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Call for Nominations: Langston Hughes Visiting Professor

Jennifer Hamer, Vice Provost for Diversity & Equity
Shawn Alexander, Associate Professor and Co-chair of the Langston Hughes Visiting Professor Committee
Tuesday, December 5, 2017, 11:34 a.m.
KU Lawrence Faculty

Sent on behalf of Vice Provost for Diversity and Equity Jennifer Hamer and
Associate Professor and Co-Chair of the LHVP Committee Shawn Alexander


Since the late 1970s, KU has sponsored the Langston Hughes Visiting Professorship (LHVP), which has attracted established or emerging ethnic minority scholars from across the country. As you may know, several of the past visiting scholars are now members of the KU faculty — which has been a great bonus for the University from this particular professorship. http://diversity.ku.edu/langston-hughes-visiting-professors

What is not widely known or fully understood is that this professorship is open to scholars in all fields. Nominations are welcome from the humanities, social sciences, all professional schools and STEM disciplines.

The appointment provides the recipient with a stipend, a travel allowance, and a furnished apartment near the KU campus. Depending on their field of expertise, the LHVP will teach (usually two courses) and conduct research during the semester of their appointment (coordinated with the academic unit) and deliver a campus-wide presentation on a topic or issue related to their discipline.

The LHVP has demonstrated this is a win-win proposition for an academic unit. A wonderful opportunity for a visiting professor to see first-hand what KU has to offer while also providing the academic unit the opportunity to become more acquainted — through their teaching, research, and interactions with faculty, staff, and students — with an established or emerging ethnic minority scholar. Equally important, there is no commitment on the part of an academic unit that recruitment of the LHVP is required, but certainly the semester-long professorship provides a valuable lens we do not have in other recruitment initiatives.

Attached is the call for nominations for the fall 2018 semester. We encourage everyone to seriously consider participating in this opportunity that is an important vehicle in diversifying our campus community. We hope all of you will think of possible recruits and bring your thoughts to your department colleagues, chairs, and deans. Nominations are due March 1, 2018.

If you have any questions or concerns, please feel free to contact us. Thank you for considering the LHVP for your academic unit.

Jennifer Hamer
Vice Provost for Diversity and Equity
Professor, American Studies and African and African American Studies
Langston Hughes Visiting Professorship Committee Co-Chair
Tel: 785-864-4904
Email jhamer@ku.edu

Shawn Alexander
Associate Professor African and African American Studies
Langston Hughes Visiting Professorship Committee Co-Chair
Tel: 785-864-5044
Email slalexan@ku.edu

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