Open-rank Faculty position in Quantitative Community-based Research

Sep 01, 2021

The Department of Civil Society and Community Studies (CSCS) 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. We seek candidates with community-based research programs that use innovative quantitative methods and critical theory for an open-rank tenure track faculty position that will begin in August 2022.

Position Summary

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.

Application instructions

Please follow this link: 237583 and 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.


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



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