University of Wisconsin–Madison – Open-Rank Faculty Position in Civil Society and Community Research

Oct 11, 2018

University of Wisconsin–Madison

School of Human Ecology

Position Vacancy Listing 

PVL # 96240 

Title: Civil Society and Community Studies Open Rank Faculty 

Degree and area of specialization: 

Ph.D. with a specialization directly related to civil society and community studies. This can include fields such as community and leadership development, civil society and community research, human development, community psychology, public policy and administration, social ecology, community sociology, public health, or nonprofit studies. 

Minimum number of years and type of relevant work experience: 

Minimum Required Qualifications: 

• Minimum three years of post-doctoral or assistant professor level experience. 

• A strong record of research and publication experience in areas related to one’s specialization, and at a level appropriate for the rank being applied for (assistant, associate, or full). 

• The successful candidate will have a demonstrated record of scholarship, proven record or potential for extramural grant support, and teaching proficiency that meets the criteria and rank at UW-Madison 

• Appointment at the tenured level requires evidence of excellence in scholarly research, teaching and service and requires review by the university’s tenure committee. 

• Ability to work effectively within a diverse community 

• Demonstrated commitment to creating an inclusive work environment 


Preferred Qualifications: 

• Tenured associate or full professor candidates with commensurate experience and scholarly credentials for appointment with tenure at UW-Madison. 


Principal duties: 

This is a nine-month, tenure or tenure track faculty appointment in the Department of Civil Society and Community Studies, School of Human Ecology at the University of Wisconsin-Madison and the successful candidate will: 

• Maintain a productive program of research excellence. 

• Seek and secure funding to support research program. 

• Teach graduate and undergraduate courses (2:2 load) and contribute to program development. 

• Supervise student research and provide high quality academic mentoring for graduate students. 

• 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 

The Department of Civil Society and Community Studies, (School of Human Ecology) invites applications for a tenure track faculty position, open to all ranks. We seek a candidate with expertise in community-engaged scholarship and substantive interests in civil society and community studies. The specific research area is open and may include a focus on community leadership, action research, youth, civic development, community psychology, empowerment, community organizing, and/or health equity. The position requires scholarship, teaching, and service in a department serving undergraduate and graduate students. Other desirable attributes include strong research methods, oral and written communications skills and the ability to interact with an interdisciplinary and collaborative intellectual community. 

Additional Information 

CIVIL SOCIETY AND COMMUNITY STUDIES: The mission of the Department of Civil Society and Community Studies in to contribute to knowledge about human behavior that is embedded in community organizations, both formal and informal. In partnership with community groups, schools, and coalitions, we seek to understand the ways in which people come together to effect policy and programmatic change in their communities. The Department is home to a Ph.D. program in Civil Society & Community Research and an undergraduate major in Community & Nonprofit Leadership. It is also the administrative home for the campus-wide Center for Community and Nonprofit Studies. 

Center for Community and Nonprofit Studies: The mission of the Center for Community and Nonprofit Studies is to build capacity and knowledge in community and nonprofit studies through the integration of action and applied research, education, outreach and engagement. 

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. 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 1,200 students, and 100 graduate students. Faculty members in the School of Human Ecology often affiliate with centers and programs including the Center for Community and Nonprofit Studies, the Center for Demography and Ecology, the Center for Child and Family Well-Being, the Center for Financial Security, the Institute on Aging, the Institute for Research on Poverty, the LaFollette School of Public Affairs, and the Center for Research on Women and Gender. See

UW-MADISON: The University of Wisconsin-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 6 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. It is a land-grant institution with an enrollment of about 43,000 students. The University provides excellent technology and library resources. Madison (pop. 243,000) is the state capital and combines the culture of a large urban area with the comfort of a small city. See 


A criminal background check will be conducted prior to hiring. 

Employee Class: Faculty 


Full Time Salary Rate: Negotiable 

ACADEMIC (9 months) 

Appointment percent: 100% 

Anticipated begin date: AUGUST 19, 2019 

Number of Positions: 1 


Application must be received by: NOVEMBER 12, 2018 


Please upload a current CV, a detailed cover letter addressing your relevant background for and interest in the position and one academic writing sample. In addition, you will be asked to provide the names and contact information of three references willing to be contacted later for letters of recommendation within the application process. Academic transcripts may be requested from finalists. The deadline for assuring full consideration is November 12, 2018, however the position will remain open and applications may be considered until the position is filled. Use this <LINK> for the UW-Madison Jobs application website. 

Questions about the position can be directed to: 

Cynthia Jasper Email: 

Phone: 608-262-2384 

1300 Linden Dr 

4153 Nicholas Hall, Nancy 

Madison, WI 53706-1524 

Relay Access (WTRS): 7-1-1 (out-of-state: TTY: 800.947.3529, STS: 800.833.7637) and above Phone number (See RELAY_SERVICE for further information)

If you need to request an accommodation because of a disability you can find information about how to make a request at the following website: 

NOTE: Unless confidentiality is requested in writing, the names of applicants must be released upon request. Finalists cannot be guaranteed confidentiality. In the case where there are fewer than five finalists, the names of the five most qualified candidates must be released upon request. 

UW-Madison is an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer. 

We promote excellence through diversity and encourage all qualified individuals to apply. 

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