Honors College seeking proposals for 2018-19 ‘Visiting Scholars’ program

Honors Hall, Honors College and Residences

WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind.  The Honors College is pleased to announce the return of its Visiting Scholars program for the 2018-19 school year. The Visiting Scholars program is designed to foster and enrich partnerships between the Honors College and other academic colleges/units. The Honors College is currently seeking proposals from individual faculty members, programs or units to bring scholars from outside Purdue to campus for talks, workshops, projects, installations or other events.

By providing funds and housing, the inaugural Visiting Scholars series will help bring esteemed guests from a wide array of fields to Purdue in 2017-18.  Accepted programs this fall and spring will have students attending writing workshops with author and folklorist Mona Lisa Savory, investigating the complex racial and political issues facing indigenous populations in Australia with researcher Marlene Longbottom, learning dance steps awith Emmy-nominated choreographer Jeffrey Page, and exploring Swedish design and culture in an interactive workshops with scholar Eva Hartell, among other things.

Proposals for the 2018-19 Visiting Scholars program will be accepted until Tuesday, Nov. 21. The selection committee will announce its decision by January 30, 2018. Up to twelve proposals will be accepted.

The Honors College will provide the following resources to bring a slate of scholars to campus for 2018-19:

  • $2,000 to offset travel and other expenses.
  • Housing in the visiting scholar apartment in the Honors College and Residences North building (a two-bedroom apartment with kitchen, bathroom).
  • Access to Honors College classrooms and meeting spaces (capacity ranging from 10-250 people).
  • Assistance in publicizing and planning events.

Proposing individuals, programs, or units:

  • Will provide supplemental funds (travel expenses beyond $2,000, honoraria, refreshments or other expenses related to events).
  • Will take the lead in arranging the scholar’s visit, including arranging for reimbursement or payment of honorarium to the visiting speaker.
  • Will plan one or more events for Honors students to engage with the speaker (special workshop, reception, Q&A session, meal, etc.).

The application form can be found here. Visits may be proposed for as short as one day or for more extended stays of several weeks. In some cases, proposals for up to full semesters will be considered. Collaborative teams may be invited, but additional funds per visit may not be available.

The selection committee seeks to create a calendar for visiting scholars that reflects a range of academic fields and opportunities for Honors College students and other undergraduates to interact closely with the visitors we host. The Honors College encourages proposals in particular that include plans for smaller-scale events, workshops, projects, and so on in addition to keynote or larger public lectures.

If you are submitting a proposal and are interested in more information and a tour of the Honors College facilities, including the visiting scholar apartment, please email Tracy Hieatt, hieatt@purdue.edu. The Honors College will be arranging tours the week of Nov. 13th.