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Director, Center for Research in Innovation and Smart Cities
Deadline for Applications is 04/26/2020

Code: 16354 Posted: 02/27/2020

The University of Wisconsin-Parkside invites applications for the Director, Center for Research in Innovation and Smart Cities (CRISC) to be the founding leader of a center with a university-wide, cross-disciplinary focus. The decision of Foxconn to locate its campus in UW-Parkside’s neighborhood, 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, create unprecedented opportunities in research and teaching in business, education, healthcare, government, environment, and transportation.

Essential Job Functions

Essential Duties and Responsibilities

It is anticipated the CRISC will convene leaders from faculty, higher education, business, healthcare, government, and civic groups to develop a research and training agenda for the center. This individual will build UW-Parkside&#’;s, the dedicated technology transfer office for the 11 comprehensive universities in the University of Wisconsin System. Also, the individual in this role will create research opportunities for other faculty and students, develop teaching and training initiatives, establish visiting scholar and speaker programs, link us to smart cities and innovation professional networks, and help WiSys-UW 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 the university 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 and social possibilities of smart cities development.

The Director of the Parkside will further the CRISC 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 UW will be self-sustaining within five years.




The successful candidate will possess a PhD from any of a range of disciplines, will have a track record of generating sponsored research, working with academics and professionals from multiple disciplines and sectors, is an effective teacher, and possesses expertise in smart cities.

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/summaries/fasl.pdf

Total Compensation Estimator:https://www.wisconsin.edu/ohrwd/benefits/totalcomp/

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
  • CV/Resume
  • Names and contact information for three professional references

Review of Applications

Applications received by 11:59 p.m. Sunday April 26th, 2020 are ensured full consideration.

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.


Becky Schermer
Available Until: 04/26/2020

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