School/Unit: L. Douglas Wilder School of Government & Public Affairs
Department: Wilder Sch of Govt & Public Affairs
Purpose of Position:
Virginia Commonwealth University (VCU), the Institute for Inclusion, Inquiry & innovation (iCubed), the L. Douglas Wilder School of Government and Public Affairs, and the School of Allied Health Professions seek applicants for a full-time, tenure-eligible position in the Health and Wellness in Aging Populations Transdisciplinary Core. The chief purpose of this core is to address problems of older and disabled adults "aging in place" within low income senior housing apartment buildings and surrounding neighborhoods in Richmond, Virginia. Collectively, the core will nurture communities to have enhance the social and health aspects of older adults' daily lives; it will address social determinants of health and health disparities facing the population, which is primarily African-American and low-income. The core also will collaborate with health professionals, academics, urban planners, policy experts, and community housing experts to develop a sustainable program of research, education, and service delivery that will translate to the community at large.
The tenure-eligible faculty member will join the Health and Wellness in Aging Populations Transdisciplinary Core and will contribute 75% of their effort to this core.
The faculty member will maintain a joint faculty appointment within L. Douglas Wilder School of Government and Public Affairs at The Center for Urban and Regional Analysis and The Department of Gerontology. They will share a deep commitment to effective instruction, creation of innovative courses and mentoring of students in research, outreach and professional development related to this core. They will demonstrate leadership in developing techniques designed to meet the needs of diverse learning styles and intellectual interests, especially in the context of didactic or experiential teaching of nursing and interprofessional trainees.
The faculty member will be expected to contribute to VCU's national reputation through research and scholarship (extramural funding, high quality publications, citations, and national recognition as through honorific awards) and maintain active involvement in national or international organizations and bodies. More specifically, they should have a solid research background in health promotion for older adults with an emphasis on ethnic minority populations and community-based methodologies; and strong potential to secure external funding and develop scholarship and teaching in the area.
The faculty will broaden participation among members of under-represented groups. They will demonstrate through research, teaching, and/or public engagement the richness of diversity in the learning experience and will integrate multicultural approaches and perspectives into instructional methods and research tools.
Required Qualifications: A PhD in Public Health, Gerontology, Urban Planning or a related area. ABD candidates will be considered.
Demonstrated effectiveness as an educator with a combination of experience in gerontology, urban planning, public health or a related area.
An established research agenda to the level of assistant professors, and a clear potential for scholarship or creative expression to complement and expand existing expertise in the department; or, an established research / scholarship portfolio commensurate to the level of associate professor, as evidenced by high impact publications, external funding, and multidisciplinary application to underrepresented ethnic minorities.
Demonstrated experience working in and fostering a diverse faculty, staff and student environment or commitment to do so as a faculty member at VCU is required.
Preferred Qualifications: Academic, research and/or professional experiences at urban research universities.
Experiential learning through lived experiences and/or professional service that inform worldviews and/or perspectives about minority group status, to include age, race, ethnicity, gender, sexuality, religion, and disability.
To be considered for this position please visit our web site and apply on line at the following link: www.vcujobs.comVirginia Commonwealth University is an equal opportunity/affirmative action institution providing access to education and employment without regard to age, race, color, national origin, gender, religion, sexual orientation, veteran's status, political affiliation or disability.