The Department of Gerontology in the John W. McCormack Graduate School of Policy and Global Studies at the University of Massachusetts Boston invites qualified persons to apply for a tenure-track assistant professor position to join our faculty beginning September 1, 2022.
The Department of Gerontology is situated in one of the most racially and ethnically diverse campuses in the Northeast region of the U.S. The University of Massachusetts Boston and the Department of Gerontology have a strong commitment to social justice and inclusion. The Department strongly encourages applications from persons with diverse backgrounds.
Areas of specialization include a program of research focusing on population aging and health disparities, with a focus on older adults and their families who are from under-served communities. Health is broadly defined for this position, and includes cognitive health, mental and physical health, and behavioral health. The successful candidate will contribute to UMass Boston’s anti-racist and health promotion mission. The research portfolio should be directly related to these critical concerns, including racial justice, disparities, and inequality.
All candidates should have an emerging or established program of research with evidence of external funding or the potential for generating external funding. Candidates should have strong research skills that enable them to contribute to the methods and statistics training core. Candidates should be prepared to teach across our undergraduate, online masters, and doctoral programs. The person who fills this position will be a Fellow in the Gerontology Institute and may also have an affiliation with the Center for Social and Demographic Research in Aging and the LeadingAge LTSS Center, both located within the Gerontology Institute at UMass Boston. Applicants must have an earned doctoral degree in one of the following fields: gerontology, nursing, epidemiology, sociology, psychology, demography, health economics, social work, public health or an interdisciplinary program. Applicants with terminal degrees in other fields will also be considered.
To apply, submit online here a letter of interest, curriculum vitae, and the names and contact information of at least three references. Finalists will be asked to submit examples of written work at the appropriate time.
Inquiries regarding the position may be directed to the search committee Co-Chairs, Professor Edward Miller (email@example.com) and Professor Jan Mutchler (firstname.lastname@example.org ). Review of applications begins November 22, 2021 and continues until the position is filled.
The Department of Gerontology provides a rich environment for interdisciplinary, collaborative research. The Department houses two graduate degree programs: the PhD in Gerontology and the Master’s Degree in Gerontology. The PhD program is one of the oldest in the world, has graduated more than 100 doctoral students, boasting a strong record of training doctoral students in the scientific study of aging. The Master’s degree provides students with two track options: the online Management of Aging Services Track and the Research-Policy Track. The award-winning Management of Aging Services Master program has graduated more than 400 students since being formed in 2003. The Department also houses a new undergraduate major and minor, Global Aging and Life Course Studies.
The Department has strong relationships with the Gerontology Institute, also located within the McCormack Graduate School of Policy and Global Studies. Together, they house two peer-reviewed research journals: Research on Aging and the Journal of Aging and Social Policy. We provide strong pre- and post-award support for external funding. Current faculty collaborations include those with major academic and medical institutions in and around the New England area, nationally, and internationally. New and exciting collaborative teaching and research opportunities are being developed across our campus.
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