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Tinker Visiting Professorship

Tinker Visiting Professorship

Under the auspices of a generous endowment from the Edward Laroque Tinker Foundation that was awarded to Stanford and four other universities in 1978, the Center for Latin American Studies (CLAS) has hosted an impressive roster of prominent scholars from Latin America, Iberia, and Canada as Tinker Visiting Professors in Latin American Studies. Each year, these scholars are selected from candidates nominated by faculty in any department or professional school at Stanford. While at CLAS, Tinker Visiting Professors teach classes in their areas of expertise, give lectures to Stanford audiences, and share their knowledge and research on a wide range of topics that are of concern to Latin Americans.

Tinker Visiting Professors receive a competitive  salary, housing allowance,  economy class round-trip airfare,  and an assigned course assistant.  Additionally, Tinker Visiting Professors may request funding to attend a conference in the US and/or to organize a symposium or conference at Stanford.  For more information, please contact CLAS.

Eligibility: Open to leading scholars or experts in any academic field. Nominees must be from a Latin American or an Iberian country (Spain or Portugal), or Canada. Canadian nominations are limited to experts on Latin American themes. Former Stanford Tinker Visiting Professors are eligible again after ten years from their previous Tinker professorship appointment at Stanford University.

Nominations of female scholars highly encouraged.

Complete nominations must be submitted by Stanford faculty. CLAS does not accept documents or nominations from nominees.

Nomination Process

Stanford faculty are invited to nominate their peers from Latin America, Iberia, or Canada to come to Stanford to teach, research, and advise in their areas of expertise. Nomination applications should include:

  • Tinker Nomination Form:  recommended to be submitted two weeks before the nomination, by January 15, 2019.  Otherwise. it may be submitted as part of the complete nomination packet

  • Evidence of English proficiency (see attached below) -  This requirement is satisfied by 1) a recognized English test (e.g. TOEFL, IELTS); 2) a signed document or letter from an academic institution or English school attesting to language proficiency; 3) a documented interview conducted by the nominating faculty, by videoconferencing or by telephone

  • CV of the candidate

  • The proposed course the candidate would teach

  • A letter from the Stanford faculty (nominator) sponsoring  the candidate

  • A supporting letter from the chair of the department or center to which the candidate would be appointed

Selection Criteria: Professorships are granted to candidates who are distinguished in their fields and have the potential to contribute positively to the Stanford academic community.

Duration: Varies. Typically, an appointment lasts one quarter (autumn, winter, spring)  teaching a 4 to 5-unit course. The selection committee may consider longer appointments with additional responsibilities (i.e. teach a second 1 to 2-unit course, offer a student-focused workshop, organize a conference or symposium).  Please consult with Associate Director for further information.

Responsibilities of the Nominating Department or Center

Schedule course(s), including cross-listing, if applicable

Publicize and promote course(s)

Include and engage visiting professor in the academic life of the department or center

Responsibilities of CLAS

Provide visa, travel, and lodging assistance

Appoint and hire visiting professor - including processing a Non-Employee Affiliate number 30 days before visiting professor's arrival

Appoint and hire visiting professor's course asssistant. Course assistant's responsibilities include : 1) provide canvas and axess assistance: 2) work with the Green Library curator to put books on reserve

Provide office space

Include and engage visiting professor in the academic life of the center

2019-2020 Academic Year Due Dates:

Early Nomination Form (see attached below): January 15, 2019

Complete Nomination: January 31, 2019

Notifications:  On or before April, 30, 2019