The Department of History at Xavier University of Louisiana invites applicants for a tenure track position in History (Public History) at the assistant professor level beginning August 2024. The ideal candidate will have a Ph.D. in History with experience in the teaching and practice of Public History. While the time period and geographical region of specialized area of research is open, preference will be given to applicants with additional expertise in global or environmental history. Candidates must have a promising teaching and scholarly agenda and have completed their Ph.D. by the time of appointment (ABD candidates will be considered).
The ideal applicant will demonstrate a potential for excellence in teaching and working with undergraduate students. Teaching responsibilities include teaching survey courses in global history, public history, and developing upper-level course within the area(s) of specialization suitable for undergraduates. This could include interdisciplinary teaching opportunities in related programs. Applications are encouraged from candidates with a strong background in any current or emerging areas of public history, experience in teaching, as well as a publication record that embraces interdisciplinary themes, digital technologies, and/or public-facing scholarship. The department is particularly interested in candidates who can teach in a diverse university community and have demonstrated ability in helping students from diverse backgrounds succeed.
Duties and Responsibilities:
Teach undergraduate history courses each year and maintain a 4/4 course load of in-person instruction;
Participate in curriculum and course development and revision/updates to the History curriculum;
Advise and mentor undergraduate students;
Establish a record of research productivity proportional to experience in any of the areas mentioned above;
Participate in service activities for the department, university, and community; and
Participate in on-campus department, college, and university meetings and assemblies, as well as university convocations and graduation.
Ph.D. in History historical-grounded and related field (conferred by the time of appointment); ABD candidates will be considered;
Strong commitment to teaching a full-time load of 4/4 course load per academic year which may include interdisciplinary courses;
Write and speak English proficiently;
Ability to develop and teach face-to-face as well as online classes;
Demonstrate strong potential for excellence in teaching and mentoring undergraduate students;
Evidence of potential for an active research agenda within the area of the applicant's expertise in public history;
Demonstrate a commitment to working successfully with a diverse student population;
Demonstrate ability and willingness to work collegially; and
Engage actively with the mission of Xavier University of Louisiana.
Ability to teach a range of courses in Public History, core curriculum offerings, and focused upper-level courses in sub-field areas;
Research interest in global or environmental studies;
Experience in mentoring and advising HBCU students in coursework, thesis development, and internships;
Awareness of pedagogical best practices and ongoing commitment to developing and maintaining knowledge in this area;
Direct experience with museums, archives, or other public history sites or projects;
Developed and active research agenda of scholarly and public-facing work that complements existing department research; and
Willingness to play a lead role in developing curriculum and programming in public history, expand opportunities for student engagement, 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”.