Senior Faculty Position at University of Illinois at Chicago

May 03, 2017

Senior Faculty Position in Aging, Disability and Health Promotion

Department of Disability and Human Development

University of Illinois at Chicago

The Department of Disability and Human Development (DHD) at the University of Illinois at

Chicago (UIC) is seeking applications for a tenured associate or full professor with an outstanding

research background in health disparities for or health promotion with people with disabilities

and/or aging. We seek a candidate with a demonstrated track record in extramural funding and

experience in translational research. Candidates should also have evidence of successful

mentorship of students and teaching as well as a record of service.

This faculty position is part of a Chancellor-sponsored interdisciplinary cluster hire entitled

“Health Promotion for Racially and Ethnically Diverse Older Adults”. In addition to the faculty

appointment in DHD and membership in DHD’s Institute on Disability and Human

Development (IDHD) the position would include membership in the Center for Research on

Health and Aging (CRHA). The cluster hire initiative also included 4 additional tenure track

faculty specializing in related research in the College of Applied Health Sciences and in the School

of Public Health from the following departments: Community Health Sciences, Physical Therapy,

Occupational Therapy, and Health Policy and Administration.

DHD is dedicated to the interdisciplinary study of disability with the goal of removing barriers to

the advancement of disabled persons in society. It offers intensive graduate-level academic

programs that prepare individuals for positions in research, teaching, and public service in

disability fields. The department is home to the first interdisciplinary PhD program in Disability

Studies. The Master of Science in Disability and Human Development offers graduate-level

training in disability research and scholarship. We also offer an undergraduate Minor in Disability

and Human Development and a continuing education Assistive Technology Certificate Program.

DHD conducts scholarship and community-based service across the spectrum of disability,

including advocacy, culture, education, health promotion, history, policy, and technology. Home

to a number of active research centers and projects, IDHD/DHD is exploring current and

prospective disability policies, conceptual models, and intervention strategies. Currently, IDHD

has 12 funded centers and programs including 7 federally funded centers.

CRHA is the campus-wide focal point for research on aging at UIC. It is currently home to 18

faculty from 8 departments and 5 schools at UIC, including Public Health, Medicine, Nursing,

Applied Health Sciences, and Urban Planning and Public Affairs. CRHA has been home to 3

consecutively funded National Institute on Aging/NIH Roybal Centers for translation research

and has been a national and international leader in the development, testing and translation of

evidence-based health promotion programs for older adults.

UIC is Chicago’s largest university with more than 27,500 students, 9,700 faculty and staff, 15

colleges and the state’s major public medical center. With more than $335 million in annual

research expenditures, UIC ranks among the leading universities in federal research funding and is

known for the extraordinary diversity of its students. The University is located in downtown

Chicago with easy access to outstanding cultural and scientific resources.

For fullest consideration, send materials by July 1, 2017. Anticipated starting date is flexible.

Salary is commensurate with experiences and qualifications. The University of Illinois at Chicago is

an Equal Opportunity, Affirmative Action employer. Minorities, women, veterans and individuals

with disabilities are encouraged to apply. The University of Illinois may conduct background

checks on all job candidates upon acceptance of a contingent offer. Background checks will be

performed in compliance with the Fair Credit Reporting Act.

To apply, please send the following materials to Tamar Heller at ( Application

must include a description of past research and future plans, curriculum vitae, and the names of

three potential references.

Key Responsibilities/Duties:

Applications must be experts in translational health promotion or health disparities research with

disability and/or aging populations. Duties include: 1) Collaborating with other members of the

cluster hire to develop an active, externally funded research program relevant to disability and

human development; 2) Teaching, supervising, and mentoring graduate students; 3) Developing

and teaching courses in disability studies and/or disability and human development; 4) Providing

service to the profession/discipline and to the department, college and university; 6) Contributing

to the knowledge-base in disability and human development at the local, national and international

levels; and 7) Giving invited or peer-reviewed presentations in important national and

international forums.

Minimum Qualifications (required):

 PhD degree

 Commitment to interdisciplinary research

 Exceptional research and scholarly capacity with a strong track record of external funding

in disability and/or aging, health and related areas

 A distinguished record of publications related to health, health promotion interventions, or

health disparities for older minorities and/or persons with disabilities

 At least 5 years of experience teaching graduate level courses and mentoring graduate level


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