Please review all of the frequently asked questions (FAQs) to learn more about the Distinguished Visiting Scholars Program. If you still have questions after reviewing this information, we encourage you to contact us.
The program is designed to elicit as diverse a pool of applicants as possible; consequently, the recruitment process is open to all who meet the eligibility criteria. ALL applicants must complete the UB JOBS on-line application and supply the required information (as described in the application). When accessing the on-line application, you will be required to choose a department which would be most appropriate to join the Center in hosting your year-long visit. (Please see the PDF containing a list of all departments at UB. You will be required to use the department code number provided on this list in your application when asked to indicate the department that you believe would be the most appropriate host for your visit.)
Complete applications received by the deadline will be forwarded to the UB department that you indicated as most closely associated with your discipline/field. Departments will provide evaluations of applicants. The university-wide Distinguished Visiting Scholar selection committee will then choose candidates who can best fulfill the program objectives. The Center will invite those candidates to join the inaugural cohort of 2020-21 Distinguished Visiting Scholars.
Yes, the program has been generously funded by UB’s Office of the Provost to continue on a recurring basis.
Given the program structure of mentoring circles and engagement within UB and in the community, we will be hosting only those Scholars who can commit to an entire academic year, in residence.
Advanced assistant professors, associate or full professors or highly accomplished non-academics whose profile matches the needs of the program and would be qualified to obtain tenure in a UB department may apply. Each Distinguished Visiting Scholar will hold a full-time, temporary, salaried (benefits eligible) position at UB.
The salary associated with fulfilling the residential and all other requirements of this program is $115,000. A best practice in fostering high degrees of cohort interaction is to curtail salary dispersion. As a result, all Scholars will receive the same salary.
Scholars will not have assigned teaching in their host department. Instead, Scholars will participate in structured mentoring circles and be available to their host departments and the Center for Diversity Innovation to engage in class presentations, campus-wide talks, exhibits, and/or performances and other activities to share their expertise with the university and local communities.
Applicants will be asked to specify lab or other resources needed to conduct their scholarly and/or creative endeavors. The program cannot necessarily accommodate all such needs, but will work with departments to provide details on available resources to Scholars at the time of an offer.
Scholars are provided with:
As soon as you submit your candidate application in the UB JOBS system, the system will generate emails to those individuals you indicated as references, using the email address you provide in the system. It is recommended that you inform your references to monitor their email for that incoming message with link for their letter to be uploaded.
Given that candidates may apply on or shortly before Jan. 31st, it is understood that letters will likely arrive after that date. All candidate files will be evaluated based on the letters that are in the UB JOBS system at the time of the evaluations which will occur throughout the timeframe that follows the deadline. We strongly suggest ensuring that at least one mentee letter is in the system as close to the 31st as possible. We ask that applicants NOT have their references email their letters to the Center or program director--unless requested by the program director--because such letters would reside outside of your application and therefore, might not be attached to your candidate file during the evaluation process.
Application files in the UB JOBS system are monitored for ongoing additions of letters so that those can be taken into account at later stages of evaluation if the letters were not available in time for earlier stages of evaluation.
Application deadline: January 31, 2021
Deadline for letters of reference (including those from former mentees, to be submitted through the UB JOBS on-line portal): January 31, 2021 or as soon thereafter as possible (see FAQs, last question, for more about the timing of letters)
Notification of selection: March, 2021