Director, Center for Research in Innovation and Smart Cities
Position Is Open Until Filled
Code: 18463 Posted: 06/15/2022
The University of Wisconsin-Parkside is a dynamic learning community grounded in academic excellence and focused on student success, diversity, inclusion and community engagement. One of 13 four-year institutions within the University of Wisconsin System, Parkside provides an educational value to our students that’s unparalleled. An affordable, high-quality education is an investment in one’s future, and we believe the cost of an education should not prevent any student from achieving his or her educational and professional goals.
UW-Parkside is a great place to start or enhance your career. The campus is nestled in 700 acres of woodland and prairie and two miles west of Lake Michigan in Kenosha, WI. At Parkside we offer competitive pay and benefits, as well an engaging and supportive work environment. Parkside is a community that’s easy to call home. Find out why.
Position Title: Academic Program Director
Employment Type: Full-time, Salaried
Reports To: Provost & Vice Chancellor, Academic & Student Affairs
Pay Range: $120,000-$150,000
The University of Wisconsin-Parkside (UW-Parkside) invites applications for the Director, Center for Research in Innovation and Smart Cities (CRISC) to be the leader of a center with a university-wide, cross-disciplinary focus. Unprecedented opportunities in research and teaching in business, information technology, education, healthcare, government, environment, and transportation have been created in southeast Wisconsin evidenced by Kenosha’s plans to develop an innovation center on the site of the former Chrysler Engine Plant and the commitment of the city of Racine to a smart future through its successful effort as one of five U.S. cities to win the Smart Cities Readiness Challenge. The CRISC director will integrate research and programming with local, state, and national initiatives in the use of technology to increase efficiency of services and the well-being of citizens in the community. CRISC convenes leaders from faculty, higher education, business, information technology, healthcare, government, and civic groups to continue to build a research and training agenda for the center.
Essential Job Functions
Key Job Responsibilities:
Responsibilities and duties of this position include building UW-Parkside’s capacity to attract sponsored research through collaboration with WiSys, the dedicated technology transfer office for the 11 comprehensive universities in the University of Wisconsin System; creating research opportunities for faculty and students; developing teaching and training initiatives, establishing visiting scholar and speaker programs, linking the university to smart cities and innovation professional networks, and helping UW-Parkside further strengthen its leadership role in the region. There is an expectation that the person in this role will teach; the nature and frequency to be determined based on the interests of the university and the successful candidate.
The ideal candidate will effectively connect UW-Parkside to public and private sector leaders, will position the university as a “thinking and strategic planning arm” of regional government, and will have a broad perspective on the political, economic, and social possibilities of smart cities development.
The Director of the CRISC will further the UW System’s 2020 FWD strategic aims to encourage innovation through basic and applied research; expand academic programs in areas needed in the Wisconsin workforce; expand connections with employers to better respond to workforce needs; and provide professional development opportunities to promote creativity and innovation within the university and in the broader community. It is expected that the CRISC will be self-sustaining within five years.
- The successful candidate will possess a PhD, ideally with exposure to technological development and implementation in their disciplinary area.
- A track record of generating sponsored research.
- Work effectively with academics and professionals from multiple disciplines and sectors.
- Effective teaching experience.
- Demonstrated expertise in smart cities.
- Although not required, the successful candidate will have experience with state and local policies in the Midwest, and public educational institutions.
Salary and Benefits
Commensurate with qualifications and experience.
The University of Wisconsin System provides a liberal benefits package, including participation in a state pension plan.
Benefit Details: https://www.wisconsin.edu/ohrwd/benefits/download/leave/annualsum/univstaff.pdf
Total Compensation Estimator: https://www.wisconsin.edu/ohrwd/benefits/totalcomp/
UW-Parkside is a regional comprehensive university that is committed to accessibility, academic excellence, student success, diversity, and community engagement. This beautiful campus is on 700 acres of woodland & prairie in the heart of the Milwaukee/Chicago corridor, between Racine and Kenosha and near Lake Michigan. The university enrolls approximately 5,000 students, many of whom are first- generation and nontraditional students. UW-Parkside benefits from the diversity of the communities it services in Kenosha, Racine, and Walworth Counties. Kenosha and Racine are small cities that offer tranquility and convenience. The myriad attractions of Milwaukee and Chicago are easily accessible, as is the solitude of the country. UW-Parkside is strongly committed to creating and maintaining a multicultural, pluralistic campus environment.
The tri-county region that comprises the University’s primary service area is home to an impressive array of businesses. There are more than 10,000 small businesses in the region, as well as a large number of globally-recognized employers. The college, through its active, engaged Advisory Board, enjoys a close relationship with many of these businesses. For further information regarding the University and community, please see our website at www.uwp.edu.
HOW TO APPLY:
Applications must be submitted electronically through our employment portal. If you need additional assistance you may contact Human Resources at (262) 595-2204. Hours 8:00am-4:30pm Monday-Friday.
STEP 1: Please select the applicable link below:
External Applicants: (NOT currently employed by the University of Wisconsin System)
Internal Applicants: (Currently employed by the University of Wisconsin System)
STEP 2: Submit application materials
Please be sure to complete all required fields and include all required documents before submitting your application. Once submitted, you will not be able to edit or attach any application materials. Files must be complete to be considered. All materials must be added at one time, once submitted you may not edit/add to profile. Please include the following documents:
- Cover Letter
- Names and Email Addresses of Five (5) references
Review of Applications
Applications received by Friday, July 15th, 2022 will be given full consideration. Position is open until filled.
You must select "SUBMIT". Selecting "Save" will not forward your application materials to the search committee.
Please be sure to complete all required fields and include all required documents before submitting your application. Once submitted, you will not be able to edit or attach any application materials.
In instances where the Review Committee is unable to ascertain from a candidates application materials whether she/he meets all of the required qualifications, or if all of the application materials are not submitted, they will be evaluated as not meeting such qualifications and may be excluded from further consideration.
Legal Notices and Important Information
Employment will require a criminal background check in accordance with the Wisconsin Fair Employment Act. It will also require you and your references to answer questions regarding sexual violence and sexual harassment. (see TC1 - App. 4 and p. 12)
Note: Criminal Background Check – The Department of Workforce Development, Equal Rights Division prohibits employers from using criminal background check information, policies or practices that have a “disparate impact” and is not “job-related and consistent with business necessity” in hiring decisions. All information used to screen or hire job applications should relate to the duties of the job.
UW-Parkside is an AA/EEO employer: All applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, national origin, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity/expression, disability, or protected veteran status. Individuals from diverse backgrounds are encouraged to apply.
UW-Parkside is committed to providing an environment in which our diverse community of students, faculty, and staff can thrive. We aspire to foster a more equitable and inclusive climate and culture between and among students, faculty, and staff, and to improve justice, equity, diversity, and inclusion in every aspect of campus life. Please visit The Office of Justice, Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion for additional information.
It is the policy of UW-Parkside to provide reasonable accommodations to qualified applicants with disabilities. If you need assistance or accommodation in applying because of a disability, please contact the Office of Human Resources at 262-595-2204. Employment opportunities will not be denied because of the need to make reasonable accommodations for a qualified individual’s disability.
In compliance with the Clery Act of 1998, the University of Wisconsin Parkside Crime Statistics Report is available here. Call the UW-Parkside Campus Police Office at (262) 595-2455 for a paper copy of the annual report.
Transcripts will be required upon hire.
Available Until: 11/03/2022