The Department of Chemistry at Xavier University of Louisiana invites applicants for a tenure track position in organic chemistry at the assistant professor level to begin for fall 2021.
The ideal candidate will have a Ph.D. in Organic Chemistry or a closely related area; experience teaching at the undergraduate level; experience mentoring undergraduate students in research; and a commitment to working with students from diverse backgrounds and pre-college academic preparation. Our ACS-approved chemistry department is equipped with major and modern instrumentation that is used in both our teaching and research. Our faculty members are active scholars, who lead externally funded research and pedagogical projects. Applications are encouraged from applicants with a strong background in any current or emerging areas of organic chemistry. 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 organic chemistry (lecture and lab), general chemistry (labs and/or lecture), and the option to teach advanced courses in the area of the applicant's expertise. The mode of instruction may include in-person, hybrid, remote, and/or any combination thereof.
Supervise and mentor undergraduate research students leading to publications and professional presentations.
Develop and sustain independent and externally funded research.
Participate in service activities for the department, university, and community.
Ph.D. in Chemistry with an emphasis in any area of Organic Chemistry;
Strong commitment to teaching twelve semester hours per semester;
Ability to develop and teach face-to-face as well as online classes;
Demonstrated a strong potential for excellence in teaching and mentoring undergraduate students;
Commitment to developing an active research program within the area of the applicant's expertise, including seeking external funding and submitting scholarly articles;
Established record of research productivity, proportional to experience, in an area mentioned above.
Commitment to academic advising for majors within the department; and
Demonstrated commitment to working successfully with a diverse student population.
About our Department and the Position
The Department of Chemistry at Xavier University of Louisiana is one of the highest-ranked undergraduate programs in the country for students from underrepresented areas in the sciences. The Department offers several degree programs in Chemistry and Biochemistry at the undergraduate level only. The Department has more than 450 majors, the majority of whom pursue professional school in the health professions or graduate study after graduation. The Department has a strong track record of productive scholarship and external funding and has extensive equipment resources to support scholarship.
The Chemistry Department shares the University's Mission and supports it by preparing students to create a more just and humane society through careers in pharmacy, medicine, education, biomedical and chemical sciences, and related areas. As a Department, our goal is to prepare Xavier students for careers that are impactful through leadership and service. By promoting scientific knowledge, understanding of the scientific process, professional development, critical and analytical thinking, and quantitative reasoning, we prepare Xavier students to enter the scientific workforce or pursue graduate and professional studies.
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.
Advanced training beyond the Ph.D., e.g. Post-doc, industry, etc.
Successful experience teaching undergraduate courses in organic chemistry.
Established track record of meaningful mentorship of undergraduate students.
Successful experience teaching chemistry 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 in STEM.
Awareness of pedagogical best practices and ongoing commitment to developing and maintaining knowledge in this area.
A research project that complements existing department research and instrumentation.
Experience recruiting undergraduate students.
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 cover letter emphasizing their qualifications for all the indicated responsibilities of the position, (2) a comprehensive CV, (3) a statement of teaching philosophy (2 pages), (4) a research statement that outlines a scholarship program appropriate for a primarily undergraduate institution (3-5 pages), (5) transcript; and (6) contact information for at least three references who can provide letters of recommendation. Questions about the position should be directed to the committee chair, Dr. Terry Watt (firstname.lastname@example.org). Xavier University of Louisiana is committed to diversity, equity, and inclusion. The Department of Chemistry 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. The review of applications will begin approximately January 22, 2021.
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”.