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University of Wisconsin–Madison

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University of Wisconsin–Madison



Apply now Job no: 99600-FA
Work type: Faculty-Full Time
Location: Madison
Categories: Instructional, Research, Scientific

Position Summary:

The University of Wisconsin-Madison seeks to hire a faculty member with research and teaching interests in policy issues around sexual violence.

The scholar should have expertise in the interplay between social science, policy, and government. This may include scholars who are interested in issues such as rehabilitation and reintegration of sexual violence criminals, disparities in policing and sentencing policies for sexual violence criminals, sexual harassment policy issues in the public sector or workplace, Title IX issues in educational policy, child and adult sex trafficking, or the geopolitics of gender-based violence and sexual violence such as the context of war (and political violence more broadly), migration, refugee experiences, and disaster experiences. Or, this may include scholars who study the policy issues attached to: sexual violence imposed by domestic partners; gender/social inequality and its impact on sexual violence; substance abuse (e.g., alcohol and drug) and sexual violence; sexual violence against sex workers; weapon use and sexual violence; history of child abuse and sexual violence; sexual violence and HIV and other sexually transmitted diseases; the role of physicians in screening for sexual assault; marriage laws and sexual violence; mental health and sexual violence; and the relationship between sexual violence and economic pressure, social norms, inter-generational transmission, forced marriage, or education levels.

Ideally the candidate will be positioned to contribute knowledge to improve laws, or the implementation of laws or policies, to prevent and address sexual violence. Public policy experts could use their expertise in the policymaking process, as well as policy analysis and evaluation to identify "what works" and (what doesn't "work") within existing sexual violence policies and laws, and then, in the spirit of the Wisconsin Idea, to share these evidence-based solutions with the public, as well as public sector leaders.

This faculty position is part of a faculty cluster search, "Sexual Violence: Connecting Social Science Research with Policy." The cluster defines "Sexual Violence" broadly, and it includes sexual assault, sexual harassment, sex trafficking, violence against sexual minorities, as well as gender-based violence.

Three faculty positions will be hired in the cluster, which will build a world-class, new core of interdisciplinary strength in research to address issues of sexual violence domestically and/or globally-making UW-Madison a research leader in this critical area. The first faculty position [PVL 99483] focuses on "Psychological Aspects of Sexual Violence" (including potentially research on psychological aspects of victimization, psychological factors contributing to perpetration, and/or theory-based development of interventions designed to prevent sexual assault), while the second faculty position [PVL 99523] is around "Societal Aspects of Sexual Violence" (including potentially research on the social causes and consequences of sexual violence, addressing the disproportionate impact of sexual violence in particular communities (e.g., sexual minority groups, people with disabilities) or the geopolitics of sexual violence and trauma. The third faculty position is "Policy Approaches to Sexual Violence," the subject of this search [PVL 99600].

These positions are part of the UW's Cluster Hiring Initiative, designed to foster innovative, outstanding research programs that will stimulate productive interactions among faculty and students in sexual violence research across campus and to expand interdisciplinary research in this area. Further information regarding this initiative can be found at:

Principal Duties:

The successful candidate will have a primary appointment at the La Follette School of Public Affairs or another pertinent unit on campus. Tenure home will be determined at the time of hiring. Expectations include a commitment to the important functions of research, instruction, and outreach, as well as professional and university service as appropriate to faculty rank.

Responsibilities include conducting research and teaching at all levels required, with service at the professional and university level.

Teaching will include courses to undergraduate students, as well as graduate students. For example, the teaching load at the La Follette School of Public Affairs in a typical academic year consists of four courses each year. Mentoring graduate students will be required as well.

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

Degree and Area of Specialization:

Ph.D. in Public Policy, Economics, Political Science, Sociology, Public Management, Public Administration, Social Work, or Geography by the start of the appointment, with a specialization in sexual violence.

Minimum Years and Type of Relevant Work Experience:

Candidates with an excellent publication record, or a productive research program with excellent publishing potential, are strongly encouraged to apply.

Additional Information:

UW-Madison is seeking a diverse set of faculty candidates who will deepen our university's interdisciplinary research strength in key areas of current and future research promise, as well as faculty candidates who will approach their work in a manner that advances our commitment to research excellence.

The University of Wisconsin is an Equal Opportunity and Affirmative Action Employer. Furthermore, diversity and inclusion are primary values for the La Follette School of Public Affairs as well as other units on campus and are integral to achieving our strategic goals. We seek candidates with an awareness of and commitment to the principles of diversity and inclusion across all spectrums.

The successful applicant will be responsible for ensuring eligibility for employment in the United States on or before the effective date of the appointment.

A criminal background check will be conducted prior to hiring.



Work Type:

Full Time: 100%

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Anticipated Begin Date:

AUGUST 17, 2020


ACADEMIC (9 months)

Instructions to Applicants:

To apply, go to and search for PVL 99600. To begin the application process, please click on the 'Apply Now' button. You will be asked to create a profile and upload a C.V., cover letter, a research statement, a teaching statement, and 2 samples of written work (please upload these 2 samples together). You will also be asked to provide contact information for three (3) references as part of your online application.

The deadline for assuring full consideration is October 15, 2019; however, positions will remain open and applications may be considered until the position is filled.


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  The University of Wisconsin is an Equal Opportunity and Affirmative Action Employer. We promote excellence through diversity and encourage all qualified individuals to apply.

If you need to request an accommodation because of a disability, you can find information about how to make a request at the following website:

Employment will require a criminal background check. It will also require you and your references to answer questions regarding sexual violence and sexual harassment.

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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