CLAS will acception nominations from UChicago faculty until June 17, 2020.


Any member of the University of Chicago faculty can nominate candidates for the Tinker Professorship, so long as: (1) the nominating faculty member will be in residence during the Tinker Visiting Professor’s stay and is fully committed to hosting the visitor and integrating her or him into UChicago’s intellectual and community life; (2) the faculty member has received assurance from the nominee that he or she will be interested in coming to Chicago as a Tinker during the designated year; and (3) the nominating faculty member is sure that the nominee will be welcomed by a home department on campus.
Our nomination process begins twenty months in advance of the potential visitor’s tenure at UChicago. We are currently accepting nominations for the cohort in residence during 2021–22.
A complete nomination for a Tinker Visiting Professor is composed of the following elements:

  • A nomination letter from the faculty sponsor
  • A brief précis of the nominee’s research
  • Title and brief description of proposed course for quarter-long residences or detailed plan of activities (e.g., workshops, seminars, minicourse) for short-term residencies
  • The nominee’s current curriculum vitae (including citizenship[s])
  • An endorsement of the nomination from the department chair (full departmental endorsement is required upon approval by the Tinker selection committee)
  • A letter from the nominee indicating willingness to accept the Tinker Visiting Professorship and preference(s) for quarter/dates of residency

 The criteria and priorities in assessing Tinker Visiting Professor nominees are as follows:

  • Demonstrated scholarly achievement and prominence in the candidate’s field of expertise
  • Anticipated programmatic synergy within the nominating department in terms of proposed course/activities and research interests
  • The potential for broad interdisciplinary, interdepartmental connections among students, faculty, and the community on Latin American scholarship
  • An equitable distribution of appointments in various disciplines and representing the diversity of the region in terms of nationality, ethnicity, sex, gender expression, etc.
  • Certainty that the nominee would accept the appointment. 

For more detailed information on the Tinker Program and its terms and requirements, please see the program overview.

In order to facilitate the process, we request that UChicago faculty submit nominations to Natalie Arsenault, Associate Director, Center for Latin American Studies, no later than June 17, 2020.