Job no: 100292-FA
Work type: Faculty-Full Time
Location: Madison
Categories: Instructional

Position Summary:

The successful candidate will contribute to the missions of both the Center for Healthy Minds (CHM) and the School of Human Ecology (SoHE) and its Human Development and Family Studies (HDFS) department. The mission of the CHM is to cultivate well-being and relieve suffering through a scientific understanding of the mind. The HDFS department mission is: "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 are broadly interested in candidates whose interests are in the areas of economic impact and cost-benefit analysis of prevention programs and interventions that promote well-being and alleviate suffering. The Department of HDFS is particularly interested in investigations that contribute to promoting equity and reducing racial and socioeconomic disparities in child and family health and well-being.

The successful candidate will actively participate in the research, teaching, and outreach/service programs of the HDFS department and SoHE, as well as in the research, training, and outreach missions of the CHM. The endowed chair would provide a reduced teaching load and discretionary research funding for work aligned with the mission of the CHM.

Principal Duties:

The faculty position and tenure home of this position is in SOHE within HDFS. The position carries a commitment to the three functions of UW faculty: teaching, research, and outreach/service as is appropriate to position and rank. Specific responsibilities include:
--Maintaining an independent, externally-funded research program;
--Demonstrating use of the skills and competencies needed to mentor and advise undergraduate and graduate students, including those from underrepresented groups;
--Collaborating with investigators in HDFS, CHM, and other research centers (e.g., Center for Child and Family Wellbeing (CCFW)) at the University of Wisconsin (UW)-Madison or its partner institutions;
--Publishing results in leading journals appropriate to areas of investigation;
--Teaching undergraduate and/or graduate courses (with a reduced teaching load provided for work aligned with the mission of CHM or external grants).
--Participate in department, school, and university-level service appropriate to rank
--Demonstrating citizenship, professionalism, and positive collegial interaction
--Ability to work effectively within a diverse community
--Demonstrated commitment to creating an inclusive work environment.

Institutional Statement on Diversity:

Diversity is a source of strength, creativity, and innovation for UW-Madison. We value the contributions of each person and respect the profound ways their identity, culture, background, experience, status, abilities, and opinion enrich the university community. We commit ourselves to the pursuit of excellence in teaching, research, outreach, and diversity as inextricably linked goals.

The University of Wisconsin-Madison fulfills its public mission by creating a welcoming and inclusive community for people from every background - people who as students, faculty, and staff serve Wisconsin and the world.

For more information on diversity and inclusion on campus, please visit: Diversity and Inclusion

Degree and Area of Specialization:

A PhD in Human Development and Family Studies, Psychology, Economics, Public Health, Population Health Sciences, Social Work, or any related discipline is required.

Minimum Years and Type of Relevant Work Experience:

The ideal candidate is a researcher who studies the economic impact and return on investment of secular contemplative interventions (e.g., mindfulness and/or compassion-based interventions) and other prevention programs and interventions designed to promote well-being and relieve suffering. The candidate must show evidence of appropriate teaching/mentoring and research experience, including successful receipt of extramural funding. Members of underrepresented groups are strongly encouraged to apply. Particular emphasis will be given to candidates who approach these questions using innovative methodological approaches.

Additional Information:

CENTER FOR HEALTHY MINDS: The mission of CHM is to cultivate well-being and relieve suffering through a scientific understanding of the mind. The Center has both basic and translational research programs and has faculty in five different departments spanning three different units of UW-Madison. The Center is housed in a dedicated building and has ample space for growth of new faculty and research programs. See:

DEPARTMENT OF HUMAN DEVELOPMENT AND FAMILY STUDIES/CCFW: The HDFS department provides outstanding undergraduate, masters, and doctoral level education in human development and family studies across the lifespan. 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 UW-Madison Division of 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. See:

SCHOOL OF HUMAN ECOLOGY: The mission of SoHE 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 HDFS) with a collective undergraduate enrollment of 1,500 students, and 100 graduate students. Faculty members in SoHE 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 COLLABORATIVE FOR ADVANCING LEARNING & TEACHING: "The Collaborative" fosters excellence in teaching and learning by providing professional development for faculty and instructors through a variety of programs, technology and support:

UW-MADISON: UW-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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Full Time: 100%

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Anticipated Begin Date:

AUGUST 17, 2020


ACADEMIC (9 months)

Instructions to Applicants:

Applicants should submit: a curriculum vitae, a letter of application summarizing research and
teaching interests aligned with prevention science, 2-3 representative publications (as one document), and the names of three individuals who can provide letters of reference. Please click on the button to begin the application process.

The deadline for assuring full consideration is October 1, 2019, however the position will remain open and applications may be considered until the position is filled.


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The University of Wisconsin System will not reveal the identities of applicants who request confidentiality in writing, except that the identity of the successful candidate will be released. See Wis. Stat. sec. 19.36(7).

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