About the Program
Through the University’s strategic plan, Building on Distinction, and the Pathways to Diversity and Inclusion Action Plan, Brown is renewing and reinforcing its commitment to achieving its mission at greater levels of excellence by engaging diverse populations of exceptional students and faculty. The Provost’s Visiting Professor Program (PVPP) is part of a coordinated pipeline of programs spanning pre-college, undergraduate, graduate, postdoctoral and faculty levels designed to facilitate this engagement. Visiting professors will contribute to the community through scholarship teaching and programming aligned with their research.
The aim of the Provost’s Visiting Professor Program is to attract highly accomplished and visible senior scholars who are making distinctive contributions to their fields. As such, the program has a number of objectives: to help Brown build a critical mass of diverse faculty and scholars; to reinforce the University’s commitment to an open and rigorous academic community; and, in some cases, to serve as a powerful recruitment tool.
The program solicits nominations for the visiting professorships broadly, including from the campus community and directly from scholars interested in applying for the positions. The program will host up to four new visitors per year with appointments lasting between 6 and 24 months, consistent with the sabbatical and leave policies at visitors’ home universities.Visiting Professors will be supported in their continued scholarship while at Brown, and they will be broadly introduced to the Brown community through well-publicized general-audience lectures.