The Department of Art and Performance Studies at Xavier University of Louisiana invites applications for a tenure-track position in Performance Studies at the assistant professor level for the 2021-2022 academic year beginning August 2021. Candidates must have a Ph.D. in Performance Studies or in an interdisciplinary arts or humanities discipline with a minimum of 18 graduate hours in performance studies.
The ideal candidate will approach the study and practice of performance from a critical/cultural perspective with a specialization in any of the following teaching areas: gender and sexuality; race and ethnicity; social movements, immigration; or environmental studies. We are particularly interested in teacher-scholar-artists who can develop a cross-listed curriculum in Performance Studies and Women’s Studies. Candidates whose research and teaching interests engage those two areas while considering BIPOC communities in national, international, or transnational contexts are of particular interest.
Those having strong interdisciplinary arts backgrounds are especially encouraged to apply, as we seek to grow our collaborations with departmental colleagues in visual art. We are particularly interested in candidates who can contribute to recruitment efforts and our existing strengths in community-based artistic partnerships, mentoring of undergraduate creative scholarship, and social justice.
Teach a 4/4 load in performance studies courses required for the major, minor, and University core curriculum. Responsibilities will include a teaching rotation of an introductory public speaking course. Mode of instruction may include in-person, hybrid, remote, and/or any combination thereof.
Develop a cross-listed curriculum in Performance Studies and Women’s Studies
Develop and sustain a performance-based research practice
Supervise and mentor undergraduate students in creative scholarship projects (performances, performance festivals, etc.)
Departmental service that contributes to a new major and minor in Performance Studies (additional service to university and community)
Ph.D. in Performance Studies or an interdisciplinary arts or humanities discipline with a minimum of 18 graduate hours in performance studies (conferred by the time of appointment)
Demonstrated experience in performance practice
Strong commitment to teaching 4-4 teaching load
Ability to develop and teach face-to-face as well as online classes
Evidence of teaching excellence
Demonstrate a commitment to working successfully with a diverse student population
Active performance-based scholarly agenda
About our Department
The Department of Art and Performance Studies combines two programs at Xavier and offers degrees in Art Education, Art and Performance Studies. The performance studies major and minor were launched in Fall 2020 through the efforts of interdisciplinary faculty teaching and working in performance. The program houses the Performance Studies Laboratory (PSL), an arts and humanities-based interdisciplinary lab which views performance as an object to be studied, a creative method of scholarly inquiry and representation, and a tool for community engagement. Working in an interdisciplinary context, the lab uses a performance-based lens for experiential learning and research that culminates with sharing creative work with public audiences. It is equipped with a wide range of mobile equipment, including stage, sound, light, and video design materials. The PSL engages students and faculty in research-based performance projects, practice-based workshops, and performance festivals, all involving multiple levels of community engagement and outreach. On average each year, the lab engages approximately 150 undergraduates in learning and research activities and reaches audiences of 500, including community members.
About Xavier University of Louisiana
Founded in 1925 by Saint Katherine Drexel and the Sisters of the Blessed Sacrament, Xavier is the only Catholic Historically Black College and University (HBCU). Located in New Orleans, 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. This preparation takes place in a diverse learning and teaching environment that incorporates all relevant educational means, including research and community service.
In order to develop and teach cross-listed courses to the Women’s Studies program, a Master’s degree or 18 graduate credit hours in women’s studies, gender, and/or sexuality is required
Demonstrated experience in performance technologies (light, sound, stage, and/or video design)
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”.