Dean of the School of Social Policy & Practice

University of Pennsylvania
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Apr 10, 2018
Executive Administration Jobs
Institution Type
Four-Year Institution

The University of Pennsylvania seeks an eminent academic with proven strategic, judicious, and collaborative leadership skills to serve as the next Dean of the School of Social Policy & Practice.  The Dean of SP2 is responsible to Penn President Amy Gutmann and Provost Wendell Pritchett for the conduct, coordination, and quality of SP2’s educational programs, research activities, fundraising, finances, outreach, and other operations.  The Dean is charged with the responsibility of maintaining the highest standards of teaching and scholarship and further increasing the distinction and leadership of the school.  As a senior member of the Penn leadership team, the Dean works closely and collaboratively with the SP2 faculty, the President, the Provost, the Deans of Penn’s other 11 schools, and the other senior officers of the University to manage SP2’s programs and resources in furtherance of the University’s academic and institutional goals, including inclusion, innovation, and impact, as expressed in the Penn Compact 2020.  

The successful Dean candidate will present a distinguished record of achievement in research and clinical work, education, and administration.  She or he 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 and inter-professional collaboration.  An articulate and enthusiastic communicator, in consultation with the SP2 faculty, the Dean will develop and implement a strategic vision for the School’s future consonant with the Penn Compact 2020, establish and pursue clear strategic priorities, and raise and manage resources effectively to steadily advance those priorities. 

Penn’s School of Social Policy & Practice contributes to the advancement of more effective, efficient, and humane human services through education, research, and civic engagement.  The faculty are leaders in their chosen fields and have contributed extensively to research, practice, and publications on social problems that impact society on local, national, and global levels. The School has articulated a social philosophy – Penn Approach – that shapes the educational programs it offers, the research it undertakes, and the leadership it provides to the profession. Nearly 30 standing faculty members address issues including child abuse and neglect; criminal justice and mental illness; domestic violence; geographic information systems; gerontology; homelessness; mental health, social impact of the arts; and welfare to work.  More than 500 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 SP2’s Ph.D. and DSW graduates are recruited for faculty positions in prominent social policy, social work, and social welfare academic programs across the country.

Inquiries, nominations, and applications are invited. A comprehensive leadership profile is available at Although the search will remain open until the position is filled, to ensure the fullest consideration, candidate materials should be received by May 15, 2018.  Candidates should provide a curriculum vitae and, optionally, a letter of application that addresses the responsibilities and requirements described herein as well as the names and contact information of five references.  References will not be contacted without prior knowledge and approval of candidates.

This search will be fully confidential; no candidate names will be known beyond the Consultative Committee that is carrying out the search.  All communications should be directed in confidence to:

Robin Mamlet
Managing Partner and Practice Leader, Education

Robert Luke
Senior Associate

Christine J. Pendleton

Phone: 630-575-6178
Fax: 630-990-1257
[email protected]

The University of Pennsylvania values diversity and seeks talented students, faculty and staff from diverse backgrounds. The University of Pennsylvania does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, religion, creed, national or ethnic origin, citizenship status, age, disability, veteran status or any other legally protected class status in the administration of its admissions, financial aid, educational or athletic programs, or other University-administered programs or in its employment practices. Questions or complaints regarding this policy should be directed to the Executive Director of the Office of Affirmative Action and Equal Opportunity Programs, 3451 Walnut Street, Franklin Building, Room 421, Philadelphia, PA 19104; or (215) 898-6993 (Voice).

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