About This Role:
The Center on Aging, within the College of Health & Human Sciences at Kansas State University in Manhattan, Kansas, is currently seeking a full-time, 12-month Associate/Full Professor (tenure or non-tenure track) to serve as Director of the Center on Aging. We seek an energetic and creative individual who will provide vision, leadership, and strategic direction in meeting the research, educational, and outreach goals of the gerontology program. The Director will have the opportunity not only to support existing initiatives, but also to innovate and create programs and activities that support the strategic plan – engaging students, faculty, staff, and larger aging community stakeholders to further the work of the Center on Aging.
Responsibilities include, but are not limited to:
- Provide leadership, coordination, strategic planning, and oversight for all functions of the Center on Aging (including personnel, operating budget, academic degree programs, research programs, alumni relations, community engagement, etc.)
- Supervise staff and provide administrative oversight (e.g., hiring, formal performance evaluation, staff education, professional development)
- Coordinate and collaborate on academic, research, and outreach endeavors with affiliated faculty across the University and between collaborating Universities
- Collaborate with Center on Aging staff and senior leadership in the College of Health & Human Sciences to establish annual goals and priorities for the Center
- Develop and maintain marketing and communications for the Center on Aging and gerontology academic programs, in accordance with College and University policy and recommendations
- Continue to develop the undergraduate and graduate educational opportunities in gerontology, including oversight of instructors, curriculum assessment and development, and instructional duties including participation in GPIDEA
- Serve as a research and educational resource for University faculty and the community, creating research and educational partnerships to further the strategic goals of the Center on Aging
- Maintain an active research portfolio for the Center on Aging, including development of new research partnerships, obtaining external funding, and regular publication
This 12-month position at the rank of associate or full professor has a proposed starting date of June 2020, with competitive salary commensurate with qualifications and experience (for information regarding how benefits may apply to this position, please visit: https://www.k-state.edu/hcs/docs/BenSummaryWhite.pdf).
Why Join Us:
The Center on Aging is a dynamic education and research center focused on providing an innovative gerontology curriculum and aging services development and evaluation (www.hhs.k-state.edu/aging). We have a well-known expertise in long-term care services and supports, and we facilitate a nationally recognized person-centered care program for nursing homes for the state of Kansas (PEAK 2.0 - www.hhs.k-state.edu/aging/outreach/peak20). The Center’s academic programs encompass an undergraduate minor, a secondary major, and a nationally ranked online collaborative gerontology masters degree (Great Plains IDEA - www.gpidea.org/program/gerontology). We also serve older Kansans and their families through outreach and our aging services research projects. At Kansas State University, we are an interdisciplinary entity housed within the College of Health and Human Sciences, with collaborative relationships across several academic departments and centers both within the College and across the University. Our faculty and staff have existing partnerships with regional universities, the Kansas Department of Aging and Disability Services (KDADS), various national long-term care organizations, and international research partnerships.
The College of Health and Human Sciences is home to five departments (Apparel, Textiles, and Interior Design; Food, Nutrition, Dietetics, and Health; Hospitality Management; Kinesiology; and the School of Family Studies and Human Services) and three academic units (Interdisciplinary Program in Gerontology, Family and Consumer Sciences Education, and General Human Ecology Studies). The College enrolls more than 2,300 undergraduate and 400 graduate students and employs more than 115 full-time faculty members in teaching, research, and Extension positions (https://www.hhs.k-state.edu/). The College is committed to promoting research, scholarship, creative activity, and discovery with a strategic and cohesive focus on health and human behavior.
Kansas State University is a distinguished public, land-grant institution renowned for the excellence of its faculty, students, staff, academic programs, research, and service. It is a three-campus system with the main campus located in Manhattan and the other campuses in Olathe and Salina. Online degree programs, professional development conferences and workshops, and enrichment classes and programs are offered through the K-State Global Campus. The university has an enrollment of more than 22,200 students from all 50 states and more than 100 countries. K-State was recognized by the Princeton Review as one of America’s best colleges and U.S. News & World Report lists the university among the top 75 public universities in the U.S. The mission of K-State is to foster excellent teaching, research, extension, and service that develop a highly skilled and educated citizenry necessary to advancing the well-being of Kansas, the nation, and the international community. K-State is also implementing an aggressive plan to become a top 50 public research university by 2025 (http://www.k-state.edu/
K-State is centered on a 664 acre campus in Manhattan located 50 miles west of the state capital of Topeka and 125 miles west of Kansas City in the rolling Flint Hills. Manhattan provides access to a wide range of educational, cultural, medical, and recreational programs and facilities. The local economy is bolstered by K-State and its proximity to Fort Riley, a large U.S. Army installation, and is the future home of the National Bio and Agro-Defense Facility (NBAF).
What You’ll Need to Succeed:
- Doctoral or terminal degree (e.g., JD, MFA, PA) in gerontology or a related social, behavioral or health science field
- Experience in administration and/or leadership positions
- Supervisory experience
- Evidence of successfully obtaining external funding
- Teaching experience
- Productive research agenda in aging
- Expertise in long-term care services and supports, and/or other aging services research
- Experience in program development and evaluation
- Evidence of ability to create collaborative relationships across disciplines
- Nationally recognized research portfolio
- Applicants must be currently authorized to work in the United States at the time of employment