Distinguished Scholars standing next to each other and smiling.

Published December 10, 2020

The Distinguished Visiting Scholars program provides scholars and artists of exceptional accomplishment a unique opportunity to join a cohort of visiting faculty—and the entire UB campus and local community—to promote diversity, equity, and inclusion.

Application deadline and deadline for letters of reference (including those from former mentees, to be submitted through the UB JOBS on-line portal): January 15, 2021. 

Applications are sought from exceptionally accomplished individuals who, through their record of scholarship and/or creative endeavors, teaching, mentoring, and service, as well as their skills, experiences, underrepresentation, and areas of scholarly and/or creative expertise, can substantially advance diversity, equity, and inclusion at the University of Buffalo.

Exposing students, faculty, and staff to new ideas and perspectives, engaging with undergraduate and graduate mentoring circles, linking to the community through talks, exhibits, scholarship and/or creative projects, the Center for Diversity Innovation’s Distinguished Visiting Scholars program will contribute to the university’s existing commitments to groundbreaking research, transformative educational experiences, and deeply engaged service to its communities.


One-year, temporary, full-time, residential, salaried position (benefits eligible) as a Distinguished Visiting Scholar hosted by the Center for Diversity Innovation and a department within the University at Buffalo. Distinguished Visiting Scholars will be part of a cohort.


Open Recruitment

Advanced assistant professors, associate or full professors or highly accomplished non-academics whose profile matches the needs of the program and would be qualified to obtain tenure in a UB department. Applicants must be currently authorized to work in the United States.  No sponsorship is available for this position.

Topics of Scholarship

Any area of scholarship and/or creative endeavor. All candidates are encouraged to highlight ways in which their scholarly and/or creative endeavors, teaching, and/or service (including service in their communities) relate to diversity, equity/inequality, and inclusion.


The evaluation of all Scholar applicants will include careful attention to the applicant’s history of mentoring students and record of developing the next generation of scholars, artists and/or practitioners in their field. Scholar applications will include contact information for letters of reference from former students/mentees, as well as a description of their approach, accomplishments, and history of mentoring with particular emphasis on how they have advanced diversity, equity, and inclusion.