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Assistant/Associate Professor - Aging Studies (Position #6221)

Posted On: Thursday, December 01, 2016
Position Type: Faculty
College/Division: College of Health and Human Sciences
Department: School of Family and Consumer Sciences
Contact: Dr. Susan Bowers, Search Committee Co-Chair | agingsearch@niu.edu | 815-753-1196
Phone: 815-753-1196
Fax: 815-753-1321


The School of Family and Consumer Sciences (FCS) at Northern Illinois University invites applications for a faculty appointment at the assistant/associate professor level for a new Aging Studies program beginning August 2017. This aligns with the movement of an existing Gerontology minor and undergraduate and graduate certificate programs into the school by Fall 2018. Faculty is sought to teach in existing coursework on aging, as well as in a master’s degree specialization, Leadership in Aging Studies, in the School of FCS.

Northern Illinois University ( http://www.niu.edu) is a Doctoral/Research extensive university with a diverse student body of over 20,000 located 65 miles west of Chicago. The position is housed in the area of Family and Child Studies (renamed to Human Development and Family Studies by Fall 2017) of the School of Family and Consumer Sciences. The School has 17 full-time faculty members and five supportive professional staff. Being a team member in the Family and Child Studies Program involves activities in the areas of research, teaching, and service.


Teach graduate and undergraduate courses in aging studies in the context of family and human development across the life span. Encourage students' participation in professional development activities, scholarship, and community service. Maintain an active program of research and scholarship, and direct theses/dissertations. Participate in school and university committee work, including curriculum development and assessment, and advocate for Human Development and Family Sciences-related professions regionally, nationally, and internationally.


Applicants must have an earned Ph.D., preferred with an emphasis in Gerontology or Aging Studies or the equivalent. At least one degree should be in family sciences, or family and human development, or the equivalent. Candidates should demonstrate a commitment to cross-disciplinary collaboration, and leadership in the profession, as well as an established record of, or potential for, scholarship leading to publications and external funding. Candidates must have demonstrated strong interpersonal, teamwork and leadership skills.


Candidates with previous work experience in aging, experience leading or supervising off-campus aging internships, and experience successfully obtaining extramural funding preferred.


Preference will be given to complete applications received by January 15, 2017, and will be accepted until the position is filled. Applicants must submit a letter of application stating qualifications, current curriculum vitae, transcripts of relevant degrees, teaching and administrative experience, and a list of names/addresses/phone/position titles of three current professional references. Letters of recommendation must be sent directly by the individuals serving as references to:

Dr. Susan Bowers, Search Committee Co-Chair
c/o Diane Manzella, Office Administrator
School of Family and Consumer Sciences
Northern Illinois University, DeKalb, IL 60115-2854
Fax: 815-753-1321
Email: agingsearch@niu.edu

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