The Department of Sociology at Xavier University of Louisiana invites applicants for a tenure-track entry-level/early career tenure-track position in sociology at the assistant professor level beginning August 2021. The ideal candidate will have a Ph.D. in Sociology, with a background in health disparities and health equity.
The department is particularly interested in candidates who study the systemic mechanisms and human outcomes of health disparities as well as the underlying social inequalities that cause these disparities. The candidate should be prepared to contribute to the “Health, Medicine and Society” program concentration. The ideal candidate will demonstrate excellence in teaching and research and be able to support HBCU students through advising as well as mentorship. The successful candidate will teach four courses each semester, including interdisciplinary teaching opportunities in related programs such as Xavier’s Core Curriculum, African American and Diaspora Studies, and Women’s Studies. Summer school teaching opportunities are also available, although not required for this position. 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.
Teach undergraduate courses each year, including but not limited to, Introduction to Sociology and Health Disparities. Mode of instruction may include in-person, hybrid, remote, and/or any combination thereof.
Advise and mentor undergraduate students
Engage in research
Contribute to the Department’s “Health, Medicine and Society” concentration
Participate in service activities for the department, university, and community
Ph.D. in Sociology (conferred by the time of appointment).
Teach four, 3 credit-hour courses (2-4 different courses) each semester (fall/spring)
Teach face-to-face as well as online classes
Conduct ongoing, independent research resulting in scholarly publications or successful grant proposals
Mentorship and advising of HBCU students leading to readiness for graduate school and the workforce
Demonstrated ability and willingness to work collegially
Commitment to the mission of Xavier University of Louisiana
About our Department and the Position
The Department of Sociology offers undergraduate instruction for three sociology program tracks and a sociology minor, as well as contributing to Xavier’s core curriculum, Women’s Studies Program, and African American and Diaspora Studies program. In addition to a major in general Sociology, the department also offers students concentration options in “Crime and Social Justice” and “Health, Medicine, and Society”.
As a mid-sized department in Xavier’s College of Arts and Sciences, students enrolled in courses offered by the Department of Sociology enjoy relatively small class sizes, allowing for ample discussion and interaction. Faculty advisers closely support students majoring in sociology in identifying and mapping their individualized goals. The Department prepares two-thirds of our graduates going on to graduate or professional school within five years by emphasizing the development of strong research, communication, and critical thinking skills. Each student majoring in sociology completes at least one original research project, a Capstone experience, and an internship experience. Undergraduate students are encouraged to engage in both independent research and to assist in faculty research. Thus, the major curriculum includes hands-on development of research skills, supported by all appropriate technologies and small-grant funding for projects. Faculty members engage in ongoing mentorship to prepare each student to achieve the individualized goals they establish.
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.
Successful experience teaching undergraduate courses to a diverse student body
Ongoing commitment to pedagogical innovation
Experience developing and offering experiential learning opportunities (e.g. undergraduate research, service learning, study abroad, participatory action research)
Experience mentoring undergraduate students in social science research
Experience recruiting undergraduate students.
Ability to teach a wide range of existing course offerings
How to Apply-Required Documentation:
Qualified candidates are invited to apply using Xavier’s online application site by logging in to https://jobs.xula.edu. Please submit the following materials: (1) A letter of interest emphasizing qualifications for this position; (2) comprehensive curriculum vitae; (3) a statement of teaching philosophy; (4) transcripts; and (5) contact information for three references. Please contact search committee chair, Brian Turner at firstname.lastname@example.org for additional information or questions. Xavier University of Louisiana is committed to diversity, equity, and inclusion. The Department of Sociology is especially interested in exceptionally well-qualified applicants who will contribute, through their research, teaching, and service to the diversity and excellence of the academic community. Screening of candidates will begin immediately and continue until the position is filled. All applications received before January 22, 2021, are assured consideration.
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”.