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Assistant Professor of History

Xavier University of Louisiana
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Department: Department Of History

Job Summary

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.
Minimum Qualifications
    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.
Preferred Qualifications
    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;

    Experience developing / offering experiential learning opportunities (e.g. undergraduate research, service learning, participatory action research, internships);

    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.
Work Hours: Full-Time

Posting Number: F128P

Number of Vacancies: 1

Desired Start Date: 08/01/2024

Application Review Date: 11/17/2023

Open Until Filled: Yes

Special Instructions to Applicants

How to Apply-Required Documentation: Qualified candidates are invited to apply using Xavier's online application site by logging in to Please submit the following materials: Enter required documentations here:
(1)a cover letter emphasizing qualifications for this position;
(2)a comprehensive curriculum vitae;
(3)a statement of teaching philosophy;
(4)a statement of research philosophy;
(5)transcripts; and
(6) contact information for three references.
Questions about the position should be directed to the committee chair, (Dr. Elizabeth Manley at Xavier University of Louisiana is committed to diversity, equity, and inclusion. The Department of History is especially interested in exceptionally well-qualified applicants who will contribute, through their research, teaching, and service to the diversity and excellence of the academic community. Screening of candidates will begin immediately and continue until the position is filled.

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About Xavier

About Xavier University of Louisiana
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.
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