Open Positions

Administration & Staff

All open administration and staff positions are posted on the University of Pennsylvania’s Human Resources website.

Faculty

The University of Pennsylvania School of Social Policy & Practice (SP2) invites applications for the Joanne and Raymond Welsh Chair of Child Welfare and Family Violence.  SP2 seeks an accomplished researcher, educator, and visionary with a solid commitment to child welfare, child and family wellbeing, and family violence scholarship and teaching. The successful candidate will join the Field Center for Children’s Policy, Practice & Research as a Full Professor and Faculty Director, and work collaboratively to advance the mission of the Field Center. The candidate will also teach in our master’s and doctoral programs, including in the MSW Child Wellbeing and Child Welfare Specialization.

We aim to hire a colleague who shares SP2’s and the University’s core values of social innovation, impact, and justice,  and who has a demonstrated commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusion in higher education through their scholarship, teaching, and service.

The faculty selected as the Welsh Chair will have research and teaching experience in a distinguished academic or comparable setting and credentials in Social Work or a related field.  We aspire to identify a colleague with a record of significant scholarly accomplishment and excellence in teaching and service appropriate to an appointment at the rank of full professor at a university with very high research activity (The Carnegie Classification of Institutions of Higher Education, 2018).

The ideal candidate would have effectively contributed to their field over a sustained period of time, achieved superior national and international recognition, and whose work is judged to be rich, truly significant, and path breaking. The candidate will promote research collaboration with faculty both within and outside SP2 and the University, and with major child welfare, child and family wellbeing, and family violence agencies and organizations locally, nationally, and internationally.

Qualifications
  • Earned PhD in Social Work or a related field
  • Qualifications that would make the candidate eligible for a tenured appointment at the rank of Full Professor.
  • Established program of research, with a progressive track record of external (ideally federal) funding
  • A strong record of successfully managing funded research projects
  • A strong record of scholarly journal publications in high impact journals
Application Instructions

To apply you can submit the following materials through our online application system at apply.interfolio.com/89904

  • Cover letter
  • Curriculum vitae
  • Statements on teaching and research

Any questions can be sent to pjimenez@upenn.edu.

The MSW Program at the University of Pennsylvania is recruiting part-time lecturers to teach core foundational and advanced social work courses, including two-semester foundation and advanced clinical courses, American Racism and Social Work Practice, Human Behavior in the Social Environment, History and Philosophy of Social Work and Social Welfare, and Mental Health Diagnostics. We seek applicants with demonstrated commitment to excellence in social work education and practice and to the pursuit of social justice, equity, and inclusion. Additionally, an MSW degree and prior teaching experience are required. For part-time lecturers who teach practice classes, two years of post-Master’s practice experience are also required. Practice in agency-based contexts with diverse populations and doctoral education in social work or related fields are valued.

In order to apply, please submit a detailed curriculum vitae, recent prior teaching evaluations (within the last 3 years), and a cover letter describing courses you would like to teach, your educational and professional background, and how your teaching contributes to excellence in social work education and practice and to the pursuit of social justice, equity, and inclusion.

Hiring for the academic year typically occurs in the summer. These positions are part-time and non-tenure-track and involve in-person teaching; pay is competitive. The number of available positions varies each term. Applications will be reviewed as soon as they are received and will close once current positions are filled. Due to the volume of applications, only candidates selected for an interview will be contacted. No letters of recommendation are required at this time. Applications will be retained for future consideration if an immediate position is not identified.

The University of Pennsylvania, the largest private employer in Philadelphia, is a world-renowned leader in education, research, and innovation. This historic, Ivy League school consistently ranks among the top 10 universities in the annual U.S. News & World Report survey. Penn has 12 highly regarded schools that provide opportunities for undergraduate, graduate and continuing education, all influenced by Penn’s distinctive interdisciplinary approach to scholarship and learning.

Penn offers a unique working environment within the city of Philadelphia. The University is situated on a beautiful urban campus, with easy access to a range of educational, cultural, and recreational activities. With its historical significance and landmarks, lively cultural offerings, and wide variety of atmospheres, Philadelphia is the perfect place to call home for work and play.

Application Instructions

Apply here.

The Master of Science in Social Policy Program at the University of Pennsylvania’s School of Social Policy & Practice (SP2) seeks experienced part-time lecturers for the following courses, offered in Spring 2022. Spring courses run between January 12-April 27, 2022.

  • MSSP 608: Practical Machine Learning Required expertise: Python
  • MSSP 629: Research & Evaluation Design
  • MSSP 730: Community Mapping Required expertise: ArcGIS
  • MSSP 897: Applied Linear Modeling Required expertise: R

Course descriptions can be found here. Instructors should be available to teach the courses in-person and available to teach morning, afternoon, and/or evening classes. Pay is competitive.

An advanced degree is required, preferably in a relevant social science and policy field with an emphasis on data science and statistical methods. Please provide a cover letter, curriculum vitae, teaching evaluations for two to three courses from prior teaching, and the names and contact information for three references. Due to the volume of applications, only candidates selected for an interview will be contacted. No letters of recommendation are required at this time. Please e-mail application materials in one PDF file titled with your name to Dr. Azahara Palomeque (azaharap@upenn.edu) and put “MSSP Part time lecturer Application” in the e-mail subject. Application review will continue until December 15, 2021.

The University of Pennsylvania, the largest private employer in Philadelphia, is a world-renowned leader in education, research, and innovation. This historic, Ivy League school consistently ranks among the top 10 universities in the annual U.S. News & World Report survey. Penn has 12 highly regarded schools that provide opportunities for undergraduate, graduate, and continuing education, all influenced by Penn’s distinctive interdisciplinary approach to scholarship and learning.

Penn offers a unique working environment within the city of Philadelphia. The University is situated on a beautiful urban campus, with easy access to a range of educational, cultural, and recreational activities. With its historical significance and landmarks, lively cultural offerings, and wide variety of atmospheres, Philadelphia is the perfect place to call home for work and play.

The University of Pennsylvania’s School of Social Policy & Practice (SP2) invites applications for tenure track assistant professor positions that will begin July 1, 2022. 

This is an open position, and we welcome candidates from different disciplines whose research and scholarship relate to our three main areas of interest: Nonprofit Leadership, Social Work, and Social Policy. We offer three master’s degrees: Nonprofit Leadership (MS), Social Work (MSW), Social Policy (MS), as well as a doctorate in Social Work (DSW) and a PhD in Social Welfare. Advancing social justice is a core component of the School’s vision and mission. 

We seek applications from scholars who have a PhD and strong quantitative skills and can teach across at least two programs of our three areas of interest. We are interested in scholars whose research focuses on nonprofit management, philanthropy, social entrepreneurship, volunteering, leadership for social impact, or any other topic related to global civil society and have experience in quantitative methods and experimental research. 

Many opportunities for collaboration exist within the Penn academic community and with health, educational, social service, nonprofit, and government organizations regionally, nationally, and globally. 

In your application, please provide the following to apply.interfolio.com/97166 

  • Curriculum Vitae 
  • A cover letter that should include: 
  • A personal statement 
  • Your teaching philosophy, including the courses that you could teach in our programs 
  • A statement of your commitment to diversity and inclusion, particularly addressing how this influences your teaching research, teaching, and/or service 
  • Three samples of scholarly writing
  • Three letters of reference 

Formal review of applicants will begin immediately and will continue until the position is filled. 

The University of Pennsylvania’s School of Social Policy & Practice (SP2) invites applications for two tenure track positions that will begin July 1, 2022. We seek candidates with the capacity for and interest in working across the school’s three master’s programs (Social Policy, Social Work, Nonprofit Leadership), as well its two doctoral programs (Doctorate in Clinical Social Work and PhD in Social Welfare). 

These are open positions, and we welcome all candidates whose research and scholarship relate to Social Policy, defined as a subset of public policy that focuses on solving social problems such as economic and educational inequality, racial and health disparities, and other similar problems through policy. As such, social policy initiatives and outcomes actively attend to social issues of equity, equality, and adequacy. Advancing social justice is a core component of the School’s vision and a mission that unites all of its programs. 

The program is looking for faculty who study social policy with a critical focus on inequality and power structures in society. The first position is for a scholar who employs applied data science and whose scholarship may be informed by or engage in critical data studies, critical race and digital studies, critical race and policy studies, new media studies, platform studies, critical HCI, or other areas of critical studies on data and computation, including those studying these issues from a global perspective. Applicants for this position should have a background in data science, econometrics, statistics, quantitative political science, computational social science, computational linguistics, human-computer interaction, societal computing, or other related areas. Of particular interest are scholars doing research in the areas of ethics in AI, data and tech policy, linked administrative data, civic tech or public interest tech, the intersections of data science with social work, politics, economics, public health, and/or criminal justice among others. 

For the second position, the program seeks scholars who are informed by or engage critical race studies, critical ethnic studies, LatCRT, Black radical thought, Black feminisms, postcolonial studies, queer studies and queer of color critique, indigenous studies, DisCRT, critical posthumanisms, affect theory, or other areas of critical race scholarship. Applicants for this position should have a background in interdisciplinary social science, humanistic social science, critical legal studies, cultural studies, & critical theory. 

For both positions, we seek to hire scholars who work in various areas of policy research, the law, political discourse including governmentality, data and tech policy, civic tech or public interest tech, biopolitics, among others. Global scholarship is also of strong interest though not required. 

Many opportunities for collaboration exist within the University of Pennsylvania academic community and with health, educational, social service, nonprofit, and government organizations regionally, nationally, and globally. 

Any questions can be sent to pjimenez@upenn.edu.

Please apply at http://apply.interfolio.com/98384 and provide the following in your application: 

  • Curriculum Vitae 
  • Cover letter that states why you are applying and your interests in SP2 
  • Personal statement that provides details of your current and future research and teaching and mentorship of students, grants, etc. 
  • Teaching statement that provides your teaching philosophy, including the courses that you could teach in our programs 
  • Diversity statement of your commitment to diversity and inclusion, particularly addressing how this influences your teaching research, teaching, and/or service 
  • Three samples of scholarly writing 
  • Three confidential letters of recommendation 

Formal review of applicants will begin immediately and will continue until the position is filled. 

Postdoctoral Fellows

The MS in Social Policy Program at the University of Pennsylvania’s School of Social Policy & Practice (SP2) seeks to hire two to three postdoctoral fellows in applied critical data science. We are interested in scholars with a background in data science, computational social science, computational linguistics, societal computing, or other related areas and are doing research on the intersections of critical theory and policy studies. The program is looking for scholars who are informed by or engage critical data studies, critical race and digital studies, new media studies, platform studies, Black radical thought, Black feminism, queer and trans studies, indigenous studies, critical posthumanisms, critical disability studies, affect theory, among other areas of critical scholarship. In addition, we are interested in scholars who do work on various areas of policy research, governmentality, data and tech policy, biopolitics, the intersections of data science with social work and/or public health, and criminal justice among other areas. Global scholarship is also of strong interest though not required. Candidates may also have an opportunity to participate the Institute in Critical Quantitative, Computational & Mixed Methodologies as well as the exciting and developing new initiative, the Partnership for Social and Economic Mobility.

In addition to maintaining a research program, postdoctoral fellows will be required to teach two courses per year, of the following courses, offered in Fall 2021 and Spring 2022.

  • MSSP 607: Practical Data Science Required expertise: Python
  • MSSP 608: Practical Machine Learning Required expertise: Python

Course descriptions can be found here. Postdoctoral Fellows will be expected to relocate to the Philadelphia area and be available to teach courses in-person. Pay is competitive and health insurance is paid 100% by the university.

A PhD is required, preferably in a relevant computational, social science and/or policy field with an emphasis on data science and statistical methods. Please provide a (no longer than 3-page) cover letter that includes both a research and teaching statement, curriculum vitae, teaching evaluations for two to three courses from prior teaching (if available), and a list of three references. Due to the volume of applications, only candidates selected for an interview will be contacted. No letters of recommendation are required at this time. Application review will begin June 21, 2021.

The University of Pennsylvania, the largest private employer in Philadelphia, is a world-renowned leader in education, research, and innovation. This historic, Ivy League school consistently ranks among the top 10 universities in the annual U.S. News & World Report survey. Penn has 12 highly-regarded schools that provide opportunities for undergraduate, graduate and continuing education, all influenced by Penn’s distinctive interdisciplinary approach to scholarship and learning.

Penn offers a unique working environment within the city of Philadelphia. The University is situated on a beautiful urban campus, with easy access to a range of educational, cultural, and recreational activities. With its historical significance and landmarks, lively cultural offerings, and wide variety of atmospheres, Philadelphia is the perfect place to call home for work and play.

Apply here.

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