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McCausland Visiting Scholars

About the Program

The McCausland Visiting Scholars Program supports temporary appointments of scholars and researchers with a focus on scholars whose specific research and teaching expertise can augment current course offerings in the College of Arts and Sciences (CAS). Visiting faculty will teach and conduct undergraduate seminars, mentor students and involve students in research. 

The program provides compensation up to $20,000 per appointment plus up to $7,500 in reimbursements for housing, travel or supplies. The minimum appointment period for scholars is one week, compensation to be pro-rated based on qualifications and term of appointment.  

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. Reimbursement for travel and housing may also be subject to taxation. In most cases, insurance and benefits coverage are the scholar’s responsibility. Please note, the University operates on a payroll lag of at least one month after the appointment begins.

Nomination Deadline

Nominations for the McCausland Visiting Scholars program should be submitted using the online form by January 17, 2022.


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 research projects and curriculum-oriented materials and by sharing their expertise in courses, seminars, and other academic programs.
  • The visiting scholars will teach and conduct undergraduate seminars, mentor students and involve students in research.
  • The visiting scholars will hold temporary appointments in CAS, subject to University policies and procedures.

Host Departments:

  • The nominating/host units will provide office space for the visiting scholar.
  • The nominating/host units will designate a faculty member to serve as sponsor and academic liaison during the length of the visiting scholar's stay.
  • The nominating/host units 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 nominate up to two eligible faculty scholars per year. Units may choose to jointly nominate a visiting scholar with another CAS unit.

The following nomination materials should be submitting using the online submission form:

  • A one-page nomination letter with a statement describing how candidate will contribute to the overall mission of the unit(s) and the college;
  • An up-to-date curriculum vita for the nominee;
  • Proposed dates of visit (the minimum appointment period is one week);
  • Requested compensation amount for the visit;
  • Name of faculty liaison; and 
  • Name of administrative/staff liaison. 

Visiting scholars will need either a Social Security Number (SSN) or Taxpayer Identification Number (TIN) in order to be paid.

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 will comprise the selection committee, chaired by Dean Samuels.  Visiting Scholars 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.

McCausland Visiting Scholars

Select below to learn about the visiting scholars selected each year.

Physics and Astronomy - Dr. Revaz Ramazashvili and Dr. 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 – Dr. Revaz Ramazashvili and Dr. 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 - Dr. 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. Dr. Kobayashi’s visit will focus on continuing research collaborations with faculty and students in political science. Considering that Dr. Kobayashi has already published five articles with UofSC faculty and students, we anticipate that his arrival will strengthen these collaborative relationships.  

Additionally, Dr. 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. Dr. 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 UofSC campus.  

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