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Trent Centre for Aging & Society

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Trent Centre for Aging & Society


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. Mark Skinner, Director, Trent Centre for Aging & Society

705-748-1011 ext. 7946


Position: Research Assistant or Associate

Details: 21 HOURS PER WEEK, Contract 9 Months

Start Date: July 2018

Reports to: ­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­Principal Investigator, Dr. Mary Fox

This position is funded by a grant from the Ontario Ministry of Research, Innovation & Science. The grant consists of large survey of hospital nurses’ opinions on their working conditions and resources, the care they provide to older people, and their jobs, roles and working relationships. The position involves analyzing survey data and preparing manuscripts for publication


Working under the direct supervision of the Principal Investigator at York University, the Research Assistant or Associate will:

Analyze survey data 
Assist in weekly management of all research activities
Carry out literature reviews where applicable
Attend research team meetings and record and distribute minutes
Assist as a co-author with the preparation of publications
Assist in preparing a final report for funding body
Other related activities at the discretion of the PI


The ideal candidate has:

Graduate training in a health 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

Details: This is a 9-month, limited term contract position of 21 hours/ week.

Applicants are asked to forward their resume / curriculum vitae and evidence of writing for publication via email no later than June 1, 2018.

Please send to:
Mary Fox RN, PhD
Associate Professor, York University
Adjunct Scientist, Toronto Rehabilitation Institute
Faculty of Health, School of Nursing
Room 343, HNES Building
4700 Keele Street, Toronto, Ontario M3J 1P3
Email: maryfox@yorku.ca
Fax: (416) 736-5714

Note: Only candidates selected for an interview will be contacted.

Applications are invited for the following postdoctoral research opportunity

Position title: Postdoctoral Fellow: Digital Infrastructures of Health and Aging

Supervisor: Dr. Barbara L. Marshall, Department of Sociology, Trent University

Location: Trent University, Peterborough, ON

We are seeking an emerging researcher to work with us on a project linked to an international collaboration, ‘“Being Connected” at Home – Making use of digital devices in later life’. This project is funded by the “More Years, Better Lives” Joint Programming Initiative, and involves teams from Canada, Spain, Sweden, Netherlands. The Canadian workplan, funded by CIHR, is based at Trent University under the direction of Professors Barbara Marshall and Stephen Katz. We anticipate a start date in the late summer or early autumn of 2018 for this one-year position (with the possibility of extension).

About the project:

The overall aim of the project is to investigate fundamental changes in the contemporary experience of later life, at the intersection of digital infrastructures, place and the experience of ‘being connected’. Our workplan at Trent focuses on the theme of ‘being connected’ as exploring the connections between people, devices and discourses of expertise. We focus on different living arrangements as significant sites of engagement between consumers, social networks, physical environments, biomedical expertise and discourses of healthy and responsible citizenship. We are interested in the ways that expertise about aging and health is both produced and reproduced, and narratives of everyday experience are shaped by these engagements.

Research activities will include device ethnographies and qualitative interviews, drawing on methodological insights from digital sociology, medical anthropology and science and technology studies.

About the position: This postdoctoral fellowship has an annual salary of $45,000. The home base of the position is Trent University in Peterborough, but some research travel may be required.

The successful candidate will be expected to participate as a full team member during their tenure, and, in addition to pursuing their own research, will undertake key tasks in fulfilling the overall team research objectives. This may include collecting background materials,

identifying and negotiating access to research sites, engaging in both primary and secondary research, organizing data and conducting qualitative analysis. Other activities will include network development with relevant stakeholders, liaising with team members at scheduled meetings, writing and presenting papers on the research, producing summaries of research for public dissemination, organization and management of meetings and workshops, and other tasks related to grant administration and knowledge mobilization. The successful candidate will be expected to apply for membership and be active in the Trent Centre for Aging and Society.

This position will be of particular interest to a candidate from the social sciences with a background and/or interest in aging and technology, and experience in ethnographic research and/or qualitative interviewing. Training will be provided by Drs. Marshall and Katz as required in preparation of applications for ethics review, observational fieldwork, interviewing and transcription and qualitative analysis.

Eligibility: The successful candidate will have a completed Ph.D. before beginning the position and will normally have received their Ph.D. within 5 years of the fellowship start date.

Preference will be given to Canadian citizens or permanent residents.

Application: In a single email addressed to bmarshall@trentu.ca, with the subject line “postdoctoral fellowship application” please provide the following three components as individual pdf attachments.

A letter (maximum 3 pages) which outlines your suitability and expertise, including planned research that aligns with the project goals, and which indicates your preferred start date.


A list of three references with complete contact information, who could be called upon to write letters of recommendation.

Review of applications will begin May 7 and applications will be reviewed until the position is filled. Only applicants selected for an interview will be contacted.