About

Our Vision

To make longer life a better life.

Our Mission

To promote opportunity, choice and quality of paid and unpaid work across the lifespan, with a focus on older adults. Through research studies, engagement with a multi-disciplinary network of scholars and practitioners, and efforts to translate research into practice, we bridge the worlds of research and practice.

The Center’s vision and mission align closely with the School of Social Work’s values of individual dignity, respect for diversity, and pursuit of justice. The University’s mission, based in the Catholic, Jesuit tradition, is reflected strongly in our projects, as we work to consider the “whole person”—mind, body, social, emotional—in the context of vocation and across the lifespan.

History

Since its inception in 2005, with the generous funding of the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation and under the leadership of   Drs. Marcie Pitt-Catsouphes (2005-2011) and Michael Smyer (2005-2008), the Center on Aging & Work at Boston College has put a vital stake in the ground around issues of aging and work. Key accomplishments include:

  • THOUGHT LEADERSHIP FOR AN AGING SOCIETY
    The Center has played a critical role in increasing the prominence of aging workforce issues, transforming the topic from a marginal one with few vocal advocates to one that is recognized as central to the overall health of an aging society.

  • MAJOR RESEARCH STUDIES
    The Center has conducted a wide range of major research studies, including:
    • 2008 Age & Generations Study
    • 2008 CitiSales Study
    • 2009 Talent Management Study
    • 2011 Generations of Talent Study
    • 2012–2013 Time & Place Management Study

The impact of these studies will continue, as the data are archived at the nation’s preeminent social science data center, the Inter‐university Consortium for Political and Social Research (ICPSR) at the University of Michigan.
  

In fall, 2014, the Center experienced another transition as Dr. Marcie Pitt‐Catsouphes stepped down and the major center‐level funding from the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation ended. Since then, the Sloan Foundation has continued to support the development of the Sloan Research Network on Aging & Work, a multi-disciplinary, multi-national network of researchers conducting investigations focused on different aspects of contemporary experiences associated with the phenomenon of “working longer.” In addition, the Center has reorganized around a core team that includes the current co‐directors (Drs. Jacquelyn James and Christina Matz), founding director, Dr. Pitt-Catsouphes, and several faculty affiliates, Drs. Kevin Cahill, Cal Halvorsen, Rocio Calvo, Erika Sabbath, and Joseph Quinn.