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University of Wisconsin–Madison

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University of Wisconsin–Madison



Apply now(opens in a new window) Job no: 271459-AS
Work type: Onsite, Staff Full or Part Time, Staff-Full Time, Staff-Part Time
Location: Madison
Categories: Faculty, Instructional Category, Research

Job Summary:

The School of Education (SoE) seeks a Director of the Center for Research on Early Childhood Education, a center housed in the Wisconsin Center for Education Research. The successful candidate will join the SoE faculty at the rank of associate professor or professor. This is a year-round position, with efforts split equally between serving as the CRECE Director and as a faculty member during the academic year and full-time obligations as the CRECE Director during summer months. It is anticipated that this position will start in August 2023.

The Center for Research on Early Childhood Education (CRECE) was established at the Wisconsin Center for Education Research at the UW-Madison School of Education in November 2017. Unique among education research centers in its whole child, ecological approach to research as well as its multi-tiered approach to stakeholder engagement. CRECE's work focuses on children ages 0-8, their families, and communities. Spanning home and school, preschool and elementary, formal and informal education, policy and practice, CRECE researchers explore (a) how practitioners can build on the resources children bring to learning; (b) the professional development of the early childhood workforce; (c) early childhood curriculum, teaching and assessment; (d) the education of new researchers; and (e) the development and enactment of research-based policy.

The Director of CRECE will: (a) collaboratively direct the Center and supervise Center employees; (b) lead and participate in the design and implementation of research conducted at the Center; (c) secure external funds to support the work of the Center; (d) teach in the undergraduate and graduate programs of the home department; and (d) participate in service to the department, campus, and scholarly community more broadly.

The Director of CRECE will be a named associate professor or professor in the School of Education (the title will depend on candidate expertise and home department). The scholar who takes this position will be a productive and internationally recognized researcher and will secure external funding to support research on one or more contexts in which development and learning occur from birth through primary school (birth to age eight), including childcare, preschool, and family. This position is housed in the School of Education at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, the flagship campus of the University of Wisconsin System.

Depending on expertise and research focus, the successful candidate will join the faculty in one of five departments: the Department of Curriculum and Instruction, the Department of Educational Leadership and Analysis, the Department of Educational Policy Studies, the Department of Educational Psychology, or the Department of Rehabilitation Psychology and Special Education.

These departments are highly ranked nationally and host undergraduate and graduate teacher preparation programs, research-oriented graduate programs, and community, state, national, and international educational initiatives. The School of Education is comprised of 10 academic departments and three major research units, including the Wisconsin Center for Educational Research (WCER). WCER serves as a research home for approximately 140 grant-funded projects, providing support for all stages of the research funding process


The Director of CRECE will: (a) collaboratively direct the Center and supervise Center employees; (b) lead and participate in the design and implementation of research conducted at the Center; (c) secure external funds to support the work of the Center; (d) teach in the undergraduate and graduate programs of the home department; and (d) participate in service to the department, campus, and scholarly community more broadly.

The ideal candidate will:
1. Strategically and collaboratively direct the Center for Research on Early Childhood Education, an externally funded research center.
2. Have a nationally recognized research program focused on one or more contexts in which development and learning occur from birth through age 8, including childcare, preschool, family, and community.
3. Have experience successfully securing significant external funding.
4. Advise and mentor students through research apprenticeships within CRECE.
5. Teach undergraduate and graduate courses in early childhood education and other areas of interest.
6. Participate in shared governance and departmental, university, and other service activities.
7. Contribute professionally to early childhood education at the local, state, national, and international levels.

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


Terminal Degree
Earned Doctorate degree in field related to early childhood education.


Minimum Years and Types of Work Experience:
- Candidates should have an earned PhD or equivalent in early childhood education or related field.
- Evidence of an established record of research and scholarship.
- Evidence of success in securing external funding to support research.
- Evidence of success in teaching undergraduate and graduate students.
- Experience working on issues that impact underserved populations and/or on equity issues in early childhood education.

Work Type:

Full Time:

This Position Vacancy Listing represents two separate and distinct appointments within the School of Education. The hired candidate will have two appointments: a 50% 12-month Director Appointment within WCER (to be adjusted to 100% during summer months), and 50% 9-month Tenure Track Faculty Appointment with a title of Associate or Full Professor within an academic unit.

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

Appointment Type, Duration:



ANNUAL (12 months)

Additional Information:

The Wisconsin Center for Education Research (WCER), a unit of the School of Education, is one of the largest, oldest, and most respected education research centers in the world. WCER's mission is to improve educational outcomes for diverse student populations, impact education practice positively and foster collaborations among academic disciplines and practitioners. WCER generates approximately $80 million of revenue in awards and services annually and employs approximately 500 employees including academic staff, university staff, research associates, graduate assistants, and undergraduates

The UW-Madison School of Education is dedicated to maintaining and growing a culture that embraces diversity, inclusion, and equity, believing these values are foundational elements of our excellence and fundamental components of a positive learning/working environment for students, faculty, and staff. At the School of Education, we acknowledge that, historically, bias, prejudice, racism, discrimination, and hate have taken many forms, and we commit to take action to create a school that is welcoming to all.

How to Apply:

Please click "apply now" and follow the instructions. You will be asked to create a profile and upload the following documents: (a) letter of interest; (b) curriculum vitae, (c) research statement (no more than 2 pages), (d) teaching statement (no more than 2 pages), and (e) two samples of scholarly writing. Applicants should provide names and contact information for three references as a part of the online application. Letters of reference will be requested for finalists, but are not needed at this stage of the application.

To ensure consideration, application materials must be received by January 5, 2023; however, this position will remain open and applications will be accepted until the position is filled. Questions about the position may be directed to Julie F. Mead, Professor Emerita and Search Committee Chair at


Lyndsey Johnson
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Official Title:

Academic Prog Director(CC004)



Employment Class:

Academic Staff-Renewable

Job Number:


  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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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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