To promote global perspectives in our undergraduate curriculum, while deepening the University’s ties to the world’s leading universities and professors, the President and Provost are establishing a two-year pilot program—Penn’s Distinguished International Scholars Program.
Under this program, the President and Provost will sponsor the visit of 10 distinguished international academics to the University who will contribute to our undergraduate teaching program. The Distinguished Scholars will be selected by the President and Provost on the nomination of Penn faculty members. The nominating faculty member will serve as the official faculty host and, in conjunction with her or his department (or in cases of schools without departments, the dean’s office), will be responsible for all aspects of the visit.
Colleagues whose visit will be sponsored under the Program will be required to commit at least 15 hours of instructional time to an existing course offered in our undergraduate teaching program. The undergraduate teaching contribution of the Distinguished Scholar could be compressed into a two week period or spread out as the faculty host determines most appropriate for the course. However, the Distinguished Scholar is expected to be in residence at Penn for a minimum of ten weekdays.
In addition, we expect that Distinguished International Scholars will interact with faculty, graduate and professional students and, where appropriate, alumni. Therefore, it is our hope that the faculty host will secure opportunities to engage the Distinguished Scholar beyond the undergraduate course by setting up meetings with colleagues in the home department as well as those in cognate disciplines, exploring opportunities for the Distinguished Scholar to participate in graduate seminars, or speak at public lectures, faculty workshops or other speaker series.
In this pilot phase, support will be limited to applications from standing faculty members teaching a course in one of the four undergraduate schools. This program will be expanded to the other schools after the pilot phase. For each funded application, the school/department will receive up to $20,000 to cover all costs associated with the visit of the Distinguished Scholar including honorarium, visas, travel and accommodation expenses and meals. The nominations will be evaluated on the basis of the proposed contribution that the nominee will make to Penn’s teaching and research program, the nominee’s academic stature, and teaching expertise. Interested faculty members should apply using the form found at: www.upenn.edu/almanac/volumes/v52/n30/pdf_n30/global-form2.pdf.