Distinguished Speaker Visits

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Submitting a nomination: Nominations for speakers in Spring and Fall 2018 are currently being accepted. Applications are due by Wednesday, April 19, 2017. All nominations are made by electronic submission.

Description: Distinguished speaker visits are typically 1.5-2 days in duration. Invited scholars are expected to deliver an evening lecture/presentation designed for a broad-based, cross-campus audience of faculty, students, alumni, and staff, and open to regional community members. Invited scholars are also asked to engage in other campus events—workshops, seminars, classes, colloquia or conferences. 

Purpose: Distinguished speaker visits are intended to:

  • engage a significant number of IAS constituencies and networks (faculty, students, alumni, and community partners),
  • convene conversation across multiple areas of inquiry and across curricular areas, and
  • contribute to faculty development, particularly that of junior faculty.

Grant provision: IAS provides a budget of $2000-$2500 to support each speaker visit, which may be supplemented with funds contributed from CAWGs or other UW units.  IAS also provides significant staff support for room and tech arrangements, travel and accommodations, publicity, catering, honoraria and reimbursement.

Annual allocation (direct costs) for all Distinguished Speaker visits = $5000/year.

Eligibility and Requirements: IAS faculty and/or staff members may nominate an IAS Distinguished Speaker: nominations from teams are encouraged.

IAS faculty advancing nominations should be prepared to correspond with their invited guest, collaborate with IAS staff, and act as host(s) for the visit.  Once your nominee has been approved by the School Council (see below), you will work closely with IAS staff and others to develop and implement a visit plan.

Nomination Process: Nominations are submitted online.  Those submitting nominations will be asked to respond in no more than 250 words to a series of brief questions about your nominee and the visit, including:

  • a professional profile of your nominee,
  • how the nominee’s work intersects with your own or others in IAS,
  • how you would like to engage with your nominee to offer a faculty development opportunity,
  • the possible topic of your nominee’s public lecture,
  • other constituencies with interest in engaging your guest,
  • a rough budget of expenses for the visit.

Those submitting nominations are asked to check the general availability of your proposed visitor for the intended timeframe/quarter beforehand. Where there are multiple qualified candidates nominated, we may seek alternate timeframes for a proposed visit.

In preparing your nomination proposal, you may wish to refer to the “Visiting Speakers and Events” resources under "Resources for New and Continuing Faculty" on the IAS Central Hub. These include sample budgets and itineraries from past speakers.

Criteria for Selection: Successful nominations will demonstrate the ability to:

  • engage a significant number of IAS constituencies and networks (faculty, students, alumni, and community partners), in either the planning or the occasion of the visit;
  • convene conversation across multiple areas of inquiry and across curricular areas, in the planning or occasion of the visit;
  • contribute to faculty development, particularly that of junior faculty
  • meet the organizing responsibilities outlined below.

The nominating faculty member(s) will be responsible for working with their guest and with a coordinating IAS staff member to offer one faculty development opportunity, in the form of a workshop, seminar, or similar; the nominating faculty member(s) may represent different IAS constituencies—eg. CAWGs or Research Interest Groups—or they may suggest other IAS constituencies (including other campus units, or community partners) that would benefit from other engagement opportunities with the nominated guest.