The Second Language Studies Program at Michigan State University (MSU) welcomes visiting scholars to our program. Faculty within the program may invite visitors to work on specific projects or to come to share their research and knowledge. The program also reviews select visiting scholar applications from the Fulbright. The program also welcomes regular, unsolicited applications from those with strong research proposals that are relevant to and align with the interests of our faculty.
Each year we can accommodate a small number of well-qualified applicants to the regular visiting scholar program (generally no more than three). The typical length of stay is one or two semesters. Reguar visiting scholars are expected to be arrive on campus no later than the first day of the semester (please refer to https://reg.msu.edu/ROInfo/Calendar/academic.aspx for MSU’s academic calendar). Note that our Fall semester begins in August and ends in December; our Spring semester begins in January and ends in May. Completed applications are due on:
Applications to the regular visiting scholar program that are completed by these dates will be reviewed immediately after these dates. The completed regular visiting scholar applications must include the academic qualifications and also documentation of financial support as outlined in the online regular visiting scholar application form. Because of the limited availability of research participants, no data collection will be possible by regular visiting scholars while at MSU. Therefore, regular visiting scholars who are doing empirical research are encouraged to collect data in their home country prior to arrival at MSU.
We expect all visiting scholars to have a Ph.D. and/or hold a faculty position at a university in their home country. Visiting scholars must arrange for their own housing, but can utilize MSU facilities, including the library and internet access and are encouraged to participate in all of the program’s events (workshops, lectures, discussion sessions). Visiting scholars are often able to unofficially audit some of our graduate courses, although this can only be done with the consent of the professor in charge of the course. Regular visiting scholars may officially enroll in graduate courses (in some cases/courses consent of the professor is needed) through Lifelong Education (Lifelong Education tuition fees apply; currently the non-resident Lifelong per-credit rate is $931.00). Because of limited space, the SLS, TESOL, AL Program is not able to provide any office space or access to a computer, although there is public work space and access to computers on campus.
The online application form will become available in December or early January. Please check back with us at this website at that time to access the online application for Regular Visiting Scholars.
On the online application form for regular visiting scholars, prospective regular visiting scholars will be asked to provide the following:
All visitors may be invited to join research groups, assist with and attend the annual Spring Second Language Studies Research Symposium, participate in the annual World Languages Day at MSU, and/or attend or assist with relevant SLS courses. Past visitors have, for example:
"Famous Affiliate" Visiting Scholar
Spring 2012: Dr. Rod Ellis, Professor in the Department of Applied Language Studies and Linguistics, University of Auckland, New Zealand; Visiting Scholar in the SLS Program through the College of Arts and Letters' Famous Affiliates Program.
Hosts: Drs. Susan Gass, Shawn Loewen, Paula Winke
Fulbright Visiting Scholars
Academic Year 2016/2017: Zhanhao Jiang, Professor, Xi’an International Studies University, China (Visiting Fulbright Scholar)
Hosts: Drs. Susan M. Gass and Peter I. De Costa
Academic year 2013/2014: Prof. Khalida Gasimova, Vice Chair of the Department of English Language and Literature at Khazar University, Baku, Azerbaijan (Visiting Fubright Scholar)
Hosts: Dr. Debra Hardison and Dr. Paula Winke
Spring 2011: Dr. Tetyana Valuyeva, Assistant Professor from the Department of Linguistics and Translation Theory, Eurasian National University, Astana, Kazakhstan (JFDP Visiting Fulbright Scholar)
Host: Dr. Paula Winke
Invited Visiting Scholars
Fall 2016: Eva Koch, Ph.D. Candidate in the Faculteit Letteren en Wijsbegeerte, Vakgroep Taal- en Letterkunde (TALK), Vrije Universiteit Brussel (Translation: Department of Language and Literature, Vrije Universiteit Brussels), Belgium.
Host: Dr. Aline Godfroid
Spring 2016: Dr. Carolina Bernales, Assistant Professor, Instituto de Literatura y Ciencias del Lenguaje Pontificia, Universidad Católica de Valparaíso-Chile
Host: Dr. Aline Godfroid
Academic Year 2014/2015: Dr. Lihong Li, Associate Professor, Jilin University, China, and
Dr. Chunyan Qiu, Lecturer, Shanxi Normal University, China
Emails: firstname.lastname@example.org and email@example.com, respectively.
Host: Dr. Xiaoshi Li
Fall 2013: Dr. Yawen Han, Associate Professor, English Department, Nanjing University of Technology, Nanjing, China.
Host: Dr. Susan Gass
Spring 2010: Dr. Junaidi Mistar, Head of the English Education Department (Postgraduate Program) at the Universitas Islam Malang (UNISMA), Indonesia.
Host: Dr. Susan Gass