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The Polson Institute for Global Development sponsors a Visiting Faculty Program.  We host visitors in the spring semester. Visiting faculty are expected to teach one graduate seminar, hold weekly office hours, and meet with graduate students. Standard appointments of 6 to 7 weeks will typically involve 3 hours of classroom teaching and 2 office hours per week. Visiting faculty are welcome to participate in other department activities, such as department seminars, and to generate or advance joint projects with faculty and students.

Nominations for visiting faculty are made by faculty and graduate students in the Department of Development Sociology and should include a letter of nomination with the following information:

  • The proposed dates of the visit and course (nominees should discuss the timing of the course with the proposed visitor and confirm their availability);
  • The title of the proposed course and brief description (a full syllabus is not required at this stage);
  • Strong evidence of student interest in the course;
  • Visiting faculty CV

For standard 6 to 7 week appointments, successful visiting faculty nominees will be compensated through the Cornell payroll system for $15,000 ($12,500 plus a $2,500 performance bonus), paid semi-monthly. The Polson Institute will also pay for travel as well as $3,500 toward room and board.

Proposals for visiting faculty are accepted on a rolling basis, but must be submitted at least 12 months prior to the spring semester of residence in order to be considered for that year (announcement of the review dates are made annually by the Polson Institute). Application materials should be sent in a single PDF via email to polsoninstitute [at] cornell.edu.

Applications will be evaluated for their potential to fill a curricular gap in the department and their appeal to graduate students. Courses and visiting faculty that bridge concentrations and introduce new perspectives are particularly encouraged.