Xavier University of Louisiana, a Catholic and Historically Black College & University (HBCU), is seeking to hire a tenure-track, full-time Assistant Professor of English, specializing in African American Literature, with the appointment to begin August 2022. The ideal candidate will have a Ph.D. by the time of the appointment.
The department is particularly interested in candidates whose teaching and research program focuses on one or more of the following related areas: African-American Literature, Black Studies, African Diasporic Studies, or Caribbean Studies. Qualified candidates should possess a promising record of scholarship, a strong research agenda, and be able to support HBCU students through advising as well as mentorship. The successful candidate will teach four courses each semester. The position offers the opportunity to develop and teach upper-level undergraduate courses within the candidate's area(s) of specialization and to teach first-year composition classes as well. The position includes the opportunity to teach and work within a diverse faculty and student body, in a historic, mission-driven institution in the unique city of New Orleans. The department is particularly interested in candidates who have experience working with students from diverse backgrounds, minimizing barriers, and increasing equity and completion rates between members of different demographic groups. About our Department
The Department of English recognizes writing as an act of justice and partners with students through mentorship and dialogue to promote marginalized and silenced voices and to create and critique powerful works of literature. The Department of English offers bachelor's degrees in English and English Education, as well as minors in English, Creative Writing, Professional Writing, and Digital Humanities. English also houses an annual, undergraduate journal of creative writing, New Voices, and Xavier Review Press (XRP), which publishes two books per year on the arts and humanities, as well as Xavier Review, one of the longest-running literary journals in the region: www.xavierreview.com. XRPhas special interests in the American South, New Orleans, the Gulf and Caribbean sphere, and African American culture, ethnography, and religion. We are committed to supporting the mission of the university through education, scholarship, publishing, and service.
Teach undergraduate courses in African American literature at a variety of levels (sophomore surveys and upper-level genre, period, and/or single-author courses); teach composition courses (college writing; rhetoric; literature).
Advise students in the English major.
Participate in service activities for the department, university, and scholarly community.
Ph.D. with a focus on African American literature (conferred by the time of appointment);
Ability to learn and use education software adopted by the university;
Strong commitment to teaching 4-4 teaching load;
Ability to develop and teach face-to-face as well as online classes;
Commitment to developing an active research program within the area of the applicant's expertise, including seeking external funding and submitting scholarly articles; and
Demonstrated commitment to working successfully with a diverse student population.
Advanced training beyond the Ph.D., e.g. Post-doc, industry, some teaching experience at the college level, etc;
Demonstrable interest in contemporary pedagogy;
Successful experience teaching to a diverse student body and knowledge of effective strategies (e.g. culturally responsive or inclusive pedagogy, awareness of issues that may affect the success of minoritized students) supporting underrepresented groups; and
Demonstrable understanding of H.B.C.U. history and culture.
Xavier University of Louisiana, founded by St. Katharine Drexel and the Sisters of the Blessed Sacrament in 1925, is Catholic and historically Black. The ultimate purpose of the University is to contribute to the promotion of a more just and humane society by preparing its students to assume roles of leadership and service in a global society. The only historically Black, Catholic university in the United States, XULA is a private, liberal-arts based, co-educational institution offering 40 undergraduate majors, 5 master’s degree programs and a doctor of pharmacy program. More than one-half of its 3,100 students are from Louisiana, but it draws students from nearly all fifty states and 35 countries. Xavier is recognized as a national leader in the sciences and the liberal arts: • #1 in the nation in the number of African American graduates who go on to complete medical school (AAMC data 2019). • Among the nation’s top four colleges of pharmacy in graduating African Americans with Doctor of Pharmacy (Pharm D) degrees. (2018) • #1 in the nation in awarding bachelor's degrees to African American students in the biological and biomedical sciences, the physical sciences, and physics. ...(2018) • #3 in the nation in the number of African American graduates who go on to earn a Ph.D. in science and engineering disciplines. (2018) • The Department of Physics is #1 in the nation for awarding African Americans baccalaureate degrees in physics and the physical sciences, according to the American Institute of Physics. (2018) Xavier is consistently ranked by the American Chemical Society as one of the top 25 universities in the nation. • The 2020 edition of the Fiske Guide to Colleges named Xavier among its 300 “best and most interesting” four-year colleges and universities. • Xavier was also singled out as one of the nation’s 385 best institutions for undergraduate education by The Princeton Review in the 2020 edition of its annual “The Best 385 Colleges”. • College Consensus, a unique college ratings website that aggregates publisher rankings and student reviews, ranks Xavier as the nation’s #3 Historically Black Colleges and Universities) (2019). It also ranks Xavier as #3 among all Louisiana colleges. • College Factual ranks both Xavier’s biology and chemistry programs as program as No. 1 in Louisiana. (2019) • Your 2018 Guide to College Transfer lists Xavier as one of only 90 colleges and universities nationwide profiled as “transfer friendly” in this guide to the college transfer process by the Kaplan Educational Foundation. • The Student Loan Report ranks #Xavier 12 out of 800 Private schools who left graduates with the least amount of private student loan debt, a form of financial aid known for higher interest rates and less forgiving repayment programs. (2018) • Zippia.com named Xavier's Psychology Program as #1 in Louisiana. (2018) • Learn.org ranks Xavier Among the Top 50 STEM schools in the U.S. (2019) • The Edvocate ranks Xavier as the nation’s No. 3 Catholic University. (2019) • Zippia.com rates Xavier #1 in Louisiana in its 2019 report, “Best College in Each State for Getting a Job”.