The Department of Political Science at Xavier University of Louisiana invites applicants for a tenure track position in Political Science at the assistant professor level beginning August 2023.
The ideal candidate will have a Ph.D. in Political Science with a background centered on global political and economic issues (social justice). The Department of Political Science seeks candidates whose research bridges theory and practice, so as to promote and support student engagement in fields associated with awareness and understanding of global, political, and economic issues.Additionally, the candidate should possess the ability to assist in the teaching ofresearch methods (quantitative and qualitative). The department seeks candidates whose areas of concentration are international affairs and political economy (global and domestic).
The successful applicant will have the ability and willingness to work collegially and teach a 4-4 teaching load. Ideal candidates should also have the ability to develop and teach face-to-face as well as online classes, demonstrate enthusiasm in recruiting and mentoring and a willingness to contribute to the growth and recruitment of the undergraduate Political Science programs. The department is committed to diversity, equity, and inclusion and 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 the Department
The Department of Political Science offers all levels of instruction for undergraduates and offers minors, majors, and concentrations. The Department also offers an accelerated Political Science/Pre-Law program. The Political Science program is designed for students who aspire to active leadership roles in promoting a more just and humane global society. Completing the political science major will: 1) increase competence in the understanding of the principles of government and political thought; 2) develop awareness and understanding of global political and economic issues; 3) enhance skills in statistical research and quantitative analysis; 4) maximize abilities to read critically, speak effectively, write clearly and think analytically; and, 5) facilitate abilities to apply moral and ethical analysis to political issues.
Ph.D in Political Science from a regionally accredited institution and evidence of successful teaching at the undergraduate level.
Strong commitment to teaching twelve semester hours per semester.
Commitment to developing an active research program within the area of the applicant's expertise.
Commitment to academic advising for majors within the department; and
Demonstrate commitment to working successfully with a diverse student population.
Advanced training beyond the Ph.D., e.g. Post-doc, industry, etc.
Evidence of successful teaching at the undergraduate level.
Background centered on global and political economy (global and domestic), and research methods (quantitative and qualitative).
Established track record of meaningful mentorship of undergraduate students.
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.
Awareness of pedagogical best practices and ongoing commitment to developing and maintaining knowledge in this area.
A research project that complements existing department research.
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”.