Sexual Violence Teaching and Peer Education Position

University of Vermont
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Location: Chittenden County,
About the Job
The Public Health Sciences Undergraduate Program, within the College of Nursing and Health Sciences at the University of Vermont (UVM), invites applicants for a full-time, nine-month position at the rank of Lecturer.
We seek a professional with expertise in sexual violence prevention, experiential and health education. The position expectations include active engagement in teaching, advising and service. The successful candidate will be able to contribute to UVM’s commitment to engaging students in sexual violence prevention work on campus, through the development of a comprehensive, course-based internship program. This position will have profound impacts on UVM’s campus culture and the student experience, and directly contribute to the mission of both the University and the HSCI program. This position begins in the Fall of 2022.
The Public Health Sciences Undergraduate Program, currently an applicant for accreditation by the Council on Education for Public Health, is a fast-growing major committed to preparing students for careers in health-related fields. The core curriculum integrates social, behavioral and analytic areas of public health and population health sciences.
o Develop and teach courses focused on sexual violence prevention and peer education
o Oversee and mentor a team of sexual violence prevention peer educators
o Work in partnership with stakeholders across campus and the community to bridge the academic, administrative and social aspects of prevention on campus.
o Develop additional curricula to be taught in a variety of settings including: workshops for student leaders, student athletes, and community groups.
o Actively seek and apply for grant funding to ensure the sustainability of the program
Applicants should have a minimum of a Master’s degree in Public Health, Social Work or related field with expertise in sexual violence prevention and health education (CHES certification highly desirable) by the start of appointment. Candidates with experience developing internship programs and community engaged learning are highly desirable. Direct practice experience in campus-based or community-based survivor-centered, trauma informed sexual violence and/or interpersonal violence prevention education also highly desirable. This program will take a holistic approach to sexual violence education, including topics such as sexual health and healthy relationships, as such a background in comprehensive sexuality education is highly desirable. The successful candidate will have demonstrated a commitment to diversity and social justice, as well as a strong interest in undergraduate teaching and employ innovative and inclusive practices in the classroom.
The University
Established in 1791, the University of Vermont is consistently ranked as one of the top public universities in the United States. Our academic programs combine faculty-student relationships most commonly found in a small liberal arts college with the resources of a major research institution. UVM’s tradition of equity and social justice extends not only to faculty, staff, and students, but also is reflected in a commitment to environmentally sound and sustainable practices.
The College
The college is home to more approximately 1200 students in eight different health professions comprising seven undergraduate and six graduate degree programs including an interdisciplinary PhD. The College is committed to inter-professional education and practice and educational innovation. We are part of an academic health sciences center including Vermont’s tertiary care hospital, the Larner College of Medicine and a state of the art interdisciplinary clinical simulation laboratory, within proximity to the University campus.
The Department
The Department of Biomedical and Health Sciences is part of the College of Nursing and Health Sciences ( The successful candidate will join a department with tenure track, clinical faculty, lecturers and staff that are dedicated to educating the nearly 300 undergraduate students and 15 graduate students in our programs. Program offerings include undergraduate majors in Public Health Sciences, Medical Laboratory Science (MLS), Medical Radiation Science and an MLS Master’s degree.
The Community
UVM is located in Burlington, Vermont, which is rated as one of the best small cities in the country. The greater Burlington area has an increasingly diverse population of about 125,000 and enjoys a panoramic setting on the shore of Lake Champlain, between the Green Mountains of Vermont and the Adirondack Mountains of New York State. The surrounding area provides an environment rich in cultural, civic and recreational activities. Vermont has a deep history of social activism and political participation. It offers many opportunities for collaborative partnerships in community and state-wide human service and social change organizations in multiple fields of practice, including state agencies.
Application Process:
Priority consideration will be given to applications received by May 1st.
For more detailed information about us, visit our web pages for the Public Health Sciences program ( the Department of Biomedical and Health Sciences; the College of Nursing and Health Sciences website,; and the University of Vermont’s website,
The University of Vermont is especially interested in candidates who can contribute to the diversity and inclusive excellence of the academic community through their teaching, service and research, scholarship or creative arts. We are an educationally purposeful community seeking to prepare students to be accountable leaders in a diverse and changing world. Members of the University of Vermont community embrace and advance the values of Our Common Ground: Respect, Integrity, Innovation, Openness, Justice and Responsibility. The successful candidate will demonstrate a strong commitment to the ideals of accessibility, inclusiveness, and academic excellence as reflected in the tenets of Our Common Ground.
Anticipated starting date is August 24, 2022. Please apply online at Include 1)
a letter of interest detailing qualifications, and teaching/experiential learning philosophy; 2) a separate statement on how you will contribute to advancing diversity and inclusive excellence at the University of Vermont; 3) a current curriculum vitae; and 4) contact information for three professional references through the job application portal.
For more information about the position, please contact:
Deborah Hinchey, MPH
Director, Public Health Sciences Program- Department of Biomedical and Health Sciences
Elliot Ruggles, LICSW, PhD
Sexual Violence Prevention and Education Coordinator
The University of Vermont is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability, protected veteran status, or any other category legally protected by federal or state law.
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For this search we are requiring candidates to submit a statement of diversity along with their applications, and we will attempt to center connections of systemic oppression in the position content.

The University of Vermont is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability, protected veteran status, or any other category legally protected by federal or state law.

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