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Brandeis University

Open Rank Faculty Appointment in Disability Policy

  • Location

    Waltham, MA
  • Posted On

    March 22, 2023
  • Job Type

  • Category

    Disability Studies
  • Experience Level

    5-10 Years
  • Education Level

    Not Specified
  • Salary

    Not Specified

Job Description

The Heller School for Social Policy and Management invites applications and nominations for a faculty position in disability policy, housed at The Lurie Institute for Disability Policy. We are seeking a scholar whose research and teaching apply to issues of disability policy.
The specific focus within this broad field is open, and applicants with expertise in areas such as health, poverty, community-living policy, employment, housing, civil rights, and intersectionality are welcome to apply. The Heller School is looking for candidates who are committed to the highest standards of scholarship with a record of funded research and public engagement. We hope to identify a future colleague for whom our tagline, “knowledge advancing social justice,” resonates.

The open rank position carries an appointment outside the tenure structure, commensurate with the candidate’s qualifications.

Primary responsibilities include:
– Conducting and leading externally-funded research in an area of disability policy.
– Publishing research findings in peer-reviewed journals and other scholarly and policy outlets.
– Teaching and advising Master’s and PhD students, when courses are available.
– Mentorship of Brandeis undergraduate students.
– Serving on PhD dissertation committees.
– Conducting public engagement & knowledge translation activities that advance social justice for people with disabilities.
– Contributing intellectual and strategic leadership to the Lurie Institute for Disability Policy.
– Designing and implementing strategies for raising research funding to support the mission of the Lurie Institute for Disability Policy.

Job Criteria:
Candidates should:
– Have a doctorate or other terminal degree in the social sciences, with evidence of distinction in disability policy research.
– Have a track record of disability community informed and engaged research and policy.
– Demonstrate knowledge and understanding of research involving disabled people, including those with intersectional identities, eg. racial, gender, and sexual identities, among many others.
Have an active program of externally-funded research that contributes to advancing the well-being of people with disabilities and their families, and for more junior scholars, clear potential and prospects for attracting extramural funding.
– Demonstrate a successful record of publishing in peer-reviewed journals, and other scholarly and policy outlets.

Applicants should submit a curriculum vitae, a research statement, a mentoring and teaching statement, and a statement that details how their research and mentoring will promote diversity and inclusivity. All statements may be combined and submitted in the teaching statement section of the application form. Applicants should also provide three recent peer-reviewed publications and complete contact information for at least five references.

All applications will be treated confidentially. Review of applications will begin on May 15, 2023 and continue until the position is filled.

Questions about the position can be directed to Joel Cutcher-Gershenfeld PhD, Associate Dean for Academic Personnel (

All applications must be subimtted through the Brandeis University Job portal.


The Lurie Institute for Disability Policy, established in 2007, leads research that shapes policies, programs, and practices to improve the lives of people with disabilities across the lifespan. Our research addresses critical issues faced by people with disabilities through qualitative and quantitative projects informed by the disability community and grounded in disability justice. Through our intersectional work, we partner with people with disabilities, community organizations, policymakers, and clinicians. Our research team of over 15 staff members and numerous students includes established academic scholars, postdoctoral fellows, professional research staff, and student research assistants at the graduate and undergraduate level. Nearly half of our staff identify as disabled and 45% identify as a person of color. The Lurie Institute for Disability Policy is home to four nationally recognized research centers: the National Research Center for Parents with Disabilities, the National Center for Disability and Pregnancy Research, the Community Living Policy Center, and the Community Living Equity Center.


Founded in 1948, Brandeis University is a private, non-sectarian research university with a liberal arts focus located 10 miles west of Boston. Its schools include a College and Graduate School of Arts and Sciences, an International Business School and the Heller School for Social Policy and Management. Brandeis is ranked among the top 35 colleges and universities by U.S. News & World Report and is renowned for its exceptional research capacity.

Brandeis was founded by the American Jewish community as a non-sectarian university, with particular emphasis on being welcoming and inclusive toward people of all backgrounds and beliefs. The university‚Äôs core values are rooted in Jewish history and culture, including a respect for learning, an emphasis on critical thinking, and a drive to make the world a better place through one’s talents and actions.


The Heller School is an internationally recognized leader in social policy research, teaching, and service and is ranked among the top 10 schools of social policy by U.S. News & World Report. Since its founding in 1959, the Heller School has endeavored to answer a pioneering question: how can we use policy to work towards the well-being of all members of society?

The Heller School advances its mission through the graduate education of students in its seven core academic programs, the pursuit of applied interdisciplinary research in its ten research centers and institutes, and active public engagement across sectors and disciplines. The Heller School constantly examines policies and programs that respond to inequities and disparities among social groups in the U.S. and throughout the world.

The Heller School is interested in candidates who are committed to the highest standards of scholarship and professional activities and for whom our tagline, “knowledge advancing social justice,” resonates. We seek individuals who can contribute through research, teaching and/or public engagement, to the diversity of the academic community. Brandeis University is an equal opportunity employer, committed to building a culturally diverse intellectual community, and strongly encourages applications from women and candidates from underrepresented minority groups.

Brandeis University is an equal opportunity employer, committed to building a culturally diverse intellectual community, and strongly encourages applications from women and minority candidates.
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How to Apply

Please apply on the Brandeis University Website.

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