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Housing Assistance for New Faculty


This program helps full-time faculty in Arts & Sciences and Engineering find a place to live until they become familiar with the area and can make more informed decisions about where to live. Incoming full-time faculty for AY 2013-14 may rent a unit for up to three years. The rents are market-rate.

Program housing consists of rental property owned by Walnut Hill Properties. Some units are one-, two- and three-bedroom apartments in the recently renovated Hillside School Apartments, occupied primarily by Tufts faculty and administrators. Others are two- or three-bedroom apartments in wood-frame houses. These houses typically contain two or three apartments, which Walnut Hill rents primarily to Tufts faculty, staff, and graduate students. All are within easy walking distance of campus.

Interested faculty should contact Dr. Margery Davies, Associate Dean of Faculty Affairs for the School of Arts & Sciences and the School of Engineering (margery.davies@tufts.edu; 617-627-3385), for more information.


The Off-Campus Housing Resource Center at Tufts is designed for students, but faculty are welcome to access it as well. Visit the Off-Campus Housing Resource Center for a list of local realtors, online rental/real estate listings, and other resources for renters (typical rents, rights and responsibilities of renters, area resources, etc.).


Tufts offers a range of relocation services: arrangements with moving companies that offer preferential services and rates; assistance with rentals and purchases; and mortgage service programs. Learn more about relocation services, or contact Dr. Margery Davies, Associate Dean of Faculty Affairs for the School of Arts & Sciences and the School of Engineering (margery.davies@tufts.edu; 617-627-3385).


Walnut Hill Properties is a separate corporation, owned by the university, which manages its real estate. You are welcome to call them directly at 781-391-5300, to see what other listings they may have available, in addition to the units in the Faculty Transitional Housing Program.

John McDonald

John D. McDonald
Professor, music

Background: Born in Norfolk, Va., doctorate from Yale; composer/pianist in residence in Mongolia via the U.S. Information Agency; at Tufts since 1990.

Compositions: More than 800, including commissions for the Havana Festival 2000, St. Petersburg Spring Festival 2002, Duke University, Wellesley College, Vienna Saxophone Quartet, Boston Celebrity Series, Worcester Chorus, and Florestan Recital Project.

Current work: Annual piano albums (collections of short solo keyboard pieces); "Peace Process," a work for basset horn and piano for Tufts Merrin Professor (and clarinetist) Ray Jackendoff; an evening-long song cycle about animals for voice and piano; a choral work for the Worcester Chorus.

Goal in music: "I like to confront people, to mark events in our lives, to capture in music something I've observed that would be difficult to express in words-something about a person, something political, or something completely abstract. All my acts of composing are inherently pacifist."

Why Tufts: "I don't feel I can meet the needs of more than eight graduate composers at a time, so the smallness of our graduate music program is important. I also appreciate all the contact I have at Tufts with people from other departments and disciplines, as well as the very high quality of our undergraduate students."

After-Hours: Compose, practice, read, and then do those things some more. What little free time I have, I spend with my wife and children. I also like to run in the woods."