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Tenured Appointment Faculty Position: Louise McMahon Ahearn Endowed Professor

Boston College
Chestnut Hill, Massachusetts

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Position Title: Tenured Appointment Faculty Position: Louise McMahon Ahearn Endowed Professor

Position Type: Faculty

Open Date: July 26, 2021

Close Date: Open until filled

Louise McMahon Ahearn Endowed Professor

Boston College School of Social Work (BCSSW) seeks to make a full professor appointment for the Louise McMahon Ahearn Endowed Professorship beginning September 1, 2022. As one of the nation’s top 10 schools of social work, the Boston College School of Social Work is dedicated to pursuing pioneering research, scholarship, and practice to tackle some of the most complex social problems at home and around the world. BCSSW prepares scholars and social work professionals to create transformative, evidence-based interventions to improve the most vulnerable lives, with a particular focus on training leaders to advance equity, justice, and inclusion in diverse communities across the globe.

We seek for the Louise McMahon Ahearn Endowed Professorship an accomplished full professor or associate professor whose research and scholarship has helped shape the contemporary understanding of the causes and consequences, throughout the life course, of the effects of race and inequities on children, youth, families, older adults, and communities. Competitive applicants will be knowledgeable about the impact of these factors and interventions on quality of life experiences, such as health disparities, trauma and mental health, interpersonal violence, education, or employment. Candidates must have experience in research and practice with Black communities. The ideal candidate for this Endowed Professorship will have an active extramurally-funded research portfolio, demonstrated leadership in the field, as well as a willingness to work collaboratively and lead both within their discipline and across disciplines. The candidate will be an individual who can bring vision, leadership, and enthusiasm to the School of Social Work to mentor junior faculty and build an innovative program of education, research, and interventions to enable thriving, flourishing Black communities. The Ahearn chair will have opportunities to pursue transdisciplinary collaborations with the Schiller Institute for Integrated Science and Society, contribute to the school’s curricular innovations to respond to the aspirations of Black communities, and leverage centers in the school including the Center for Social Innovation in these efforts.


Candidates must possess an active portfolio of research and scholarship with Black communities, including a demonstrated capacity for obtaining external funding, and a record of teaching. Preference will be given to candidates who hold an MSW and/or PhD in Social Work. Candidates from related disciplines such as sociology, political science, psychology, public health, anthropology, economics, and education are also welcome to apply. Candidates from underrepresented groups are strongly encouraged to apply.

Application Instructions

Applicants who are interested in being part of a vibrant community of social work scholars should apply online via Interfolio. Applicants should provide a cover letter, curriculum vitae, a writing sample, and an equity, justice, and inclusion statement. Additional documents helpful in the evaluation of the candidate are welcome.

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Direct all inquiries regarding this position to Gautam N. Yadama, Dean, Boston College School of Social Work ([email protected]). Boston College conducts background checks as part of the hiring process.

Equal Employment Opportunity Statement

Boston College conducts background checks as part of the hiring process. Boston College is a Jesuit, Catholic university that strives to integrate research excellence with a foundational commitment to formative liberal arts education. Boston College is an affirmative action, equal opportunity employer and does not discriminate on the basis of any legally protected category including disability and protected veteran status. In concert with our Jesuit, Catholic mission, Boston College is dedicated to the goal of building a culturally diverse and pluralistic faculty and staff committed to teaching and working in a multicultural environment and strongly encourages applications from women, minorities, individuals with disabilities, and covered veterans. Boston College and the school of social work are committed to social justice in their pursuit to address the world’s urgent problems. To learn more about how BC supports diversity and inclusion throughout the University, please visit the Office for Institutional Diversity at

Boston College School of Social Work

140 Commonwealth Ave.

Chestnut Hill, MA 02467


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