In addition to faculty members from other institutions, the Program will consider applications from those in the public sector or in other roles of interest to our faculty. Appointments are for at least one academic term, up to two academic years. Appointments are made as visiting academic instructional staff or visiting academic research staff in any department, lab or center (DLC) provided there is a connection with MIT faculty.
An MIT host (usually a faculty member) works with the proposed visitor to collect information needed for a nomination. The Administrative Officer of the host DLC usually fills out the online nomination form. Nominations are not considered complete until a nomination letter has been provided by a faculty member and endorsement letters have been provided by both the DLC Head and Dean.
Each nomination must include a budget consistent with MIT budget preparation guidelines (PDF). Allowed expenses include salary or stipend, employee benefits, housing and travel costs, and materials and services. The ICEO will provide a maximum of $150K/year for pre-tenure professors. Up to $200K will be considered as needed based on academic rank. If the total costs are higher, then other sources of funding, e.g. the host Department or School, must be obtained.
This nomination will be reviewed by the MLK Faculty Advisory Committee and Institute Community and Equity Officer (ICEO). Upon approval, the Department Head will send an offer letter to the candidate stating terms of appointment, and in turn request a letter of acceptance confirming dates of visit and other details of the appointment from the candidate.
Upon receipt of a letter of acceptance (from the candidate), the ICEO will arrange for a transfer of funds to the Department.
The MLK Faculty Advisory Committee reviews nominations for Visiting Professors and Scholars, makes recommendation for funding, and provides advice on policies and practices. Committee members are selected by the ICEO, following recommendations from the Deans of each of MIT’s five schools.
The members of the 2017-18 Advisory Committee are: