Open Rank Faculty

University of Houston

Position description

The Hobby School of Public Affairs at the University of Houston (UH) seeks to hire up to three tenured or tenure-track faculty members to begin in the Fall of 2022. We are interested in applicants who will help chart the future of the school with fresh ideas, practical experience, and an interdisciplinary mindset. Our faculty include experts in theoretical, practical, and analytical disciplines associated with public policy. We seek to complement that collective expertise with the three hires.

Competitive candidates are likely to have expertise in one or more of the following areas or in another foundational area of public policy or policymaking:

A core area of public policy and policymaking, including, but not limited to, defense, education, energy, the environment, health, housing, immigration, justice and law enforcement, national and foreign economic policy, political institutions, political economy, public finance, public management, social mobility, transportation, urban and community development, and voting and representation.

Policy data formulation and analysis, including but not limited to, data visualization, decision algorithms, GIS, laboratory and field experiments, natural language processing, network analysis, probabilistic forecasts, project evaluation and randomized control trials, small area models, and survey methods.

Philosophy or ethics: (1) applied to an area of public policy or (2) focusing on a theoretical perspective (e.g., race, gender, governance, and markets) that cuts across and informs policy areas.

In the selection process, the search committee will prioritize collaborative scholars who: (1) engage in nationally-recognized, interdisciplinary work on significant public policy issues, (2) work with diverse populations, communities, and organizations, (3) demonstrate an eagerness to contribute to undergraduate and graduate education and student success, and (4) pursue grants, awards, and other sources of funding to support research, academic programming, student success, community engagement, and impact.


A PhD in the discipline and a scholarly record consistent with the rank is required.

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