University at Buffalo (Distinguished Visiting Scholars Program, College of Arts and Sciences)

Position Information

Position Title Distinguished Visiting Scholar, College of Arts and Sciences
Department College of Arts and Sciences
Posting Number F230223
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Employer State
Faculty Appointment Term Temporary
Position Type UUP Faculty
Posting Detail Information

Fiscal Year 2023-2024
Position Summary
The College of Arts and Sciences (CAS) ( Distinguished Visiting Scholars Program ( at the University at Buffalo currently seeks applications from exceptionally accomplished individuals who can substantially advance diversity, equity, inclusion, and belonging through a merging of their scholarship and/or creative endeavors, teaching, mentoring, and service with their skills, experience, assessment of their historically marginalized identity, and areas of expertise. Our hope is for each Scholar to produce and share work and immerse themselves into the campus community in a way that is consistent with the values of shared responsibility, community, accountability, and action pursued by the Diversity, Equity, and Belonging Team (

Distinguished Visiting Scholars will contribute to the university’s existing commitments to diversify its professoriate and campus experiences through groundbreaking research, transformative educational experiences, and deeply engaged service to its communities by exposing students, faculty, and staff to new ideas and perspectives, engaging with undergraduate and graduate students through mentoring circles, and connecting the community through talks, exhibits, scholarship, and creative projects.

Program Structure: The Distinguished Visiting Scholars Program offers a ten-month, temporary, full-time, residential, benefits-eligible, salaried position hosted by the College of Arts and Sciences and any one of the departments of the scholar’s expertise that CAS houses at the University at Buffalo. The program will host a new cohort of Scholars on an annual basis.

Eligibility/Rank: The position is open to advanced assistant professors, associate or full professors, or highly accomplished non-academic creatives whose profile matches the needs of the program and would be qualified to obtain tenure in an academic department in CAS at UB. Applicants must be currently authorized to work in the United States. No sponsorship is available for this position.

Mentoring: The evaluation of each applicant includes careful attention to the applicant’s history of mentoring students and record of developing and cultivating a new generation of scholars, artists and/or practitioners in their field. Applicants must include contact information for letters of reference from prior and/or current mentees. They must also include a description that outlines their history of mentoring, including their approach to engaging with students and how their outcomes have advanced diversity, equity, and inclusion in a scholarly, professional, and personal context.

The Distinguished Visiting Scholars Program is committed to making the visiting appointment a residential experience. Each Scholar must reside in the Buffalo/Niagara region during their fellowship term, affording them the ability to be on campus during mid-day and at other designated times three to four days a week. Scholars are also required to attend the weekly seminars and other speaker events hosted by the Center and/or their host departments. Scholars are expected to reside in the area from the week of August 19, 2024, through May 23, 2025, excluding holiday periods.

The Director, along with CAS staff, can provide information about finding housing and schools in the region. Relocation funds are available to all Scholars who move in order to participate in the program.

Salary: $115,000 (non-negotiable)

Outstanding Benefits Package
Working at UB comes with benefits that exceed salary alone. There are personal rewards including comprehensive health and retirement plan options. We also focus on creating and sustaining a healthy mix of work, personal and academic pursuit – all in an effort to support your work-life effectiveness. Visit our benefits website to learn about our benefit packages.

About The University at Buffalo
The University at Buffalo (UB) #ubuffalo is one of America’s leading public research universities and a flagship of the State University of New York system, recognized for our excellence and our impact. UB is a premier, research-intensive public university dedicated to academic excellence. Our research, creative activity and people positively impact the world. Like the city we call home, UB is distinguished by a culture of resilient optimism, resourceful thinking and pragmatic dreaming that enables us to reach others every day. Visit our website to learn more about the University at Buffalo.

University at Buffalo is an affirmative action/equal opportunity employer and, in keeping with our commitment, welcomes all to apply including veterans and individuals with disabilities.

Minimum Qualifications
Qualifications fitting the mission of the program, as described:
  • A record of scholarship and/or creative endeavors, teaching, mentoring, and service, plus skills, experiences, historically marginalized identity, and areas of expertise that can substantially advance diversity, equity, and inclusion at the University at Buffalo.
  • Demonstrated record of high scholarly and/or creative accomplishment.
  • Demonstrated record of excellence in–and commitment to–mentoring students.
  • Scholarship and/or creative endeavors compatible with a department in the College of Arts and Sciences at the University at Buffalo hosting the Distinguished Visiting Scholar and compatible with qualifications to hold a tenured or tenure-track position.
Preferred Qualifications
  • Appropriate terminal degree (terminal master’s or doctoral degree).
  • For non-degree holders, an extensive body of creative projects/endeavors that demonstrates skill, craft, and ability to advance values and actions that increase diversity, equity, inclusion, belonging, access, and justice.
Physical Demands
Salary Range $115,000
Additional Salary Information
Type Full-Time
Campus North Campus
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Special Instructions Summary
Required Application Material include:

A cover letter that outlines the following components:
    • A description of how your contributions as a Scholar would substantially advance diversity, equity, inclusion, and belonging including your own assessment of your identity and areas of scholarship or creative activities.
    • The way in which your work has been visible and significant in your field and to larger audiences.
    • The potential value that you may bring to a host department through your participation.
    • The way in which your scholarly and/or creative endeavors, teaching, mentoring, and institutional service have promoted diversity, equity, inclusion, belonging, access, and justice.
    • The way in which your residency as a Distinguished Visiting Scholar will help further the goals of the program to advance diversity, equity, inclusion, belonging, access, and Justice.
    • A description of the project you will work on during your residency as a Distinguished Visiting Scholar if selected and your timeline that contains benchmarks throughout the year.
    • The way you would like to engage with your host department, undergraduate and graduate students at University at Buffalo, and communities within the Buffalo/Niagara region.

A curriculum vitae or resume that includes educational and professional experience and a comprehensive list of publications that include completed work, forthcoming projects, and works-in-progress (please provide English translations if work produced originally in another language). Please also include the following:
  • A list of professional services such as boards and key committees, as well as thesis and dissertation service.
  • An emphasis of your efforts and accomplishments that have advanced diversity, equity, and inclusion that is readily identifiable (can be listed in its own section).
  • Relevant information that includes significant honors, awards, residencies, and research grants.

A mentoring statement that describes your mentoring philosophy, skills, and accomplishments. These can be illustrated by the following:
  • A description of past and current mentoring experiences with students, faculty, and professional colleagues that have advanced diversity, equity, inclusion, belonging, access, and justice in your own institution and scholarly area.
  • Anticipated ways in which working with an assigned group of mentees could be effective in promoting their personal, academic, and professional development.
  • Anticipated ways in which your presence and active engagement as a mentor might be especially beneficial in advancing diversity, equity, and inclusion at the University at Buffalo.

An annotated list of professional and mentoring references on the application form and in PDF that includes former and current mentees that includes the following information:
  • Name
  • Current Title
  • Current Institution
  • Current Contact Information
  • Nature of Mentorship that includes where/when/duration/nature of advising and support (NOTE: one mentoring letter must come from either a student or a junior colleague.)
Additional Information
Pursuant to Executive Order 161, no State entity, as defined by the Executive Order, is permitted to ask, or mandate, in any form, that an applicant for employment provide his or her current compensation, or any prior compensation history, until such time as the applicant is extended a conditional offer of employment with compensation. If such information has been requested from you before such time, please contact the Governor’s Office of Employee Relations at (518) 474-6988 or via email at
Is a background check required for this posting? No
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Contact Information

Contact's Name Dr. Donte McFadden
Contact's Pronouns He/Him/His
Contact's Title Director, Distinguished Visiting Scholars Program
Contact's Email
Contact's Phone 716-645-0736
Posting Dates

Posted 09/21/2023
Deadline for Applicants 12/29/2023
Date to be filled 04/19/2024

Number of References Required 3
Reference Cutoff Date
Instructions to Applicant
By providing the names and e-mail addresses of my references, I hereby authorize either Human Resources or the applicable hiring department to contact my references via e-mail to request a reference letter on my behalf.