Associate Professor - Director of India Studies - (FAC000785)

Houston, Texas
Nov 06, 2018
Institution Type
Four-Year Institution

The University of Houston seeks a mid-career scholar to serve as Director of India Studies. We are looking for a specialist in the study of India and its role in global political economy, geopolitics, and cultural change. This is a tenured position at the Associate level starting in August 2019. The India Studies Program is housed in the Department of Modern and Classical Languages, College of Liberal Arts and Social Sciences. The Director’s role will focus primarily on developing and fulfilling the mission of the interdisciplinary India Studies (I.S.) Program.

The program serves approximately 250 students each semester who pursue coursework in political science, sociology, anthropology, art history, language & literature, religious studies, cinema studies, yoga and wellness, and more. The program is served by an active, voluntary advisory board, which helps with fundraising for study abroad program and various cultural events.

The College of Liberal Arts and Social Sciences at the University of Houston is a recognized world leader in multicultural, multidisciplinary education. The I.S. Program has tremendous growth potential, and we are seeking a gifted and dedicated scholar to provide leadership to advance its mission. The work of the College is deeply rooted in authentic partnerships that achieve unique scholarship, teaching, and research, and we seek in this context to highlight India’s impact on the world.

Preference will be given to candidates with a history of successful interdisciplinary collaboration and who would likely connect with other UH academic program units.

Directing the India Studies Program and advancing the program goals, including developing innovative collaborations within UH, and establishing an international reputation for excellence.

Conducting research that meaningfully contributes to the field and practice.

Securing external funding to further the mission of India Studies.

Teaching India studies undergraduate courses and developing future graduate courses.

Supervising student research.

Partnering with local, national, and international collaborators to further the goals of the India Studies Program.

The University of Houston is dedicated to the goal of building a culturally diverse faculty committed to teaching and working in a multicultural environment. We actively encourage applications from all those who can contribute, through their research, teaching, and service, to the diversity and excellence of the academic community at the University of Houston.

Applications and supporting materials must be submitted via Please include curriculum vitae, a letter of application, unofficial transcripts, research statement, publications and a list of three references with complete addresses and phone numbers. Official terminal degree transcripts will be requested upon selection of a final candidate. Applications received before December 10, 2018, will have full consideration. Review will continue until position is filled.

For more details about the program, please visit the India Studies’ web page

The University is responsive to the needs of dual career couples.

The University of Houston is an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer. Minorities, women, veterans and persons with disabilities are encouraged to apply.


An earned doctorate in a social science field, such as political science

Evidence of established scholarly record that warrants appointment at the rank of tenured Associate Professor

A demonstrated record of programmatic, peer-reviewed research productivity in studies of India, including quantitative research

Preference will be given to candidates with a history of successful interdisciplinary collaboration and who would likely connect with other UH academic program units that support India Studies

Official transcripts are required for a faculty appointment and will be requested upon selection of the final candidate. All positions at the University of Houston are security sensitive and will require a criminal history check. Should your listed references be contacted, they will be asked to submit a letter of reference via email attachment.