Mission Statement

Faculty Affairs and Professional Development (FAPD) works with the leadership, faculty and administrators of the Perelman School of Medicine and the Health System to support an overarching goal of PENN Medicine - the implementation of the highest standards of excellence in academic medicine.  The mission of FAPD is to support this goal by facilitating the recruitment and appointment, promotion, and retention of distinguished faculty. Read more

Recently Promoted Faculty

Joshua I. Gold, PhD

Professor of Neuroscience

Dr. Gold is an influential leader in the field of decision neuroscience who is known internationally for his creative, rigorous and innovative research program on the neurobiology of decision making and learning. He uses quantitative behavioral studies, computational modeling and theory, and direct measurements of brain activity in monkeys and indirect measurements of brain activity in humans to study how perceptual and reward-based decision making are shaped by learning. He makes substantial contributions to education. He was named Chair of the Neuroscience Graduate Group in 2012 and is responsible for overseeing all aspects of the program from recruitment through graduation. He established the University of Pennsylvania Neuroscience Graduate-Led Initiatives and Activities for students to become involved in professional development and community outreach activities. He has also organized a new journal club that brings together neuroscience researchers across the Penn campus.