Connecticut College seeks applicants for a three-year visiting assistant professor position in health disparities and aging in the department of Human Development, beginning July 1. 2017. (The initial appointment will be for one year and will be renewable for two additional years, based on performance evaluation.) The successful candidate will have a strong background in health disparities and aging, especially as it relates to marginalized and underrepresented groups.
We seek a dynamic colleague who is passionately committed to teaching and research in a department that is noted for linking theory and research with practice, valuing interdisciplinarity, and having a strong commitment to diversity and community engagement. This position is seen as bringing expertise to the department and its curriculum in an area where the knowledge-base is rapidly growing and critical, and where teaching and research can build on an unusual base of goodwill, demographic diversity and stability, and support from the community.
We seek a candidate with a potential for producing high-quality scholarship in health disparities and aging. Expertise in any of the following areas would make a contribution to the department’s curriculum: disparities in aging and chronic diseases; caregiving and innovations; public policy, health care and reform; poverty, family dynamics and intergenerational issues, and death, dying and palliative care in later life. We are particularly interested in individuals whose research program delineates the intersections of health and aging, by race, ethnicity, class, gender, and/or sexual orientation.
Required qualifications: PhD in human development or a related field such as gerontology, public health, or psychology, and evidence of successful teaching at the college or university level. Preferred qualifications include a background and interest in the liberal arts context, a developing research program, and community-based engagement.
The department of Human Development is recognized for its commitment to creating a spirit of collegiality and collaborative engagement. The department faculty are active in a number of multidisciplinary research areas that include child and adolescent development, motivation, qualitative and quantitative modes of inquiry, cultural dynamics of globalization, influence of media on identity, children’s rights, family policies, racial identity, and coping and resiliency within community engagement contexts.
Connecticut College is a private, highly selective college with a strong commitment to the liberal arts tradition that emphasizes broad interdisciplinary teaching and research with a demonstrated commitment to outstanding faculty teaching and research. Recognizing that intellectual vitality and diversity are inseparable, the College has embarked on a significantly successful initiative to diversify its faculty, student body, and curriculum. The College seeks creative scholars excited about working in a liberal arts setting, with its strong focus on engaged teaching, participation in shared governance, and active involvement in an institution-wide advancement of diversity and inclusion. We encourage applications from candidates who share this understanding of the faculty role and will contribute to the diversity of our college community, including members of historically underrepresented groups. Salary is competitive.
The full-time visiting faculty teaching load is three courses per semester. The courses could include one section of an introductory course on human development across the lifespan, a course on aging, an upper level course on health disparities, a research methods course (broadly defined), or an advanced research seminar on a topic negotiated by the faculty member and department.
Review of applications will begin February 28, 2017 and continue until the position is filled. Please submit 1) a cover letter addressed to Dr. Michelle Dunlap, Chair, Human Development Search Committee, addressing teaching philosophy and experience, and research interests and experience, 2) curriculum vitae, 3) teaching evaluations, and 4) any other relevant supporting materials to https://apply.interfolio.com/39011. Please arrange for three letters of recommendation to be submitted to Interfolio as well.