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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 McCausland Visiting Scholars 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 Office of the Dean. 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.


Eligibility

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.


Program Expectations

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.
  • 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.


Nomination Process

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.

Nomination Deadline

Visiting Scholars for the 2020-21 academic year must be nominated by February 15, 2020.


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;
  • 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 Ford.  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) (phone 803-777-0288; email OIS@ sc.edu) in the Division of Human Resources in advance for information and guidance.  Please also review the OIS Guidelines for Hosting International Visitors.

The OIS can help assess timelines and provide information on U.S. visa requirements and processes necessary for international scholars to come to USC for a planned academic activity. Over the past decade, many new regulations governing international visitors have been enacted by the federal government. University failure to comply with these regulations can result in forfeiture of the university's ability to sponsor international scholars in the future. The sponsoring unit would responsible for any associated fees.

Because the new regulations are resulting in increased paperwork, security clearances and considerable delays in procuring a visa, please note that three to six months should be allowed to prepare for an international visitor. 

The United States Government requires ALL longer-term international visitors paid a salary and/or provided room/board as part of their remuneration package to have a Social Security Number (SSN) or Taxpayer Identification Number (TIN). Visiting professors, research scholars and even most short-term visitors will need either an SSN or TIN in order to be paid (salary, other compensation or reimbursement). Depending on the tax treaty between the U.S. and the visitor's country, some or all parts of the remuneration package may be taxable.


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