Job opportunity: Assistant Professor of Sociology, Xavier University of Louisiana

The Department of Sociology at Xavier University of Louisiana invites applications for a tenure-track entry-level/early career Assistant Professor position with a research focus in Crime & Social Justice, or Health, Medicine & Society, to start in August 2023. The department is particularly interested in candidates who have a vision for involving undergraduate students in externally funded research projects, and success in community partnering or experience working in social or public policy. A Ph.D. in Sociology before August 2023 is required. Candidates who will contribute to the university’s mission and align with college curricula preparing students to advance social justice are desirable. The candidate should be prepared to teach a broad range of courses and to utilize quantitative methods to investigate causes, consequences, and/or policies associated with varied forms of social inequalities. The ideal candidate should demonstrate the potential for excellence in teaching and research and be able to support HBCU students through advising and mentorship.

The successful candidate will teach four courses each semester which may include interdisciplinary courses in Xavier’s core curriculum, in the African American and Diaspora Studies program, and/or in the Women’s Studies program. Summer school teaching opportunities are available but not required for this position. The department is committed to diversity, equity, and inclusion and 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 courses each year with an emphasis on theory and topical courses that coordinate with our concentrations in Crime & Social Justice and Health, Medicine & Society.
  • Teach primarily face-to-face but mode of instruction may also include hybrid, remote, and/or any combination thereof.
  • Advise and mentor undergraduate students.
  • Establish a record of research productivity, proportional to experience, in an area mentioned above.
  • Participate in service activities for the department, university, and community. 

Minimum Qualifications

  • PhD in Sociology (conferred by the time of appointment).
  • Strong commitment to teaching a fulltime load of 4/4 course load per academic year which may include interdisciplinary courses in the African American and Diaspora Studies program, and/or in women’s studies program.
  • Demonstrate a strong potential for excellence in teaching and mentoring undergraduate students.
  • Conduct ongoing, independent research resulting in scholarly publications.
  • Demonstrate the ability and willingness to work collegially.
  • Actively engaged in meaningful scholarly activities with and/or about diverse populations.
  • Commitment to the mission of Xavier University of Louisiana.

Preferred Qualifications 

  • Successful experience teaching undergraduate courses to a diverse student body.
  • Demonstrate Quantitative Methods focus and familiarity with various software.
  • Experience in mentoring and advising HBCU students leading to readiness for graduate school and the workforce.
  • Awareness of pedagogical best practices and ongoing commitment to developing and maintaining knowledge in this area.
  • Experience developing and offering experiential learning opportunities (e.g. undergraduate research, service learning, and participatory action research).
  • Develop and participate in an active research agenda and contribute to service activities for the department, university, and community.

Work Hours Full-Time

Posting Detail Information

Posting Number F110P

Number of Vacancies 1

Desired Start Date 08/01/2023

Posting Date 01/06/2023

Open Until Filled Yes

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:

  1. a cover letter emphasizing qualifications for this position
  2. a comprehensive CV
  3. a statement of teaching philosophy
  4. syllabi corresponding to courses listed on CV (Instructor of Record only)
  5. a research statement that outlines scholarship agenda
  6. transcripts (initially unofficial acceptable)
  7. contact information for at least three individuals who can provide confidential letters of recommendation.

Please contact search committee chair, Dr. Amy Bellone Hite for additional information or questions. Xavier University of Louisiana is committed to diversity, equity and inclusion. The Department of Sociology 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 University of Louisiana
Founded in 1925 by Saint Katharine Drexel and the Sisters of the Blessed Sacrament, Xavier 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. This preparation takes place in a diverse learning and teaching environment that incorporates all relevant educational means, including research and community service.