Open Faculty and Post-Doc Positions

Instructional Coach – Advanced Teaching Certificate in Project-Based Learning  

Position Description 

The new Penn GSE Advanced Teaching Certificate in Project-Based Learning (PBL) program seeks highly experienced instructional coaches to join the program’s inaugural instructional team. The Penn GSE Advanced Teaching Certificate in PBL is an innovative professional development program for currently practicing secondary teachers. The program seeks to build teachers’ capacity to enact the core teaching practices of PBL. The program structure includes a week-long summer institute in Philadelphia, virtual video-based instructional coaching throughout the school year, and finishes with a second week-long summer institute. 

The instructional coach position is a part-time position that will require approximately 30 hours of work each month. Instructional Coaches will play a pivotal role in helping facilitate the week-long summer institutes at the University of Pennsylvania, and then be responsible for facilitating virtual video-based instructional coaching for a small group of discipline-alike secondary teachers during the academic school year. The virtual nature of the coaching will allow our coaches flexibility with where they live and work.  


  • Significant K12 Teaching Experience in Social Studies, Science, Mathematics, or English
  • Significant Instructional Coaching Experience
  • Experience with Project-Based Learning

Preferred Qualifications

  • Experience with the Knowledge in Action Advanced Placement curriculum for Environmental Science or US Government
  • Experience with practice-based teacher professional development
  • Experience with virtual video-based coaching

Start Date and Instructional Responsibilities

  • Instructional coaches will have curriculum design responsibilities in the spring semester of 2018
  • Instructional coaches will have facilitation and coaching responsibilities during the Penn GSE summer session in 2018, fall semester of 2018, spring semester of 2019, and summer session of 2019
  • Based on performance and fit, there may be opportunities to extend the appointment for additional years

How to Apply

Questions and inquiries should be directed to the Program Director, Zachary Herrmann, at

If you are interested in applying, please send your resume/CV and a cover letter that details how your experiences and interests meet the position qualifications to Program Director Zachary Herrmann at

We will begin reviewing applications on January 15, 2018 but will continue to consider new applications until the position is filled.

The University of Pennsylvania is an equal opportunity affirmative action employer; women and minority candidates are strongly encouraged to apply.

Practice Professor of Educational Linguistics

The Graduate School of Education at the University of Pennsylvania invites applications for the position of Practice Professor of Educational Linguistics. The successful candidate will have an earned doctorate in Educational Linguistics or a related field and at least 15 years of experience in additional language teaching and language teacher education.

This position has been created in response to the growing need for language teachers, and, in turn, for professionals who can deliver sophisticated training to trainers of language instructors. This growing demand has created a need for a Practice Professor who can bring knowledge and experience to the innovative variety of language programs administered by the Educational Linguistics division. We expect the successful candidate to provide leadership in developing programming for language educators both locally—across the University of Pennsylvania and greater Philadelphia—and globally.

The Practice Professor would be situated in the Educational Linguistics division, serving as a key member of the academic faculty, and would have substantive involvement in the Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL) Master’s Program and the Intercultural Communication (ICC) Master’s Program, as well as the full-time Ph.D. and part-time Ed.D Programs in Educational Linguistics. This Practice Professor will also serve as primary liaison between GSE and language initiatives across Penn involving, for example, the Penn Language Center, Wharton’s Lauder Institute, and language departments across campus. This Practice Professor will also be engaged with language education researchers and teacher educators globally.  

Practice Professor appointments are made for five years, are subject to reappointment review at five-year intervals, and may be renewed as long as academic needs persist.

Applicants should submit a letter expressing interest and general qualifications, curriculum vitae, reprints of publications and relevant manuscripts, and the names and contact information of three references. Please apply online at:

We will begin reviewing applications on November 1, 2017 and will continue to consider new applications until the position is filled.

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The University of Pennsylvania is an affirmative action/equal opportunity employer and is strongly committed to diversity.