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Lecturer of Ethnic Studies

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Work type: Academic Staff - 9 Month Terminal
Location: Platteville
Categories: Social Sciences

Position Summary:

The Department of Criminal Justice & Social Sciences at the University of Wisconsin-Platteville invites applications for a Lecturer of Ethnic Studies with expertise in teaching about race/ethnicity. The successful candidate will have a demonstrated competency teaching multiple existing sociology and race/ethnicity courses. The typical teaching load is 5 courses per semester (5/5). The desired start date is August 2024.

Applicants should feel comfortable teaching courses that focus on intersections of race, gender, sexuality, and economic inequalities. Such courses in our catalog include Race, Gender, and Class in the United States, Sociology of Race & Ethnicity, Social Inequalities, The Native American Experience, Intro to Ethnic Studies, and Ethnicity, Race, & Crime.

This is a full-time, nine-month position with a starting wage of $38,000, commensurate with experience.


  • Teach courses in Ethnic Studies, including ETHNSTDY 1030 Race, Gender, and Class in the US and ETHNSTDY 2200 Intro to Ethnic Studies. 
  • Ability to engage modern pedagogy to teach undergraduate students through a classroom settings.
  • Willingness, interest, or experience in cross-disciplinary collaborations.
  • Ability to effectively interact and collaborate with colleagues to complete department tasks (attend meetings, reply to emails, patriciate in department events, etc.) and goals.

What You’ll Need to Succeed:


  • Master's degree in Sociology, Ethnic Studies, American Studies, or related discipline.  ABD’s wishing to enhance pedagogical skills are highly encouraged to apply.
  • Documented evidence of teaching intersections of race, gender, class, and sexuality.
  • Strong commitment to undergraduate education in a liberal arts environment.
  • Excellent oral and written communication skills.
  • Ability to interact with industry, enthusiasm for professional engagement with students in and out of the classroom.
  • Ability to work with colleagues in a collegial environment.


  • Expertise in Indigenous Studies, Latinx Studies, or Asian American Studies.

Why It’s Great to be a Pioneer:

The Department of Criminal Justice and Social Sciences in the College of Liberal Arts and Education has 8 full-time tenure-track positions and regularly employs an additional 8-12 instructional academic staff. The undergraduate program offers a BA/BS in Criminal Justice, BS in Forensic Investigation, and a BA/BS in Political Science. The department also oversees multiple minors and certificates, including the Sociology, Criminology, and Ethnic Studies.

The University of Wisconsin-Platteville, founded in 1866, offers 47 baccalaureate and 10 master's programs. It possesses institutional strengths in middle level education, engineering, industrial technology, agriculture, criminal justice and business. The campus is located in Southwest Wisconsin's largest and most historic community. The region offers excellent school systems, high quality medical and hospital facilities, outstanding recreational opportunities, and vibrant businesses and industries. UW-Platteville is a cultural and educational center for the Tri-State region of Illinois, Iowa and Wisconsin.

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Application Deadline:

Applications must be submitted through our online applicant portal, review of applications will begin March 24, 2024. Applications will be accepted until the position has been filled.

How to Apply:

The following documents are required for applicant consideration:

  • Letter of application addressing all required qualifications
  • A current resume
  • Contact information (name, telephone number, and email address) for 3 professional references.
  • Copies of student evaluations or other evidence of teaching abilities demonstrating experience teaching courses similar to those previously listed

For questions regarding this position, please contact:

            Dr. Frank King, Associate Professor in Ethnic Studies, 

We Support Diversity and Inclusion:

Our mission is to foster a diverse environment that contributes to an inclusive culture and climate by promoting critical discourse and meaningful interactions between all members of our campus community.

Equal Employment Opportunity:

The University of Wisconsin-Platteville is committed to recruiting, supporting and fostering a diverse, inclusive and civil community of outstanding faculty, staff and students, and is an AA/EEO Employer. A criminal background check is required for employment. Applicants must be legally entitled to work in the U.S. at time of hire.

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

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The University of Wisconsin-Platteville is committed to recruiting, supporting and fostering a diverse, inclusive and civil community of outstanding faculty, staff and students, and is an AA/EEO Employer. A criminal background check is required for employment. Applicants must be legally entitled to work in the U.S. at time of hire.

It is the policy of the University of Wisconsin-Platteville to provide equal employment opportunity to all individuals regardless of race, color, creed, sex, sexual orientation, age, national origin, ancestry, disability, marital status, pregnancy, political affiliation, arrest or conviction record, identity as a veteran, disabled veteran, Vietnam era veteran, membership in the national guard, state defense force or any other reserve component of the military forces of the United States or this state. Sexual harassment is illegal and will not be tolerated. Co-workers and supervisors may not retaliate against any employee, student, or job applicant because he or she filed a complaint, assisted in an investigation or participated in any proceeding alleging discrimination on the foregoing basis.

The University ensures physical accessibility to work environments for persons with disabilities and will provided reasonable accommodations to ensure equal access to employment. Upon request, the University will provide reasonable accommodations for religious observances and practices. The University is committed to a program of affirmative action for women, racial minorities, persons with disabilities, disabled veterans and veterans of the Vietnam era. While the Chancellor assumes overall responsibility for the success of the program, university administrators and supervisors are responsible and accountable for implementation. Authority for monitoring the program is delegated to Human Resources.

Each individual associated with the University is called upon to pledge a new and revitalized commitment to build and maintain a campus environment free of harassment and discrimination, an environment that fosters mutual respect, recognizes the dignity and worth of all people, and promotes to the fullest, equal employment opportunity through affirmative action.

In compliance with the Clery Act of 1998, the University of Wisconsin-Platteville Annual Security & Annual Fire Safety Report is available for review. Call the UW-Platteville Campus Police Office at 608.342.1584 for a paper copy of the annual report.

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. §. 19.36(7).

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