Faculty Affairs


Faculty Affairs includes managing academic appointments, promotion and tenure processes; providing oversight and guidance for standing committees of the Weitzman School; coordinating University initiatives to enhance faculty recruitment and retention; and managing related resources, policies, and information regarding initiatives for faculty.

The faculty at the University of Pennsylvania is divided into several categories:

  • Standing faculty
  • Associated faculty
  • Academic support staff
  • Emeritus faculty

Each group has distinct privileges and responsibilities, and plays a unique and complimentary role in the academic life of the school. Separate criteria apply for appointments and review of faculty members in each category, reflecting differences in expectations and roles.

The Director for Faculty Affairs at the University of Pennsylvania Stuart Weitzman School of Design works closely with the Dean, the Provost's Office, and the Weitzman Personnel Committee.


Karyn Tufarolo
Director of Faculty Affairs,
Diversity/Equity/Inclusion Initiatives,
& Online Learning Initiatives
University of Pennsylvania
Stuart Weitzman School of Design
Pronouns: she/her/hers
Location: Meyerson Hall, Dean's Suite

The Process

Faculty personnel actions originate within the academic departments. The standing faculty of a department will review the required material for the action and vote upon all appointments, reappointments, promotions and permanent tenure proposals for standing faculty, professors of practice and associated faculty. Faculty actions follow policies from the Provost's Office and noted in the University of Pennsylvania Faculty Handbook as well as the Weitzman Faculty Handbook.  Please note: specific questions should be directed to the Weitzman School Director for Faculty Affairs.

The Personnel Committee

The Weitzman Personnel Committee consists of five full professors, appointed by the Dean. The committee generally meets once a month to review personnel actions submitted by the Department Chairs. The Department Chairs present appointments, reappointments, promotions, and permanent tenure proposals to the Personnel Committee. The Committee reviews required documents and votes on the case; the Personnel Committee Chair will communicate the sentiment of the Committee and the reasons for its action in a letter to the Dean.

In favorable support of personnel actions, the Dean will write a letter of endorsement and the complete dossier is submitted to the Office of the Provost for consideration. The appropriate Provost’s Office Committee will review the action for preliminary University approval. In a favorable Provost’s Committee outcome, the action is submitted to the University Board of Trustees approval at a quarterly meeting.

Open Faculty Positions

In Academic Year 2019-2020, we are seeking candidates for these faculty positions: 

The Department of Landscape Architecture at the Stuart Weitzman School of Design at the University of Pennsylvania welcomes applications for two assistant professor positions to offer graduate-level instruction in landscape architecture design studios and other courses. Further details and application at https://facultyjobs.upenn.edu/#weitzman-school-design. 

The Department of Architecture at the Stuart Weitzman School of Design at the University of Pennsylvania welcomes applications for a full-time tenure track position at the rank of Assistant or Associate Professor of Architecture. Further details and application at https://facultyjobs.upenn.edu/#weitzman-school-design. 

A Professor (or Associate Professor) of Practice faculty position in the field of Urban Design is open in the Department of City and Regional Planning in the Stuart Weitzman School of Design at the University of Pennsylvania. We seek to recruit a distinguished practitioner who is actively engaged in an urban design practice that embeds a commitment to urban research and innovation while also addressing the significant challenges of our times including climate change, social justice, resilience, and equity. Further details and application here.

The Kleinman Center for Energy Policy is seeking new standing faculty (professor or associate professor) in the field of energy policy in the Stuart Weitzman School of Design at the University of Pennsylvania. The Kleinman Center for Energy Policy is Penn's home for teaching and research in energy policy from disciplines across the University. Last year, Penn announced a major commitment to hiring new faculty in energy policy to build on our current strengths. The Weitzman School seeks scholars who can make contributions of national and global significance and help fulfill the University's ambitious commitments. Candidates may come from any of the School's core disciplines, including Architecture, City and Regional Planning, and Landscape Architecture. Competitive candidates must have a demonstrated research record on energy policy itself and not simply on design and planning issues that have energy policy implications. The appointments are open as to rank, with a preference for senior candidates with tenure. 
Further details and application here