The Department of Chemistry at Xavier University of Louisiana invites applicants for a full-time one-year visiting assistant professor for General Chemistry to begin fall 2021. The ideal candidate will have a Master's or Ph.D. in Chemistry or Chemical Education; experience teaching at the undergraduate level; and a commitment to working with students from diverse backgrounds.
The successful applicant will teach four classes per semester at the undergraduate level and be committed to working with students from diverse backgrounds. The ability and willingness to work collegially with a 4-4 teaching load are essential. The department is seeking an applicant who is willing to teach and serve as the General Chemistry Laboratory Coordinator. The Lab Coordinator has the following responsibilities:
Prepares solutions and reagents for all sections of General Chemistry I and II labs
Prepares and maintains equipment for General Chemistry Labs
Maintains order and cleanliness of the General Chemistry laboratories
Maintains an inventory of chemicals, supplies, and equipment for the General Chemistry labs
Places a yearly (or as needed) order for replenishing laboratory chemicals and supplies
Prepares the syllabus for all sections of General Chemistry I and II labs
Holds a weekly meeting for all General Chemistry I and II laboratory instructors
Prepares midterm and final exams for General Chemistry I and II labs
Provides input for updates to the General Chemistry I and II lab manuals
Places the order for lab manuals with the bookstore each semester
Maintains awareness of best practices in General Chemistry lab instruction
The Department of Chemistry at Xavier University of Louisiana is one of the highest-ranked undergraduate programs in the country for students from underrepresented areas in the sciences. The Department offers several degree programs in Chemistry and Biochemistry at the undergraduate level only. The Department has more than 450 majors, the majority of whom pursue professional school in the health professions or graduate study after graduation. The department is particularly interested in applicants who have experience working with students from diverse backgrounds, minimizing barriers, and increasing equity and completion rates between members of different demographic groups.
Masters or Ph.D. in Chemistry or Chemical Education;
Strong commitment to teaching twelve semester hours per semester;
Ability to teach General Chemistry labs;
Ability to maintain all coordinator duties;
Maintains awareness of best practices in General Chemistry laboratory instruction;
Develops a pedagogical project centered around the General Chemistry laboratory curriculum;
Serves as an academic advisor;
Participates in departmental professional activities;
Serves on at least one departmental committee each year; and
Demonstrated a strong potential for excellence in teaching and mentoring undergraduate students.
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”.