algorithms, GIS, natural language parsing, network analysis, small area models, survey research methods, laboratory and/or field experiments, and probabilistic forecasts.

About UH and the Hobby School

With over 45,000 students on the main campus and one of the most culturally and ethnically diverse public universities in the nation, UH ( is a Carnegie-Designated Tier One Public Research University. The Hobby School was recently created by the UH system and thus offers incoming faculty the opportunity to join existing faculty in building and shaping the direction and culture of the school. The Hobby School emphasizes advanced social science methodology and political philosophy in its teaching, training, and research.

The Hobby School is well-positioned for evidence-based research in Houston, the nation’s fourth (soon to be third) most populous American city. Houston itself is a laboratory for the future, as it reflects what is happening in the United States in terms of demographic and economic trends. Moreover, Houston ( boasts a high quality of life with the following attributes: (a) a growing economy, including oil & gas, the Johnson Space Center, and the Texas Medical Center, the world’s largest medical center, (b) rich traditions in music, theatre, art, and sports, (c) a diverse population, (d) award-winning restaurants reflective of many cultures, and (e) relatively low cost/affordability among large cities.

Application Instructions

Interested individuals must apply at and include a letter of interest, statements of teaching philosophy and interests, and research interests, three names and email addresses of prospective writers of letters of recommendation, a curriculum vita, up to three representative papers, and evidence of excellence in teaching. Upon receiving applications, referees may be contacted via the online application system to submit letters directly for junior applicants, but not for senior applicants. Review of applications will begin in early March 2020 and will continue until the position is filled. Questions may be directed to the search committee chair Sunny Wong at

Committed to the active recruitment of a diverse faculty and student body, UH is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity Employer of women, minorities, protected veterans, and individuals with disabilities and encourages applications from these and other protected group members. Because broad diversity is essential to an inclusive climate and critical to the University's goals of achieving excellence in all areas, the search committees anticipate holistically assessing the many qualifications of each applicant and will favorably consider an individual's record working with students and colleagues with broadly diverse perspectives, experiences, and backgrounds in educational, research, or other work activities. For the complete UH nondiscrimination and affirmative action policy, see the Equal Opportunity and Nondiscrimination Statement at The positions are also subject to the University of Houston’s background check policy.

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