The James N Perry Scholar

Pennsylvania, United States
12 Feb 2019
End of advertisement period
01 Jul 2022
Contract Type
Full Time

University Overview

The University of Pennsylvania, the largest private employer in Philadelphia, is a world-renowned leader in education, research, and innovation. This historic, Ivy League school consistently ranks among the top 10 universities in the annual U.S. News & World Report survey. Penn has 12 highly-regarded schools that provide opportunities for undergraduate, graduate and continuing education, all influenced by Penn’s distinctive interdisciplinary approach to scholarship and learning.

Penn offers a unique working environment within the city of Philadelphia. The University is situated on a beautiful urban campus, with easy access to a range of educational, cultural, and recreational activities. With its historical significance and landmarks, lively cultural offerings, and wide variety of atmospheres, Philadelphia is the perfect place to call home for work and play.

The University offers a competitive benefits package that includes excellent healthcare and tuition benefits for employees and their families, generous retirement benefits, a wide variety of professional development opportunities, supportive work and family benefits, a wealth of health and wellness programs and resources, and much more.

School/Center Overview

The School of Arts and Sciences forms the foundation of the scholarly excellence that has established Penn as one of the world’s leading research universities. We teach students across all 12 Penn schools, and our academic departments span the reach from anthropology and biology to sociology and South Asian studies.


The James N. Perry Scholar position serves the Program for Research on Religion and Urban Civil Society (PRRUCS) in the School of Arts and Sciences. 

In 2018, the Program for Research on Religion and Urban Civil Society (PRRUCS) and the University of Pennsylvania library obtained the papers of G.E.M./Elizabeth Anscombe (Anscombe Archives). The papers in the Anscombe Archives have only recently been made available for researchers affording the James N. Perry Scholar a unique opportunity to conduct research on one of the leading philosophers of the twentieth century. The James N. Perry Scholar will conduct original research and write 2-4 articles each year using the Anscombe Archives as their principal source documents. 

PRRUCS will co-sponsor events, workshops, and conferences related to research associated with the Anscombe Archives and related to the work of its Perry Family Scholars for Science, Spirituality, and Service. The James N. Perry Scholar will assist in the planning and execution of these events. 

The James N. Perry Scholar will teach and/or co-teach courses in two different programs in the College of Liberal and Professional Studies (LPS). The James N. Perry Scholar will teach or co-teach International Master of Public Administration (IMPA) 606, Critical Issues in Leadership during the Spring Semester each year. 

The James N. Perry Scholar will teach two courses each year in the LPS all on-line Bachelor of Applied Arts and Sciences (BAAS) program. The James N. Perry Scholar will teach LEAD 310 (Leadership & Public Administration) and/or LEAD 203 (Leadership & the Humanities). 

The James N. Perry Scholar will run the IMPA Public Law and Administration Speakers Series. The James N. Perry Scholar will select the topics, identify the speakers and handle all aspects of planning and delivering three events each semester. 

The James N. Perry Scholar direct reports to the Perry Executive Director of PRRUCS, and co-reports to the Fox Leadership International (FLI) Executive Director and LPS Vice Dean. This is a three year term appointment over three consecutive years. 

Other duties as assigned.


A doctoral degree in Political Science is required and a specialty in Philosophy and/or public law and administration is required. Candidates must have a demonstrated interest and experience in teaching, researching, and writing about the works of G.E.M. Anscombe; a demonstrated interest and experience in successfully teaching political or moral philosophy and/or ethics; and demonstrated academic interest in U.S. public law and administration.

Affirmative Action Statement

Penn adheres to a policy that prohibits discrimination 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.

Special Requirements Background check required after a conditional job offer is made. Consideration of the background check will be tailored to the requirements of the job.