The University of Pennsylvania seeks a dynamic faculty leader to serve as inaugural Director of the Perry World House. At the heart of Penn’s campus, the Perry World House will be a catalyst for the University’s global activities and a gathering place for scholars and students interested in global issues. The World House will support research across the University on significant international issues; enhance the flow of ideas between Penn and global policymakers; draw international leaders to Penn; and provide a wide range of student opportunities. A $10 million gift from University Trustee Richard C. Perry and his wife, Lisa Perry, will name the House and the Richard Perry Endowed Professorship. Scheduled to open in Fall 2015, the World House will provide facilities for hosting conferences, research and office space for program fellows and international visitors, and flexible seminar and classroom spaces. It will anchor Penn’s global resources on an interdisciplinary campus.
The Faculty Director will oversee the World House and chart its strategic direction. She or he should have a distinguished record suitable for an endowed chair at the level of full professor with tenure in one or more of Penn’s twelve schools. The ideal candidate will have a strong record of globally oriented research, experience engaging academic and policy leaders, excellent written and oral communication skills, sound judgment, administrative competencies, and demonstrated ability to work across disciplinary boundaries. The Director will formulate significant themes of focus; identify and invite to the World House distinguished global experts to address these themes; convene major conferences; and work with both visitors and faculty members across campus to produce publications designed to draw expertise and attention to focal issues. Reporting to the Vice Provost for Global Initiatives, the Director of the Perry World House will also assist with development efforts to advance programs of the World House.
As a prominent faculty leader at Penn, the Director will join an institution with tremendous momentum and the highest aspirations. Penn is home to a distinguished faculty of 2,500 teacher- scholars who cross disciplinary and professional boundaries and who have been recognized by nearly every major learned society and award committee. Penn’s 12 schools reside on a single, compact, urban campus; span the arts, sciences, humanities, and professions; and display a special commitment to interdisciplinary scholarship and to energetic global engagement.
The search will remain open until the position is filled, with a preferred start date on or before July 1, 2014. Nominations and expressions of interest will be kept in the strictest confidence and may be sent, preferably in electronic form to: Dr. Gayle Christensen, Office of the Provost, 122 College Hall, University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, PA 19104-6303, or via e-mail to: email@example.com.
The University of Pennsylvania is an equal opportunity affirmative action employer and is strongly committed to diversity. Minorities, females, veterans, and individuals with disabilities are strongly encouraged to apply.