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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 2016 include:

  • Carola Roloff, Venerable Professor (Jampa Tsedroen), Hamburg Univeristy, hosted by Jay Garfield, Buddhist Studies as part of the "Robed Warriors" Program
  • Marco Bazzicalupo, University of Florence, hosted by Giovanna Bellesia, Professor of Italian Studies in consultation with Rob Dorit, Professor of Biological Sciences
  • Hakim Hamidi, Human Rights Defender, hosted by Ellen Kaplan, Professor of Theatre

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.

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