Dean, School of Social Policy and Practice, University of Pennsylvania

University of Pennsylvania, School of Social Policy and Practice in Pennsylvania

Deadline Open until filled
Date Posted October 9, 2013
Type Executive
Salary Commensurate with experience
Employment Type Full-time

The University of Pennsylvania seeks an eminent, energetic, strategic, judicious, and collaborative academic leader to serve as its next Dean of the School of Social Policy and Practice (SP2).  The Dean is responsible for the conduct, coordination, and quality of SP2s educational programs, research activities, fundraising, finances, outreach, and other operations. She or he is expected to maintain the highest standards of teaching and scholarship, and further increase the distinction and leadership of SP2 in the fields of social policy and practice.


The successful Dean candidate will present a distinguished record of achievement in research, education, and administration.  He or she will demonstrate impeccable academic judgment and an uncompromising commitment to academic excellence, a commitment to diversity in all its forms, an unwavering ethical compass, and a deep commitment to interdisciplinary collaboration.  An articulate and enthusiastic communicator, in consultation with the SP2 faculty, the Dean will develop and implement a strategic vision for the Schools future consonant with the Penn Compact, establish and pursue clear strategic priorities, and raise and manage resources effectively to steadily advance those priorities. 


Penns School of Social Policy & Practice (SP2) addresses the critical elements of social change. The School is among the nations leading centers in the development, transfer, and application of knowledge in the human services. This vision is integral to the Schools educational and research programs, and to its work locally, nationally, and globally, where its programs engage governmental and non-governmental agencies to develop policies and improve resource delivery systems. Nineteen standing faculty members address issues of child abuse and neglect, mental illness, domestic violence, gerontology, homelessness, prisoner reentry, and the social impact of the arts. Students are educated in five degree programs: Ph.D. in Social Welfare; Master of Social Work (MSW); Master of Science in Nonprofit Leadership (NPL); Master of Science in Social Policy (MSSP); and the Clinical Doctorate of Social Work (DSW). Graduates are social change leaders in a variety of organizations, and SP2s PhD and DSW graduates are recruited for faculty positions in prominent social policy, social work, and social welfare academic programs across the country.


The University of Pennsylvania is ranked among the worlds leading research universities and is an institution with tremendous momentum and the highest aspirations, led since 2004 by the eminent philosopher and political scientist Amy Gutmann, whose extraordinarily successful term as President has been extended until at least 2019.  Penns 12 schools, consisting of 2500 distinguished faculty, reside on a single, compact, urban campus; span the arts, sciences, humanities, and professions; and display a special commitment to integrative interdisciplinary scholarship and to energetic local and global engagement.  Penn is strongly committed to recruiting the most talented students, without regard to financial resources, and has implemented an entirely need-based, loan-free financial aid program for undergraduates.  Total research funding is approximately $900 million annually, and NIH funding is the second highest in the nation.  The development program is one of the very largest in the nation with continued strong momentum after raising more than $4.3 billion in a recently concluded capital campaign.


Inquiries, nominations and applications are invited and will be held in the strictest confidence.  Although the search will remain open until the position is filled, to ensure the fullest consideration, candidate materials should be received by November 1, 2013.  Materials should be sent via e-mail to the Universitys consultant, Dr. Jonathan Fortescue of Park Square Executive Search at Documents that must be mailed may be sent to Jonathan Fortescue, Ph.D., Managing Partner, Park Square Executive Search, LLC, One Main Street, 14th Floor, Cambridge, MA 02142. Phone: 617-401-2981