Drs. Kimberly Wiley & Sarah Young: Erased, A Collective Call to Action

Assistant Professor of Nonprofit Leadership and Community Sciences

Department of Family, Youth, and Community Sciences

University of Florida

Associate Professor of Public Administration & Director of Research for the KSU CARES Programs, School of Government International Affairs, Kennesaw State University

In February 2021, Drs. Sarah Young and Kimberly Wiley called on the discipline of Public Affairs to take a stand against faculty sexual misconduct in, "Erased: Why Faculty Sexual Misconduct is Prevalent and How We Could Prevent It" published in the Journal of Public Affairs Education. Academic associations in PA rapidly responded by publishing a Letter to the Discipline, an abridged version of Erased, across the field's journals and social media platforms. The platforms where you may find the letter are listed and linked below.

Sarah and I talk with Bruce McDonald, host of Academics of PA, about the scope of faculty sexual misconduct and what we can do together to combat it.

Checklist for action for combatting faculty sexual misconduct in your department, association, or university.

Newsletters and Media

NVSQuarterly, A. (2021, May 28). Erased: Ending faculty sexual misconduct in academia. NVSQ Blog.

Gluckman, N. (2021, Nov. 4). The Long Shadow of Jerry Sandusky: Starting 10 years ago, allegations of serial sexual abuse at colleges burst into the public eye. What have we learned? The Chronicle of Higher Education.

Leonard, C. (2021, May 19). Professor's call to action against misconduct published widely. UNG Newsroom.

Morgan, L. (2021, October 29). FSU’s Askew School adopts rules forbidding unwanted sexual attention between students and faculty. Florida Phoenix.

Professor’s Call to Action Against Sexual Misconduct in Academia Published Widely. (2020, June). Member News. International Sector on Third Sector Research.

Young, S., & Wiley, K. (2021, May 25). Erased: Ending faculty sexual misconduct in academia: An open letter from women of public affairs education. The Water Cooler, Companion Newsletter to Public Personnel Management, 2021(2).

Young, S., & Wiley, K. (2021, March 4). Erased: Why faculty sexual misconduct is prevalent and how we could prevent it [University of Colorado Denver Center on Domestic Violence. News & Announcements.

Young, S., & Wiley, K. (2021, April 26). Editorial DAP: Respaldo y difusión de la “Carta abierta de un grupo de mujeres dedicadas a la…. CIDE DAP.

Young, S., & Wiley, K. (2021). Erased: Ending faculty sexual misconduct in academia An open letter from women of public affairs education. @PSJ_Editor.

Invited Talks and Interview

Academics of PA. (n.d.). Sarah Young and Kimberly Wiley on Faculty Sexual Misconduct (No. 31). Retrieved May 26, 2021, from

“Erased: Addressing the epidemic of faculty sexual misconduct” Invited guest speaker. Korean Association for Public Administration Annual International Conference. Invited guest speaker. (Virtual: June 2021). Co-author Sarah Young.

“Erased: Addressing the epidemic of faculty sexual misconduct” Invited talk. The University of Texas – Dallas. (Virtual: March 2021). Co-author Sarah Young.

"Putting #MeTook Recommendations into Practice." Invited Talk. Initiative for Gender Equity in the Public Sector and ASPA Section on Women in Public Administraiton. (Virtual: March 2022). Co-author Sarah Young

"The Power Imbalance and Its Abuse in Public Affairs Academia." Invited talk. NASPAA. (Virtual: October 2021). Co-author Sarah Young.