Advice for Applying for Postdoctoral Fellowships: The Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania

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by Alan Strudler

Our ideal candidates seek research and teaching careers in business ethics and business law. We do not expect candidates to come with expertise in these areas. For example, a candidate might have a strong background in normative ethical theory, but seek to develop new interests in business ethics. We hope that through exposure to our program, a person trained in traditional areas of philosophy will become prepared to teach in a business school.

Our focus is on research. A candidate’s writing, whether published or unpublished, need not concern business issues, but it should demonstrate scholarly promise.

We also attach considerable weight to a candidate’s explanation of why it would be useful for her to be at Wharton. We want to know about her research project in business ethics or business law.

Teaching matters for, us but extensive teaching experience is not necessary. We believe that promising scholars who are reasonably articulate can become fine teachers even if they are inexperienced when they begin our program. If a candidate wants a career that focuses on teaching rather than research, ours is not an appropriate position.

Alan Strudler is a Professor of Legal Studies and Business Ethics and of Philosophy at the University of Pennsylvania

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