Assistant Professor, Non-Tenured - Medicial Laboratory Science (MLS) Program
Xavier University of Louisiana
Location: New Orleans, Louisiana
Internal Number: 2045
The Department of Biology at Xavier University of Louisiana invites applicants for a nontenure track position in biology at the assistant professor level beginning August 2023. The ideal candidate will have a Ph.D. in Health Sciences or related field. The department seeks candidates who will teach aspiring Medical Laboratory Scientists in the disciplines of Immunology, Immunohematology, and Microbiology. The candidate must also advise students and be willing to teach additional courses in MLS and the Biology department as needed.
The candidate will be able to create and distribute written and laboratory practice assignments.
The candidate will collaborate with other faculty to exercise uniformity with the program. 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.
The ideal candidate must have a strong enthusiasm for teaching and dedication in the clinical laboratory, demonstrated by having at least seven years of full-time work experience in the clinical laboratory setting, five years of teaching experience in a clinical laboratory setting, and an additional five years of experience teaching medical laboratory students in higher education.
This position requires having strong oral and written communication skills, presentation skills, and strong technical laboratory knowledge and skills.
As an Assistant Professor in the MLS Program, the candidate must also be a current board-certified Medical Laboratory Scientist (ASCP or equivalent) and have earned a doctorate degree in Medical Laboratory Science or the Health Sciences by the hire date. The Department of Biology is the largest in the College of Arts & Sciences at Xavier with a total of 750-800 majors each year. There are 24 full-time faculty members ready to serve all students, including three former XU-Biology graduates. Faculty members in the department are research active and continue to provide opportunities for our students to receive research experience. The department has taken the lead on redesigning and revising our pre-med curriculum so that our students will excel on the redesigned Medical College Admissions Test and to address the growing and urgent national problem of declining numbers of African American professionals in the field of medicine. AA/EOE
Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities (Minimum Qualifications):
Ph. D. in Medical Laboratory Science or the Health Sciences or related field by the hire date;
Current board-certified Medical Laboratory Scientist (ASCP or equivalent);
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 and experience in a clinical laboratory setting;
Commitment to academic advising for majors within the department; and
Demonstrated commitment to working successfully with a diverse student population.
Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities (Preferred Qualifications):
Experience working Medical Laboratory Science setting, industry, etc;
Successful experience teaching undergraduate courses in health sciences;
Experience in student advising is preferred and experience in student recruitment is highly desirable;
Evidence of virtual learning;
Awareness of pedagogical best practices and ongoing commitment to developing and maintaining knowledge in this area
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”.