The Department of Sociology at Xavier University of Louisiana invites applications for a tenure-track entry-level/early career assistant Professor position with a research focus in Crime & Social Justice, or Health, Medicine & Society, to start in August 2024. The department is particularly interested in candidates who have a vision for involving undergraduate students in externally funded research projects, and success in community partnering or experience working in social or public policy. A Ph.D. in Sociology before August 2024 is required. Candidates who will contribute to the university's mission and align with college curricula preparing students to advance social justice are desirable. The candidate should be prepared to teach a broad range of courses and to utilize quantitative methods to investigate causes, consequences, and/or policies associated with varied forms of social inequalities. The ideal candidate should demonstrate the potential for excellence in teaching and research and be able to support HBCU students through advising and mentorship.
The successful candidate will teach four courses each semester which may include interdisciplinary courses in Xavier's core curriculum, in the African American and Diaspora Studies program, and/or in the Women's Studies program. Summer school teaching opportunities are available but not required for this position. 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.
Teach undergraduate courses each year with an emphasis on theory and topical courses that coordinate with our concentrations in Crime & Social Justice and Health, Medicine & Society in-person;
Participate in curriculum and course development and revision/updates to the Sociology curriculum;
Advise and mentor undergraduate students;
Establish a record of research productivity, proportional to experience, in any area mentioned above;
Participate in service activities for the department, university, and community;
Participate in on-campus department, college, and university meetings and assemblies, as well as university convocations and graduation.
PhD in Sociology (conferred by the time of appointment);
Strong commitment to teaching a fulltime load of 4/4 courseload per academic year which may include interdisciplinary courses with a research focus in Crime & Social Justice, or Health, Medicine & Society;
Write and speak English proficiently;
Ability to develop and teach face-to-face as well as online classes;
Demonstrated strong potential for excellence in teaching and mentoring undergraduate students are essential;
Established record of research productivity that complements Sociology research;
Demonstrated ability to teach in the areas outlined above;
Demonstrated commitment to working successfully with a diverse student population;
Demonstrate ability and willingness to work collegially; and
Commitment to the mission of Xavier University of Louisiana.
Ability to teach a wide range of courses in Sociology with an emphasis on Theory and topical courses that coordinate with our concentrations in Crime & Social Justice and Health, Medicine & Society;
Demonstrate Quantitative Methods focus and familiarity with various software;
Experience in mentoring and advising HBCU students leading to readiness for graduate school and the workforce;
Awareness of pedagogical best practices and ongoing commitment to developing and maintaining knowledge in this area;
Experience developing and offering experiential learning opportunities (e.g. undergraduate research, service learning, participatory action research); and
Develop and participate in an active research agenda and contribute to service activities for the department, university, and community.
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”.