Assistant Professor of Social Policy and Practice

University of Pennsylvania School of Social Policy and Practice


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 Ph.D. in Social Welfare.  Advancing social justice is a core component of the School’s vision and mission.

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

Any questions can be sent to


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.

Application Instructions

To apply you can submit the following materials through our online application system:

  • Curriculum Vitae
  • A cover letter that should include:Three samples of scholarly writing
    • 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 letters of reference