April 24, 2024


It's Your Education

Karen Detlefsen named Penn vice provost for education and learning

Karen Detlefsen on a back porch in snow.
Karen Detlefsen, professor of philosophy in the Faculty of Arts & Sciences, with a secondary appointment in the Graduate College of Education.

Karen Detlefsen has been named vice provost for schooling at the University of Pennsylvania, successful July 1. The announcement was manufactured these days by Provost Wendell Pritchett and Deputy Provost Beth Winkelstein.

Detlefsen is a professor of philosophy in the College of Arts & Sciences, with a secondary appointment in the Graduate School of Education and learning. She is chair of the Committee on Undergraduate Education in the Faculty of Arts and Sciences, founding director of Penn’s Job for Philosophy for the Young and an affiliated faculty member of the Alice Paul Center for Research on Gender, Sexuality and Gals. She is a leading world-wide scholar of early modern-day philosophy who has taught at Penn considering that 2001 and has distinct passions in gals in the heritage of philosophy, the record and philosophy of training and the historical past and philosophy of science. She has been awarded the Lindback Award for Distinguished Teaching, the maximum University-wide educating honor, and the Kahn Award for Distinguished Educating by an Assistant Professor in the Faculty of Arts & Sciences. 

“Karen Detlefsen is renowned for her strong commitments to training and education and learning,” Pritchett explained, “not only on our campus but also in our Philadelphia neighborhood. She will be an excellent spouse to assistance us chart the course for graduate and undergraduate instruction at Penn as we arise from the pandemic in the several years ahead.” 

Detlefsen is co-editor of “The Routledge Handbook of Early Present day European Gals Philosophers: (Routledge, forthcoming) and “Women and Liberty, 1600-1800” (Oxford University Press, 2017) editor of “Descartes’ Meditations: A Critical Guide” (Cambridge College Push, 2013) and the creator of dozens of significant articles or blog posts and assessments across early contemporary philosophy. At Penn, she served from 2014 to 2019 as director of the Integrated Experiments Program and at the moment serves as co-chair of the University Advisory Council to the Instructors Institute of Philadelphia and a member of the College Advisory Board of the Netter Middle for Neighborhood Partnerships, amid several other positions. She attained a Ph.D. in philosophy from the College of Toronto, an M.A. from the College of Western Ontario and a B.A. in English and philosophy from the College of Calgary. 

“I tremendously seem ahead to doing the job with Karen Detlefsen in this new position,” Winkelstein stated. “She is a extremely knowledgeable trainer and scholar who is well-recognized across campus as a single of our great mentors and collaborative leaders. She will perform closely with me, Provost Pritchett and our several college, employees and university student companions to assistance form and employ our core academic initiatives likely forward.”

The vice provost for training, reporting to the deputy provost, oversees undergraduate and graduate education and learning at Penn, creating and applying guidelines that boost tutorial excellence, ground breaking instructing and understanding and interdisciplinary expertise throughout the College. The vice provost chairs the Council of Undergraduate Deans, Council of Graduate Deans, Council of Experienced Master’s Degree Deans, Graduate Council of the Colleges, and School Advisory Council for Obtain and Tutorial Guidance Initiatives.