Typically, having a scholar here means that you will
arrange and oversee his or her interactions with faculty and students at Smith. Sometimes,
however, scholars are invited primarily because of shared research projects with
Smith faculty members. In some cases, these are grant-funded visits for which Smith
will agree to host a scholar here, based on connections with an individual Smith
faculty member. In any case, for any international faculty member coming to Smith,
the Visiting Scholar Request Form should be used. (In the case of grant-funded visits,
if letters of support or other materials are needed prior to funding decisions, please
be sure to indicate this on the form.)
The most critical element for success in any visiting
scholar arrangement is the willingness and commitment of the hosting Smith department
or program to ensure that sufficient effort is put forward so that both the visitor
and Smith are able to have a fruitful exchange.
International visiting scholars hosted by Smith
for Fall 2014 include:
- Carmen Blanco Valdes, University of Córdoba, hosted by Anna Botta and the Department of Italian Language & Literature
- Maria Francesca Angioni, hosted by Anna Botta and the Department of English Language and Literature and Michael Thurston and the Program in American Studies
Selection of visiting scholars is made by the Provost’s
Office based on review of
the Visiting Scholar Request Form and the overall scheduling, curricular compatibility,
and available financial resources. Priority for fall visits will be given to requests
received by March 15. Priority for spring visits will be given to requests received
by November 1.
A typical visiting scholar arrangement is 3-4 weeks
in length. It may include a stipend of $1,000 and a studio guest apartment provided
by Smith, complimentary lunches at the Campus Center, round-trip
airfare (for one) from the visitor’s home to Northampton, as well as gymnasium
and library privileges for the length of the visit. Details on these benefits will
be resolved depending on the nature the individual visit.
It is assumed that the visitor will be traveling alone.
If this is not the case, the Provost’s Office must be notified at least two
months in advance of the visit to arrange for suitable housing (additional costs
are not covered). Office space and computer access are not provided (though visitors
may bring laptops and have access to the campus computer labs). The visitor makes
his/her own travel arrangements (including transportation to and from Northampton).
The faculty host is responsible for:
- ensuring that assistance with the visa process is provided if needed
- alerting the Associate Dean of the Faculty to any special needs or problems (including
the need for a translator) before the visit
- ensuring that appropriate campus events (including but not limited to Liberal
Arts Lunch and Sigma Xi talks) are arranged and publicized
- ensuring that the guest makes contact with appropriate members of the faculty
and the student body
- assisting the guest with logistical questions or problems that may arise
- ensuring that the visit concludes appropriately
The visitor is expected to:
- arrange for an appropriate visa as directed by the Provost’s Office
- fulfill the commitments of all agreed-upon campus events
- interact regularly with faculty and students
- pursue independent activities during some parts of the visit
- submit a brief (1-2) page summary report to the Associate Dean of the Faculty
and the faculty host within one month of the visit’s completion.
Once a visitor is approved, the Office of the Provost will be in touch with the faculty host in advance of the
visit to confirm arrangements (please see Visiting Scholar Hosting Checklist). Once all details are confirmed, the Associate Dean of the Faculty will send the visitor an official
letter of invitation.