Edward Larocque Tinker Visiting Professors

Columbia is one of five major universities to have a professorship endowed by the Edward Larocque Tinker Foundation. The goal of the Tinker Visiting Professor program is to bring to the campus pre-eminent scholars and professionals—journalists, writers, artists, public officials—who are citizens of Latin America or the Iberian Peninsula and reside in the region, as a means of encouraging contact and collaboration. Citizens of Canada may apply as long as they are considered Latin Americanists.

Since the inception of the Tinker program in 1971, Columbia has hosted many distinguished visitors for one-semester periods of residence. These guests have strengthened our curriculum offerings on Latin America, complemented departmental strengths, and contributed to understanding of Latin American issues.

A Tinker Visiting Professor offers to teach or co-teach one course, a mixed graduate/undergraduate class in their field of expertise. The visitor is also asked to give two public lectures. The visiting professor receives a stipend, office space at ILAS, assistance arranging Columbia housing, roundtrip airfare from their home country, and part-time research assistance. Funding can also be made available to support conferences or other events at Columbia related to the visitor’s fields of interest during or following their semester of residence.

Application Process

Applicants are invited to submit a one- to two-page statement of interest that explains the qualifications of the candidate, their research concentration, and the specific goals of the visit to Columbia. They will also need to provide a current and summarized curriculum vita and a note from a Columbia faculty member on campus endorsing their application. The ILAS Executive Committee reviews proposals by the beginning of May and invites a limited number of candidates to submit a full application, which will consist of a personal statement describing their research and proposed teaching areas with the description of one course, a complete vita, and the names of two references. For more information, contact Esteban Andrade.

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