Assistant Professor – African American and African Diasporic Cultural Studies
Xavier University of Louisiana
Location: New Orleans, Louisiana
Internal Number: 2252
The College of Arts and Sciences at Xavier University of Louisiana invites applications for three assistant professor (tenure-track) positions as part of a cluster hire in the area of African American and African Diasporic Studies (AAADCS) Program. This cluster hire is centered around Decolonial Studies, New Social Justice Movements, and Transatlantic Blackness with a focus that spans a variety of geographical areas, fields and methods. The ideal candidates will have a Ph.D. in humanities, social sciences, and related areas. Degree at time of application or official notification of completion of the doctoral degree is required by June 2023.
The college is interested in candidates who demonstrate potential for excellence in teaching and research with undergraduate students. Teaching responsibilities include teaching survey courses and developing courses within the area(s) of specialization suitable for undergraduates. Examples of the areas of specialization may include but are not limited to:
Black radical thought and critical race theory in international, transnational, diasporic or global perspectives;
African migration and refugee studies including the politics of citizenship, xenophobia, and anti-Black racism around the world;
African philosophy, Caribbean theory, and the global production of knowledge about sub-Saharan African cultures, resources, histories and peoples;
Comparative studies of blackness, institutional racism, state sanctioned anti-Black violence, environmental racism, plantation cultures and global carceral geographies;
Transnational and global projects of social justice, political organization, solidarity and coalition building, including through the use of new and old media;
Global circulation and consumption of Black, African, and African diasporic culture and cultural artifacts whether in museums, popular culture, or performance culture;
Black space, architecture, urban design, global cities, and Black cosmopolitanism;
Past and current theory, research, and practice on effective leadership on social justice and advocacy issues in organizational settings;
Systemic barriers and challenges, leadership and organizational development, social justice strategy frameworks, and community-building issues involved in social justice and advocacy work in organizational settings;
Understanding the impetus, organization, and policy implications of advocacy of activism like Black Lives Matter, LGBTQ, Black Queer, and Trans movements, and Environmental Racism movements that aim to dismantle systemic oppression;
Decolonizing gender and sexuality, capitalism, racism, white supremacy and Eurocentric forms of knowledge production;
Anticolonial and decolonial theory;
Intellectuals in and from the Global South; and
Intersectionality and multiple inequalities;
The candidates should have expertise in at least one of the following concentrations:
New Social Justice Movements
Scholars may focus on Anglophone or non-Anglophone contexts, and their research may cover the lived experiences of people of African descent in any part of the world. The program 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 and upper-level AAADCS courses in specialized fields. Mode of instruction may include in-person, hybrid, remote, and/or any combination thereof.
Supervise, mentor, and advise undergraduate students.
Advise students in the AAADCS major.
Assist with providing leadership and counsel for the AAADCS student organizations in the program.
Participate in service activities for the department, university, and community.
Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities:
Ph.D. in humanities and whose scholarship approaches Africana and Black Studies from an international or global perspective.
Strong commitment to teaching 4-4 teaching load.
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 AAADCS research.
Demonstrated ability to teach in the areas outlined above.
Demonstrated commitment to working successfully with a diverse student population.
Successful experience teaching undergraduate courses focused on the intersections of race, class, gender and political history.
Experience with work that embraces interdisciplinary themes, public-facing scholarship, and/or digital humanities.
Successful experience teaching to a diverse student body and knowledge of effective strategies (e.g. culturally responsive or inclusive pedagogy, awareness of issues that may affect the success of minoritized students) supporting underrepresented groups.
Awareness of pedagogical best practices and ongoing commitment to developing and maintaining knowledge in this area.
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”.