Open-Rank Tenure-Track Faculty Positions in Critical Race and Policy Studies, University of Pennsylvania: School of Social Policy and Practice


The University of Pennsylvania’s School of Social Policy & Practice (SP2) invites applications for tenure-track appointments to begin July 1, 2023.

SP2 seeks candidates whose research and scholarship are related to social policy, defined as a subset of public policy that focuses on solving social problems such as economic and educational inequality, racial and health disparities, among others. As such, social policy initiatives and outcomes actively attend to social issues of equity, equality, and adequacy. Advancing social justice is a core component of SP2’s vision and a mission that unites all of its programs.

SP2 is particularly interested in recruiting faculty who study social policy with a critical focus on inequality and power structures; scholars who are informed by or engage in critical race studies, critical ethnic studies, LatCRT, Black radical thought, Black feminisms, postcolonial studies, queer studies and queer of color critique, indigenous studies, DisCRT, critical posthumanisms, affect theory, or other areas of critical scholarship. Applicants should have a background in interdisciplinary social science, humanistic social science, critical legal studies, cultural studies or critical theory, though the specific disciplinary home may be in any field, including social work, law, political science, sociology, anthropology, cultural studies, public health, among others. Global scholarship is also of strong interest though not required.

This position is for a faculty member whose primary responsibilities will be in the Master of Science in Social Policy (MSSP) Program. We welcome, however, candidates with the capacity for and interest in working across the school’s three master’s programs (Social Policy, Social Work, Nonprofit Leadership), as well its two doctoral programs (Doctorate in Clinical Social Work, and Ph.D. in Social Welfare).

Many opportunities for collaboration exist within the wider University of Pennsylvania academic community, as well as with health, educational, social service, nonprofit, and government organizations regionally, nationally, and globally.

Please submit the following materials through our online application system:

  • CV
  • Cover letter
  • Research statement that includes current activities and future plans
  • Teaching statement that includes identification of SP2 courses of interest
  • DEI statement
  • Three samples of scholarly writing
  • Contact information for three references.

Formal review of applicants will begin immediately and will continue until the position is filled. Please contact Dr. Yoosun Park ( for further information.

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