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Work type: Faculty-Full Time, Onsite
Location: Madison
Categories: Instructional

Position Summary:

This is a full-time, 9-month and partial summer appointment, tenured or tenure-track faculty appointment in the Civil Society and Community Studies Department in the 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. This position includes a concurrent role as a program specialist for the UW-Madison Division of Extension, which includes leadership in developing, implementing, and evaluating community-based applied research, outreach programs, and promoting community health and health equity in conjunction with Extension colleagues. The program specialist role will account for 75% of the academic-year effort plus partial summer effort during the initial two to three years of the appointment. After which the role may fluctuate from 50-75% academic-year effort plus partial summer effort.

The resident appointment is located within the Department of Civil Society and Community Studies in the School of Human Ecology. The teaching responsibilities include robust, student-centered courses in our undergraduate and graduate degree programs.

The topical focus of this position is open. We encourage candidates with applied research expertise working with diverse and traditionally underserved or underrepresented communities to promote community health and close gaps in health inequities. Research areas and issues of interest include, but are not limited to mental health, suicide/suicide prevention, issues of identity and acceptance, family, and social belonging and their impact on health. We are particularly interested in scholar-practitioners with demonstrated field experiences. A doctoral degree with specialization directly related to community health is encouraged. This can include fields such as Public Health, Sociology, Psychology, American Studies, Nursing, Community Psychology, Community Sociology, Medical Anthropology, Community and Environmental Sociology, Developmental Economics, etc.

The position requires scholarship, outreach, teaching, and service in a department serving undergraduate and graduate students. Additional desirable attributes include strong research methods, oral and written communications skills, mentorship of undergraduate and graduate students, and the ability to interact with an interdisciplinary and collaborative intellectual community. This is an open-rank position; in order to be appointed at associate or full professor level with tenure, the candidate must demonstrate his/her academic qualifications that meet the requirements of the UW-Madison.

Principal Duties:

This is a 9-month, tenured or tenure-track faculty appointment in CSCS department/SoHE with an additional summer appointment from Extension. The position responsibilities include duties in both the CSCS department in the School of Human Ecology and the Division of Extension Health & Well-Being Institute 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 appropriate to position and rank.

Specific responsibilities include:
- Maintain a productive program of research excellence.
- Participate and contribute to the Extension Institute for Health & Well-Being program development, evaluation and reporting processes
- Ongoing publication submissions.
- Seek and secure funding to support applied research with a connection to implementation and outreach
- Provide leadership in developing, implementing, and evaluating Extension's statewide and community-based applied research and outreach programs promoting community health and health equity
- Teach courses within the major/SoHE (a minimum of 2 courses annually for a 50% appointment, or more/fewer, depending on % Extension appointment) and contribute to program development.
- Supervise student research and provide high quality academic mentoring for graduate students
- Promote graduate student connections to Extension programing and outreach efforts.
- Participate in shared governance and other departmental, university and professional service activities as appropriate for career stage.
- Participate and contribute to the Center for Community and Nonprofit Studies.
- Promote respect and the practice of civility and inclusiveness in the workplace

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 community health and/or health equity. Disciplinary training may include fields such as public health, sociology, psychology, American studies, nursing, community psychology, community sociology, medical anthropology, etc. The topical area of interest is open. We are particularly interested in scholar-practitioners who use holistic and participatory evaluation methods, as well as complex systems evaluation techniques, to measure and improve health equity, processes, and outcomes. The anticipated start date is August 2022.

Minimum Years and Type of Relevant Work Experience:

Minimum Required Qualifications:
- Minimum of three years of experience (post-doctorate degree) within a higher education setting.
- Demonstrated record of scholarship with an active community-based research agenda;
- Experience in program and/or curriculum development/adaptation and evaluation grounded in social and behavioral health change theories;
- Demonstrated ability to think creatively, identify root causes, systems of influence and synthesize inter-disciplinary approaches to conceptualizing and addressing health equity work;
- Strong mixed methods background, with emphasis in quantitative data collection and analysis;
- Record of research experience and publications in areas related to one's specialization;
- 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.

Preferred Qualifications:
- Knowledge and skills to design and implement programs and systems-level evaluation with a transformative lens and using participatory practices;
- Strong track record of securing external funding for research from federal agencies and/or foundations;
- Experience working with community members and organization in area(s) of specialization including, but not limited to, LGBTQ+ communities, underrepresented communities, Veterans, and refugee/migrant populations;
- A working knowledge of critical theory, such as the following: intersectionality, feminist theory, queer theory, critical race theory, post-colonial theory, Afro-pessimism, emancipatory pedagogy, research justice, and transformative evaluation

Additional Information:

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.
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 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.

Land Acknowledgement
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. Today, UW-Madison respects the inherent sovereignty of the Ho-Chunk Nation, along with the eleven other First Nations of Wisconsin.

DIVISION OF EXTENSION: The UW-Madison Division of Extension serves the people and communities of Wisconsin by addressing local, statewide and national issues, improving lives through research-based education, fostering partnerships and action, and facilitating positive impacts. direct educational programs throughout the lifespan and cross-sector engagement for Visit for a full description of the Division of Extension's mission and vision as well as programs and offerings.

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. See



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Full Time: 100%

This position requires work be performed in-person, onsite, at a designated campus work location.

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Anticipated Begin Date:

AUGUST 22, 2022


ACADEMIC (9 months)

Instructions to Applicants:

Please upload 1. Your current CV, 2. a detailed statement of interest addressing your relevant background for the position, 3. one document that includes both a teaching statement and research statement, and 4. a diversity statement in response to this prompt:

Diversity is a core value and foundational concept in the School of Human Ecology. Catalyzing the power of diversity enriches all of us by exposing us to a range of ways to understand and engage with the world, identify challenges, and to discover, define and deliver solutions. The SoHE prepares professionals to work in an increasingly diverse and global society by promoting equity and justice for all individuals. We actively work to eliminate barriers and obstacles created by institutional discrimination. In your application, please describe your experiences with diversity in your research, teaching or service, and your potential to support the SoHE's commitment to diversity and to bring diversity to the information field. Discuss your potential to mentor and educate students who will serve diverse populations

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. At a future date you may be asked to upload other application materials.

The deadline for assuring full consideration is October 6, 2021, however the position(s) will remain open and applications may be considered until the position is filled.


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