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Assistant Professor of Inorganic Chemistry

Xavier University of Louisiana
New Orleans, Louisiana
Closing date
Dec 17, 2022

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The Department of Chemistry at Xavier University of Louisiana invites applicants for a tenure track position in inorganic chemistry at the assistant professor level beginning Fall 2023. The ideal candidate will have a Ph.D. in Inorganic Chemistry or a closely related field; experience teaching at the undergraduate level; experience mentoring undergraduate students in research; and a commitment to working with students from diverse backgrounds.


Our ACS-approved chemistry department is equipped with major and modern instrumentation that is used in both our teaching and research.  Our faculty members are active scholars, who lead externally funded research and pedagogical projects.  Applications are encouraged from applicants with a strong background in current or emerging areas of inorganic chemistry. The department is particularly interested in candidates with a background in materials science and/or sustainable energy. 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 general and inorganic chemistry lecture and lab sequences, and the option to teach advanced courses in the area of the applicant’s expertise. The mode of instruction may include in-person, hybrid, remote, and/or any combination thereof. 
  • Supervise and mentor undergraduate research students leading to publications and professional presentations. 
  • Develop and sustain independent and externally funded research. 
  • Participate in service activities for the department, university, and the local community.


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 360 majors, the majority of whom pursue professional school in the health professions or graduate study after graduation.


Minimum Qualifications

  • PhD in Inorganic Chemistry or a closely related field;
  • Strong commitment to teaching twelve semester hours per semester; 
  • Ability to develop and teach face-to-face as well as online classes; 
  • Demonstrated a strong potential for excellence in teaching and mentoring undergraduate students; 
  • Commitment to developing an active research program within the area of the applicant’s expertise, including seeking external funding and submitting scholarly articles; 
  • Established record of research productivity, proportional to experience, in an area mentioned above; 
  • Commitment to academic advising for majors within the department; 
  • Demonstrated commitment to working successfully with a diverse student population.

Preferred Qualifications

  • Advanced training beyond the Ph.D., e.g. Post-doc, industry, etc. 
  • Successful experience teaching undergraduate courses in inorganic chemistry. 
  • Established track record of meaningful mentorship of undergraduate students. 
  • Successful experience teaching chemistry 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 in STEM. 
  • Awareness of pedagogical best practices and ongoing commitment to developing and maintaining knowledge in this area. 
  • A research project that complements existing department research and instrumentation. 

Application Instructions

Qualified candidates are invited to learn more and to apply using Xavier’s online application site (

Please submit the following materials: 

(1) A cover letter emphasizing qualifications for all the indicated responsibilities of the position; 

(2) a comprehensive CV; 

(3) a statement of teaching philosophy (1-2 pages);

(4) a research statement that outlines a scholarship program appropriate for a primarily undergraduate institution (3-5 pages); 

(5) transcripts; 

(6) contact information for at least three references who can provide letters of recommendation.


Questions about the position should be directed to the committee chair, Dr. Mike Adams (



About Xavier University of Louisiana

Founded in 1925 by Saint Katherine 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


The University is committed to diversity, equity, and inclusion. The Department of Chemistry 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.


Xavier University of Louisiana, the only historically Black, Catholic institution of higher education in the US, was founded in 1915 in New Orleans by Saint Katharine Drexel and the Sisters of the Blessed Sacrament, a community dedicated to serving African Americans and Native Americans. In 1970, control of the University was transferred to a joint lay/religious Board of Trustees. Xavier continues its commitment to educate well-rounded graduates positioned to become leaders serving communities across the country and around the world. Xavier has 215 Faculty members and over 4100 students. A number of faculty at Xavier lead, or are involved in cancer research programs as part of the Louisiana Cancer Research Consortium.

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