Penn Arts and Sciences

Bring a Policy Maker to Class

The Penn Social Science and Policy Forum is pleased to announce a competition for small grants to assist faculty members to bring policy makers to campus to present their work, discuss policy-relevant issues, and engage with undergraduate, graduate, or professional students in social science courses. Funds are restricted to reimbursable travel expenses, including transit, meals, and, if necessary, overnight accommodations. All expenses shall not exceed $500 per visit.

Faculty at Penn in any of the 12 schools are eligible to apply for funds.

Proposal Format: Proposals should include the proposed date of the visit, a short statement of how the visitor would contribute to the course (not to exceed three paragraphs), a single page CV or biographical statement describing the proposed visitor’s expertise, a breakdown of expected expenses, and a copy of the course syllabus.

Please submit applications as one single PDF to the Penn Social Science and Policy Forum at

Deadline: Applicants may apply at any time; grants will be considered on a rolling basis while funds are available.

Academic Year 2013-14 Grantees

Malitta Engstrom, Assistant Professor of Social Policy and Practice (SP2)
and Andrew Fussner, Lecturer (SP2), to bring Connell O'Brien, Children's Policy Specialist at Rehabilitation and Community Providers Association RCPA, to the required first year course, Foundations of Social Work Practice.

Robert P. Inman, Professor of Finance, Economics, and Public Policy (Wharton) to bring Anthony Williams, former mayor of Washington, DC.

Rand Quinn, Assistant Professor of Education (GSE), to bring Albert Wat, senior analyst, National Governors' Association; Anna Brandt, advisor, Harlem Children's Zone; and Gillian Page, Coordinator, Teacher Effectiveness Strategy, Washington, DC Public Schools.

Frances Rust, Director of the Teacher Education Program (GSE) to bring Paul Kihn, Deputy Superintendent, School District of Philadelphia.

Laura Wolf-Powers, Assistant Professor of City and Regional Planning (School of Design) to bring David J. Fischer, Senior Director of Career and Technical Education, New York City Department of Education.

Spring 2013 Bring a Policy Maker to Class Grantees

Laura Marie DeSimone, Associate Professor of Social Policy and Education (GSE): to bring Philadelphia public school officials, Donna M. Runner, Assistant Superintendent for Curriculum, Instruction and Assessment; Fran Newberg, Deputy Chief, Curriculum, Instruction and Assessment; Melanie S. Harris, Chief Information Officer; Paula R. Don, Director, Educational Technology

Johanna Greeson, Assistant Professor of Social Policy and Practice (SP2): to bring Cheri Honkala, National Coordinator of the Poor People's Economic Human Rights Campaign.

Michael S. Knoll, Theodore Warner Professor of Law and Professor of Real Estate (Law and Wharton) to bring U.S. Department of Treasury international tax expert Michael McDonald.

Krista Schwarz, Assistant Professor of Finance (Wharton): to bring Joshua Frost, Vice President, Markets Group, Federal Reserve Bank of New York.

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