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Center for Latino Studies - Call for Applications for Emerging Scholars of Color

​Emerging Scholars of Color, 2021-2022 (Virtual)

The Center for Latino Studies at the University of Houston-Downtown is pleased to invite applications for the second annual Emerging Scholars program.

The purpose of this initiative is two-fold. First, it provides a forum for early career scholars to gain valuable experience with the major components of a standard academic on-campus interview, while also showcasing their teaching and scholarship on a public stage. Second, it contributes to the enrichment of the teaching and research environments at the University of Houston-Downtown by introducing students to intellectual role models of diverse backgrounds and modeling for faculty and administrators the latest cutting-edge research and pedagogies. We envision these interconnected goals as part of a broader strategic initiative to advance equity and inclusion in higher education, such that the professoriate reflects the vibrant diversity of the student body.

The University of Houston-Downtown is a Hispanic-serving and Minority-serving Institution in the heart of the most diverse city in the United States​. More than half of our students self-identify as ​Latino​, and nearly a quarter of our students self-identify as Black​. The Center for Latino Studies is intentional about empowering this unique student population. The Emerging Scholars series serves that goal by connecting our students to scholars and scholarship that reflect their lived experiences.

Selected applicants will engage with faculty, students, and administrators at the University of Houston-Downtown in a range of activities commonly included in standard academic on-campus interviews. These activities include:​

  • ​ a teaching demonstration specifically designed for a diverse student audience; and​
  • ​an interactive presentation on their research to an audience of faculty in related fields.​

In preparation for the market conditions under the COVID-19 Pandemic, the program will be held in a completely virtual format this year.


  • Early career scholars pursing or recently obtained terminal graduate degrees. This includes advanced graduate students, who have passed comprehensive exams and prospectus defense, and recent graduates who have earned a PhD or other advanced terminal degree (MFA, MD, JD, MBA, etc) within the last five years and are untenured​
  • Currently affiliated with any accredited US institution (including its territories: Guam, American Samoa, Northern Mariana, Puerto Rico, and the Virgin Islands) or independent scholars not currently affiliated with a college or university
  • Self-identify as a person of color (Black/African-descendant, Latino/a/x, Native/Indigenous/Aboriginal, Asian/Pacific Islander, Middle Eastern, and/or multi-racial)​​
  • Research in any academic discipline that directly engages issues related to historically-underrepresented communities, and/or ideas about race, ethnicity, culture, gender, sexuality, disability, immigration, transnationality, colonial and/or post-colonial, etc.
  • Interest in working with majority-minority student populations
  • Ability to deliver presentation in English or bilingually (English/Spanish)
​​​​Emerging Scholars will earn a stipend of $500, have their work featured on our website, and receivee constructive feedback from students, faculty members, and administrators regarding their performance. ​

How to Apply

To apply for a place in the Emerging Scholars program, please email a Cover Letter, CV, Research Abstract, Teaching Proposal, along with the contact information for at least one academic reference to the Interim Director of the Center for Latino Studies​ at​.  Please write “Emerging Scholars Program” in the subject of your email. The Cover Letter, not to exceed two pages, should follow standard academic job format by discussing your research, teaching, and service in light of the goals of the Emerging Scholars of Color series.​ The one-page Research Abstract should provide a title and overview of the proposed job talk, situate it within the applicant’s current research agenda, and explain how it advances justice, equity, or inclusion within the field.​ The one-page Teaching Proposal should give a title and outline a proposed lesson for the teaching demonstrating, describing the lesson topic, objective(s), activities, and the specific pedagogical strategies for engaging minority students. Applications received by October 15, 2021 will receive priority. Offers for sessions in late Fall 2021 or early Spring 2022 will be made by November 1.

Historically under-represented minorities are encouraged to apply.


Last updated 3/31/2022 9:52 AM