SOAR X Program Instructor - Pre-College Summer Programs
Xavier University of Louisiana
Location: New Orleans, Louisiana
Internal Number: 1229
Xavier University of Louisiana invites applications for summer part-time SOAR X Course Instructors. Review of applications will begin immediately and will continue until the positions are filled. These are grant funded positions and continuation is dependent upon funding and/or need.
In line with its commitment to prepare students for the future, Xavier University hosts a variety of summer opportunities for middle and high school aged students designed to enrich their academic and social development. Through these programs, students will enhance their preparation for high school academics and get a jump start on understanding college life. Students from across the country will pursue their passions in a rigorous, supportive academic setting. Xavier offers exciting curricula ranging from science and math to history and writing. Students have the unique opportunity to explore an area of interest on a deeper level through in-class discussions, laboratory experiences and cultural explorations.
For 2024, all programs will be in-person on Xavier's campus. Candidates must be able to teach in-person on-campus for the duration of the program.
Stress on Analytical Reasoning (SOAR) is the flagship XULA Pre-College Program, established in 1977. SOAR X is a new iteration of the legacy, a 4-week intensive residential program endeavoring to prepare the next generation of highly educated professionals for success into and through college. The innovative SOAR X program allows students to customize their summer experience and collaborate with peers from all over the country and the world. Students choose between two tracks: SOAR X STEM, focusing on pandemics and public health disparities, and SOAR X Humanities, focusing on protest and the power of civil disobedience. SOAR X provides early exposure to college life and a career in the health science and law fields. Students are challenged, tested, and held to a high standard of excellence as they discover how they will change the world.
Analytical Reasoning – Preparing students for the transition from high school to college by strengthening their skills in analytical reasoning, quantitative analysis, and critical thinking. Students will learn the theories and paradigms of reasoning, as well as applications including logic games, word problems, math problems, and more.
Research and Cultural Connections—A course focused on digital research skills and digital literacy. It will include digital media skills, avoiding plagiarism/copyright infringement, and incorporating audio, visual and audio-visual sources into projects. All SOAR X students will complete a final project about what they learned throughout the four weeks.
Integrative Science – Centered around the phenomenon of pandemics, students will explore cross-cutting concepts and diverse scientific perspectives to model and explain scientific phenomena. Students will work in groups and use science and engineering practices to solve complex problems surrounding global pandemics.
Scientific Literacy – Centered around the health disparities seen in marginalized communities, this course will have students read and write about the science of pandemics from a human-centered point of view. In the process of learning about other perspectives on pandemics, students will find their own voice and write their own pandemic journal.
African-American Studies—mostly a history course, focusing on the power of civil disobedience. Special focus on the Civil Rights Era. Students will study many primary text sources to learn from those who experienced the events firsthand.
Analytical Writing—A course focused on cross-textual synthesis of material studied in African American Studies using principles learned in Research and Cultural Connections – It will include analysis of audio, visual, and audio-visual sources.
Please indicate in your cover letter which course(s) for which you wish to apply. One applicant could teach up to 2 courses if they are duly qualified.
Instructors will design curriculum, create course content in learning management software, teach in-person course sections, grade assignments and give feedback, attend and speak at awards ceremony, and complete a final report on their course. Other duties and responsibilities may be assigned. The SOAR X Course Instructors will report to the Coordinator of Pre-Collegiate Programs and work closely with other summer program staff.
Earned Bachelor's Degree Two Years of Teaching Experience
Master's Degree Collegiate-level teaching experience Valid State Teaching Certificate in Core Subject
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”.