Tenure track Faculty Position: Youth Development in Program and Community Contexts, Assistant Professor
This is a 12 month tenure track integrated faculty appointment in the School of Human Ecology at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. 75% of this integrated position is as a program specialist for 4H Youth Development, University of Wisconsin-Extension, Cooperative Extension. 25% of the position housed in the Department of Civil Society and Community Studies (School of Human Ecology, University of Wisconsin-Madison). The principal duties of the integrated faculty are to serve as:
(a) a lead scholar and program specialist for 4-H Youth Development,
(b) a primary link between 4-H and the Center for Community and NonProfit Studies, and
(c) a tenure track faculty member in the Department of Civil Society and Community Studies.
Teaching responsibilities are determined by the needs of both the department and Cooperative Extension.
FOCUS: The specific area of focus is open. It might include one or more of the following: Positive youth development, pathways for youth civic engagement, youth-adult networks and partnerships, volunteer development, employment readiness, translational research and dissemination, youth participation in coalitions, youth participation in action research.
RESPONSIBILITIES: As a lead scholar and program specialist for 4-H Youth Development, the principal duties are to provide research-based program leadership and support for Cooperative Extension faculty and staff based in 72 counties of Wisconsin. The focus is on developing, adapting and, most importantly, effectively disseminating statewide programs of youth development that are consistent with the mission and priorities of 4-H Youth Development, needs of Wisconsin youth and community partners.
As a primary link between 4-H Youth Development and the Center for Community and NonProfit Studies, the primary duties are to organize and implement strategies of collaborative, scholarly exchange among faculty, staff, and graduate students across Wisconsin Cooperative Extension and the School of Human Ecology. The focus is on leveraging the resources of the two entities to strengthen youth programming within Wisconsin.
As a faculty member in the Department of Civil Society and Community Studies, the position involves developing a strong research program, competing for extramural funding, teaching undergraduate and graduate courses, teaching and mentoring graduate students, providing university service and service in faculty governance roles.
QUALIFICATIONS: An earned doctoral degree in a social science (e.g. human ecology, education, educational psychology, community psychology, human services, psychology, human development, or developmental psychology) or related discipline with expertise in adolescent or youth development, youth studies, informal education among youth, or similar specialization.
The emphasis of this position is on youth development in community and program contexts. Candidates for the position should demonstrate a strong potential to achieve excellence in a program of scholarly research as well as the ability to integrate knowledge into complex systems for the purpose of promoting positive youth development.
Preference will be given to applicants with experience in:
• Providing leadership within large, decentralized systems, such as Cooperative Extension, particularly in roles that focused on applied research and capacity building.
• Understanding theories of youth development and applying them to programmatic issues from adolescence through emerging adulthood.
• Translating and disseminating research in ways that can be used by local practitioners, such as 4-H Youth Development county educators, and their community partners.
• Using technology and distance education to reach rural and urban stakeholders, both youth and adults, for the purposes of instruction and community building.
• Building networks of support for under-served populations of young people.
• Preparing adults (volunteers, service providers, coalitions, advisory committees) to partner with young people in community building efforts.
• Seeking external funds to support positive youth development programming, research, and evaluation.
• Working with youth across a range of demographically-diverse contexts.
ACADEMIC RANK AND SALARY: Appointment will be at the rank of Assistant Professor (tenure-track). Salary is competitive, and commensurate with experience.
COOPERATIVE EXTENSION: Cooperative Extension is Wisconsin’s educational network for engaging people and their communities in positive change. Cooperative Extension faculty and staff, located in all 72 Wisconsin counties and three tribal nations, work with communities on complex problems that require research-based solutions. Counties may draw upon the expertise of state specialists housed on eight of Wisconsin’s 4-year campuses. Specialists work with county faculty and academic staff to provide each county with practical, beneficial research to respond to local needs in our communities. 4-H is a community of young people across America who are learning leadership, citizenship and life skills. (See: Wisconsin 4H Youth DevelopmentWisconsin 4H Youth Development.)
THE 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 (Consumer Science, Community and Civil Society Studies, Design Studies, and Human Development & Family Studies) with a collective undergraduate enrollment of 990 students, and 75 graduate students.
THE UNIVERSITY: The University of Wisconsin-Madison has a strong reputation as a research university, ranking as one of the top ten universities in America in every survey of scholarly reputation conducted since 1990. It is a land-grant institution with an enrollment of about 40,000 students. The university has excellent computer and library resources. Madison (pop. 243,000) is the state capital with the culture of a large urban area and the comfort of a small city. See UW Madison
Please apply electronically with a letter of application, curriculum vitae, two representative publications and a copy of transcripts all submitted as a single PDF file labeled with the applicant's name (e.g. JaneDoe.pdf) to ude.csiw.ehos|ylppa#ude.csiw.ehos|ylppa. In addition, please have three letters of recommendation submitted directly from the recommenders to ude.csiw.ehos|ylppa#ude.csiw.ehos|ylppa. with the subject line "Reference for [Applicant's Last Name]"
The University of Wisconsin-Madison is an Equal Opportunity-Affirmative Action Employer. We promote excellence through diversity and encourage all qualified individuals to apply.
DEADLINE: The review of applications will begin December 6, 2015. Unless confidentiality is requested in writing, information regarding applicants must be released upon request. Finalists cannot be guaranteed confidentiality.