Library Committee Handbook

Executive Committee



Request for Proposals

October 14, 2004

TO:             Deans, Directors and Department Heads
 
FROM:   Earl D. Kellogg, Associate Provost for International Affairs
 
RE:             Request for Proposals
                Short-Term Faculty Appointments to Strengthen the International Dimension
                December 10, 2004 Deadline
                http://www.ips.uiuc.edu/ic/RFPShortterm2004-05.doc
 
The International Council requests proposals from colleges, departments and other units at UIUC to fund positions of short tenure which will enhance the international mission of the University. It is anticipated that the opportunity to appoint faculty for shorter periods will make it possible to bring to the campus distinguished faculty from a wider spectrum of disciplines than might otherwise be possible, and hence will add depth to strengthening the international dimension on campus.  Applications to support research collaboration, teaching, or public engagement should demonstrate a clear enhancement of the international mission of the campus.  These appointments can begin anytime in AY 2004-2005 or 2005-2006.
 
Applications from all units, including science and engineering, are encouraged.  Previous applications may be resubmitted but should be updated and responsive to this request.
 
The present request is, to some extent, experimental, and future allocation of resources to positions of short tenure will depend on the quality of proposals received and the success of the ventures that are funded.  This program was initiated in early 1998 for short-term appointments in the 1998-1999 academic year.  Past appointments include:
 
2001-2002

2002-2003

 
2003-2004

 
Please read the attached guidelines and follow them carefully.  The guidelines can also be found at http://www.ips.uiuc.edu/ic/RFPShortterm2004-05.doc.  Proposals, not to exceed five pages in length (exclusive of attachments), should be sent to:
 
Earl D. Kellogg
Associate Provost for International Affairs
303 ISB
MC-480
 
Application deadline is Friday, December 10, 2004 with decisions to be announced around January 14, 2005.

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Guidelines - Short-term Faculty Appointments

 

The International Council requests proposals from colleges, departments and other units at UIUC to fund positions of short tenure which will strengthen the international dimension of the University. It is anticipated that the opportunity to appoint faculty for shorter periods will make it possible to bring to the campus distinguished faculty from a wider spectrum of disciplines than might otherwise be possible.  These funds can be used to support distinguished faculty for appointments ordinarily not less than eight weeks to an academic year.  Shorter terms will be considered but must be justified carefully.  The positions can be used to establish international research collaborations, to bring a perspective to the campus that will enhance the wider international dimension, or for other purposes with a clear benefit to the international mission.  It is anticipated that the person appointed will participate, to some degree, in the teaching activities of the sponsoring academic unit(s).  These appointments can begin anytime in AY2004-2005 or 2005-2006.
 
Applications from all units, including science and engineering, are encouraged.
 
Criteria for evaluation of proposals are the following:
 
"            Academic and international stature of the proposed visitor.
"            Likelihood of multidisciplinary campus-wide impact.  We encourage co-submission of proposals between units for joint appointments.
"            Potential teaching impact across campus.
"            Potential for research collaboration and developing longer-term research linkages.
"            Likelihood that issues or topics to be addressed by the visiting faculty will have enduring importance over time.
"           Impact of the position on the international dimension of the campus.  The person appointed will be expected to deliver a lecture on campus, suitable for a wider audience, during the period of tenure.
"            Matching funds.
 
Funding match for these proposed appointments would be helpful, but are not essential.  It is recognized that all units are not equally able to provide matching funds.  However, matching funds from the departments and colleges may be taken as an indication of the seriousness of commitment to the international dimension.
 
A complete proposal submission, not to exceed five pages in length (exclusive of attachments) should
include:
 
"           A narrative nominating a candidate that addresses the criteria given above;
"           A section describing the proposed activities of the proposed short-term faculty member;
"            Supporting statements or letters from other units on campus; and,
"           A current vita of the person proposed  
 
For these positions, there will be several requirements and agreements:
 
"            Proposals will be reviewed by members of the International Council chaired by the Associate Provost for International Affairs;
"           The Associate Provost for International Affairs shall approve any offer before it is made to the selected candidate;
"           The person appointed is expected to be in residence ordinarily for a period of no less than eight weeks and be active in research and education while at UIUC.  Shorter terms will be considered but must be justified carefully;
"           The person appointed will be supported and administered by the home department or unit.  The department will also be responsible for publicizing events involving the visitor and informing the International Council of such events.  All publicity should indicate that the event has been funded in part by the International Council;
"           The commitment made by the Council for the faculty appointment will be limited to the period for which the position is requested;
"           Each of the awarded departments is to produce a written report detailing the outcome of their
            faculty members activities; and,
"           The person appointed is expected to meet once with the Council to discuss his/her views of this program.
 
Proposals should be sent through the respective colleges or next higher administrative level for comment and approval.  The college office should forward the proposals with a ranking and statement of college objectives in international programming that will be met by this short-term appointment.  Please indicate the level of hiring that is proposed and indicate the salary range relevant for this appointment.
 
The deadline for receipt of proposals is Friday, December 10, 2004.  Proposals should be sent to:
 
Earl D. Kellogg
Associate Provost for International Affairs
303 ISB
MC-480