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University of Wisconsin–Madison

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University of Wisconsin–Madison



Apply now(opens in a new window) Job no: 262931-FA
Work type: Faculty-Full Time, Onsite
Location: Madison
Categories: Faculty

Job Summary:

This 9-month tenure-track or tenured faculty position is housed in the Department of Human Development and Family Studies (HDFS) within the School of Human Ecology (SoHE) at the University of Wisconsin (UW)-Madison. We are seeking a candidate who will join us in achieving our department's vision of becoming globally prominent and locally relevant in the conduct and application of high-quality research on human development (including relationships, families, intervention, program evaluation, and policy studies) to solve societal problems and to contribute to the well-being of children and families.

The successful candidate will have an active research agenda and established research record focused on early lifespan, including factors that affect early lifespan, with a desire to work in an interdisciplinary environment at a leading university. Relevant research topics include (but are not limited to): infant/early childhood and family development; development in context, including diverse lived experience; ethnic/racial socialization; fertility, pregnancy, or family formation; parent and child health; equity/disparities in child health and well-being; consequences of early experience; parenting; prevention and intervention in early childhood; family policy; or immigration, migration, or displacement.

This position carries research, teaching, and service responsibilities appropriate for the rank sought. The 2-2 teaching load (4 courses per year) will include courses at both the undergraduate and graduate levels. Other responsibilities include leading an independent and high-impact research program; seeking external funding as appropriate for the area of study; advising and working with graduate students; and participating in department, school, and university service.


The position carries a commitment to the three functions of UW-Madison faculty (teaching, research, and outreach/service) as well as professional and university service as appropriate to the position and rank. The 9-month academic year position includes a 2:2 teaching load (4 courses per year) or equivalent, which includes undergraduate and graduate courses.

This position will be expected to:
- Develop and lead an independent research program;
- Seek external research funding as appropriate for the area of study;
- Collaborate with investigators in the HDFS department, SoHE, and/or research centers at UW-Madison or its partner institutions;
- Publish research findings in venues appropriate to areas of investigation;
- Disseminate findings of high-impact research to a wide range of stakeholders appropriate to areas of investigation;
- Teach undergraduate and graduate courses in HDFS;
- Advise graduate students and mentor undergraduate students;
- Contribute to undergraduate and graduate program development in HDFS;
- Join the faculty in shared governance of the HDFS department;
- Participate in department, school, university, and professional service appropriate to the faculty rank;
- Demonstrate commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusion;
- Promote respect and the practice of civility 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


PhD in human development and family studies, psychology, sociology, public health, education, social work, or a related discipline.


Years of experience will be commensurate with the rank sought. All candidates must have proven success in conducting research and teaching appropriate to their stage of career. Associate and full professor candidates must possess experience and scholarly credentials for appointment with tenure at UW-Madison. Those who are currently at the assistant level but may be qualified to be a tenured associate professor at the time of the appointment are encouraged to apply.

The successful candidate will have:
- Demonstrated ability to lead a research program that attracts (or has the potential to attract) external funding, engages students, and produces high-impact scholarship;
- Research program that centers on early lifespan, including factors that affect early lifespan;
- Commitment to excellence in undergraduate and graduate teaching and mentoring;
- Ability to apply a strengths-based approach to understanding culturally and ethnically diverse individuals, families, and communities;
- Commitment to empowering individuals and families to strengthen relationships through education, intervention, prevention, and policy to improve the quality of lives;
- Commitment to university, professional, and community service and outreach;
- Ability to work effectively and compassionately with a diverse community and student population to support learning and personal/professional development.

COVID-19 Considerations:

UW-Madison continues to follow necessary health and safety protocols to protect our campus from COVID-19. All employees remain subject to the COVID-19 Workplace Safety Policy: Please visit for the most up-to-date information.

Work Type:

Full Time: 100%

It is anticipated this position requires work be performed in-person, onsite, at a designated campus work location.

Appointment Type, Duration:


Anticipated Begin Date:

AUGUST 21, 2023


ACADEMIC (9 months)

Additional Information:

DEPARTMENT OF HUMAN DEVELOPMENT AND FAMILY STUDIES: The HDFS department at UW-Madison provides outstanding undergraduate and graduate education in family science and human development across the lifespan. HDFS offers unique, multidisciplinary training in family relationships; child and adolescent development; adult development and aging; child and family intervention and prevention programs; and policy studies. The program is served by 16 tenured, tenure-track, and teaching faculty, four of whom hold integrated appointments with the UW-Madison Division of Extension. We have approximately 320 undergraduate majors and approximately 35 graduate students. Departmental resources for teaching and research include the on-site Child Development Lab (description below). We also have numerous outreach programs for children and families, as well as the resources of the entire campus. The HDFS department is committed to enhancing the racial and ethnic diversity of our department, consistent with current efforts at the university as a whole. See 

CHILD DEVELOPMENT LAB: The UW-Madison CDL is a laboratory school housed in SoHE that provides year-round, high quality early education programs for children ages 6 weeks to 5 years. In addition, the CDL supports the teaching, research, and outreach missions of the University in several ways, including: on-site and virtual observation booths; undergraduate courses in early childhood development; internship placements; and opportunities for research with children, families, and early childhood professionals. See 

SCHOOL OF HUMAN ECOLOGY: The mission of the SoHE 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. The School has four academic departments (Civil Society and Community Studies, Consumer Science, Design Studies, and HDFS) with a collective enrollment of approximately 2,000+ undergraduate students and approximately 100 graduate students. A common theme across all departments in the School is the application of human science. See 

UNIVERSITY OF WISCONSIN-MADISON: UW-Madison has a strong reputation as a research university and for producing research that improves people's lives. The University consistently ranks among the top 10 institutions in national research expenditures. In 2015, the University received a community engagement award from the Carnegie Foundation for its commitment to deeply engaging with local, regional, national, and global communities. The Center for Teaching, Learning & Mentoring supports learning for all students by advancing the craft of teaching at UW-Madison. UW-Madison is a land-grant institution with an enrollment of about 45,500 students. Madison (pop. 255,000) is the state capital and combines the culture of a large urban area with the comfort of a small city. See 

How to Apply:

Please click on the "Apply Now" button to start the application process.

Please upload:
1. a current CV;
2. a cover letter detailing your interest in and relevant experience for this position (max 1 page);
3. a research statement describing your research program, impact, and plans (max 2 pages);
4. a teaching statement describing your teaching beliefs and practices (max 2 pages);
5. a diversity statement describing your experiences with diversity in your prior work and your potential to support our commitment to diversity (max 2 pages);

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

The deadline for assuring full consideration is October 1, 2022, however the position(s) will remain open and applications may be considered until the position is filled.


Michelle Hamilton
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Official Title:

Professor(FA020) or Associate Professor(FA030) or Assistant Professor(FA040)



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The University of Wisconsin System will not reveal the identities of applicants who request confidentiality in writing, except that the identity of the successful candidate will be released. See Wis. Stat. sec. 19.36(7).

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