The Department of Civil Society and Community Studies (CSCS) in the School of Human Ecology at the University of Wisconsin-Madison is a diverse and creative community of scholars dedicated to making significant contributions to “inquiry and action for social change” in the spirit of the Wisconsin Idea. We seek a faculty member to actively participate and complement the research, teaching, and outreach/service programs of the CSCS department and the School of Human Ecology. This is a 9-month, open-rank tenure track faculty position that will begin in August 2021.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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About University of Wisconsin-Madison
The mission of the School of Human Ecology at the University of Wisconsin-Madison 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.