Each year the Department of Second Language Studies welcomes a limited number of visiting scholars. Visiting scholars hold a PhD degree from internationally recognized universities and come to Indiana University for a semester or for a year to cultivate their research interests and to contribute to the intellectual life of the Department of Second Language Studies and the University. Projects should be oriented to research interests represented by the Continuing Faculty. All visiting scholars secure their own funding and are responsible for their own living arrangements; the Department of Second Language Studies makes arrangements for appropriate visas, access to the IU library, and internet. Visiting Scholars are invited to join research groups or attend research colloquia and (subject to obtaining permission from the instructor) may attend SLS courses.
The first step in applying to be a Visiting Scholar is to secure the sponsorship of a member of the Continuing Faculty. Once sponsorship has been secured, the applicant should submit an academic curriculum vitae and a brief letter to the Department Chair, outlining what he or she hopes to achieve from the proposed visit and what he or she hopes to contribute to the intellectual life of the department. Applications for all or part of a given academic year are due on January 3 of the previous year. Following review by the faculty, decisions are announced by February 1.
The learning of second and foreign languages is a rich and fascinating process involving linguistic, psychological, cultural, and social dimensions. The Indiana University Department of Second Language Studies is dedicated to teaching and research on the structure, acquisition, and use of nonnative language in both instructed and contact contexts.