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
Participate in on-campus department, college, and university meetings and assemblies, as well as university convocations and graduation
Ph.D. in History or 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
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
Willingness to play a lead role in developing curriculum and programming in public history, expanding opportunities for student engagement, and contributing to service activities for the department, university, and community
Founded in 1925 by Saint Katharine Drexel and the Sisters of the Blessed Sacrament, Xavier University of Louisiana 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. Xavier University of Louisiana’s current enrollment is 3,419. Of these, 2,693 are undergraduates and 205 are graduate students enrolled in Masters and Doctoral programs in the College of Arts and Sciences. In addition, there are 518 students enrolled in the College of Pharmacy, which offers the Master of Health Science in Physician Assistant Studies, the Master of Science in Pharmaceutical Sciences, and the Doctor of Pharmacy. Xavier’s student body is 80% African American, with approximately 37% from Louisiana, primarily from the New Orleans area. The balance comes from 42 other states, the District of Columbia, the Virgin Islands, and several countries.