Position vacancy listing: Professor of Indigenous Community Studies

University of Wisconsin – Madison
Position Vacancy Listing
PVL # 92335

Working Title:
Asst, Assoc, or Full Professor of Indigenous Community Studies Official Title:
PROFESSOR(C20NN) or ASSOCIATE PROFESSOR(C30NN) or ASSISTANT PROFESSOR(C40NN) Degree and area of specialization:

Holds a doctoral degree in a discipline relevant to the units and position e.g. psychology, human development and family studies, social work, American Indian studies, anthropology, education or related disciplines. Employment contingent upon completion of degree.          

Minimum number of years and type of relevant work experience:

The successful candidate has a demonstrated record of scholarship, potential for external grant support, and teaching proficiency that meets the criteria and rank at UW-Madison.

Position Summary:

The Department of Civil Society and Community Studies (School of Human Ecology) and the American Indian Studies Program (College of Letters and Science) invite applications for a tenure-track faculty position, open to all ranks. This position is for a joint appointment with 50% in the Department of Civil Society and Community Studies (tenure home) and 50% in the American Indian Studies Program. We seek a candidate with expertise in community-engaged scholarship, indigenous methodologies/evaluation, community leadership, civil society or nonprofits and with tribal expertise. The area of research is open and may include community/tribal health, environmental health, community/tribal nutrition, indigenous knowledge systems, traditional ecological knowledge, community/tribal education, social justice, incarceration, etc. The candidate’s research should focus on Indigenous peoples and issues within North America with a particular focus on Wisconsin communities. The position requires scholarship, teaching, and service in a department and a program serving undergraduate and graduate students. Other desirable attributes include strong research methods, oral and written communication skills and the ability to interact with an interdisciplinary and collaborative intellectual community. Native American and minority candidates are encouraged to apply.

Principal duties:

The successful candidate will:

  • Build community-academic partnerships with tribal/urban Indian communities especially in Wisconsin.
  • Maintain a coherent and productive program of research excellence.
  • Seek and secure funding to support research partnerships.
  • Teach graduate and undergraduate courses (2:2 load) and contribute to program development.
  • Supervise student research and provide high quality academic mentoring.
  • Participate in shared governance and other departmental and university service activities as appropriate for career stage.

Additional Information

This position could be filled as a 9-month or a 12-month appointment.

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. 

AMERICAN INDIAN STUDIES: The American Indian Studies Program works to foster an environment in which the university community can discover, examine, and appreciate the cultures, traditions, and values that reflect the many contributions American Indians have made and continue to make to the quality of life in contemporary society. The program provides information, referral, and consultation to students, faculty, staff, and citizens throughout the state. A major focus of the program is to facilitate the development of leadership among Indian students to enhance their academic success and assist them in becoming involved in contributing to their communities. An essential component of our mission is to focus attention and direct the resources of the University of Wisconsin to improve the lives of Wisconsin Indian people.

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.

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 http://wisc.edu A criminal background check will be conducted prior to hiring.


Employee Class:
Full Time Salary Rate:     Negotiable

ACADEMIC (9 months)
Term:    N/A
Appointment percent:    100%
Anticipated begin date:  AUGUST 20, 2018
Number of Positions:      1

Application must be received by: NOVEMBER 05, 2017 HOW TO APPLY:
To apply, upload a cover letter, CV and one academic writing sample. Three references will also be required during online application. Academic transcripts may be requested from assistant professor rank finalists. Letters of reference will be required of the finalists.

 The deadline for assuring full consideration is November 5, 2017, however position will remain open and applications may be considered until the position is filled.

Questions about the position can be directed to:
Constance Flanagan
Phone: 608-890-4790
1300 Linden Dr
2418 Human Ecology Building
Email: caflanagan@wisc.edu
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:  http://www.oed.wisc.edu/478.htm

NOTE: Please indicate in writing if you request that your identity be kept confidential. If you do not indicate your preference to remain confidential, the University may be required to disclose your identify and/or application materials. The identity of finalists and successful candidates will be revealed upon request. See Wis. Stat. sec. 19.36(7).  

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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