Assistant Professor in Vulnerable and Underserved Young Children

Assistant Professor in Vulnerable and Underserved Young Children

 

The Department of Human Development and Family Studies, University of Wisconsin-Madison is recruiting a 12 month, tenure-track Assistant Professor in Vulnerable and Underserved Young Children. This is an integrated appointment with 25% resident responsibilities and 75% Extension responsibilities for Family Living Programs, University of Wisconsin-Extension, Cooperative Extension. This integrated faculty position includes an enhanced outreach presence in exchange for a reduced campus teaching load.

 

We seek scholars who have a record of applied scholarship centered on the promotion of positive outcomes for underserved and vulnerable young children and their families. The individual will contribute to the School of Human Ecology and Cooperative Extension missions and work broadly in the areas of child development, parenting, family and formal care, or early education.

Candidates will be expected to develop a strong applied research program; design, implement and evaluate research-based outreach programs; compete for extramural funding; teach undergraduate and graduate courses; mentor undergraduate and graduate students; and support Extension programs throughout the state.

 

While the specific focus is open, areas of interest include, but are not limited to, early childhood mental health and socio-emotional learning; family-based prevention programs that promote child and family well-being and resilience; and the interrelatedness of adverse childhood experiences especially household dysfunction (parental separation or divorce and parental incarceration). Applicants should conduct rigorous research and have experience in the application of knowledge towards addressing significant challenges facing children, families, and society.

 

Additionally, preference will be given to applicants who can contribute to the new School of Human Ecology Early Childhood Initiative. This includes having experience working across disciplines with families in different contexts; working with diverse individuals, organizations and communities as defined by cultural, racial, or ethnic background, economic situation, family structure, geographic location or presence of special needs.

 

We invite potential candidates to learn more about UW Madison, the Department of Human Development and Family Studies and Family Living Programs as well as the city of Madison.

Applications are due no later than September 15, 2106. The cover letter should explicitly address the qualifications described in the position announcement, which can be viewed online.

Questions about the position should be referred to Libby Bestul (lbestul@wisc.edu or 608-262-2611).

 

Stephen Small,  Ph.D.