University of Houston

Emerging Scholar Fellowship

 

The Emerging Scholar Fellowship at the Gerald D. Hines College of Architecture and Design is a combined research and teaching fellowship awarded to a promising scholar focusing on the history and theory of the design disciplines. The fellowship is addressed specifically to individuals who have completed postgraduate degrees or other rigorous research formats and are beginning or advancing a career of teaching and research. While in residence at the College of Architecture and Design, candidates are expected to develop substantial, timely research that combines a proposed scholarly focus with a pedagogical agenda. The fellowship supports broad historical and theoretical inquiry regarding design and the human-impacted environment from any period or geography and could center on architecture, interior architecture, industrial design, cultural landscapes, urbanism and urban systems, architectural or environmental technology, design media, and/or professional and disciplinary practices. We specifically seek scholars whose work engages with historically marginalized communities and/or subjects that have been underrepresented or understudied in the scholarly discourse or design of the human-impacted environment.

The Fellow will be expected to teach up to three courses per year, in consultation with the HTC director. This fellowship includes teaching related to the candidate’s area of interest, opportunities to engage with scholars in the wider context of the University of Houston, and the potential to share the outcomes of the Fellowship within the College through lectures, conferences, or exhibitions. Fellows are expected to teach courses in combination with the pursuit of their research agenda. The fellowship is for a one-year term with the possibility of renewal for an additional year.

The Gerald D. Hines College of Architecture and Design offers its students a platform of integrated disciplines—Architecture, Interior Architecture, Industrial Design, and Environmental Design—from which to negotiate the complexities of contemporary practice. Our programs foster an atmosphere of creative critical inquiry into design culture and the social, cultural, and material contexts in which design is practiced today. Set in the fourth largest city in the U.S., Houston and its unique urban form and history offer an exceptional laboratory for exploring the problems and potentials of design in relation to the human-impacted environment.

The University of Houston is a Carnegie Tier 1 public research institution with a highly diverse student body and is located in the heart of the most diverse city in the nation. We welcome candidates whose experience in teaching, research, and/or community service has prepared them to contribute to our commitment to diversity and excellence. The University of Houston is a Hispanic-Serving Institution.

Applications should include a letter of interest, curriculum vitae, statement of proposed research agenda (one page maximum), one course proposal for a seminar or studio emerging from the candidate’s research agenda (300 words maximum), a focused selection of scholarship, writing, and/or published work (10 MB max upload), and contact information for three references including telephone and mailing/email addresses. Shortlisted candidates may be asked to submit additional work at a later date.

Application should be submitted through the University\’s online job site: https://uh.edu/human-resources/careers/

For further information or questions please contact: Michael Kubo, Ph.D., Assistant Professor Search Committee Chair and Program Coordinator, History and Theory of Architecture mkubo@uh.edu

The successful applicant is expected to start in mid-August 2023.

The University of Houston is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action institution; minorities, women, veterans, and persons with disabilities are encouraged to apply. Additionally, the University prohibits discrimination in employment on the basis of sexual orientation, gender identity, or gender expression.

Qualifications:
Candidates should hold, at a minimum, a postgraduate degree or equivalent with an emphasis on critical engagement with the history and theory of design. While a Ph.D. or other advanced scholarly degree is preferred, ABD candidates and candidates with strong track records in research and scholarship are encouraged to apply.

Notes to Applicant: Official transcripts are required and will be requested upon selection of the final candidate. All positions at the university are security sensitive and will require a criminal history check.

Required Attachments by Candidate: Curriculum Vitae, Cover Letter/Letter of Application, Writing Samples, Teaching Philosophy or Statement, Research Statement