University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign


Description: The University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign (http://illinois.edu/) invites applicants for Associate or Full Professor as a part of a campus-level Strategic Excellence Hiring Program.


Tens of millions of Americans have incomes below the poverty line.  In 2010, about 15 percent of the population was poor with substantially higher rates in families with children.  Despite years of economic growth, the extent of poverty is higher than in the 1970s.  Globally, poverty remains one of the large challenges of this century, with the world’s population estimated to reach 9 billion in a few decades.  Being poor is associated with a myriad of problems including food insecurity, adverse childhood events, higher rates of chronic diseases, and lower levels of general well-being.  Increasingly policy proposals for addressing poverty and inequality focus not only on government safety net proposals but on community-based solutions that may enhance opportunity as well.


We are seeking a scholar with an innovative approach to poverty and inequality.  With its inherently complex origins, antecedents, and outcomes spanning all realms of life from the economic to the social and cultural, poverty as a phenomenon can be studied through a variety of disciplinary lenses.  As such, our search for the ideal candidate for this position will span multiple disciplinary backgrounds such as economics, business, social work, sociology or anthropology, with domestic or international foci, and include areas such as social entrepreneurship and social innovation.  We are particularly interested in a scholar whose research agenda includes and emphasizes interdisciplinary collaboration.


The Department of Business (http://business.illinois.edu/ba ) within the College of Business and the School of Social Work (http://www.socialwork.illinois.edu/) are collaborating in the search process. These units have a strong record of excellence in teaching, research and outreach programs that focus on economic and social development. While the successful candidate will hold a tenured appointment in a ‘home department’ affiliated with one of these units, the intent of the position is to identify someone who can integrate across disciplines.


Our Community: Founded in 1867 as part of President Lincoln’s Morrill Act, The University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign (UIUC) is a leading public Research 1 institution with a long history of successful interdisciplinary endeavors.  In its 2012 rankings, UIUC was ranked #13 among America’s Best Colleges by U.S. News and World Report. With over 32,000 undergraduates and 10,000 graduate students, UIUC is a vibrant campus community with outstanding research and teaching facilities.


Urbana-Champaign is a ‘micro-urban’ community with a population of ~130,000 located in east central Illinois.  It is conveniently located between Chicago, Indianapolis and St. Louis and has its own airport and train service. Combining natural Midwest beauty and cultural resources typically found in much larger metropolitan areas, Urbana-Champaign is friendly, livable, easy to navigate, affordable and has excellent public school systems. There is a ‘work-life’ balance here that gives faculty ample time for both scholarship and family pursuits devoid of the hassles of large city life. The dual downtown areas have grown into vibrant public spaces and   entertainment districts over the past two decades. Both communities have recently made substantial investments in new public libraries, and the University of Illinois library is known as one of the country's best.


Qualifications:  Successful candidates must have an earned doctorate in the behavioral or social sciences or related field. A record of academic scholarship and teaching that meets the qualifications for the rank of associate or full professor at the University of Illinois is required.  Candidates must possess a commitment to interdisciplinary research and collaboration.  Desired qualifications include: a recognized national and international scholarly reputation; leadership and/or administrative experience; the ability to advance interdisciplinary research and teaching initiatives; and attention to the implications of the research to public policy and the improvement of communities locally and globally; and a record of successful funding from public or private sources.


The committee strongly encourages applications and nominations of women and persons of underrepresented groups.  


Salary: Compensation is competitive and will be commensurate with the applicant's rank and record. 


Applications:  To apply, create a candidate profile at http://jobs.illinois.edu and select the position for which you are applying; then upload all required documents, including curriculum vitae, cover letter, and list of names and email addresses or phone numbers of three references. Candidates will be informed before references are contacted. For initial consideration, please complete your application by January 6, 2013; however, applications will continue to be accepted until the position is filled. Interviews and inquiries may take place prior to the close date; however, no decision will be made until after the close date.  The anticipated starting date is August 16, 2013 (negotiable).


For further information regarding application procedures, you may contact Kathy Dysart at [log in to unmask].


The University of Illinois is an Affirmative Action Equal Opportunity Employer. The administration, faculty and staff embrace diversity and are committed to attracting qualified candidates who also embrace and value diversity and inclusivity (www.inclusiveillinois.illinois.edu).

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