Ida Beam Visiting Professorships - Nomination Instructions

Ida Beam Visiting Professorship Applications for 2017-2018

Application Information in PDF Format

Application Deadlines:

  • Due to DEOs January 27, 2017
  • Due to Deans February 3, 2017
  • Due to Provost February 17, 2017

Cover Form:

Fill out the Application Cover Form and submit completed electronic copy with each nomination.

Guidelines

  1. Proposals ordinarily should be limited to individuals who are likely to have an impact in the liberal arts or in areas where professional specialties interact with liberal studies. The nominee should be a teacher and scholar of distinction who will offer something new and interesting to undergraduates as well as to graduate students and colleagues. Sponsoring departments also must arrange for a public lecture so that students and faculty in other disciplines may participate in the exchange of ideas. 
  2. Departments and programs may propose visits of distinguished individuals from this country or abroad. They may be either within a discipline or persons whose major contributions are interdisciplinary. For example, visitors with interest in human rights could contribute to a wide variety of departments and programs and, in fact, would be stimulating to the total University community. Accordingly, applications may originate within a department or an interdisciplinary program or may be jointly sponsored by more than one unit.
  3. Proposals may be for an individual to visit for varying lengths of time ranging from a few days to a month or, rarely, a full semester. Short-term visits often are easier to arrange. They also allow the support of more visiting professor appointments and thus provide broader representation of interest areas within the resources available to this program. Faculty members are encouraged to look for opportunities to invite distinguished visiting scholars from abroad who already are expected to be in the country.
  4. In making proposals, departments and programs are reminded of the University's commitment to broaden and enrich our intellectual climate through the participation of women and members of racial or ethnic minority groups.

Procedures for Applications:

  1. Application Cover Forms are available on the web. DEOs should receive applications by January 27, 2017 then forward the proposal, with endorsement, to collegiate deans by February 3, 2017 for their endorsement. The Office of the Provost should receive the application by February 17, 2017. The text of the proposal itself should not exceed three pages for each individual proposed. In addition to a curriculum vitae, the following information is required in the proposal:
    1. A statement of how the visit fulfills the criteria mentioned in the guidelines presented above. Scholars whose visit is shown to be of broad interest to the University community (e.g., by sponsorship from multiple academic units) will be given priority. This statement is not a "letter of recommendation" regarding the proposed visitor, rather it should assess how the presence of the visitor will enhance liberal education on campus.

    2. A schedule, as detailed as possible, describing what the individual will do while he or she is here.

    3. When the individual is likely to come and for what length of time. (When feasible, departments should ascertain informally whether a particular individual actually will be available. Please keep in mind, however, that an individual inquiry does not imply any commitment before authorization has been given.)

    4. A budget with an estimate of the total cost that would be involved. Please complete the budget summary on the Application Cover form and provide a budget and justification/explanation page. You should also provide a copy of the budget summary to your departmental budget person. It is important that the cost estimate be as accurate and detailed as possible in order to facilitate planning for the most effective use of available funds. Prior to 2013-14, proposal writers were encouraged to solicit small contributions from departments and units other than their own. Starting in 2013-14, small contributions from other units are no longer expected or encouraged. Letters of support from DEOs of other units are still encouraged. Advertising costs must be included in the budget. UI travel regulations apply to these arrangements. If an honorarium will be paid to a non-U.S. citizen, please see item 2. below and obtain the information to properly calculate the funding needed.

    5. An endorsement by the executive officer of the unit. (When more than one unit is sponsoring a visitor, the application should include endorsements from ALL relevant units.)

  2. In making preliminary contacts with prospective visiting scholars, departmental representatives should pay close attention to personnel and payroll procedures. Particularly, if a scholar is a non-U.S. citizen, please be aware that there may be specific visa requirements, and a percentage of an honorarium may be withheld unless the visitor meets certain criteria. Please contact Payroll (353-2460) or the Office of International Students and Scholars (335-0335) for clarification of these requirements.
  3. Departments and programs may submit more than one application and should indicate their priority order if they do so.

  4. The applying department or program will be responsible for all aspects of the visit including travel arrangements and all publicity. Please be certain that all announcements and publicity identify them as an Ida Cordelia Beam Distinguished Visiting Professor. It is your responsibility to notify co-sponsoring departments who may prepare announcements as well. Examples of ads that you may place to announce the Ida Cordelia Beam Distinguished Visiting Professors are in the UI Master Events Calendar and Iowa Now.
  5. If you have any questions about the guidelines and procedures for applications, please contact the Associate Provost for Faculty at 319-335-0256.