Robert M. La Follette School of Public Affairs
Monday, September 9, 2019

Seeking 6 faculty to join La Follette

The La Follette School of Public Affairs at UW–Madison is recruiting candidates for six tenure-track faculty positions. Two of the positions – Economic Development and Public Management – are funded by the Kohl Initiative, and two others are part of UW–Madison’s Cluster Hiring Initiatives.

The School is seeking junior and senior scholars for the Economic and Public Management positions and assistant professors for the two cluster positions and another focusing on climate policy. Applications for a final position (in Social Genomics) closed last week.

Cluster hires foster collaborative research, education, and outreach by creating new interdisciplinary areas of knowledge that cross the boundaries of existing academic departments. La Follette School faculty positions through the Cluster Hiring Initiative for the 2020-21 academic year are Public Policy Approaches to Sexual Violence, and Politics and Policy of China. 

The Sexual Violence: Connecting Social Science Research with Policy cluster will create a synergy between social science research and policy, with research that addresses individual and interpersonal aspects of sexual violence, societal aspects of sexual violence, and legal and policy approaches to sexual violence. The Departments of Psychology and Gender & Women’s Studies along with the La Follette School are leading this cluster.

The second cluster, Rethinking East Asia and the World: Politics, Education, and Society, will examine three interrelated areas—politics, education and society—to better understand how the transformations in East Asia affect the world. In addition to the La Follette School, the cluster is led by the Center for East Asian Studies and Departments of Educational Policy Studies, Asian Languages and Cultures, Sociology, and Political Science.

The Kohl Initiative is funded by a $10 million gift from former U.S. Sen. Herb Kohl. It focuses three priorities that will expand the School’s public outreach mission, advance the training of future public leaders, and support influential research by faculty and students. The gift, which was announced May 12 during the Class of 2019 graduation ceremony, is the largest donation in La Follette School history.

All positions will be posted until filled.