The Institute for Black Catholic Studies (IBCS) and the Department of Theology at Xavier University of Louisiana invite applicants for a postdoctoral fellow position in Theology for the 2021-22 academic year beginning August 2021. The ideal candidate will have a Ph.D., Th.D., or D.Min. in Theology or Religious Studies, with an emphasis in Black Catholic Studies. The appointment is full-time for 2 years, renewable for a third year. Degree must be conferred before the start date.
The ideal candidate will demonstrate a potential for excellence in 1) teaching undergraduate and IBCS continuing education and graduate pastoral theology students, 2) facilitating pastoral ministry, including workshops, retreats and other programming, 3) planning academic conferences and seminars, and 4) conducting theological research in support of the IBCS. Teaching responsibilities include courses offered by the Xavier Theology Department and the IBCS summer program.
The IBCS and Theology faculty members are active scholars who participate in the Academy and publish on a regular basis. IBCS faculty also identify as scholar activists. Applications are encouraged from graduates with a strong background in Black Catholic theological studies, including (but not limited to) systematics, catechetics, and spirituality. The department is particularly interested in candidates who have experience working with Black Catholic communities in the diaspora, and students from diverse backgrounds, minimizing barriers and increasing equity and completion rates between members of different demographic groups.
Teach undergraduate theology students during the academic year for a total of 9 credit hours.
Teach in the IBCS summer session.
Under the auspices of the IBCS, advance an initiative dedicated to 1) the study of Black Catholicism in the diaspora, highlighting the exemplary missionary discipleship of the six African American candidates for canonization, and 2) the development of intergenerational programming that recognizes and promotes holiness in the diverse contemporary lifestyles of God's people.
Focus on academic, pastoral, and community networks to work in conjunction with the Director of IBCS to promote IBCS programs, including the new initiative on the holiness of Black Catholic life.
Participate and help establish a Theology Colloquium at Xavier during the spring semester.
About The IBCS, the Department, and the University
The Institute for Black Catholic Studies (IBCS) is the first and primary national center for the study of the Black Catholic experience. Established in 1980 in association with Xavier University of Louisiana, the Institute's constituent programs bring together theory and practice, systematic and pastoral theology, rigorous academic study and committed ministry, classroom learning and practical application, rural and urban ministerial concerns, the marketplace and the church. The IBCS shares the University's mission and supports it by preparing students to create a more just and humane society through pastoral ministry and further academic study.Conceived in an interdisciplinary context, the various program components of the Institute advance a holistic appreciation of the human person.The Institute's faculty is an outstanding group of nationally and internationally respected African American and African priests, vowed religious and laity who are pastoral leaders and educators, scholars and researchers. The IBCS strives in every way to meet the charge Pope Paul VI issued to Catholics of African descent - to enrich our Roman Catholic Church with our "precious and original contribution" of Blackness.
The Department of Theology at Xavier values teaching and research as essential components of education; many of our undergraduate students engage in independent research directly mentored by faculty. As a Department, our goal is to prepare Xavier students for careers that are impactful through leadership and service. The Theology Program promotes a more just and humane society within the context of faith and theological reflection. It enables students to understand the discourse of the human experience of God by means of an historical critical approach.
About Xavier University of Louisiana
Founded in 1925 by Saint Katharine Drexel and the Sisters of the Blessed Sacrament, Xavier is the only Historically Black and Catholic University in the U.S. 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.
Between 1-3 years of receiving the Ph.D., Th.D., D.Min.
Ability to teach undergraduate Theology and pastoral theological courses at the continuing education level.
Experience with a diverse student body and knowledge of effective strategies (e.g. culturally responsive or inclusive pedagogy, awareness of issues in the Black Catholic community).
A developing publications profile that demonstrates knowledge of Black Catholic Theology.
Research project that complements proposed IBCS research and programming.
How to Apply-Required Documentation:
Qualified candidates are invited to apply using Xavier’s online application site by logging in to https://jobs.xula.edu. Please submit the following materials: (1) A letter of interest describing your professional goals, relevant academic preparation and experience, teaching philosophy, and research interest; (2) comprehensive curriculum vitae; (3) transcript; and (4) contact information for three references. Please contact the search committee chair, Kathleen Bellow at email@example.com for additional information or questions. Xavier University of Louisiana is committed to diversity, equity, and inclusion. The IBCS and the Theology Department are 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 January 22, 2021, are assured consideration.
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”.