Associate/Assistant Professors in Education Policy
University of Pennsylvania Graduate School of Education
United States


The Education Policy Division in the Graduate School of Education at the University of Pennsylvania invites applications for two tenure-line associate or assistant professor positions to join the standing faculty at the Graduate School of Education. The focus areas for these positions include (1) inequality and education policy and (2) actionable research for public policy in education.

Education Policy at Penn is driven by the mission to produce evidence on current issues that contribute to policy to improve inequality in education and life outcomes. Our work spans issues related to student engagement, learning, and educational attainment. Ultimately, our goal is to both produce research and to train the next generation of researchers to address challenges in education and inform policy and practice. Our Education Policy program includes Ph.D. and master’s degree programs. The Education Policy division is also the home of the University of Pennsylvania’s IES Predoctoral Program in Interdisciplinary Methods for Field-based Research in Education.


Ideal candidates would have a strong record of accomplishments with research that addresses central issues in education policy and inequality, as well as demonstrated teaching and service. We welcome applicants who have a Ph.D. from a range of social science disciplines (e.g., education, economics, public policy, etc.). We expect candidates to have an established record of successful grant-funded research that addresses education policy with rigorous methods and informs both policy and practice. We anticipate the successful candidate to provide intellectual leadership, through teaching, advising, and research, in divisional and cross-divisional programs. 

This cluster search is intended to deepen and strengthen the mission of the program by making two hires in each of the following focus areas:

  1. Inequality and Education Policy: We are interested in a scholar who conducts rigorous empirical research that addresses the impact of federal, state, district or school policies, programs or systems on equity or inequality in education and student success for minoritized and under-resourced groups. Importantly, we prioritize scholars who can inform the creation and/or implementation of policy, programs or structural change, and/or how rigorous policy analysis itself contributes to further equality or inequality.
  2. Actionable Research for Public Policy in Education: We are interested in a scholar who conducts rigorous empirical research that evaluates the effects of federal, state, district, or school policies on short- and long-term student success with the purpose of providing actionable evidence. A successful candidate will have a strong record of successful research-practice partnerships, and whose research experience informs the use of research in policy and decision making, including the consideration of politics and contextual factors relevant for policy in how impactful research is produced and disseminated.

We envision both hires will contribute research that informs policy to address social inequality through education access, resources, and systematic programming to support learning and improved life-long outcomes that are fundamental to the public provision of education. The University of Pennsylvania is located in Philadelphia, a historically under-resourced district where the vast majority of students are minoritized and living in poverty. While experience in Philadelphia is not an expectation, we hope that these faculty will join us in our dedication to informing policy broadly as well as in our local school district.   

Application Instructions

We will begin reviewing applications on September 1, 2021, and will continue to consider new applications until the positions are filled.

Please submit a letter expressing your interest and general qualifications for either or both of the focus areas listed above, curriculum vitae, names and contact information of three references, and two publications and/or relevant manuscripts.

Please address your letter of interest to:
Professor Michael Gottfried
Chair, Education Policy Faculty Search Committee
Chair, Education Policy Division 
Education Policy Division 
Graduate School of Education 
University of Pennsylvania 
3700 Walnut Street 
Philadelphia, PA 19104-6216

The University of Pennsylvania is an affirmative action/ equal opportunity employer and is strongly committed to diversity. Penn GSE seeks candidates who, through their research, teaching, and service, will contribute to the diversity and excellence of the academic community. The Division of Education Policy strongly encourages applications from individuals who identify as members of groups who represent underrepresented, marginalized, or under-resourced backgrounds.


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