Mellon Visiting Professor Application

Mellon Visiting Nomination Procedures

Members of the Duke Council on Latin American and Caribbean Studies are invited to nominate Mellon Visiting Professors to visit Duke, generally for the period of one semester (Fall or Spring). The visiting professors may be faculty or artists from Latin America or the Caribbean. The nominating/sponsoring Duke faculty member must be in residence in the semester when the visiting professor would be in residence.

Mellon Visiting Professorship Responsibilities 

The visiting faculty will serve as a campus resource for undergraduate and graduate students alike. They will teach two courses per semester on Latin American/Caribbean topics of their own choosing. One of the courses might be required to serve as the capstone seminar for the undergraduate Certificate in Latin American Studies (LATAMER 198S). The capstone seminar is interdisciplinary in nature and specifically targeted at reflecting upon, synthesizing, integrating, and applying the knowledge and experience gained in courses previously taken for the certificate. The capstone seminar should be taught in English. The second course may be designed for undergraduate students only (300-level), or for upperclass and graduate students together (500-level).

The visiting professor will be expected to take an active role in working with undergraduate students by making informal presentations, holding office hours, and being available for consultation. They will be asked to make a formal presentation to the wider community interested in Latin America and the Caribbean at Duke, the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, and the surrounding area, sometimes as part of the annual Consortium conference. They will also be encouraged to participate in the Carolina-Duke Consortium's interdisciplinary working groups and other activities.

Time period

In most cases, a visiting professor will be invited to Duke for the period of one semester. However, depending on an individual's interest and availability, as well as the availability of sufficient funds, at times an individual may be invited for the entire academic year.


The visiting professor will be paid a salary in the $35,000-$40,000 range for teaching two courses*, plus fringe benefits (health insurance). The visiting professor's round-trip airfare from the home country will also be covered, and visitors will receive a research allowance of $1,000 per semester to help cover costs associated with travel to conferences or visiting libraries or archives within the United States, hiring student research assistants, making photocopies, purchasing books and other research materials, etc. while in residence at Duke (note: per Duke rules, the research funds cannot be used for equipment purchases). In cases where the visiting professor is teaching a large undergraduate course, a graduate student teaching assistant may be provided through negotiation with the host department. The visiting professor will be provided with shared office space (including phone and fax, computer/internet access, use of photocopier, etc.) at the Center for Latin American & Caribbean Studies. In some cases, arrangements may be made for office space within departments co-sponsoring the visitor's courses.

*Compensation note: salary will be subject to income tax withholding, the rate dependent upon whether or not the Visiting Professor's home country has a tax treaty with the United States.

To apply

Please fill out an application and send via email to Natalie Hartman along with additional required materials.

Required Materials

  1. Application
  2. Curriculum Vitae
  3. Biographical Statement (1pg)
  4. Statement of Current Research (1-2 pages)
  5. Letter of Nomination from Duke Faculty sponsor
  6. Evaluations of your professional work (may include course evaluations, awards, references, etc.)