Guidelines for Inviting Scholars

Hosting international scholars is a major component of the Global Education Center’s activiites, and crucial to the globalization of our campus. The Center provides all manners of support for visiting scholars, including the issuing of official invitations, preparation of visas, arranging for housing, organizing lectures, cultural activities, forums and faculty interaction.

Faculty members play a vital role in hosting international scholars.  Their responsibilities may vary according to who invites the scholar, the length of the scholar’s stay and the activities in which the scholar is engaged. Below is a brief description of the various types of international scholar visits and faculty member responsibilities:

1. Research scholars, visiting teaching scholars (two weeks or longer), including Fulbrights and other externally funded scholar, and artists-in residence.  Each scholar is required to have a mentor/advisee in the hosting department.  Scholars may be invited by colleges/schools, faculty members, Global Ed or apply on their own. Before scholars are invited, they have to be approved by Global Education Center in to make sure that they meet visa and financial requirements, have an academic plan and a designated mentor.

2. Short term scholars who come here for a limited number of activities such as lectures, short research projects, programmatic discussions, etc. These scholars may be recommended by faculty members/departments/colleges/schools, the Global Education Center or apply to come on their own. These scholars do not require an advisor but usually have a faculty/department host.   The faculty host works with Global Ed to design a schedule of activities that provide the scholars with as much as exposure as possible to faculty peers and students. 

3. Global Education Distinguished Scholar: Every year, the GEC provides funding to bring two semester-long scholars to teach at the University. These scholars can be recommended by faculty and colleges/schools. They should teach two courses while here (the department in question would also pay them adjunct salaries for the courses) and engage in other activities organized by the host faculty/department and Global Education.  These scholars should be recommended to Global Education Center at least 18 months in advance so that appropriate courses can be chosen for them by their host departments.

Instructions for Obtaining a MSU NetID for a Visiting International Scholar

Mentor/host responsibilities: The faculty member who agrees to mentor a scholar will be responsible for the scholar’s program while here.  On a short term basis (a week or two), and depending on the reasons for the scholar’s visit, the host  will work with Global Ed to carve out a schedule which might include meeting with peers, lecturing in classes, leading seminars, etc. For scholars who are here on a long term basis (several weeks to a semester or longer), the faculty mentor will meet with the scholar periodically to oversee his/her research; he/she will introduce the faculty member to appropriate peers; he/she will direct the scholar to libraries or other resources; if the scholar wants to audit classes, he/she will ask the instructor of the class for permission for the scholar to do so. At the end of the scholar’s stay, the faculty mentor will submit a short report to the Global Education Center describing the scholar’s research and activities and outcomes. 

Global Scholar House: 

The Global Scholar House located at 20 Normal Ave., next to the Global Education Center, provides housing for up to 2-3 weeks, for visiting international scholars. Housing is free of charge for scholars from partner institutions. The house has 4 bedrooms and can house up to 5 scholars at a time. If interested, contact Karen Pender at the Global Education Center  (973-655-4499).  Faculty members who are expecting visitors should contact Karen as early as possible to guarantee placement in the house which gets filled up at certain periods of the year.

The Global Education Center encourages all faculty to invite scholars, especially from partner institutions. Likewise, we encourage our faculty members to visit partner institutions for teaching, research or programmatic development. Please see the List of Partner Institutions, the Global Education Grants guidelines, or contact Global Education Center for more information and/or ideas.