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Assistant Professor

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Position Type: Faculty Full Time
Campus: UMass Boston
Department: Gerontology
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Job Description:

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, 2019.

The Gerontology Department is building on its strengths in the broad area of aging and health. We are also seeking greater collaboration with the UMass Boston College of Nursing and Health Sciences. Although the tenure home for the position will be in the Department of Gerontology, the position will include responsibility for teaching in the Nursing Department’s PhD program. There will be other opportunities for the person who occupies this position to collaborate with the College of Nursing and Health Sciences.

The position requires that applicants have an earned doctoral degree in one of the following fields: gerontology, nursing, epidemiology, sociology, psychology, demography, health economics, social work, or public health. Applicants with terminal degrees in other fields will also be considered. Successful candidates will have demonstrated expertise in one or more of the following substantive areas: health disparities in later life, the intersection of aging, race, ethnicity, and income, as well as mental health and aging, and physical health and aging. Other areas of aging and health expertise will be considered, including health policy and/or basic health research. 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 quantitative research skills and be able to contribute to the methods and statistics core in both programs, among other areas. Candidates should be prepared to teach in both doctoral programs, as well as in Department of Gerontology’s online Master’s degree program, and the new Global Aging and Life Course Studies undergraduate major/minor.

Faculty from the Department of Gerontology and the Nursing Department will attend the 2018 annual meetings of the Gerontological Society of America in Boston. Arrangements can be made to discuss the position with these representatives. Please contact Michele Campbell ( if you are interested in scheduling an appointment.

Application instructions:

To apply, submit a letter of interest, curriculum vitae, three samples of publications or other written scholarly material, and the names and contact information of at least three references online.

Inquiries regarding the position may be directed to the search committee Co-Chairs, Edward Miller ( or Jeff Burr ( Review of applications begins December 15, 2018 and continues until the position is filled.

Additional Information: 

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 the most doctoral students of any gerontology program, and boasts 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 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.

The McCormack Graduate School of Policy and Global Studies equips future leaders with tools to enhance governance, strengthen communities, remedy injustices, catalyze change, and improve our planet and the lives of people across generations. Our students, faculty, and staff are known for cutting-edge research and practice with local, national, and global impact. By engaging policymakers, decision makers, and community members, we help shape effective policies that create a more equitable, sustainable, and peaceful world.



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