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ACADEMIC (9 months)

Job Summary:

Dairy agriculture lies at the intersection of important social, economic, and ecological opportunities and challenges. Agricultural practices that have long been central to the economy and culture of Wisconsin (and many other parts of the world) are constantly evolving but are also increasingly entangled with changes in public awareness of climate change, struggles over land and water stewardship, attitudes toward animal agriculture, dietary practices, and understanding of nutrient labeling and food product naming. Social science research that speaks to these and other related challenges is crucial to understanding and strengthening the future of the industry and its impact on the world.

The College of Agriculture and Life Sciences at the University of Wisconsin-Madison seeks a full time, 9-month, tenure track faculty member at the rank of Assistant Professor. The successful candidate will have an outstanding research record in public perceptions of and engagement with agricultural science and technology, with a research focus that is relevant and impactful for the Wisconsin dairy industry and complements existing faculty strengths. This might include but is not limited to public perceptions of and public engagement with: the role of science and technology in agriculture, animal welfare, the relationship between animal agriculture and land/water stewardship, labor relations, policymaking and regulation of dairy production and organization, consumer decision-making, the relationship between community health and animal agriculture, the history and development of supply chains, social equity and class dynamics surrounding food and agriculture, or public understanding of nutritional labels and content. Research with international and comparative dimensions is welcome.

Ideally, the candidate's work will be relevant to one or more of the College of Agricultural & Life Sciences (CALS) key strategic areas ( as context of inquiry.

Housed within the Department of Community & Environmental Sociology (CES), the position carries an expectation of teaching undergraduate and graduate courses and advising graduate and undergraduate students, with expectations for industry outreach and professional and university service. The ability to work in interdisciplinary settings and willingness to work with units across CALS will make this new colleague a perfect addition to CALS faculty.

This newly created position is supported by the Dairy Innovation Hub in the College of Agricultural and Life Sciences. The Hub is an exciting new initiative at the three leading UW agricultural schools (UW-Madison, UW-Platteville, and UW-River Falls) to foster dairy research, education, and outreach in the priority areas of Stewarding Land and Water Resources, Ensuring Animal Health and Welfare, Growing Farm Businesses and Communities, and Enriching Human Health and Nutrition. The Wisconsin dairy sector has a strong collaborative relationship with the University of Wisconsin-Madison and is highly motivated to help explore and develop innovative solutions to the industry's challenges. As a Hub? supported position, the faculty member will also have the opportunity to collaborate with other Hub researchers, pursue Hub funding opportunities, and participate in Hub programs. For more information on the Dairy Innovation Hub ( and UW-Madison CALS Hub efforts ( please visit their websites.


Perform research, teaching, and outreach in an area of expertise in ways that are relevant and impactful for dairy agriculture and related fields, with particular salience for Wisconsin's dairy industry.

Develop and carry out a vigorous research program recognized at state-, national-, and international-levels. The candidate will work independently and also within a collaborative research team to support the mission of the Dairy Innovation Hub.

Teach classes in their department which also contribute to college undergraduate and graduate programs. Teaching responsibilities will be commensurate with college expectations and consistent with the teaching loads of departmental faculty.

Facilitate interdisciplinary efforts and collaborative efforts within CES, the College of Agricultural and Life Sciences, and federal labs.

Contribute to outreach and service functions of the department, college, university, and professional societies. Outreach, including the ability to reach diverse audiences, is central to this position. Moreover, consistent with the mission of the University of Wisconsin System, the candidate will be committed to service to the community, state, nation, and world for the benefit of all.

Contribute to programs aimed at increasing diversity, equity, and inclusion within the department, college, and university. Promote an inclusive and diverse climate within our campus and associated communities.

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


PhD in Sociology or related position-relevant field required.


Successful candidates will have a record of or demonstrate potential for:
i) Extramural grant-writing
ii) Publications in peer reviewed journals
iii) Graduate student training/mentoring
iv) Teaching and curriculum development
v) Contribution to the outreach and service functions of CALS and the Dairy Innovation Hub
vi) Promoting an inclusive and diverse climate within our campus and associated communities

COVID-19 Considerations:

UW-Madison continues to follow necessary health and safety protocols to protect our campus from COVID-19. All employees remain subject to the COVID-19 Workplace Safety Policy: . Please visit for the most up-to-date information.

Work Type:

Full Time: 100%

It is anticipated this position requires work be performed in-person, onsite, at a designated campus work location.

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Anticipated Begin Date:

AUGUST 23, 2023

Additional Information:

Community and Environmental Sociology (CES) faculty focus on environmental justice, agroecology and food studies, environment and health, community action and development, and science and technology. CES collaborates on a joint graduate program with the Department of Sociology in the College of Letters and Sciences, currently ranked as one of the top 10 graduate programs in sociology nationally and worldwide. As well, CES hosts the Applied Population Laboratory, a nationally renowned center for demographic studies and public engagement.

The UW-Madison College of Agricultural & Life Sciences is committed to maintaining and growing a culture that embraces diversity, inclusion, and equity, believing that these values are foundational elements of our excellence and fundamental components of a positive and enriching learning and working environments for all students, faculty, and staff.

UW-Madison is an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer. We promote excellence through diversity and encourage all qualified individuals to apply.

A criminal background check will be conducted prior to hiring.

How to Apply:

Apply online at "Jobs at UW" ( under job number 262172. Applications must be received through the UW-Madison's online application system.

To begin the process, please click "".

Applicants should upload a single PDF containing the following:
1) Cover letter
2) Curriculum vitae
3) Statements of:
a. Research accomplishments and future goals (2-page limit)
b. Teaching and mentoring philosophy and experience (2-page limit)
c. Contributions to diversity and inclusion and areas of future impact (1-page limit)
4) Electronic reprints of one or two articles (pdfs) that are relevant to the position
5) Contact information for three references

For questions on the application process, contact Todd Schry ( in CALS Human Resources. Direct all questions pertaining to the position to Noah Weeth Feinstein in the Department of Community and Environmental Sociology (

The deadline for assuring full consideration is September 30, 2022; however, the position will remain open and applications may be considered until the position is filled.


Noah Feinstein
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Official Title:

Assistant Professor(FA040)



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The University of Wisconsin is an Equal Opportunity and Affirmative Action Employer. We promote excellence through diversity and encourage all qualified individuals to apply.

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Employment will require a criminal background check. It will also require you and your references to answer questions regarding sexual violence and sexual harassment.

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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Applications Open: Jul 22 2022 Central Daylight Time
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