Job Announcement – University of Southern California

University of Southern California

JOB ANNOUNCEMENT: The University of Southern California (USC) Leonard Davis School of Gerontology seeks to increase the number and diversity of tenure-track faculty conducting research on Latino Aging, both in the United States and across Latin America. The search committee is looking for candidates to join the outstanding faculty in understanding the determinants of aging in Latino populations.

Candidates will have a strong research profile focused on Latino aging, including topics such as cognitive aging and dementia, health behaviors, healthcare utilization, and health disparities. All career ranks will be considered. We are seeking candidates whose work will expand the research expertise of the school and can readily integrate or align with existing research programs. Current faculty members hold degrees in Sociology, Demography, Economics, Policy, Psychology, Public Health, Social Work, Urban Planning, Molecular Biology, Biochemistry, Genetics, and Medicine.

The Leonard Davis School of Gerontology and Andrus Gerontology Center are multidisciplinary in their research and curriculum goals. This recruiting effort seeks candidates from diverse backgrounds and cultures, including graduates in disciplines and professions such as epidemiology, neuropsychology, and health services. Additionally, opportunities are available for joint appointments with academic units across the USC Campus. Cluster hires in areas of interest are possible.

The Leonard Davis School offers gerontology degrees at the bachelor’s, master’s, and doctoral levels. Faculty members teach at both graduate and undergraduate levels and supervise doctoral students in the Leonard Davis School and frequently oversee qualified students from other USC schools and departments (e.g. Biological Sciences, Medicine, Engineering, Psychology, Sociology, Policy and Planning).

USC and the Leonard Davis School of Gerontology are committed to promoting inclusiveness and diversity, broadly defined, among our students, staff, and faculty. Thus, we seek candidates whose research, teaching, and /or service have prepared them to help us fulfill this commitment.

Qualified applicants should submit a cover letter, C.V., and research and teaching statements online at Candidates referred for further consideration will be asked to submit supporting materials (e.g., three letters of reference). Review of applications will begin October 1, 2021, and will continue until the position is filled. Women and racial/ethnic minorities are especially encouraged to apply.

Winter 2019 Newsletter


Winter Newsletter

The Winter 2019 issue of the SALC Newsletter includes news from chair Elizabeth Cooksey, information on section sessions at the 2019 meetings, candidates for election, five fascinating question posed to Deborah Carr, an introduction to emerging scholars Daniel Carson and Adriana Reyes, and more.  Check out the current and previous issues on the Newsletter page.

Call for Paper Proposals – Sexual and Gender Minority Health

This is a call for proposals for Volume 21 of Advances in Medical Sociology, which will focus on the social determinants of sexual and gender minority (SGM) health, and the illness and health care experiences of this group across the globe. Additional information about the aims and scope of the volume is provided below. Articles may be empirical contributions or critical commentaries, and may be between 5,000 and 10,000 words. Each volume of Advances in Medical Sociology takes a focused approach to one subject or area of research, similar to a journal special issue. All papers are rigorously peer-reviewed, and the series is abstracted and indexed by Scopus and SocINDEX. If interested in contributing, please submit a one-page proposal detailing the purpose, methodology/approach, findings, implications, and originality/value of the paper. Please submit proposals to the co-editors, Allen J. LeBlanc ( and Brea L. Perry (, by June 1, 2019.

Volume 21 Aims and Scope:

Research concerning sexual and gender minority (SGM) health has flourished in recent years. This trend has occurred in conjunction with a period of intense social, political, and legal discourse about SGM persons, which has increased recognition and understanding of SGM experiences. However, recent advances have often been met with resistance and backlash rooted in social stigma and long histories of discrimination. Indeed, the time is ripe for deeper examinations of the social determinants of SGM health, broadly defined to include social, emotional, mental, and physical indicators of well-being. Sociologists are uniquely situated to investigate the social factors that shape SGM health directly as well as indirectly through associations with other causal factors. Thus, this edited volume will include chapters that draw from classic and contemporary sociological frameworks and constructs (e.g., minority stress processes and sources of support and resilience), as well as chapters that reflect intersecting interdisciplinary approaches to the study of SGM health.

Submissions may focus on sexual and/or gender minority populations, as well as the diverse sub-populations within them. Topics may include, but are not limited to:  (1) theoretical and empirical explanations for SGM health disparities and/or resilience; (2) aging and life course perspectives regarding the health experiences of SGM persons; (3) health in the context of critical relationships in the lives of SGM persons (e.g., with parents, peers, and sexual and romantic partners); and (4) the experiences of seeking general and specialized health care among SGM persons (e.g., barriers to competent care, provider-patient interactions, service systems and health policies).

Fall 2018 Newsletter

SALC Newsletter Editors Shannon Shen and Stephanie Ureña have put together another informative newsletter that is now available for download & viewing on our Newsletter page.

This issue includes…

  • greetings from incoming SALC Chair Elizabeth Cooksey,
  • a recap of the awards and mentoring events at the 2018 meetings in Philadelphia (congratulations to Crimmins, Moen, and Truesdale!),
  • interesting facts about Chair-Elect Toni Calasanti (e.g., she can beat you in volleyball), and
  • an introduction to Rachel Donnelly, PhD candidate at UT-Austin.


Call for Nominations: MWR Award

Matilda White Riley Distinguished Scholar Award

This annual award honors a scholar in the field of aging and the life course who has shown exceptional achievement in research, theory, policy analysis, or who has otherwise advanced knowledge of aging and the life course.

We have two ways to nominate a colleague for the MWR Distinguished Scholar Award.

  • Submit the name of nominee with a brief justification to the Chair of the MWR Scholar Selection committee by December 1, 2018.  The committee will then solicit supporting materials and/or evaluation letters.
  • Submit a full nomination of a candidate by March 1, 2019.  Letters of nomination should describe the nominee’s contributions to the study of aging and the life course that warrant consideration. If multiple persons wish to nominate a person, we strongly encourage co-signers on a single nomination letter.

Nominations will be carried over for two years. Materials should be sent to Toni Calasanti, Chair of the Riley Distinguished Scholar Award Committee, at Recent award winners are listed at

Deadline is March 1, 2019

Winter 2018 issue of Newsletter


Winter Newsletter

The Winter 2018 issue of the SALC Newsletter includes news from chair Pamela Herd, information on section sessions at the 2018 meetings, candidates for election, five facts from Dale Dannefer, an introduction to emerging scholar Jeffrey Stokes, and more.  Check it out and previous issues on the Newsletter page.