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McCausland Visiting Scholars

About the Program

The McCausland Visiting Scholars Program supports extended visits of scholars whose specific research and teaching expertise augments current research, undergraduate and graduate training, and course offerings in the College of Arts and Sciences (CAS). Applications may be for a single visiting scholar or multiple visiting scholars who visit as a single cohort. Individuals should be high-profile, award-winning, impactful researchers who contribute to the intellectual community on campus in meaningful ways. Visiting scholars are expected to interact with multiple faculty, guest lecture at both the undergraduate and graduate levels, and give public seminars. Collaborative submissions across units are encouraged.

The program provides compensation up to $20,000 per appointment (maximum of $10,000/scholar with justification) plus up to $7,500 in reimbursements for housing, travel and/or supplies. The minimum appointment period for scholars is one week and is expected to occur over the following academic year. Funds may be used to support one scholar or multiple scholars but are not to exceed the maximum amounts stated above. Exceptions may be granted for exceptional scholars.

Under no circumstances should an invitation be extended prior to final written approval from the Dean’s office. Applicable state and federal taxes will be deducted from overall compensation per University policies. Reimbursement for travel and housing may also be subject to taxation. Insurance and benefits coverage are the scholar’s responsibility.

Information for Faculty

Visiting scholars should hold a Ph.D. or comparable terminal degree and should be established scholars with distinguished records of accomplishment in research, teaching, or creative and performing arts. Visiting scholars are not permanent or full-time employees of the university. An invitation or appointment as a visiting scholar does not constitute an offer of permanent employment.

Visiting Scholars:

  • The visiting scholars will be expected to catalyze the teaching, research and creative activities of CAS faculty and students by engaging fully in scholarly activities and training and by sharing their expertise in undergraduate and graduate courses, public seminars, and other creative and scholarly pursuits.
  • The visiting scholars may hold temporary affiliate appointments in CAS, subject to University policies and procedures.

Host Departments:

  • The nominating unit(s) will provide office space for the visiting scholar.
  • The nominating unit(s) will designate a faculty member to serve as sponsor and academic liaison during the length of the visiting scholar's stay.
  • The nominating unit(s) will also designate a staff member to facilitate on-campus activities for the visiting scholar.

Each CAS unit (department, school, program, center or institute) may submit one application per year as lead. Units may choose to jointly nominate visiting scholars with another CAS unit. The following nomination materials should be submitting using the online submission form:

  • A two-page nomination letter with a statement describing how the candidate(s) will contribute to the overall mission of the unit(s) and the college and provides a schedule/timeline of proposed activities and events. This letter should also include a strong justification if compensation is requested as well as a detailed budget for housing, travel and/or supplies;
  • An up-to-date curriculum vita for the nominee(s);
  • Proposed dates of visit (minimum appointment period is one week);
  • Requested compensation for the visit;
  • Name of faculty liaison; and
  • Name of administrative/staff liaison

Please see below for additional procedures and requirements that must be followed by units considering nominating an international scholar.

Evaluation Procedures and Criteria

The Associate Deans comprise the selection committee, chaired by the Dean. Visiting Scholar(s) selection is a highly competitive process. Scholars will be chosen based on how their contributions will best meet the expectations outlined in the program guidelines.

Guidelines for Nominations of International Scholars

Units considering nominating an international scholar for this program (to teach, conduct research, speak or perform another educational activity) should contact the Office for International Scholars (OIS) at in the Division of Human Resources in advance for information and guidance specific to the nominated candidate, which will vary depending on the candidate's country of citizenship, U.S. visa status (if any), U.S. immigration history, availability of U.S. consular visa services due to COVID-19, etc. Best practice is to contact OIS at least 3-6 months prior to the anticipated activity.

2024-2025 Visiting Scholars

Ebony Flowers

Ebony Flowers will visit campus for a weeklong series of classes and workshops related to creativity and comics. In addition to a public talk about her acclaimed graphic novel Hot Comb, she will present workshops about making comics as part of research for graduate students in the College of Arts and Sciences. Qiana Whitted, a professor of English and African American studies is organizing Flowers’ visit.

Flowers is a storyteller, educator and artist who creates comics primarily about the experiences of Black women. Hot Comb, a collection of coming-of-age stories centered on Black hair, received the 2019 Will Eisner Comic Industry Award, among other awards. She taught high school biology before focusing her career on comics. 

Kim Faulk-Jorgensen and Amanda Grupp

Kim Faulk-Jorgensen, a Noregian actor and filmmaker who has worked in Europe and Asia, and film producer Amanda Grupp will collaborate with the Get On Set initiative, a program in which USC students make a film each summer. From Fall 2024 through Summer 2025, they will work with students to develop, workshop and produce a film. They also will mentor students and teach workshops about marketing creative work. Dustin Whitehead, a professor in the Department

Past Visiting Scholars

Department of Psychology – David MacKinnon
The Department of Psychology will host David MacKinnon, Regents and Foundation Professor of Psychology from Arizona State University. A fellow (and past president) of the American Psychological Association (Division 5), the Association for Psychological Science, and the Society for Prevention Research, MacKinnon is a world-renown quantitative psychologist who specializes in statistical methods for understanding underlying mechanisms. MacKinnon will give public talks, participate in workshops, and consult with faculty and graduate student researchers on their work during his visit. Amanda Fairchild is the faculty host.

Department of Women and Gender’s Studies – Monica McLemore
The Department of Women’s and Gender Studies will host Monica McLemore, a professor from the University of Washington Department of Child, Family and Population Health. McLemore’s research focuses on women’s health and advancing reproductive health equity.  She has received over $5 million in extramural grant funding and published over 70 peer-reviewed publications and numerous well-cited commentary articles. McLemore will give a public lecture, a more focused discipline specific seminar, and participate in undergraduate and graduate courses as part of the department’s 50th anniversary celebration. Emily Mann is the faculty host.

Department of Sociology – Drs. Dimitri Vanoverbeke and Jason Karlin
The Department of Sociology will host two scholars from the University of Tokyo ― Dimitri Vanoverbeke, chair in sociology of law, and Jason Karlin, chair of the Interfaculty Initiative.   Vanoverbeke is an expert on law in Japan, especially regarding international aspects of the Japanese legal system. Karlin has published works on cultural transformation during Japan’s Meiji period as well as on celebrity and media in contemporary Japan. During their visit, they will participate in a two-week learning and engagement event focusing on legal and cultural dimensions of contemporary Japan. This includes teaching guest lectures, delivering public lectures, and working with faculty and students on mutual research interests. Mathieu Deflem is the faculty host.

Physics and Astronomy - Revaz Ramazashvili and Oleksiy Kolezhuk
The Department of Physics and Astronomy will be bringing two scholars through the program with the mission to team-teach an undergraduate course in quantum computing. The visiting scholars – Revaz Ramazashvili and Oleksiy Kolezhuk – are leaders in the field of quantum computing and have the unique ability to make complex concepts accessible to new learners. The course they will teach will be accessible to students from a wide spectrum of STEM majors. The field of quantum computing will soon require skilled workers, and now is the perfect time to prepare our students for employment opportunities offered by this budding new technology. The course is structured so that it can be taken by students majoring not only in physics, but also in engineering, computer science, math, and other disciplines. The two visiting scholars have extensive experience in quantum mechanics and theoretical physics. Each of them has a distinguished record of employment both in the United States and in Europe.  

Political Science - Yoshiharu Kobayashi 
The Department of Political Science will be bringing a leading mid-career scholar whose work focuses on global political economy and development. The visiting scholar, Yoshiharu Kobayashi, brings a rich set of experiences teaching in different countries, including Japan, Kazakhstan, the UK, and Ukraine. Kobayashi’s visit will focus on continuing research collaborations with faculty and students in political science. Considering that Kobayashi has already published five articles with faculty and students, we anticipate that his arrival will strengthen these collaborative relationships.  

Additionally, Kobayashi plans to host a workshop for Ph.D. students on international employment, specifically academic positions in universities overseas. Given the potential for limited job prospects in the United States over the next few years many individuals are turning to international job markets. This workshop will enable students to better navigate those application and hiring dynamics. Kobayashi also plans to participate as a guest speaker in undergraduate and graduate courses and will offer a research presentation that will be open to interested individuals across the campus.  


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