Assistant, Associate, or Full Professor Human Development and Family Studies

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The Department of Human Development and Family Studies in the School of Human Ecology (SoHE), University of Wisconsin-Madison invites applicants for a tenured/tenure-track, open-ranked position, whose interests are in the areas of reducing racial and socioeconomic disparities in child and family health and well-being. We seek candidates with active or promising research agendas (early or mid-career position) or established research records with an extramural grant record (senior position) with a desire to work across the early lifespan and/or commitment to collaboration across the lifespan.   Candidates must have a doctorate in Human Development and Family Studies, Psychology, Sociology, Education, Social Work, Public Health, or a related discipline by the time the appointment begins. Area of specialization should focus on individual or family well-being, especially as it relates to the early lifespan, but also including all points in the lifecourse as they relate to infants, children, and families.  Ideal candidates will enhance the scholarship of the department through contributing new perspectives, such as those drawn from theoretical (e.g., critical race theory) or methodological approaches. Evidence of the ability to achieve excellence in a program of scholarly research, a strong potential for external funding, and a commitment to interdisciplinary scholarship are required.   The successful candidate will contribute to the School of Human Ecology and the HDFS department mission: “To improve the quality of life by discovering, integrating, applying, and disseminating knowledge about lifespan human development, relationships, families, and communities, all in their larger social contexts.” We encourage candidates who work across the lifespan, but preference will be given to applicants who can contribute to the Center for Child and Family Well-Being, either by directly engaging in scholarship and grant-seeking related to the early lifespan or through a commitment to collaborating with early lifespan researchers on high-quality, interdisciplinary projects (e.g., two generation interventions, couple relationships and coparenting). The specific focus is open, and we are broadly interested in candidates whose interests are in the areas of reducing racial and socioeconomic disparities in child and family health and well-being, individual and family resilience, parenting, maternal and infant health, immigration, fathering, family policy, family and formal care, coparenting and couple relationships, or early education. We are especially interested in scholars with expertise in intersectionality, critical race theories, or other critical or social justice frameworks. Successful candidates will engage in applied or basic scholarship using any of a variety of methodological approaches (e.g., quantitative, qualitative, community-based participatory research), and will seek to develop an extramurally-funded research program. Applicants with a history of successfully mentoring students from underrepresented groups are encouraged to include details in their cover letter.   This faculty position is housed in the School of Human Ecology within the Department of Human Development and Family Studies. The position carries a commitment to the three functions of UW faculty: undergraduate and graduate teaching, research, and outreach/service as is appropriate to position and rank. Specific responsibilities include:  
  • Developing and leading an independent, externally-funded research program in human development and family studies;
  • Developing and using the skills and competencies needed to mentor and advise undergraduate and graduate students;
  • Collaborating with investigators in the Department, School of Human Ecology, Center for Child and Family Well-Being, and/or other research centers at UW-Madison or its partner institutions;
  • Publishing results in leading journals appropriate to areas of investigation;
  • Teaching undergraduate and graduate courses (no more than 4 per academic year)
  Please include a C.V., a detailed cover letter addressing your relevant background for and interest in the position ( ).  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 22, 2018, however the positions will remain open and applications may be considered until the position is filled.   DEPARTMENT OF HUMAN DEVELOPMENT AND FAMILY STUDIES The department of Human Development and Family Studies (HDFS) at the University of Wisconsin-Madison provides outstanding undergraduate, masters, and doctoral level education in Family Studies and Human Development across the lifespan. Ranked among the top programs of its kind, HDFS offers an interdisciplinary approach to family relationships, child and adolescent development, adult development and aging, as well as child and family intervention and prevention programs, and policy studies. The program is served by 12 faculty, four of whom hold integrated appointments with the University of Wisconsin Cooperative Extension. We have approximately 350 undergraduate majors and 30 graduate students. Departmental resources for training and research include the Frances and Elliott Lehman Family Interaction Lab, a Child Development Lab, and numerous outreach programs for children and families, as well as the resources of the entire Madison campus.   The HDFS department is committed to enhancing the racial/ethnic diversity of our department, consistent with current efforts at the university as a whole. (   CENTER FOR CHILD AND FAMILY WELL-BEING (CCFW) The Center for Child and Family Well-Being (CCFW) is a vehicle through which the University is able to create and share knowledge as well as capitalize on expertise found outside the University to promote healthy human development and family life. The Center and its affiliates seek to respond to critical issues faced by family members and those who serve them by being a multidisciplinary leader in family studies and programs with a focus on the well-being and development of individuals and families in Wisconsin and the world; conducting high quality applied research that furthers the understanding of family issues; providing a platform for the dissemination and integration of best practices through outreach to practitioners and policymakers; training the next generation of practitioners, policymakers, and researchers on issues related to individual and family well-being; and coordinating use of the Frances and Elliot Lehman Family Research Center. ( )   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)In 2017, 19.4% of the 1,241 SoHE undergraduate students and 29.2% of the 72 SoHE graduate students were members of under-represented racial/ethnic minority groups. SoHE Faculty 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
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Madison, WI 53706, USA