Visiting Faculty Program

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The Polson Institute for Global Development in the Department of Development Sociology is sponsoring a Visiting Faculty Program on a trial basis for three years, beginning in Spring 2017. The main objective of this program is to expand the course offerings and faculty resources available to our graduate students. A secondary objective of the program is to provide opportunities for faculty and/or graduate students to work with visiting faculty on joint projects.

We expect visiting faculty to be in residence for a minimum of 6 weeks. Most visiting faculty will teach a 6 or 7 week course in the fall or spring semester. In some cases, faculty may arrange a longer period of residency; the details of those appointments will be negotiated on a case-by-case basis.

During the period of the residency, visiting faculty are expected to teach one graduate seminar, hold weekly office hours, and meet with graduate students. Standard appointments of 6 to 7 weeks will typically involve 3 hours of classroom teaching and 2 office hours per week. Visiting faculty are welcome to participate in other department activities, such as department seminars, and to generate or advance joint projects with faculty and students at their discretion.

Nominations for visiting faculty are made by faculty and graduate students in the department and should include a letter of nomination with the following information:
• The proposed dates of the visit and course (nominees should discuss the timing of the course with the proposed visitor and confirm their availability);
• The title of the proposed course and brief description (a full syllabus is not required at this stage);
• Strong evidence of student interest in the course;
• Visiting faculty CV

Proposals for visiting faculty may be submitted to the Polson Steering Committee at any time ( They will be evaluated for their potential to fill a curricular gap in the department and their appeal to graduate students in the department. Courses and visiting faculty that bridge concentrations are particularly encouraged.

For standard 6 to 7 week appointments, the Polson Institute will provide an honorarium of $15,000 and will pay for travel as well as $3,500 toward room and board.