Faculty Appointment in Disability Policy - Heller School for Social Policy and Management, Brandeis University, Waltham, MA

Posted: Thursday, September 26, 2019

The Heller School for Social Policy and Management invites applications and nominations for a faculty position in 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, 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 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, as courses are available.
  • Serving on PhD dissertation committees.
  • Conducting public engagement 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 educational and scholarly 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.
  • Have a scholarly understanding of disability policy, either in the United States or in an international context.
  • Be building towards an active program of externally-funded research that will contribute to advancing the well-being of people with disabilities and their families.
  • Demonstrate a successful record of publishing in peer-reviewed journals, and other scholarly and policy outlets.

Applicants should submit a curriculum vitae and letter of application describing their research, teaching, policy, and practice experience. All applications will be treated confidentially. Final candidates will be asked to submit three confidential letters of reference. Brandeis University is committed to advancing diversity, equity, and inclusion in faculty scholarship, teaching, and service; applicants are encouraged to address these goals in their letter. Review of applications will begin on October 15, 2019; however, applications will continue to be accepted until the position is filled. Questions about the position can be directed to Darren Zinner, PhD, Associate Dean for Academic Personnel ([email protected]). 

All applications should be sent through the Brandeis University Job portal.



The Lurie Institute for Disability Policy, established in 2007, leads research that shapes policies, programs, and practices which improve the lives of people with disabilities across the lifespan. Our research addresses critical issues faced by people with disabilities and their families 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 10 students includes established academic scholars, postdoctoral fellows, professional research staff, and student research assistants. The Lurie Institute is home to two nationally recognized research centers: The National Research Center for Parents with Disabilities and the Community Living Research Center.  For more detailed information on the Lurie Institute for Disability Policy, see lurie.brandeis.edu.


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's 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 Mailstop 035 415 South Street Waltham, Massachusetts 02454-9110 3  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.   

Brandeis University is an affirmative action, equal opportunity employer that is committed to creating equitable access and opportunities for applicants for all employment positions. We value and are seeking candidates that represent a variety of social identities, including those who have been underrepresented in higher education. Diversity in its student body, staff and faculty is important to Brandeis' primary mission. The search committee is therefore particularly interested in candidates who, through their creative endeavors, teaching and/or service experiences, will increase Brandeis' reputation for academic excellence and better prepare its students to participate within a pluralistic society.