Professor, Cullen-NEH Chair - History & Medicine

Texas, United States
Salary Commensurate with experience
Dec 03, 2020
Employment Level
Tenured/Tenured Track
Employment Type
Full Time

The Department of History at the University of Houston invites applicants for the NEH-Cullen Chair in History and Medicine. Established in 2020 and housed in the History Department, this distinguished professorship is critical to the University’s endeavor to link the humanities and the professions. The Chair will play an instrumental role in the research and teaching mission of the History Department. In addition, the Chair will have opportunities to collaborate with the faculty of heath professions colleges and programs around campus to determine how best to support their teaching mission.

We seek applications from scholars working on any aspect of the History of Medicine, broadly defined. Geographical and chronological concentrations are open, and all research areas will be seriously considered. Candidates with special interest in how race, ethnicity, gender, and class influence health disparities are especially encouraged to apply. The successful candidate will hold a Ph.D. in History, History of Medicine, History of Science, or related field.  The candidate will have an ambitious research agenda, a record of publication, including at least two monographs, as well as teaching and professional service commensurate with that of a Full Professor for an appointment to a major endowed professorship. The holder of this Chair will be expected to train graduate students, teach undergraduate students, and develop and contribute to academic and community programs in History.  This primary responsibility will be balanced with potential teaching and programming collaborations with the university’s health professions colleges, which might include teaching the history of medicine to health professions students, sponsoring workshops, seminars, or conferences on the history of medicine as it pertains to practicing medicine in underserved communities, or developing other university and community programming vital to understanding health care disparities and promoting structural competency in medical and pre-medical education. The University of Houston is an institutional member of the Texas Medical Center, which is an internationally renowned center for medical training, research, and practice.

This position comes with a competitive salary as well as generous research support from an endowment funded by the National Endowment for the Humanities and the Cullen Foundation. The University Houston is a Carnegie-designated Tier One Public Research University. We welcome candidates whose experience in teaching, research, or community service has prepared them to contribute to our commitment to diversity and excellence. The University of Houston is responsive to the needs of dual career couples.

Complete applications should include  a letter of application, CV, copies of representative publications, and contact information for three recommendation providers. Please direct all inquiries to Dr. Philip Howard at Applicants are to apply at under the faculty employment link. The search will continue until the position is filled.

The University of Houston is an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer. Minorities, women, veterans and persons with disabilities are encouraged to apply. Additionally, the University of Houston prohibits discrimination in employment on the basis of sexual orientation, gender identity or gender expression.   


Candidates should have completed their Ph.D. in History by July 2021.