Lecturer of Developmental Theories; Applications with Adolescents

University of Pennsylvania Graduate School of Education


The Urban Teaching Apprenticeship Program at the University of Pennsylvania is recruiting a part-time lecturer to teach the course “EDUC 5557: Developmental Theories: Applications with Adolescents” for the summer 2024 term (July 8 – August 9, Mondays and Wednesdays 5:15-8:15pm). This course covers research on the biological, cognitive, social, and emotional development of adolescents and applications in educational settings. Topics covered include relationships, social identity development, adolescent social-emotional learning, and mental health. Special consideration is given to the ways these topics manifest in urban schools and relate to educational justice, culturally responsive pedagogy, and student-centered learning.

The Urban Teaching Apprenticeship Program is 10-month master’s and certification program that develops members of a network of transformational educators advocating for educational justice in urban contexts. UTAP educators center the voices and agency of students and their communities, combining reflective practice with a deep understanding of content knowledge and culturally responsive pedagogy.

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.


We seek applicants with demonstrated commitment to excellence in k-12 teaching in urban schools and to the pursuit of social justice, equity, and inclusion. A master’s degree or doctorate in education or a related field and prior experience working with in k-12 schools are required. Experience teaching in urban k-12 schools and in higher education are valued.

Application Instructions

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

This position is part-time and non-tenure-track and involves in-person teaching; pay is competitive. 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.