The University of New England (UNE) is excited to announce a search for a founding Director of the newly created Center for Excellence in Aging and Health. Announced in the summer of 2017, the Center enjoys strong institutional commitment, and is supported by a generous gift from a University trustee. Reporting to the Associate Provost for Research, this is a senior-level, 12-month position with expectations to develop the Center into an internationally recognized research hub.
Relevant University research assets to support and complement the Center include a well-funded Center for Excellence in Neuroscience, in which several projects already focus on aging-related phenomena. Facilities include a histology and imaging core, a behavioral core, an animal genotyping core, and a human motion analysis laboratory. The University also recently launched an internal faculty grant program to cultivate the growth of aging-related research.
UNE hosts a number of academic programs that will support the new Center — including advanced degree programs in osteopathic medicine, pharmacy, dental medicine, nursing, social work, physical therapy, occupational therapy, and applied exercise science – and has distinguished itself as a national leader in interprofessional education and practice. In 2017, UNE became the fifth university in the United States to earn the international designation of an Age Friendly University. As Maine is the oldest state in the nation (as measured by median age), the Center is situated in a natural environmental laboratory for age-related research. Along with New England’s growing biomedical research community, including the Maine Medical Center Research Institute and the Jackson Laboratories, the Center also resides in a broader context of both excitement and support for its work.
• Maintain a strong funded research program in a field related to aging and health;
• Mentor junior and mid-career faculty in research on aging and health;
• Lead the expansion and integration of UNE’s research in aging by developing opportunities for interprofessional collaborations, thematic advancement, and infrastructure support; and
• Engage with clinical partners, regional core facilities, and existing investigators to develop and expand aging research.
• Collaboratively develop and implement a strategic plan for the Center as a visionary research community, consistent with the values and mission of University;
• Build and promote the Center with the UNE community and external stakeholders as a credible, comprehensive source of unbiased, science-based information and research on aging and health;
• Facilitate interprofessional academic, research, and service collaborations among UNE faculty and students, external stakeholders, and researchers regarding aging and health; and
• Ensure ongoing financial viability and sustainability of the Center through external funding.
• A PhD, DO, MD, Pharm D, DMD, or other advanced degree(s), including other clinical doctoral degrees, plus a minimum 5 years of relevant administrative experience;
• Credentials and track record commensurate with the academic rank of full or associate professor with tenure in the candidate’s field;
• Experience in identifying and securing research support from diverse sources such as foundations, private and corporate donors, and/or federal grants;
• Record of scholarly accomplishments such as refereed publications, technical reports, books, and grants;
• Experience with strategic planning and long-range project coordination;
• Experience successfully mentoring junior and mid-career research faculty; and
• Strong interpersonal, leadership, organizational, project management, and communication skills to facilitate the work of diverse interprofessional groups.