Khushi Kabir speaks
Rapoport Center Visiting Practitioner and human rights activist Khushi Kabir (left, seated at head of table) discusses the state of democracy and rights in Bangladesh with a group of UT faculty and students.

Visiting Professor/Practitioner Program

As part of our project on studying the use and potential of human rights law and discourse to address economic inequality and its structural causes, the Rapoport Center invites affiliated faculty to submit applications for scholars or practitioners critically engaged with these issues to spend 1-2 weeks in residence at UT as a Visiting Professor/Practitioner (VPP). Ideally, affiliates will apply to bring individuals with whom they and their students would like to have interaction or collaboration.

Fall 2018

Dr. Olajumoke Yacob-Haliso
Nominated by Toyin Falola (History)
November 1-15, 2018

Past VPPs

Spring 2018: Dr. Bonny Ibhawoh, "Nationalism, Socialism and Human Rights: Assessing the Leadership Politics of Kwame Nkrumah and Julius Nyerere," and "Truth Commissions and the Politics of National Reconciliation: Limits and Possibilities for Post-Conflict Peace-building"
Nominated by Toyin Falola (History)

Fall 2017: Elizabeth Doud, "Scenes from the Mermaid Tear Factory: Policy and Performance in the Age of Climate Change"
Nominated by Paul Bonin-Rodriguez (Theatre and Dance)

Spring 2017: Khushi Kabir, "Where Are We Heading?: The State of Democracy and Rights in Bangladesh"
Nominated by Jason Cons (Anthropology)

Application

Visiting Professor/Practitioner Program: Spring and Fall 2019

The Rapoport Center will soon enter the fourth year of a five-year project to study the use and potential of human rights law and discourse to address economic inequality and its structural causes, with thematic emphases on natural resource governance, labor and the future of work.

As part of this project, we invite affiliated faculty to submit applications for scholars or practitioners critically engaged with these issues to spend 1-2 weeks in residence at UT as a Visiting Professor/Practitioner (VPP) during Spring or Fall 2019. Ideally, affiliates will apply to bring individuals with whom they and their students would like to have interaction or collaboration.

EXPECTATIONS OF VPPs

  • present research/work at a public event
  • teach and/or participate in a UT class or seminar
  • submit a working paper to be considered for publication in our Human Rights Working Paper Series
  • be available to meet with faculty and students (graduate, law, and undergraduate) affiliated with the Rapoport Center

BENEFITS

  • University ID which provides access to University of Texas libraries and facilities
  • $1000 honorarium
  • Travel and accommodation included
  • Per diem (based on UT Accounting Policies)

NOMINATION PROCESS

Rapoport Center faculty affiliates are eligible to submit VPP nominations, which must include the following (in PDF format):

  • An original letter of nomination from a Rapoport Center faculty affiliate. The letter must be on departmental letterhead, and must contain the following:
  • A summary of the nominee’s research topics and interests
  • Specific plans for the nominee to teach and/or participate in a UT class or seminar and present their research/work at a public event
  • Nominee’s most current Curriculum Vitae, preferably in English

Nomination materials should be submitted to Sarah Eliason (seliason@law.utexas.edu) by August 15, 2018.

PROGRAM GUIDELINES

  • The VPP’s length of stay is a minimum of seven days and a maximum of fifteen days, including weekends.
  • Each VPP will have a fixed budget allocated for the following expenses: airfare, lodging, honorarium ($1000), and meal reimbursements (per UT guidelines).
  • The Rapoport Center will help coordinate the processing of required visa paperwork for each VPP (ie. letter of invitation).
  • Each VPP must submit a working research paper to be considered for publication in the Rapoport Center’s Human Rights Working Paper Series.
  • The Rapoport Center is unable to cover visa, travel, or childcare arrangements for individuals accompanying the VPP (such as spouses or children).
  • The nominator’s home department should provide office space and administrative support for the VPP’s academic activities while s/he is on campus.
  • Before each VPP's arrival, nominators must provide the Rapoport Center with a schedule and description of the VPP’s planned activities (i.e. lectures, participation in workshops, etc.).
  • Priority will be given to nominations where matching funds are provided either to extend the nominee’s stay or to provide additional candidates for this program.

Deadline

August 15, 2018

Contact

Sarah Eliason, Administrative Associate

Application File

Call-for-VPPs-2019-1.pdf