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Gilbrea Chair in Aging & Mental Health

McMaster University

McMaster University is located on the traditional territories of the Haudenosaunee and Mississauga Nations and, within the lands protected by the Dish with One Spoon wampum agreement.

Position Description

McMaster University’s Faculty of Social Sciences invites applications for the Gilbrea Chair in Aging and Mental Health. The successful candidate will have a track record of research, teaching and service commensurate with an appointment at the rank of Associate Professor or Professor. The incumbent will be appointed at the appropriate rank with tenure in the Department of Health, Aging & Society, located on the main university campus to begin on July 1, 2021, and named to the Gilbrea Chair for an initial 5-year period, with the possibility of renewal upon successful review.

Applicants must have an area of specialization in critical social science research on aging and mental health. The Chair will be expected to bring a robust program of internationally-recognized, innovative research in their area of their specialization and engage in interdisciplinary research and other scholarship activities related to aging and mental health at McMaster. The Faculty of Social Sciences and the University have significant strengths in aging research, reflected by the presence of the Gilbrea Centre for Studies in Aging, the McMaster Institute for Research on Aging (MIRA), and the headquarters of the Canadian Longitudinal Study on Aging (CLSA).

The successful applicant must have a PhD in a relevant social science discipline and must also demonstrate a record of excellence in teaching and research. They should demonstrate a willingness and ability to contribute to the department’s collegial and collaborative intellectual community as well as university-wide inclusive excellence goals and priorities. Research excellence will be reflected in successful mentoring of graduate students and particularly doctoral students, extramural grant acquisition, publication in high quality peer-reviewed journals and other research outputs with societal or community impact. The successful applicant will teach both undergraduate and graduate level courses and have a demonstrated track record of excellent teaching. They will also be expected to foster existing collaborations and initiate new ones within their department and with other departments and faculties.

McMaster University is a globally renowned institution of higher learning and a research community committed to advancing human and societal health and well-being. McMaster has a vision to achieve international distinction for creativity, innovation and excellence as a student-centred, research-intensive university. McMaster’s Faculty of Social Sciences comprises over 130 faculty members advancing education and research in collaboration with one or more of the Faculty’s 13 schools, departments and program areas. Its disciplines are preparing societal leaders to respond to economic, political and cultural shifts in Canada and abroad. Discover more about the Faculty of Social Sciences and the City of Hamilton.

Commitment to Inclusive Excellence
The diversity of our workforce is at the core of our innovation and creativity and strengths our research and teaching excellence. In keeping with its Statement on Building an Inclusive Community with a Shared Purpose, McMaster University strives to embody the values of respect, collaboration and diversity, and has a strong commitment to employment equity.

The University seeks qualified candidates who share our commitment to equity and inclusion, who will contribute to the diversification of ideas and perspectives, and especially welcomes applications from First Nations, Métis and Inuit peoples, members of racialized communities (“visible minorities”), persons with disabilities, women, and persons who identify as 2SLGBTQ+.

We invite all applicants to complete a brief Diversity Survey as part of the application process. It takes approximately two minutes to complete. All questions are voluntary, with an option to decline to answer. All information collected is confidential and will be used to support efforts to broaden the diversity of the applicant pool and to promote a fair, equitable and inclusive talent acquisition process. Inquiries about the Diversity Survey may be directed to

Job applicants requiring accommodation to participate in the hiring process should contact the Office of the Dean of Faculty of Social Sciences at to communicate accommodation needs.

How to Apply:
Please submit the following materials through the University’s electronic portal:[Job Opening #34616], and address application materials to:
James R. Dunn, PhD
Chair, Department of Health, Aging & Society
McMaster University
1280, Main St. West
Hamilton, ON L8S 4M4

• a curriculum vitae;
• a letter of application, which may include a section describing the impact that career interruptions have had on research productivity, if applicable;
• a research statement including a selection of research publications;
• a statement on teaching interests and philosophy (including evidence of teaching effectiveness);
• a brief statement describing the any contributions you have made or planned in relation to advancing equity, diversity and inclusion or inclusive excellence in teaching, research, or service within higher education, community-based or other profession settings (2-page maximum);
• the names of at least three referees; letters of reference are not required and will not be reviewed at the application stage; the Department will request letters of recommendation from referees at later stages of the search process

Review of applications will continue until the position is filled. The effective date of appointment is negotiable, but July 1, 2021 is preferred. All applicants will receive an online confirmation of receipt of their application; however, only short-listed applicants will be contacted for interviews.

All qualified candidates are encouraged to apply; however, Canadian citizens and permanent residents will be given priority. To comply with the Government of Canada’s reporting requirements, the University gathers information about applicants’ status as either a permanent resident of Canada or Canadian citizens. Applicants need not identify their country of origin or current citizenship; however, all applications must include one of the following statements:

Yes, I am a citizen or permanent resident of Canada
No, I am not a citizen or permanent resident of Canada

Direct any inquiries about this position to the Search Committee Chair, Dr. James Dunn ( or Lori Ewing, Departmental
Administrator (