The successful candidate must have expertise in community-based research, excellent quantitative research skills, and knowledge of critical theory perspectives. The topical focus of this position is open. We encourage candidates with expertise in a variety of mixed-methodological approaches to apply, but the successful applicant will bring a strong quantitative expertise to the department's research and teaching portfolio.
The successful candidate will contribute to the CSCS departmental mission to be a national leader in cutting-edge research and community collaborations that promote social justice and equity in Wisconsin and beyond. We are broadly interested in candidates whose interests are in the areas of racial justice, economic justice, environmental/climate justice, community health and wellness, alternative and caring economies, sustainable communities, immigrant rights, positive youth development, restorative justice, local governance, community/labor organizing, and civil society.
We are particularly interested in candidates with curriculum development and teaching experience in community-engaged service learning courses who can support educational innovations relevant to the Community and Nonprofit Leadership undergraduate curriculum and Civil Society and Community Research graduate curriculum.
Applicants at the Associate and Full Professor levels are expected to have a competitive research portfolio with one or more extramural grants and/or fellowships.
This is a tenured or tenure-track faculty appointment in the CSCS department in the School of Human Ecology at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. The position carries a commitment to the three functions of UW-Madison faculty: undergraduate and graduate teaching, research, and outreach/service as is appropriate to position and rank.
Specific responsibilities include:
- Complementing the department's existing strengths in action-oriented and community-based research through the use of quantitative research methods and critical theory.
- Developing and leading an independent, externally funded research program (through individual funding and/or collaborative grants) that actively attracts and engages graduate students;
- Publishing results in leading journals/academic presses appropriate to the scholar's research area(s);
- Disseminating high-impact, action-oriented scholarship to community partners and/or policymakers;
- Teaching a 2-2 load including graduate courses and undergraduate courses (including one on mixed-methods research) and contributing to program development;
- Supervising student research and providing high quality academic mentoring for undergraduate and graduate students;
- Modeling best practices for inclusive, student-centered teaching and actively contributing to the teaching repertoire of SoHE and UW campus colleagues;
- Collaborating with other faculty in the CSCS department, School of Human Ecology, and/or other research centers at UW-Madison or its partner institutions;
- Participating in and contributing to the activities of the Center for Community and Nonprofit Studies (the CommNS), a hub for faculty, students, and community partners to collaborate on research, practice, and evaluation that examines and advances the well-being of communities, as well as the civic and nonprofit sectors;
- Contributing to shared governance and other departmental, university and professional service activities as appropriate for career stage;
- Promoting respect and the practice of civility and inclusiveness in the workplace by demonstrating citizenship, professionalism, and positive collegial interactions
Institutional Statement on Diversity:
Diversity is a source of strength, creativity, and innovation for UW-Madison. We value the contributions of each person and respect the profound ways their identity, culture, background, experience, status, abilities, and opinion enrich the university community. We commit ourselves to the pursuit of excellence in teaching, research, outreach, and diversity as inextricably linked goals.
The University of Wisconsin-Madison fulfills its public mission by creating a welcoming and inclusive community for people from every background - people who as students, faculty, and staff serve Wisconsin and the world.
For more information on diversity and inclusion on campus, please visit: Diversity and Inclusion
Degree and Area of Specialization:
Candidates must hold a doctorate with a specialization directly related to civil society and community studies by August 2021 and illustrate their ability to develop strong collaborations with community partners. Disciplinary training may include, but is not limited to fields such as community psychology, human ecology, sociology, anthropology, public policy, public health, social work, urban planning, American studies, ethnic studies, and environmental studies.
The topical area of specialization is open. We are particularly interested in scholars who take an asset-based and solutions-oriented approach to researching systems of oppression impacting LGBTQ+ communities, African American communities, and/or rural communities. We are also interested in scholars who take a participatory/inclusive approach to quantitative data collection and analysis.
Minimum Years and Type of Relevant Work Experience:
Years of academic experience will be commensurate with the rank sought. All candidates must have proven success in conducting research and teaching appropriate to their career stage. Associate/Full Professor candidates must possess experience and scholarly credentials for appointment with tenure at UW-Madison. Required expertise in community-based research, advanced quantitative methods, and critical theory;
- Minimum two years of post-doctoral or assistant level professor experience or minimum of two years of community-engage scholarship and practice
- An interdisciplinary, action-oriented research agenda that advances the department's mission;
- A track record of community-based and/or community-driven research;
- Potential to achieve excellence in a program of scholarly research and secure external funding from federal agencies and/or foundations;
- A commitment to and record of inclusive, highly effective undergraduate and graduate teaching supported by the applicant's statement of teaching philosophy, student/peer/institution evaluations, teaching honors/awards, and/or record of professional development in the scholarship of teaching and learning;
- Capacity to teach and advise undergraduate and graduate students in a variety of quantitative methodological approaches including advanced statistical methods;
- Ability to work effectively with diverse individuals, organizations and communities as defined by multiple identities including those associated with race, ethnicity, national origin, religion, socioeconomic status, age, gender, disability, sexual orientation, and other aspects of human diversity.
CIVIL SOCIETY AND COMMUNITY STUDIES
The Department of Civil Society and Community Studies collaborates with communities, civil society organizations, and social movements to co-create a just and sustainable future for all. We are a department that:
- Strives for social justice, common good, and sustainability for current and future generations;
- Elevates the power of those who are marginalized by various forms of oppression and dominant cultural norms;
- Embraces ways of knowing and being in the world;
- Engages with community in aspects of our work as researchers, teachers, and members of civil society;
- Uses systems thinking, mixed-methods, and community-engaged research approaches to gain a holistic and comprehensive understanding of community issues and how to address them;
- Emphasizes positive youth development, asset-based evaluation/programming, and appreciative inquiry; and
- Understanding the ways in which people come together to effect policy and programmatic change in their communities.
The department is home to an undergraduate major in Community & Nonprofit Leadership (CNPL) and a Ph.D. program in Civil Society & Community Research (CSCR). Our diverse faculty encourages CNPL undergraduate students to expand their worldviews and provides them with the skills to both historicize contemporary social problems and address the root causes of systemic injustice. The home for the Community and Nonprofit Studies, includes the graduate certificate program in Community-Engaged Scholarship, a Post-Baccalaureate Certificate in Community and Nonprofit Leadership, and the Indigenous Eco-Wellness initiative This emphasis on public service is reflected in the "Wisconsin Idea" that education should influence and improve people's lives beyond the classroom. See http://sohe.wisc.edu In accordance with the CSCS departmental values, successful candidates for this position should be able to demonstrate their ability to form meaningful connections with community and campus partners.
The CSCS department is invested in the university's commitment (see below) to bring awareness of deeper understanding regarding the Ho-Chunk Nation and other regional Indigenous peoples and cultures.
UW-Madison occupies ancestral Ho-Chunk land, a place their nation has called Teejop since time immemorial. In an 1832 treaty, the Ho-Chunk were forced to cede this territory. Decades of ethnic cleansing followed when both the federal and state government repeatedly, but unsuccessfully, sought to forcibly remove the Ho-Chunk from Wisconsin. This history of colonization informs our shared future of collaboration and innovation. UW-Madison respects the inherent sovereignty of the Ho-Chunk Nation, along with the eleven other First Nations of Wisconsin.
SCHOOL OF HUMAN ECOLOGY:
The mission of the School of Human Ecology is to understand the complex relationships and interdependence among individuals, groups and families, and to focus on quality-of-life issues through research, creative innovation, education, and outreach. Throughout its 115-year history, the School of Human Ecology has pioneered work that improves the lives of children, families, consumers, and communities across the 72 counties and 12 tribal nations, and globally. The school has a top-5 ranking among peer schools for our innovative, human- centered approach to education, research, and public service.
The school has four academic departments (Civil Society and Community Studies, Consumer Science, Design Studies, and Human Development & Family Studies) with a collective undergraduate enrollment of 1,350 students and 93 graduate students. Roughly 20% of undergraduate students and 23% of graduate students are from under-represented backgrounds.
A271000-SCHOOL OF HUMAN ECOLOGY/GENERAL ADMINISTRATION
Full Time: 100%
Appointment Type, Duration:
Anticipated Begin Date:
AUGUST 23, 2021
ACADEMIC (9 months)
Instructions to Applicants:
Please upload a current CV, a detailed statement of interest addressing your relevant background for and interest in the position and one document with a sample teaching statement and research statement.
In addition, you will be asked to provide the names and contact information of three references willing to be contacted for letters of recommendation at a later date within the application system. Additionally, you may be asked to provide other application materials at a future date.
The deadline for assuring full consideration is October 15, 2020, however the position(s) will remain open and applications may be considered until the position is filled.
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