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: 

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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 

Application Process

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
  • Resume
  • 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.


Amanda Joncas
Available Until: 11/03/2022

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