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University of Wisconsin - Madison

Position Vacancy Listing

PVL # 78629



Working Title:
Human Development and Family Studies Professor & Endowed Chair
Official Title:
Degree and area of specialization:
Candidates must have a PhD (or MD) in Human Development and Family Studies, Psychology, Sociology, Education, Social Work, Psychiatry, or a related discipline.
Minimum number of years and type of relevant work experience:
Evidence of excellence in a program of scholarly research, a record of external funding, and a commitment to interdisciplinary scholarship are required. The primary focus of the position is scholarship centered on the promotion of positive child and family outcomes through application of secular contemplative practices. Seek applicants who combine the conduct of rigorous research with an interest and experience in the application of knowledge to address significant challenges facing families and society.
Principal duties:
The position in the Department of Human Development and Family Studies (HDFS) in the School of Human Ecology (SoHE) involves continuing a strong research program, competing for extramural funding, teaching undergraduate and graduate courses, teaching and mentoring undergraduate, MS and PhD students, and service in faculty governance roles. The focus is on investigating and applying secular contemplative practices such as meditation and mindfulness (e.g., to improve the self-regulation of attentional processes and behavior and increase empathy, compassion, and prosocial behaviors) to further child and family well-being. This will occur in collaboration with SoHE faculty and interdisciplinary scholars from the Center for Investigating Healthy Minds at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, other departments on campus, and UW-Cooperative Extension Family Living Programs.

We are seeking an eminent scholar who can assist the UW-Madison in building one of the most exciting initiatives in the scientific field focusing on mind, body and family well-being through collaborations among the School of Human Ecology, the School of Medicine and Public Health, the Waisman Center/Center for Investigating Healthy Minds, and the Global Health Institute.
  Additional Information:
 Prefer applicants to have experience in
- working across disciplines with diverse 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; presence of special needs; religious affiliation; or stage of life.
- successfully seeking external funds and resources to support educational programs.
- program leadership, management, and coaching roles.

A criminal background check will be conducted prior to hiring.

  Employee Class:
Full Time Salary Rate:Minimum $80,000 ACADEMIC (9 months)
Depending on Qualifications
Appointment percent:100%
Anticipated begin date:AUGUST 25, 2014
Number of Positions:1

Application must be received by: MARCH 15, 2014
Send to Professor Julie Poehlmann as email attachments ( the following: a cover letter describing your qualifications, program of research, and teaching interests; curriculum vita; representative publications; and at least three letters of reference. The University of Wisconsin-Madison is an Equal Opportunity-Affirmative Action Employer. We promote excellence through diversity and encourage all qualified individuals to apply.

Apply as soon as possible and to ensure consideration, but no later than March 15, 2014 but will stay open until filled.

Unless confidentiality is requested in writing, information regarding applicants must be released upon request. Finalists cannot be guaranteed confidentiality.
Unless another application procedure has been specified above, please send resume and cover letter referring to Position Vacancy Listing #78629 to:
Julie Poehlmann
Phone: 608-262-1773
1300 Linden Dr
Fax: N/A
Human Ecology Building
Madison, WI 53706-1524
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NOTE: Unless confidentiality is requested in writing, the names of applicants must be released upon request. Finalists cannot be guaranteed confidentiality. In the case where there are fewer than five finalists, the names of the five most qualified candidates must be released upon request.  

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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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