2017-18 Nominations

The Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Visiting Professor/Scholar Program is accepting nominations for MLK Visitors for the 2017-18 academic year.

The nomination deadline is February 17, 2017.

The purpose of the Program is

  1. To enhance and to recognize the contributions of minority scholars through their greater presence on the MIT campus
  2. To encourage individuals of any underrepresented minority group, with emphasis on African Americans, to share their scholarly, professional, and teaching achievements with MIT faculty, staff, and students.

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.

MLK Visitor Nomination Process

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.

Nomination should include:

  1. Candidate’s information and CV
  2. Name of faculty host for the candidate
  3. Plan of Engagement for the visitor
    The Engagement Plan, written and agreed to jointly by the scholar and host, should consider interactions with MIT in research, teaching, student mentoring (graduate and undergraduate), and community life (e.g., efforts to advance diversity and inclusion, or outreach efforts).
  4. Budget
  5. Letter of nomination by a faculty member.
  6. Letters of endorsement by the relevant 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.

Click here for the online nomination form.

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.

Selection Committee

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:

  • Prof. Hellen Elaine Lee, Comparative Media Studies / Writing, Director of Women’s and Gender Studies
  • Prof. Paul Osterman, Sloan School of Management
  • Prof. Muriel Medard, Department of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science
  • Prof. Hazel Sive, Department of Biology and Whitehead Institute
  • Prof. J. Phillip Thompson, Department of Urban Studies and Planning