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Center for Latino Studies

Call for Applications

Emerging Scholars of Color, 2020-2021 (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 spend a day at the University of Houston-Downtown, engaging with faculty, students, and administrators in a range of pedagogical and scholarly activities commonly included in standard academic on-campus interviews. These activities include:

  • implementing an innovative pedagogical intervention for a diverse community of UHD students on a topic related to their research; and
  • delivering 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.

  • Advanced graduate students (passed comprehensive exams and prospectus defense) at any accredited institution in the US and US overseas territories, and recent PhDs (graduated within the last 5 years and untenured), including independent scholars not currently affiliated with a college or university
  • Any academic discipline
  • Research or teaching approaches that directly engage issues related to historically-underrepresented communities, and/or ideas about race, ethnicity, culture, gender, sexuality, disability, immigration, etc.
  • Interest in working with majority-minority student populations

Emerging Scholars will earn a stipend of $500, have their work featured on our website, and receive constructive feedback from regarding their performance and job documents.

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 Dr. Bonnie A. Lucero, Director of the Center for Latino Studies at Please write “Emerging Scholars Program” in the subject of your email. The two-page Cover Letter should follow standard academic job format by discussing your research, teaching, and service in light of the goals of the Emerging Scholars series. The one-page Research Abstract should provide an overview of your research, including research question, argument, sources, methods, theoretical orientation, and significance. Scholars should pay special attention to explaining how this research foregrounds perspectives, experiences and epistemologies of communities of color. The one-page Teaching Proposal should outline a lesson plan on a topic related to the scholar’s research as well as the specific pedagogical strategies for engaging minority students. Applications received by October 16, 2020 will receive priority. Offers for sessions in late Fall 2020 or early Spring 2021 will be made by November 1.

Historically under-represented minorities are encouraged to apply.


Last updated 12/11/2020 8:36 AM