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Assistant Professor, Healthy Aging in HDF

University of Rhode Island
Kingston, RI
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Oct 18, 2021

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Assistant Professor, Healthy Aging in HDF

Job Description Summary, Duties and Responsibilities, Required Qualifications and Preferred Qualifications

The search will remain open until the position has been filled. First consideration will be given to applications received by November 15, 2021. Second consideration may be given to applications received by December 15, 2021. Applications received subsequent to second consideration date (December 15, 2021) may not be given full consideration.

The Department of Human Development and Family Science (HDF) in the College of Health Sciences at the University of Rhode Island (URI) is seeking a faculty member with expertise in gerontology, aging, and health with a specialization in brain health and/or caregiving research. This is a tenure-track, academic year (9-month) appointment at the rank of assistant professor to commence in the Fall of 2022. URI became an Age-Friendly University in 2018, and we are seeking a faculty member to help us advance this initiative through intergenerational, interprofessional collaborative efforts in research, teaching, and service.

The Department, College and University recognize that the field of HDF needs to be strengthened by contributions from a broad range of perspectives. The HDF Department is committed to diversity, equity, and inclusion and seeks to serve as a representative inspiration for the next generations. As such, we particularly welcome candidates from groups that are historically underrepresented, marginalized, and/or excluded in the fields of human development & family science and gerontology that will support the mission of both URI and the HDF Department to expose students to different perspectives. Candidates will demonstrate a commitment to inclusivity to enhance a sense of belonging and academic success among undergraduate and graduate students from diverse cultures and backgrounds.


We seek a teacher-scholar who is committed to the University of Rhode Island's mission as a learner-centered research university where diversity and respect are valued. The candidate is expected to conduct a focused program of scholarship yielding published peer-reviewed research; obtain external funding to support research and students; teach graduate and undergraduate courses in gerontology and other areas of human development and family science as needed; mentor and advise graduate and undergraduate students; and actively participate in department, college, and professional service activities.



1. A Ph.D., or expectation of completion of degree requirements by appointment date, in human development & family science, gerontology, or a related field.

2. Demonstrated ability to teach college-level Human Development and Family Science courses related to the health & well-being of older adults specific to cognitive functioning, caregivers, services and supports for older adults, and/or the needs of diverse aging populations.

3. Evidence of research in gerontology related to aging & health with scholarly work commensurate with level of academic experience.

4. Demonstrated experience working within diverse populations or in diverse and inclusive environments.

5. Demonstrated experience with interdisciplinary collaboration and community outreach with older adult populations in research and/or teaching.


1. Research expertise in at least one of the following or related areas: prevention of cognitive decline, caring for those with Alzheimer's disease or dementia, services and supports at home, health and well-being of older adults and their caregivers, intergenerational relationships, role of technology in supporting caregivers and older adults, needs of diverse aging populations, and older adult mental health needs and interventions.

2. Experience advising students or overseeing experiential education or internship opportunities for students.



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Academic Year, Full-time, Tenure-track, Permanent

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Human Development & Family Science


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Please attach the following 5 (PDF) documents to your online Faculty Employment Application:

(#1) A 1-2 page letter of application that describes your interest in this position and addresses how you meet the required qualifications and if possible, the preferred qualifications for the position (as one complete document).

(#2) A 1-2 page research statement with a five-year detailed research timeline (as one complete document).

(#3) Curriculum Vitae which includes the names/contact information for three references (as one complete document).

(#4) "Other Document" - a 1-page statement that identifies commitment to equity, diversity, justice, and inclusion in higher education and addresses your values and/or philosophy, accomplishments, experiences, education, and training with equity, diversity, justice, and inclusion.

(#5) "Other Document" - 1 article-length sample of relevant scholarly work.

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