Visiting Scholars

The department welcomes the contributions of visiting scholars to our academic and social life. Visiting scholars are established scholars who already have a PH.D. and wish to collaborate with a particular LLED faculty member on a topic of mutual interest. Visiting scholars are expected to have prior research experience in that area and also a publication record (with at least one publication in a major national or, ideally, an international journal). Visiting Scholars are generally expected to give one public presentation during their time in the Department.

We receive many applications of interest from prospective visiting scholars each year, but the Department can admit only 2 visiting scholars per academic year, normally for the fall, winter or summer semester (3 months in length). A small number may also come for shorter periods.

Please send your CV and a cover letter (indicating which faculty member and program area you wish to be associated with, when you plan to come, and the length of your stay) to Laurie Reynolds (, Assistant to the Department Head. The applications of eligible candidates (i.e., those with a Ph.D. and significant publications) will be forwarded to one of the program coordinators (Literacy Education or TESL/Modern Languages Education). The program coordinators will then contact individual faculty members who, if they agree, will write a statement of support or seek more information from applicants. The Head and Head’s Advisory Committee will review all applications and we will notify successful applicants. Generally this process will take approximately two weeks.

Applicants are asked to not contact individual faculty members for sponsorship until the initial application has been examined for eligibility.

Once applications are approved and processed, the department will provide Internet network and library access, and opportunities to audit some classes on a not-for-credit basis. Shared office space will be available on a case by case basis.