Richard Ingersoll
Professor of Education and Sociology


  • Leadership and governance
  • Teacher quality
  • Teacher recruitment and retention
  • Workplace issues

Richard Ingersoll is a professor of education and sociology at the University of Pennsylvania. His research is concerned with the character of elementary and secondary schools as workplaces, teachers as employees and teaching as a job. He has published over 100 articles, reports, chapters, and essays, and has received a number of awards, including the Richard B. Russell Award for Excellence in Teaching from the University of Georgia; the Harry Braverman Award from the Society for the Study of Social Problems for his work on organizational control and accountability in schools; an American Educational Research Association fellowship; the National Award of Distinction from the Penn Education Alumni Association; and the Outstanding Writing Award from the American Association of Colleges for Teacher Education. He was elected as a fellow of the American Educational Research Association in 2009. After teaching in both public and private schools for a number of years, Ingersoll obtained a doctorate in sociology from the University of Pennsylvania in 1992. From 1995 to 2000 he was a faculty member in the sociology department at the University of Georgia.