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Apply now Job no: 99843-FA
Work type: Faculty-Full Time
Location: Madison
Categories: Instructional, Research, Scientific, Other

Position Summary:

The University of Wisconsin-Madison College of Letters & Science is recruiting a tenure-track faculty member to lead a research program in the underlying causes and/or pathways to reproductive health and health disparities as well as the communities most adversely affected by reproductive health inequities in the United States. This position is part of an interdisciplinary cluster hire ( pertaining to reproductive equity. The tenure home will be in the Department of Gender and Women's Studies and/or the Department of Sociology.

This position is part of the Reproductive Equity Cluster, which was developed in order to build cross-disciplinary research expertise necessary to examine the drivers and consequences of inequities in reproductive health and to identify potential solutions. Areas of research could include structural, and individual factors related to family planning, fertility/infertility, maternal and infant mortality, and other aspects of reproductive health as they relate to policy and practice. It is expected that the successful candidate will focus on health disparities and health equity. A major purpose of the cluster is to build on existing strengths on campus. Ultimately, it is a goal that an expansion of this work at UW-Madison will translate into greater health equity and improved health and well-being of residents of Wisconsin and beyond.

The interdisciplinary, comprehensive focus of the cluster will be used to expand research activity in this area and add greater diversity to the voices engaged in these discussions, particularly with respect to health disparities and inequities, and program and policy effects on disparities, whether due to geography, socio-economic status, race, ethnicity, or program delivery.

Candidates should have an interest in collaborating with the cluster and with colleagues in schools, centers, and training programs across campus such as the School of Medicine and Public Health, Population Health Sciences, the LaFollette School of Public Affairs, the School of Work, the School of Human Ecology, the Institute for Research on Poverty and the Center for Demography and Ecology.
Overall, three candidates will be recruited in this Cluster: We already have accepted offers for the other two positions within the cluster.

Principal Duties:

The successful candidate will be expected to develop and maintain an energetic, cutting-edge, highly visible research program; advise graduate and post-graduate research; develop and maintain extramural funding for their research program; and teach graduate and undergraduate courses or develop new courses in their area of expertise, as appropriate.

Faculty hired under this initiative will have a primary faculty appointment in Gender and Women's Studies and/or Sociology. Instruction, research leadership, and participation in faculty governance at the department level are expected. University, professional, and community service will also be expected as appropriate. Specific expectations for teaching, research and service will be aligned with expectations of the tenure home. Candidates are expected to collaborate with others recruited as a part of the cluster and with colleagues in related centers and training programs across campus.

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. or other doctorate degree in gender and women's studies, sociology, social work, anthropology, psychology, or related field, with research specialization in reproductive health inequities.

Minimum Years and Type of Relevant Work Experience:

Candidates will be expected to develop a strong scholarly research program leading to publication at the national and international level.

Additional Information:

UW-Madison is seeking a diverse set of faculty candidates who will deepen our campus' 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 faculty member appointed to this position will be expected to lead research programs into the social causes, pathways, and consequences of reproductive trends, as well as communities most directly and adversely affected by reproductive inequities in the United States. The main tenure home for this position is likely to be Gender and Women's Studies or Sociology, with potential joint appointments in other social sciences departments as indicated by the candidates' background and interests. The position will involve a teaching load consistent with the home department(s), which will likely involve both undergraduate and graduate instruction and mentoring.

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



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Full Time: 100%

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Anticipated Begin Date:

AUGUST 17, 2020


ACADEMIC (9 months)

Instructions to Applicants:

To begin the application process please go to, find PVL 99843, then click on the 'Apply Now' button. You will be asked to create a profile and upload a current curriculum vitae, a cover letter that includes a statement of research and teaching interests, and up to three writing samples (upload all writing samples in one document). You will be asked to submit the names and contact information for three references. These references will submit confidential letters of recommendation on your behalf through the application portal.

Applications must be received by October 1, 2019 for full consideration. Applications may be considered after this date until the position is filled.

Unless confidentiality is requested in writing, information regarding applicants must be released upon request. Finalists cannot be guaranteed confidentiality.


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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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