CSCR Resources

Campus Linkages

UW Center for Community & Nonprofit Studies (the CommNS)

Housed in the School of Human Ecology, the UW Center for Community & Nonprofit Studies serves as a hub for transdisciplinary research and outreach relevant to the nonprofit sector. Many opportunities exist for CSCR students to play active roles in the Center, including a brownbag series and meetings of the Action Research Core.

Graduate Student Organization (GSO) of CSCS

The Graduate Student Organization (GSO) of the Department of Civil Society and Community Studies is a student-led organization designed to facilitate inter-departmental communication and support students’ research, teaching, leadership, and community building.

Morgridge Center for Public Service 

The Morgridge Center for Public Service connects campus with community through service- learning and community-based research to build a thriving democratic society. Opportunities for engagement include the Bagels and Research presentation series and the Association of Graduate Engaged Scholars.

University of Wisconsin–Extension

The University of Wisconsin–Extension provides statewide access to university resources and research so the people of Wisconsin can learn, grow and succeed at all stages of life.

UW-Madison Teaching Academy

With its mission for “Promoting Excellence in Teaching and Learning,” the Teaching Academy provides ready-to-use resources and support for graduate students who teach. Additionally, the Academy offers a variety of scheduled workshops, retreats and summer training initiatives for all members of the UW-Madison teaching community. A favorite for many graduate students is the Teaching Academy Summer Institute (TASI).

Selected Relevant UW–Madison Departments

The following are examples of departments at UW–Madison in which CSCS faculty have joint or affiliate appointments, or through which students have found relevant courses and degree committee members:

American Indian Studies 

Community & Environmental Sociology

Chican@ and Latin@ Studies

Educational Leadership & Policy Analysis

Educational Psychology

Human Development & Family Studies

Journalism & Mass Communication

LaFollette School of Public Affairs

Population Health Sciences

Social Work


Urban & Regional Planning

Selected Relevant UW–Madison Centers and Institutes

CSCS faculty and students are involved in many interdisciplinary activities across campus. The following centers and institutes are examples:

Applied Population Laboratory

Center for Child and Family Well-Being

Center for Financial Security

Center for Integrated Agricultural Systems

Center on Wisconsin Strategy

Environmental Design Laboratory

Global Health Institute

Havens Center

Institute for Clinical and Translational Research

Institute for Research on Poverty

Nelson Institute for Environmental Studies

Population Health Institute

School for Workers

Waisman Center

Scholarly and Professional Affiliations

Scholarly societies and associations provide numerous opportunities for graduate students.

CSCR students may wish to become members and participate in various ways in some of the following associations, as well as others. Examples of possibilities for involvement include conference attendance, publication in association-sponsored journals and newsletters, service within an association, and application for grants and awards.

American Association of Family & Consumer Sciences (AAFCS) 

The mission of the AAFCS is to provide leadership and support for professionals whose work assists individuals, families, and communities in making informed decisions about their well being, relationships, and resources to achieve optimal quality of life.

American Educational Research Association (AERA)

The American Educational Research Association (AERA), a national research society, strives to advance knowledge about education, to encourage scholarly inquiry related to education, and to promote the use of research to improve education and serve the public good. It is the national interdisciplinary research association for approximately 25,000 scholars who undertake research in education.

American Evaluation Association (AEA)

The AEA’s mission is to improve evaluation practices and methods, increase evaluation use, promote evaluation as a profession, and support the contribution of evaluation to the generation of theory and knowledge about effective human action.

Association for Research on Nonprofit Organizations and Voluntary Action (ARNOVA)

ARNOVA is a U.S.-based, national and international association that connects scholars, teachers, and practice leaders interested in research on nonprofit organizations, voluntary action, philanthropy and civil society.

Community Campus Partnerships for Health (CCPH)

CCPH is a nonprofit membership organization that promotes health equity and social justice through partnerships between communities and academic institutions. It views health broadly as physical, mental, emotional, social and spiritual well-being and emphasize partnership approaches to health that focus on changing the conditions and environments in which people live, work, study, pray and play.

Engagement Scholarship Consortium

The Engagement Scholarship Consortium (ESC), a 501 (c) (3) non-profit educational

organization, is composed of higher education member institutions, a mix of state-public and private institutions. Their goal is to work collaboratively to build strong university-community partnerships anchored in the rigor of scholarship, and designed to help build community capacity. The University of Wisconsin Extension is an institutional member of this consortium.

National Extension Association of Family & Consumer Sciences (NEAFCS)

The National Extension Association of Family and Consumer Sciences educates and recognizes Extension professionals who improve the quality of life for individuals, familes and communities.

Society for Community Research & Action (SCRA)

SCRA is an international organization devoted to advancing theory, research, and social action. Its members are committed to promoting health and empowerment and to preventing problems in communities, groups, and individuals. SCRA serves many different disciplines that focus on community research and action.

Society for the Psychological Study of Social Issues (SPSSI)

Founded in 1936, SPSSI is a group of over 3000 scientists from psychology and related fields and others who share a common interest in research on the psychological aspects of important social and policy issues. In various ways, SPSSI seeks to bring theory and practice into focus on human problems of the group, the community, and nations, as well as the increasingly important problems that have no national boundaries.

Society for Research on Adolescence (SRA)

SRA aims to advance understanding of adolescence and enhance the wellbeing of youth in a globalized world. SRA promotes high-quality research that considers the biological, psychological, and sociocultural aspects of development in context. SRA aims to lead and shape scientific and public discourse on youth and adolescence, and to guide parenting, schooling, programs, and policies.

Urban Affairs Association (UAA)

The Urban Affairs Association is the international professional organization for urban scholars, researchers, and public service professionals.


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