Assistant Professor, Non-Tenured – English (Writing Generalist)



Job description

Department: Department Of English

Job Summary

Xavier University of Louisiana, the only Catholic Historically Black College and University (HBCU), is seeking to hire a non-tenure-track, full-time assistant professor of English, with the appointment to begin August 2023. Qualified candidates should have a M.F.A. or PhD by the time of appointment. The position offers opportunity to develop and teach upper-level undergraduate courses within the candidate’s area(s) of specialization, to teach courses in creative writing, technical writing, and world literature, and to teach first-year composition classes. The position includes the opportunity to teach and work within a diverse faculty and student body, in an historic, mission-driven institution in the unique city of New Orleans. The teaching load is 4/4. 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 in creative writing, technical writing, and world literature; teach composition courses (college writing; rhetoric; literature).
    • Advise students in the English major.
    Participate in service activities for the department, university, and scholarly community.

About our Department:
The Department of English recognizes writing as an act of justice and partners with students through mentorship and dialogue to promote marginalized and silenced voices, and to create and critique powerful works of literature. The Department of English offers bachelor’s degrees in English and English Education, as well as minors in English, Creative Writing, Professional Writing, and Digital Humanities. English also houses an annual, undergraduate journal of creative writing, New Voices, and Xavier Review Press, which publishes two books per year on the arts and humanities, as well as Xavier Review, one of the longest-running literary journals in the region: www.xavierreview.comXRP has special interests in the American South, New Orleans, the Gulf and Caribbean sphere, and African American culture, ethnography, and religion. We are committed to supporting the mission of the university through education, scholarship, publishing, and service.

Minimum Qualifications

    • M.F.A. (or PhD by the time of appointment)
    • Ability to teach courses at the undergraduate level.
    • Experience teaching undergraduate courses in composition, world literature, technical writing, and creative writing.
    • Ability to learn and use education software and the Learning Management System (LMS) adopted by the university.
    • Strong commitment to teaching 4-4 teaching load.
    Demonstrated commitment to working successfully with a diverse student population.

Preferred Qualifications

    • Experience teaching at an HBCU.
    • Demonstrable understanding of HBCU history and culture.
    Demonstrates culturally responsive approaches in teaching, research, and/or service.

Work Hours: Full-Time

Posting Number: F113P

Number of Vacancies: 1

Desired Start Date: 08/01/2023

Open Until Filled: Yes

About Xavier University of Louisiana

Founded in 1925 by Saint Katherine Drexel and the Sisters of the Blessed Sacrament, Xavier is the only Catholic and Historically Black College and University. The university is 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.

How to apply

Qualified candidates are invited to apply using Xavier’s online application site by logging in to Please submit the following materials:

(1) A letter of interest/cover letter emphasizing qualifications, describing your professional goals, relevant academic preparation, and experience;

(2) statements of teaching philosophy and research interests;

(3) comprehensive curriculum vitae;

(4) copies of transcripts; and

(7) contact information for three references. Please contact the search committee chair, Dr. Oliver Hennessey ([email protected]) or additional information or questions. Xavier University of Louisiana is committed to diversity, equity, and inclusion. The Department of English 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. All applications received before May 16th, 2023, are assured consideration.

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