Visiting Professor and Program Coordinator, Applied Gerontology

School of Health and Applied Human Sciences

College of Health and Human Services


Vacancy #: 14F045                                                                                                                                                  Position #: 6918

The School of Health and Applied Human Sciences (SHAHS), within the College of Health and Human Services, at the University of North Carolina Wilmington (UNCW) seeks a dynamic, creative, and visionary academic leader for the position of Visiting Professor and Program Coordinator for Gerontology. This appointment will be effective on August 11, 2014 for a one (1) year appointment with a possible one (1) year renewal. Reporting to the Director of the School of Health and Applied Human Sciences, this individual is expected to provide leadership and vision for the program; foster and encourage a culture of professional engagement and scholarship; advocate for the needs of the program; encourage collaboration across the School, College and University; and build relationships with campus stakeholders, community partners, practitioners and academic colleagues.

Applicants must hold a doctoral degree in Gerontology (or related discipline, including but not limited to, Biology, Political Science, Psychology, Sociology, Medicine, Nursing, Social Work or other health-related professions) at the time of appointment.  The successful candidate must demonstrate an exemplary teaching record, significant professional service, and a substantial scholarly record. Strong communication, management and leadership skills are critical to the success of this individual.  This individual must demonstrate success in teambuilding, a record of effective and successful academic and administrative leadership, and the experience of leading change within the academic setting. Preference will be given to candidates who have (1) demonstrated professional, academic, and/or administrative leadership experience in Gerontology; (2) interprofessional/transdisciplinary education within health and human services; (3) experience with online education; and (4) interest in developing and implementing curricula related to diverse populations. Moreover, evidence of community involvement and engagement, as well as experience in a healthcare environment, is preferred.

The School of Health and Applied Human Sciences houses six undergraduate degree programs including Athletic Training, Exercise Science, Physical Education/Health (teacher licensure), Public Health Studies, Recreation Therapy, and Recreation, Sport Leadership, and Tourism Management. The School also houses the graduate program in Applied Gerontology, and sponsors PED 101(Physical Activity and Wellness), which serves as the university wellbeing requirement. The Gerontology Program consists of a master’s of science degree, a post-baccalaureate certificate, a concentration in the Master’s of Liberal Studies, and an undergraduate minor.  The program also serves the undergraduate student population through the offering of an introductory undergraduate gerontology course, GRN 101. The program has an outstanding legacy of service and is dedicated to enriching the health and quality of life of people living in southeastern NC. This is an exciting time in the development of the Gerontology Program as we seek to evaluate and posture this academic program to continue to serve our students and community in the years to come.

The College of Health and Human Services was created in July 2010 to provide UNCW with a new mechanism to link and focus its health-related research, professional continuing education, and health knowledge dissemination and application. In the formative stage of development, the CHHS is currently home to three professional schools: School of Health and Applied Human Sciences, School of Nursing, and School of Social Work.  This is an outstanding opportunity to join an energetic College that seeks to be nationally recognized for its interprofessional collaboration, community engagement and impact, and implementation science. The faculty, staff and students of the CHHS are committed to the pursuit of excellence and enhancing health and quality of life across the lifespan for individuals, families and communities in southeastern North Carolina and beyond.

UNCW is one of 17 constituent campuses of the University of North Carolina system, with an enrollment of 13,733. It offers 52 undergraduate, 38 master’s degree programs, and two doctoral degree programs. At UNCW, passionate and engaged teaching, learning and research are valued. UNCW, the state’s coastal university, is dedicated to learning through the integration of teaching and mentoring with research and service. UNCW is unique in its dedication to combining a commitment to excellence in teaching with research opportunities for student involvement. Located in the port city of Wilmington, the university is situated between the Cape Fear River and the Atlantic Ocean.

To apply, please complete the online application process available on the web at A letter of application, a brief statement that describes teaching style, a curriculum vitae detailing teaching, leadership, research, and service, and contact information for three professional references should be addressed to Chair, Search Committee for the Visiting Professor and Program Coordinator of Applied Gerontology, College of Health and Human Services, and attached to the online application - not emailed, mailed, or faxed. Microsoft Word or Adobe PDF attachments are required. For questions regarding the online application process, contact Ms. Jonia Smith at (910) 962-3203. Priority consideration will be given to applications received by December 6, 2013; however, applications will be accepted until the position is filled. More information about the institution is available through

UNCW actively fosters a diverse and inclusive working and learning environment and is an equal opportunity employer. Qualified men and women from all racial, ethnic, or other minority groups are strongly encouraged to apply.

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