Distinguished Visiting Lecturer Program

Each year, the Office of the President makes funding available to support units seeking to bring distinguished individuals to the University of Manitoba who are making oustanding contributions in their respective fields.

For 2020/21, a maximum of $15,000.00 will be available to respond to proposals. It is expected that five to eight awards will be recommended each year. Nominations may be submitted at any time during the year.

The purpose of the Program is to bring to the University of Manitoba distinguished individuals who are making outstanding contributions in particular fields deemed to be of significance to the University community.

Call for nominations

The Committee for distinguished Visiting Lectureships is inviting members of the University community to forward nominations for distinguished visitors to come to the University of Manitoba.  Visiting lecturers are typically expected to give a public lecture that is of wide interest to the University at large and to conduct seminars or workshops with staff and students and to be available for consultation with them.  A typical visit would last three to five days, although the Committee will consider other proposals.

Nominations shall only be accepted from individuals and groups within or associated with the University of Manitoba. Each nomination should be accompanied by:

  1. a current curriculum vitae for the nominee
  2. a supporting statement from the nominator(s) giving, in particular, reasons for support of the nominee proposed
  3. the proposed format of the visit– e.g. an itinerary that outlines the type of lectures, seminars, or other activities and probable dates for the visit
  4. statements from others supporting the nomination
  5. a proposed budget that includes an estimate of the total travel, accommodation, and honorarium expenses involved, and an indication (i.e. dollar amounts) of other sources of financial support for this candidate's visit.

Submit a nomination

Nominations should be forwarded to Kerry McQuarrie Smith, Director of the Office of the President, 200 Administration Building.

Program guidelines

Summary

Each year, the Office of the President makes funding available to support units seeking to bring distinguished individuals to the University of Manitoba who are making outstanding contributions in their respective fields. For 2020/21, a maximum of $15,000.00 was available to respond to proposals. It is expected that five to eight awards will be recommended each year. Nominations may be submitted at any time during the year.

Criteria

Proposals are considered by an advisory committee, which takes into consideration the following:

The main criterion will be the distinction of the candidate, which will be assessed on the breadth and depth of the candidate’s contributions and esteem within their respective field.

A typical visit is expected to last 3‐5 days, though alternate proposals will be considered.

In general, priority will be given to proposals for distinguished visitors who will give at least one lecture that is of wide interest to the University and free and open to the public. It is expected that while the visitors are at the University they will make themselves available for consultation with and will conduct seminars or workshops for faculty, staff and students.

Best efforts will be made to respond to proposals that when taken together, identify candidates in the wide variety of disciplines reflected throughout the University. Accordingly, proposals submitted in consecutive years from the same unit and/or for the same purpose or topic normally shall not be considered.

Proposal format

Nominations shall only be accepted from individuals or groups within or associated with the University. Each nomination should be accompanied by:

  1. a current curriculum vitae for the nominee;
  2. a supporting statement from the nominator(s), giving, in particular, reasons for support of the nominee proposed;
  3. statements from others supporting the nomination;
  4. the proposed format of the visit, e.g. an itinerary that outlines the type of lectures, seminars or other activities, and probable dates for the visit; and
  5. a proposed budget, including estimated travel, accommodation and honorarium costs and an indication of the other sources of financial support for the candidate’s visit.

Funding

If a nomination is approved, notification of approval will include information on the amount of the grant to be provided. In virtually all cases, cost‐sharing will be a required element of proposals, though in exceptional circumstances this requirement may be waived. Distinguished Visiting Lectureship Funding normally shall not exceed 50% of the cost of a proposed visit.

Upon approval, the nominator will be asked to identify a FOAP and the approved amount will be transferred. The department hosting the visitor is expected to directly pay all expenses relating to the visit. Within 30 days of the conclusion of a visit, a copy of the final expenditures should be sent to the Office of the President, 200 Administration Building.

Visit arrangements

The nominating unit shall be responsible for all elements of organizing the approved visit. This includes ensuring that interested groups, e.g. staff, students in the discipline and related areas, professional groups, and community groups are informed of the visit and encouraged to attend the public lecture.

Publicity for the visit should be coordinated through the Marketing and Communications Office. Some time should be reserved in the visit for media interviews in the event that members of the media are interested in the visitor and discipline.

Reference to sponsorship from the Distinguished Visiting Lectureship Fund should appear in all printed materials related to the visit. The following may be used: “A University of Manitoba Distinguished Visiting Lecturer”; “Sponsored by the Distinguished Visiting Lectureship Committee”; “Distinguished Visiting Lecturer”.

Withholding tax

If the Distinguished Visiting Lecturer is not a resident of Canada, a 15% withholding tax must be deducted from the visitor’s honorarium. However, if the visit to Canada is not for a prolonged period of time, it may be possible for this withholding tax to be reduced to nil if the following steps are taken in a timely fashion:

  1. A Non‐Resident Tax Waiver Certificate should be sent to the non‐resident with a letter of offer.
  2. The non‐resident should return the Form at least 2 weeks prior to the engagement.
  3. Fax (204‐984‐6838) or mail the form and a copy to the accepted letter of offer promptly to:

The Winnipeg Tax Service Office,
324 Broadway Avenue
Winnipeg, MB R3C 4T4
Attention: International Tax Unit, Business Audit Division

If the forms are not forwarded in a timely fashion, the University will have no option but to deduct the 15% non‐resident tax at source.

Funding and selection

Proposals are considered by an advisory committee, which takes into consideration the following:

  • The main criterion will be the distinction of the candidate, which will be assessed on the breadth and depth of the candidate’s contributions and esteem within their respective field.
  • A typical visit is expected to last 3-5 days, though alternate proposals will be considered.
  • In general, priority will be given to proposals for distinguished visitors who will give at least one lecture that is of wide interest to the University and free and open to the public. It is expected that while the visitors are at the University they will make themselves available for consultation with and will conduct seminars or workshops for faculty, staff and students.
  • Best efforts will be made to respond to proposals that when taken together, identify candidates in the wide variety of disciplines reflected throughout the University.  Accordingly, proposals submitted in consecutive years from the same unit and/or for the same purpose or topic normally shall not be considered.
  • While it may have to reconsider the matter in light of the proposals it receives, the Committee anticipates that the amount of each award would support an honorarium of up to $500.00 per diem, depending on the length of stay, in addition to travel and living expenses involved in the visit.  It expects that five to eight awards each year will be recommended.

If a nomination is approved, notification of approval will include information on the amount of the grant to be provided.  In virtually all cases, cost-sharing will be a required element of proposals, though in exceptional circumstances this requirement may be waived.  Distinguished Visiting Lectureship Funding normally shall not exceed 50% of the cost of a proposed visit.

Upon approval, the nominator will be asked to identify a FOAP and the approved amount will be transferred.  The department hosting the visitor is expected to directly pay all expenses relating to the visit.  Within 30 days of the conclusion of a visit, a copy of the final expenditures should be sent to the Office of the President, 200 Administration Building.

The Robert and Elizabeth Knight Distinguished Visitors Program

The purpose of the Program is to enhance the quality of higher education at the University of Manitoba and to enrich its academic life by supporting visits to the University by scholars in a variety of fields.

Fields include commerce, finance, economics, political studies, history and literature, leaders in the areas of commerce, industry and government, and outstanding achievers from other disciplines who have made distinguished contributions to the advancement of knowledge or to cultural, social, and economic development.

The Program is intended to be flexible with respect to the range of activities in which a Knight Distinguished Visitor may engage while at the University. The Program will include an appropriate blend of interactions with the staff and students of the University and the public at large.

Nominations

The University of Manitoba is now accepting proposals from across the UM community for the next Knight Distinguished Visiting Lecturer.

Nominations of individuals as possible Distinguished Visitors may be made by any member of the University, but must be endorsed by the head of the unit (dean, director, department head) in which the proposed Visitor’s expertise lies. Joint endorsement by two or more units would be appropriate where the proposed Visitor’s expertise and interests cross disciplinary boundaries.

The complete nomination procedure involves two steps as follows:

Submit your nomination proposal

Complete the full nomination form. Also required is the supporting documentation identified in the form, setting out the biographical background of the nominee, the nature of his/her distinction, the specific objectives and duration of the proposed visit and the benefits to be derived from it. An initial assessment of costs should be included, as well as the endorsements of the unit head and other disciplines (where appropriate).

The preliminary nomination should be emailed or forwarded to:

Office of the President
Room 202, Administration Building
University of Manitoba R3T 2N2
Telephone: (204) 474‐9666
president@umanitoba.ca

Preliminary nominations will be reviewed by the Advisory Committee. Following a review of the proposal, the Advisory Committee may request further information. Up to two nominees per academic year who best meet the criteria of the Program, as determined by the Advisory Committee, will be approved in principle and nominators given approval to proceed with organizing a visit, as circumstances permit.

Submit a final proposal

When timing becomes more certain, the nominators will be asked to submit a final proposal setting out in more specific terms the program for the proposed Visitor, including the dates of the visit, budget including a justification for all costs, including the recommended honorarium, and a schedule of activities.

Nominators should not inform proposed Visitors of their nomination until such time as they receive approval to do so. Invitations to persons selected by the Committee as approved prospective Visitors will be issued by the President who may, if appropriate, enlist the assistance of the nominator. The timing of visits normally will be determined based on dates that are mutually acceptable to the President and the Knight Distinguished Visitor.

More information about the Knight Distinguished Visiting Lecturer program

Program purpose

Through the Robert and Elizabeth Knight Distinguished Visitors Program, UM faculty, staff and students have the opportunity to attend thought-provoking lectures on a variety of topical issues of interest to the UM community.

The program seeks to enhance the quality of higher education at UM and enrich its academic life by supporting visits to the University from:

scholars in the fields of commerce, finance, economics, political studies, history and literature leaders in the areas of commerce, industry and government

outstanding achievers from other disciplines who have made distinguished contributions to the advancement of knowledge or to cultural, social and economic development

In addition to public lectures, distinguished visitors are encouraged to engage in other activities that allow them to interact with UM faculty, staff and students, as well as members of the public at large.

Past Knight Distinguished Visiting Lecturers

BASS, Dr. Hyman
Professor of Mathematics
Columbia University

BOYLE, Dr. Phelim
Professor of Finance
Wilfrid Laurier University

BRENNAN, Dr. Geoffrey
Professor of Economics at Australian National University (ANU)
Research Professor of Political Science at Duke University and
Research Professor of Philosophy at the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill

BRZUSTOWSKI, Dr. Thomas A
RBC Professor
Telfer School of Management

CALAMAI, Peter
National Science Reporter
Toronto Star

CUMINGS, Bruce
Gustavus F. and Ann M. Swift Distinguished Service Professor in History
University of Chicago

DEGRASSE TYSON, Dr. Neil
Frederick P. Rose Director of the Hayden Planetarium.

DIANGELO, Dr. Robin
Affiliate Associate Professor of Education 
University of Washington

FISHBEIN, Dr. Martin
Harry C. Coles Jr. Distinguished Professor in Communication
and Director of Health Communication Program
Public Policy Center of the Annenberg School for Communication
University of Pennsylvania

ELSON, Dr. Diane
Professor
Centre for Research in Economic Sociology and Innovation
Department of Sociology
University of Essex
and Member of the Human Rights Centre
University of Essex

FONTAINE, Phil
National Chief of the Assembly of First Nations

FOX KELLER, Dr. Evelyn
Professor of History and Philosophy of Science
Department of Science, Technology, and Society
Massachusetts Institute of Technology

GARNEAU, Dr. Mark
Canada's First Astronaut in Space

HÖhle, Dr. Barbara
Professor for Psycholinguistics
Language Acquisition Department of Linguistics
University of Potsdam

KAMBA, Dr. Walter
Vice-Chancellor
University of Zimbabwe South Africa

LEGGETT, Sir Anthony
John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Chair
University of Illinois
Nobel Laureate in Physics

MINDESS, Dr. Sidney
Professor of Civil Engineering
University of British Columbia

MUSTARD, Dr. Fraser
Founding President and Fellow
Canadian Institute for Advanced Research

PETROSKI, Dr. Henry
Professor of Civil Engineering
and Professor of History
Duke University

RICE, Dr. Eugene
Director of the Forum on Faculty Roles and Rewards
American Association for Higher Education

SINCLAIR, The Honourable Justice Murray
Chair
Truth and Reconciliation Commission of Canada

SORENSEN, Professor Vibeke
Professor of Film and Media Studies
and Fellow in the Center for Film and Media Research
Arizona State University

VON KLITZING, Dr. Klaus
Director at the Max Planck Institute for Solid State Physics Stuttgart
Germany
Nobel Laureate in Physics

WOLFE, Dr. Alan
Professor of Political Science
and Director, Boisi Center for Religion and American Public Life
Boston College

ZEMON DAVIS, Dr. Natalie
Professor of History
Princeton University

Funding and selection

The Knight Fund will defray the costs of travel and subsistence for Visitors and will provide them with an honorarium commensurate with the duration of the visit. In some circumstances support for research and secretarial assistance will be considered, although normally it is expected that this support will be provided by the nominating unit(s).

The duration of visits may vary from a few days to one quarter of the academic year or longer and a feature of the Program is the delivery of a public lecture. It is customary for the University to host a dinner in honour of the Knight Distinguished Lecturer on the evening of the public lecture.

Applications for funding are adjudicated by members of the Advisory Committee for the Knight Distinguished Visitors Fund, who are appointed by the President and Vice‐Chancellor of the University of Manitoba. Applications are assessed on the degree to which the proposed initiative is in accordance with the purpose of the Fund.

The COVID‐19 pandemic has resulted in uncertainty regarding the timing of the resumption of in‐person activity at the University of Manitoba. Though it is hoped that the University of Manitoba will be able to host a Knight Distinguished Visitor during the 2020/21 academic year, because future visits cannot be scheduled at this time, the intent is to approve potential visits, but not the timeframe for when they will occur. Seeking nominations at this time will allow for pre‐approvals to be in place, so that visits may be more quickly organized when it becomes possible to do so. Nominations must continue to demonstrate to the Committee’s satisfaction that nominees exhibit the level of distinction required.