The Hobby School of Public Affairs at the University of Houston (UH) anticipates two tenure-track positions beginning in fall 2017. The positions are at the level of Assistant Professor in the area of decision sciences. Applicants for both positions are expected to demonstrate a record predictive of future scholarly productivity, potential and commitment to develop and sustain a nationally competitive program of research with implications for public policy, capability and commitment to contribute to undergraduate and graduate programs and a doctoral degree or equivalent. 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 interest in working with diverse populations.
Decision sciences faculty — from a variety of disciplines including disciplines not usually associated with policy schools such as business, computer science, and industrial engineering — will apply state-of-the-art decision sciences theory and research to public policy, with interests including but not limited to statistical decision theory, rational expectations in economics and political science, cognitive psychology, technological change and the restructuring of decision processes, the impact of probabilistic forecasts on decision algorithms, and the micro-foundations of comparative justice systems.
With over 40,000 students on the main campus and one of the most culturally and ethnically diverse public universities in the nation, UH (www.uh.edu) 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 impactful 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 (www.houston.org) 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.
To apply 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 (i.e., referees), a curriculum vita, up to three representative papers, and evidence of excellence in teaching.
Review of applications will begin immediately and continue until the positions are filled. Questions may be directed to the search committee chair Alan Witt (firstname.lastname@example.org).
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 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 http://www.uh.edu/af/universityservices/policies/sam/1GenAdmin/1D5.pdf. The positions are also subject to the University of Houston's background check policy.
The University of Houston is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action institution. Minorities, women, veterans and persons with disabilities are encouraged to apply. The University of Houston is responsive to the needs of dual career couples.
Doctoral degree or equivalent in a related field by August 2017.
Special Instructions to the Applicant:
Official transcripts are required for a faculty appointment and will be requested upon selection of final candidate.
All positions at the University of Houston are security sensitive and will require a criminal history check.
Founded in 1927, the University of Houston is the leading public research university in the vibrant international city of Houston. Each year, we educate more than 40,750 students in more than 300 undergraduate and graduate academic programs, on campus and online. UH awards more than 8,000 degrees annually, with more than 200,000 alumni. UH is a Carnegie-designated Tier One public research university.