3.8 Protocol of Affiliated Scholars

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Members of the Kenyon community who are actively engaged in scholarship and who do not have faculty status at any teaching or research institution in the area are eligible for the position of Affiliated Scholar.

To become an Affiliated Scholar at Kenyon College, an eligible person must be:

  1. recommended by a member of a department; then
  2. invited by the chair to submit credentials, which may include a letter of self-introduction, a curriculum vitae, and samples of work (completion of the terminal degree is expected, though some exceptions may be made);

If the department believes a nominee is suitable for this status, the chair will forward the nomination to the Associate Provost in the Associate Provost office.

Upon written approval by the Associate Provost, the candidate becomes an Affiliated Scholar for a renewable term of one academic year.

To renew Affiliated Scholar status, the Office of the Associate Provost must receive a written (or email) request by July 1 of each academic year, again with approval by the chair and department. The request should include an updated vita for the person to be renewed.

The association created by the selection of Affiliated Scholars is an informal one. This protocol is intended as a set of guidelines agreed upon by the parties involved. It creates no contractual obligation on the part of the Affiliated Scholar, the department, or the College, and can be terminated at any time by the Affiliated Scholar, the department or the College.

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Members of the department, and especially the chair, may seek or create opportunities for Affiliated Scholars and members of the department to discuss matters of mutual professional interest. These may include invitations to participate in research forums; opportunities to meet with visiting scholars such as lecturers or outside examiners; inclusion in department functions, such as receptions, etc.

Members of the department, and especially the Chair, may seek or create appropriate opportunities for contact between students and Affiliated Scholars. These might include extending invitations to serve as a non-compensated guest lecturer or to join discussions in courses; recommending that individual students contact Affiliated Scholars about research projects in their area of expertise; making students aware of the potential contributions of specific Affiliated Scholars to special events or organizations on campus.

The department may notify Affiliated Scholars of relevant employment opportunities in the department.

Members of the department may assist Affiliated Scholars in making professional contacts beyond the College, by such means as identifying referees for papers, helping to secure letters of recommendation, and suggesting appropriate places to publish.

Affiliated Scholars are encouraged to recommend to the department books to be purchased by the library and speakers to be proposed to faculty lectureships.

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Affiliated Scholars shall have access to library collections on the same basis as faculty members.

Affiliated Scholars will also be given an account on the Kenyon network that includes e-mail and the ability to receive campus information via email.

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The status of Affiliated Scholar is extended as a professional courtesy. Individuals are expected to maintain the same professional standards as faculty members.

Affiliated Scholars shall be prepared to assist faculty as resource persons. As counselors or in other capacities. In the case of formal or extensive consultation, the faculty member seeking assistance should compensate the Affiliated Scholar.

Affiliated Scholars shall acknowledge the assistance and support of the College in published works.

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