Assistant Professor, Associate Professor, or Professor, Violence Against Women Cluster



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The Opportunity

The University of Central Florida (UCF) has established several interdisciplinary faculty research clusters to strengthen its academic offerings and research mission. In support of this effort, we are recruiting faculty in the area of gender-based violence for a tenure-earning assistant professor or tenured associate professor or professor position for the Violence Against Women Cluster. To learn more about the Violence Against Women Cluster, please visit our home page by clicking on the following link:

This is an interdisciplinary position that will be expected to strengthen both the cluster and a chosen tenure home department and may include a combination of joint appointments. Potential tenure home departments are anthropology; computer science; counselor education and school psychology; criminal justice; global health management and informatics; health sciences; legal studies; nursing practice; nursing systems; politics, security, and international affairs; population health sciences; public administration; social work; sociology; and statistics and data science. In the cover letter, applicants should specify one or two departments as potential tenure homes. Questions about potential home departments should be directed to the search chair, Dr. Alison Cares, at [email protected]. Both individual/interdisciplinary infrastructure and startup support will be provided with this new position. The position will carry a rank commensurate with the candidate’s prior experience and record. This position has an anticipated start date of August 8, 2023.

The ideal candidate will have significant funding (or potential for funding if at the assistant professor level) and scholarship focused on public and population health aspects of gender-based violence. They will have a research impact as reflected in high-quality publications and the potential to develop a well-funded research program. We welcome applications from individuals whose work includes a focus on the epidemiology of gender-based violence (sexual, physical, emotional, and financial); social determinants of gender-based violence and its health consequences; gender-based violence in a global context; health disparities and gender-based violence; physical and mental health correlates, and consequences; social welfare, advocacy, and victim services; healthcare and healthcare systems’ response to violence and victims; community-based interventions;  primary, secondary, and tertiary prevention; intentional injury; human rights; and/or public safety and criminal justice systems. All relevant technical areas will be considered. We are looking for a team player who can help bring together current UCF efforts in addressing and eradicating gender-based violence.

UCF strives to recruit and retain a diverse faculty. Central to support for this goal are groups including the Black Faculty and Staff Association (BFSA), the Latino Faculty and Staff Association (LaFaSA), and the PRIDE Faculty and Staff Association. UCF is proud to have received the Higher Education Excellence in Diversity (HEED) Award from INSIGHT Into Diversity magazine which recognizes U.S. colleges and universities that demonstrate an outstanding commitment to diversity and inclusion, and the Seal of Excelencia which recognizes institutions demonstrating effective and intentional institutional practices that serve Latino students, positive momentum for Latino students’ progress, and a dedication to transform the institution into an environment where Latino students can thrive.

UCF is one of the nation’s largest universities with a diverse student body of more than 70,000 students and has grown substantially in size, quality, diversity, and reputation. In 2019, UCF was officially recognized as a Hispanic-Serving Institution (HSI) by the U.S. Department of Education and a “Green College” by the Princeton Review for our efforts in sustainability and environmental responsibility.

The Carnegie Foundation has classified UCF as an R1 Doctoral University for its high research activity and community engagement. This past fiscal year, UCF brought in research funding near $211 million. For the fifth consecutive year, UCF has been recognized among the nation’s most innovative universities according to U.S. News & World Report while Kiplinger’s and The Princeton Review have ranked UCF as one of the nation’s best values for a college education.

UCF is an economic engine, attracting and supporting industries vital to the region’s future while providing students with real-world experiences that help them succeed after graduation. UCF’s Orlando location also puts it at the center of the Florida High Tech Corridor. The corridor has an excellent industrial base that includes software, defense, space, simulation and training, and a world-renowned entertainment industry. Adjacent to UCF is a thriving research park that conducts over $2 billion in funded research, hosting more than 100 high-technology companies and UCF’s School of Modeling, Simulation, and Training. UCF also has an accredited medical school which was established in 2006 and is a neighbor to the VA, Nemours, and the UCF Lake Nona Medical Center, all of which have a strong interest in gender-based violence.

UCF’s students represent all 50 states and over 120 countries. The UCF main campus is in a centralized location that is 30 minutes to Walt Disney World and Universal Orlando and 60 minutes to the beach. UCF has 16 sports teams, including football, soccer/futbol, tennis, volleyball, golf, and more. Great weather, easy access to the seashore, one of the largest convention centers in the nation, and one of the world’s best airports are just a few features that make Orlando an ideal location. We encourage you to learn more about UCF at the following link:

Minimum Qualifications:

A Ph.D., terminal degree, or foreign degree equivalent from an accredited institution in an area appropriate to the cluster at the time of appointment.

The selected candidate must also have a record of high-impact research (or potential for high-impact research for assistant professor candidates) related to gender-based violence relative to their rank and demonstrated by a strong scholarly and/or funding record or potential record.

In order to obtain tenure upon hire, the selected candidate must have a demonstrated record of teaching, research, and service commensurate with rank in the tenure department.

Preferred Qualifications:

A history of working with teams, especially teams that span multiple disciplines, is a strongly preferred qualification.

A record of scholarship in the area of public and population health aspects of gender-based violence as noted above is a strongly preferred qualification.

A record of funding (or the potential for funding if at the assistant level).

Are Benefits Important to You?

Working at UCF has its perks!  In addition to helping drive change and having a positive impact by supporting our students, staff, and faculty, UCF offers:

  • Benefit packages including medical, dental, vision, life insurance, healthcare flexible spending accounts, and an Employee Assistance Program.
  • Paid time off, including annual and sick leave and paid holidays.
  • Retirement savings options.
  • Employee discounts, including tickets to many Orlando area attractions.
  • Education assistance.
  • Flexible work environment.

And more…For more benefits information, go to ‘Prospective Employees’ on the UCF Human Resources website (

Who Are We?

Founded in 1963 to fuel the region’s talent pipeline and support the growing U.S. space program, UCF is built to make a better future for our students and society. It’s one of the reasons U.S. News & World Report ranks UCF among the nation’s top 20 most innovative colleges, while Forbes, Kiplinger, and The Princeton Review rank us a best-value university. UCF is one of 14 universities nationwide designated as both a Hispanic-Serving Institution and a Research 1 university. With 13 colleges, including a fully accredited College of Medicine, UCF offers more than 220-degree programs between its main campus, downtown campus, hospitality campus, academic health sciences campus, and 11 UCF Connect centers located throughout the region. In addition, UCF extends its reach to communities in and beyond Central Florida by offering complete, online programs leading to bachelor’s degrees, master’s degrees, Ph.D.’s., certificates, and more.

The University of Central Florida is proud to be a smoke-free campus and an E-Verify employer. Unless explicitly stated on the job posting, it is UCF’s expectation that an employee of UCF will reside in Florida as of the date the employment begins.

Additional Requirements related to Research Positions

Pursuant to Florida State Statute 1010.35, prior to offering employment to certain individuals in research-related positions, UCF is required to conduct additional screening. Applicants subject to additional screening include any citizen of a foreign country who is not a permanent resident of the U.S., or who is a citizen or permanent resident but is affiliated with or has had at least 1 year of higher education, employment, or training in China, Cuba, Iran, Russia, North Korea, Syria, or Venezuela.

The additional screening requirements only apply to employment in research-related positions, including, but not limited to faculty positions (including employed visiting positions), graduate positions, individuals compensated by research grants or contract funds, postdoctoral scholar positions, and undergraduate positions.


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Type of Appointment

RegularExpected Salary

NegotiableEqual Employment Opportunity Statement:

As an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer, UCF encourages all qualified applicants to apply, including women, veterans, individuals with disabilities, and members of traditionally underrepresented populations. UCF’s Equal Opportunity Statement can be viewed at http//

As a Florida public university, UCF makes all application materials and selection procedures available to the public upon request.

The University of Central Florida is proud to be a smoke-free campus and an E-Verify employer.

Your assistance with the University of Central Florida’s Affirmative Action Plan implementation is appreciated. The University collects VOLUNTARY declarations of race and gender and uses the information to compile statistics on recruitment success. If you choose to assist, your demographic information will be used only for affirmative action.

How to apply

UCF requires all applications and supporting documents be submitted electronically through the Human Resources employment opportunities website,

In addition to the online application, interested candidates MUST attach the following six materials to their application in order to be considered:

1)      A Diversity Statement

UCF has a diverse student body and community, and we are committed to meeting the needs of this community. Please tell us about your contributions to diversity, equity, and inclusion, in the context of a faculty-student setting and as a colleague, as well as future plans to advance these contributions. Such indicators of commitments to diversity, equity, and inclusion may be demonstrated through scholarship, teaching, mentioning, service and engagement.

2)      A Cover Letter

In the cover letter candidates must address their background in research and scholarship in the area of gender-based violence and identify the department(s) for their potential tenure home and any joint appointments they would desire (if applicable). Applicants should highlight their interdisciplinary approach to research on gender-based violence.

3)      Curriculum Vitae

4)      Teaching Statement

5)      Research Statement

6)      Contact information for three professional references, including email address.

NOTE: Please have all six documents listed above ready when applying so they can be submitted at that time. The curriculum vitae should be submitted on the “My Experience” page. The other five application documents (cover letter, diversity statement, research statement, teaching statement, and contact information for three references) should be submitted where it says “Upload any additional application requirements listed in the job posting”. Please be sure to submit all six application documents, as incomplete applications cannot be considered. Once the online submission process is finalized, the system does not allow applicants to submit additional documents later.

Applications are due by September 29, 2022.

Questions regarding this search may be directed to Dr. Alison Cares ([email protected]).