Part-Time Lecturer/Adjunct Instructor, School of Gerontology – (Los Angeles, California, United States)

The University of Southern California (USC), founded in 1880, is located in the heart of downtown Los Angeles and is the largest private employer in the City of Los Angeles. USC is consistently ranked among the nation’s most prestigious universities, and the USC Leonard Davis School of Gerontology features one of the world’s best degree and research programs in gerontology. The USC Leonard Davis School of Gerontology has an international reputation as a hub of aging research and with additional strong programs throughout the university, leads the way in defining and advancing the field of gerontology:  

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.

We are in search of two Part-Time Lecturers or Adjunct Instructors specializing in aging-related services including nutrition, dietetics, and food service management. Candidates with a Ph.D. in Gerontology, Nutrition/Dietetics, or Foodservice Management are preferred but other closely related fields will be considered. Applicants should have demonstrated experience working with or on behalf of older adults and a deep understanding of issues around how current and emerging nutrition and food science can be leveraged to benefit older adults in the home, healthcare, and community settings.  Teaching experience is strongly preferred. 

Part-Time Lecturers and Adjunct Instructors spend most of their time on teaching and teaching-related duties and may also assist in the development of our new courses as well as the development of new curriculums as needed. USC reserves the “Adjunct Faculty” appointment for faculty teaching less than full-time at USC, who are employed full-time in a primary profession or career elsewhere. Adjunct faculty may teach one class each semester (summer, fall, and spring).

These are part-time roles that will require substantial commitment and flexibility. Instructors are required to teach in person (on –campus) and have regular office hours to assist our students.

Preferred Qualifications

  • Ph.D. in Gerontology, Nutrition/Dietetics, Foodservice Management  
  • Experience with distance learning
  • Prior teaching experience at the university level

USC and the Leonard Davis School of Gerontology are committed to promoting inclusiveness and diversity, thus, we seek candidates whose research, teaching, and /or service have prepared them to help us fulfill this commitment. Women and men, and members of all racial and ethnic groups, people with disabilities, and veterans are encouraged to apply. In order to be considered for this position, all candidates must apply via the “Apply” link at the top or bottom of this page. Qualified applicants should submit a cover letter, C.V., research and teaching statements, and the contact information for three references. Applicants are also encouraged to include a succinct statement about fostering an environment of diversity and inclusion in the classroom. Review of applications will begin immediately and continue until the position is filled.

The base salary for each 4-unit course taught is $8,928. When extending an offer of employment, the University of Southern California considers factors such as (but not limited to) the scope and responsibilities of the position, the candidate’s work experience, education/training, key skills, internal peer equity, federal, state and local laws, contractual stipulations, grant funding, as well as external market and organizational considerations.

USC is an equal opportunity, affirmative action employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, protected veteran status, disability, or any other characteristic protected by law or USC policy. USC will consider for employment all qualified applicants with criminal histories in a manner consistent with the requirements of the Los Angeles Fair Chance Initiative for Hiring ordinance. We provide reasonable accommodations to applicants and employees with disabilities. Applicants with questions about access or requiring a reasonable accommodation for any part of the application or hiring process should contact USC Human Resources by phone at (213) 821-8100, or by email at  Inquiries will be treated as confidential to the extent permitted by law.

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