Hildegarde and Elbert Baker Visiting Scholar in the Humanities

The Hildegarde and Elbert Baker Visiting Scholar in the Humanities Endowment provides funding to enrich the academic life of the humanities community at Case Western Reserve University. The funds can be used for a wide range of visitors, ranging from distinguished senior scholars to promising junior scholars. Both U.S. and international scholars are eligible. The main criterion is that they should enrich the College’s humanities departments through any combination of guest teaching, lectures, collaborative research, participating in courses, or other scholarly and teaching activities. Under current guidelines, visiting scholars in this program cannot be the instructor of record, but any other form of scholarly or teaching activity would be welcome. The fund can support residencies for any period of time up to one year.

Stipends and expenses vary, depending on the stature and purpose of the visiting appointment.

Department chairs should follow internal departmental procedures in vetting candidates and direct nominations to bakernord@case.edu. Preliminary inquiries are welcome.    Nominations are accepted on a rolling basis and will be reviewed until available funds have been allocated.



The Department of English hosted Visiting Professor Vershawn Ashanti Young (Waterloo University, Ontario, Canada) for a remote residency in March 2021.   Professor Young's work in on African American rhetoric and performance was the subject of several events including a public lecture and a limited-enrollment workshop on linguistic diversity. In addition, students in English linguistics courses had the opportunity to meet with and learn from him.