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Trent Centre for Aging & Society

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Trent Centre for Aging & Society


Graduate Courses

CSAS 5000H: Foundations in Interdisciplinary Aging Studies

This interdisciplinary graduate course examines aging from a critical perspective. The course traces the evolving conceptualizations of aging, old age and life course and their role in understanding the processes, outcomes and representations of aging. This course is a requirement for the Collaborative Specialization in Aging Studies (see below) and is also available to any graduate student as an elective.

Collaborative Specialization in Aging Studies

As Canadian society experiences a significant demographic shift, and new perspectives on aging become more important than ever before, earn your MA, MSc or PhD along with a specialization in Aging Studies.


As a humanities, sciences, or social sciences graduate student, explore the significance of aging for individuals, communities and societies through course work and research.

At Trent, an international leader in interdisciplinary aging studies, you’ll earn a degree and a specialization in as little as one year. Choose from a major research project or a thesis in the field of aging studies, and complete a half-credit core course on the foundations in interdisciplinary aging studies.

With more than 15 faculty members undertaking research on aging studies including the Canada Research Chair in Rural Aging, Health and Social Care, and the ground-breaking Trent Centre for Aging & Society, you’ll be at the forefront of this bourgeoning field of scholarship. Contribute to meaningful dialogue on aging and take part in collaborative excellence as you debunk the myths about aging, old age and older populations.


Be one of the first students to earn the specialization in Aging Studies as part of this innovative program .
Gain critical perspectives on aging from interdisciplinary approaches in the humanities, social sciences and health studies.
Study in Peterborough – home to Canada’s oldest population, and The Canadian Aging Studies Archive at Trent’s Bata Library.
Play a role in the Centre for Aging & Society’s community-based collaborations.


Graduate students who have been accepted into a participating Masters or PhD graduate program may apply for a Collaborative Specialization in Aging Studies subject to the approval of the CSAS program coordinator. The requirements of the collaborative specialization are successful completion CSAS 5000H: Foundations in Interdisciplinary Aging Studies (a 0.5 credit core course offered by the Trent Centre for Aging & Society) and a thesis or major research paper on aging studies subject matter. Upon successful completion of the degree requirements of their participating graduate programs and the requirements of the collaborative specialization, students receive the notation “with Specialization in Aging Studies” on their transcript and parchment.

Participating Degree Programs

Canadian Studies – PhD

Canadian Studies and Indigenous Studies – MA

English Literature (Public Texts) – MA

History - MA

Sustainability Studies – MA

Program Coordinator

Dr. Sally Chivers, Director, Trent Centre for Aging & Society

705-748-1011 ext. 7950

sallychivers [at] trentu.ca

Position: Postdoctoral Visitor at York University

Postdoctoral Fellow in Aging Research


Postdoctoral Visitor


Dr Mary Fox


York University Centre for Aging Research & Education; School of Nursing, Faculty of Health


Keele Campus, York University


A postdoctoral visitor is sought for Dr Fox’s Program of Research on healthcare for an aging population. The postdoctoral visitor will participate in large provincial survey of hospital nurses’ opinions on their working conditions and resources, the care they provide to older people, their roles, and working relationships. The postdoctoral visitor will be provided opportunities to also participate in a project on hospital-to-home transitional care. This position provides the opportunity to work with a vibrant team of researchers with expertise in health services, statistics, and aging research. The team is committed to building capacity in aging and health services research.

Overall Purpose of Postdoctoral Position

As a researcher affiliated with Dr Fox’s program of research and with the guidance of the principal investigator and project team members, and within the bounds of the research project mandate, the Postdoctoral Fellow will participate in research and related scholarly activities. The Postdoctoral Fellow will be provided opportunities to participate in York University Centre for Aging Research & Education.

Key Responsibilities

Managing and analyzing survey data 
Assisting in management of all research activities
Carrying out literature reviews where applicable
Attending research team meetings at York University
Assisting with or leading the preparation of publications
Assist in preparing a final report for funding body
Assisting in the preparation of research proposals
Other related activities at the discretion of the PI

Skills and Qualifications / Educational Qualifications

Applicants must have completed all requirements for a PhD. The ideal candidate has

Graduate training in a health, social, or related discipline
Evidence of writing for publication 
Excellent writing skills
Knowledge of, and prior experience with SPSS or SAS
A high level of motivation, initiative, and attention to detail
Excellent administrative, time management, communication, interpersonal and problem-solving skills

Terms and Conditions

This postdoctoral position will be 6-months in length with full time hours.

How to Apply

To apply for this position, please submit the following documents:

A resume / curriculum vitae

Evidence of writing for publication

Unofficial transcript to Mary Fox at maryfox@yorku.ca by Aug 30, 2018

NOTE: Only those applicants selected for consideration will be contacted.