Nancy Lurie Marks Professor of Disability Policy / Director - Lurie Institute for Disability Policy

Waltham, Massachusetts
Feb 14, 2018
Institution Type
Four-Year Institution

The Heller School for Social Policy and Management invites applications for the Nancy Lurie Marks Professor of Disability Policy at the rank of associate or full professor. The position carries a tenured appointment, where appropriate. This individual will also be appointed as the Director of the Lurie Institute for Disability Policy at the Heller School. The Lurie Institute leads policy-related research on disability issues across the lifespan.  The portfolio currently includes research on autism, health, family caregiving, poverty, historical trauma, racial, ethnic, gender, and LGBTQ social inequality -- all with respect to disability. Candidates with an interest in improving the wellbeing and the participation, services, financial support, and legislative initiatives affecting persons with autism and other developmental disabilities and their families are especially welcome.  It is anticipated that the successful candidate will provide continuing intellectual leadership in shaping the research agenda for the Lurie Institute. 

The successful candidate is expected to have extensive research and supervisory experience and a track record of working collaboratively with colleagues, and engaging with other academic research centers, legislatures, state agencies and/or provider groups, as well as direct, inclusive experience with people with disabilities. We seek an established scholar with demonstrated experience in obtaining external funds for research support, interest and/or experience in policy contexts at state and national levels, experience in mentoring graduate students, and evidence of excellent teaching.  Evidence of including people with disabilities in research – not just as subjects but as co-investigators is highly valued. The successful candidate will demonstrate strong leadership capabilities. As a strong advocate for social justice, the Director has a visible role within the institution. Applicants should have a doctoral degree in the social sciences, public health, medicine, law, or related fields. 

Since its founding as Brandeis University's first professional school in 1959, the Heller School has been committed to developing new knowledge and insights in the field of social policy and in health and human services management.  Brandeis and the Heller School have a long-tradition as national and international leaders in research and policy on disabilities in society.  Through the graduate education of students, pursuit of applied interdisciplinary research, and active public engagement in the public and private sectors, the Heller School examines policies and practices that respond to the changing needs of vulnerable people and social groups in our society.

U.S. News and World Report has ranked the Heller School as one of the top ten best graduate schools in social policy. Brandeis University, a private, nonsectarian research institution located in Waltham, Massachusetts, was established in 1948.


The Lurie Institute for Disability Policy, established in 2007, conducts research, teaching and service to improve the lives of children and adults with disabilities. Lurie Institute for Disability Policy faculty teach doctoral, master’s and undergraduate students. Current research projects are primarily focused in the areas of autism, health, family caregiving, poverty, and social inequality. Our robust portfolio of external funding support currently includes support from the National Institute of Child Health and Human Development, the National Institute on Disability and Rehabilitation Research, the Health Resources and Services Administration, and several foundations. For more detailed information on the Lurie Institute for Disability Policy, see


Founded in 1948, Brandeis University is a private, nonsectarian 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, each welcoming students, faculty and staff of diverse backgrounds, identities, disciplines and political orientations. 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 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.

Applicants should submit a curriculum vitae, writing samples, and letter of application describing their research, teaching, and policy and practice experience. The letter should also identify three people who can supply professional references. Applications will be reviewed as they arrive, with review and consideration beginning on Monday, April 16, 2018.  All applications will be treated confidentially. Submit your application at [insert HR link once job is posted on Brandeis HR].

How to Apply:

Interested candidates should submit a cover letter, curriculum vitae, samples of recent scholarship, and the names of at least three references in single document through our applicant portal at Elect option for "New Applicant". Sort the job listing by clicking the Job ID column heading. Locate the desired job listing. Click the job title and then Apply Now.

Applications will be reviewed as they arrive, with review and consideration beginning on

Monday, April 16, 2018.

Closing Statement:

Brandeis University is an affirmative action/equal opportunity employer and encourages minorities, women, disabled individuals, and eligible veterans to apply. It is the policy of the University not to discriminate against any applicant or employee on the basis of race, ancestry, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, age, genetic information, national origin, disability, veteran status, or on the basis of any other legally protected category.

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