The School of Information (SI) encourages scholarly communication and welcomes domestic or international visiting scholars. At University of Arizona, visiting scholars enjoy:
- Library privileges identical with those of the faculty
- The privilege of auditing classes without fee or record (with the consent of the instructor and as space allows)
- The privilege of attending and taking part in seminars
- The use of laboratory and other space and facilities to the extent they are available
- An on-campus office space
In addition, Visiting Scholars may purchase faculty and parking permits and tickets to Artist Series events at faculty rates.
To ensure a productive and pleasant visit for our guests and the best utilization of the school’s limited resources, we have the following guidelines on accepting visiting scholars:
1. The scholar must hold a Ph.D degree and research in an area that is of interests to SI faculty and students.
2. The scholar must be self-supported financially. In some cases, a visiting scholar may be offered a paid adjunct faculty position.
3. The scholar must identify a faculty sponsor who agrees to sponsors the scholar. A faculty sponsor will be the main point of contact for the scholar during his/her visit. Any full-time faculty of SIRLS may be a sponsor for a visiting scholar. Prospective visiting scholars are encouraged to contact the potential sponsoring faculty before submitting an application.
4. The application should include the scholar’s vita, a research plan, and two letters of reference.
5. For non-US residents, the University of Arizona and the U.S. government require certain forms to be completed that require fees including the J-1 processing fee. See https://global.arizona.edu/international-faculty/j-1-exchange-visitor. These papers only need to be processed after the faculty has decided to accept an applicant.
6. Applications are reviewed twice a year at the faculty meeting closest to May 15 and Dec 15. Applications must be submitted by Dec 1 and May 1 respectively.
7. Inquiries and visiting scholar applications should be direct to the chair of the Graduate Committee.