Visiting Scholars

Thank you for your interest in a research stay in the Department of Educational Leadership and Policy Analysis at the University of Wisconsin–Madison. To help applicants understand the application process to receive visiting scholar status in the department, we have summarized the following steps.

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Submit documents and information required for initial consideration.

  • Current curriculum vitae of applicant. The department presumes that a PhD or equivalent terminal degree is necessary to adequately conduct research. An applicant without such a degree must justify the department’s waiver of this requirement.
  • TOEFL score confirmation. Applicants who do not hold a degree from a college or university where English is the primary language of instruction must provide confirmation of a TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language) score of 580 or more.
  • Research summary. Applicants should submit a one- to two-page summary of the research that they will conduct during the appointment as a visiting scholar.
  • Memo. In addition, please include a memorandum that indicates:
    • Your specific reasons for choosing the University of Wisconsin–Madison and the Department of Educational Leadership and Policy Analysis over other universities and departments in the United States.
    • The professor(s) in the department who have indicated an interest in serving as the sponsor/host for your research or advanced study. View a list of faculty members whom you may contact, and their research specializations.
    • Proposed dates of your stay. The department allows a maximum stay of twelve months. Please note: The academic year consists of two semesters. The first semester begins at the end of August and finishes in the middle of December. The second semester begins in the middle of January and finishes in the middle of May. In addition, there is a Summer Session which begins in the middle of June and finishes in the middle of August. The Visiting Scholar should plan to be in Madison before the beginning of any of these sessions. Most Scholars are in residence during the normal term of the academic year—end of August to middle of May—plus the Summer Session.

The faculty reviews your request at a department meeting.

Upon receipt of the above-described information, the department considers the request for a visiting scholar appointment at the next regular department faculty meeting, which are held monthly during the nine-month academic year. If a majority of the faculty approves, the chair will forward the request to the UW–Madison School of Education.

After faculty approval, you submit additional documents.

Before the School of Education can approve the appointment and request that the University of Wisconsin–Madison issue you a DS-2019 immigration form, you must send us:

  • Financial documentation indicating sufficient funds to cover your stay. Documentation must be in English and an original; photocopied or faxed copies are not acceptable. In addition, specific U.S. dollar amounts are required on financial documentation; statements such as “funds to cover stay” are not acceptable. Applicants who use private funds to cover their stay must send bank records in English, on letterhead, with original signatures, indicating account balances, which clearly demonstrate that funds are sufficient to cover the intended duration of stay. Please note: The Department of Educational Leadership and Policy Analysis does not provide financial support to Visiting Scholars.
  • City and country of birth for applicant and accompanying family members.
  • Date of birth of applicant and accompanying family members.
  • Country of citizenship and legal permanent residence of applicant and accompanying family members.
  • U.S. Social Security number (if you have been to the United States and obtained a Social Security number on a previous visit).
  • A copy of the passport identity page for prospective J-1 scholar and accompanying J-2 dependents.

More complete information for international visitors is available on the International Faculty and Staff Services website. Please read this website, which has links to important information about health insurance requirements with the Student Health Insurance Plan (SHIP).

Once the School of Education approves and the department chair sends a formal invitation, the university sends you DS-2019 authorization.

The DS-2019 form allows the applicant to request a J-1 visa from a U.S. embassy or consulate. This DS-2019 form is sent to the applicant by the University of Wisconsin–Madison’s International Faculty and Staff Services.

The department offers the following visiting scholar services when you arrive.

  • As available, office and desk space. In most cases, visiting scholars will share an office with others on short-term appointments. Each office has a telephone for local calls.
  • Staff identification card which will allow you to make use of campus libraries and most University facilities.
  • Use of a computer on the School of Education network, allowing for word processing, e-mail, and access to the Internet.
  • Access to a photocopier for necessary duplication of research materials.
  • Essential office supplies.
  • Incoming faxes. (Outgoing faxes and mailing costs are the responsibility of the visiting scholar.)
  • Access to courses taught in the Department and the University. Visiting scholars should ask the faculty member teaching each course for permission to observe classes.

While at the Department of Educational Leadership and Policy Analysis ...

In consultation with the faculty mentor, the department invites visiting scholars to contribute to the intellectual life of the department (e.g. make a course presentation, present a public lecture to students and faculty, interact with student organizations, and/or attend department gatherings and seminars).

At the conclusion of the appointment, the visiting scholar will submit a summary report to the department chair detailing the results of the research and comments on his or her stay in the department.

See a list of past visiting scholars.

Tirong Yang
South China Normal University, Guangzhou, Guangdong, China

Jiyeon Lee
Associate Professor
Myongji University, Korea
Honorary Fellow/Research Scholar at the Department of Educational Leadership and Policy Analysis September 2009

Chui-ching Lu
Associate Professor
National Taichung University, Taichung, Taiwan ROC
Honorary Fellow/Research Scholar at the Department of Educational Leadership and Policy Analysis August 2007

Sang-Jin Ban
Assistant Professor of Educational Leadership
Chonbuck National University , Jeonlabuck-Do, Korea
Honorary Fellow/ Research Scholar at The Department of Educational
Leadership and Policy Analysis September 2006.

Chih-Cheng Chiang
Assistant Professor of Educational Leadership
National Taichung University , Taichung, Taiwan, ROC
Honorary Fellow/ Research Scholar at The Department of Educational
Leadership and Policy Analysis September 2006.

Semiha Şahin
Assistant Professor of Educational Leadership
Dokuz Eylül University, İzmir, Turkey
Honorary Fellow/ Research Scholar at The Department of Educational
Leadership and Policy Analysis September 2005-June 2006.

Ufuk Taneri
Tenure Professor of Mathematics at the Eastern Mediterranean University, North Cyprus.
Honorary Fellow/ Research Scholar at The Department of Educational Administration September 2003-June 2005.

Dr. Yunsik Lee
Department of Education, University of Incheon, Korea.
 Recently a Committee Member for Educational Research of the Korean Federation of Teachers’ Associations, & Chief Editor of The Journal of Korean Teacher Education. Teacher Professional Development, Teacher Personnel Administration, Teacher Education, Supervision of Instruction, Instructional Leadership (2002-2003)

Ilona Budule, honorary fellow
Vidzeme University College , Valmiera, Latvia
June 2002 – July 2002

Tetsuya Kajisa, honorary fellow
Hyogo University of Teacher Education, Hyogo, Japan
November 2001 – August 2002

Ilgvars Abols, honorary fellow
Vice-Rector for Academics and Research, Vidzeme University College, Valmiera, Latvia
November 2001

Jorunn Møller, honorary fellow
University of Oslo, Norway
March – April 2001

Dr. Larysa Tryhubava Head of Intensive Teaching Department, Adult Education Unit, Minsk State Linguistics University, Minsk, Belarus. Educational Administration, Adult Education, and Foreign Language Instruction (2001)

Dr. Young-Soo Jeong Department of Education, Chungbuk National University, Seoul, Korea
Educational Administration and Policy, Teacher Education, Higher Education (2000-2001)

Dr. Nejla Kurul Tural Deputy Dean, Faculty of Educational Sciences, University of Ankara, Turkey Educational Administration and Planning (2000-2001)

Joseph Meng-Chun Chin, honorary fellow
National Chengchi University, Taipei, Taiwan
September 2000 – February 2001

Hüseyin Korkut, honorary fellow
Ankara University, Cebeci-Ankara, Turkey
May 1999 – September 1999

Chung-Wha Suh, honorary fellow and Fulbright visiting scholar
Hong-Ik University, Seoul, Korea
February 1999 – August 1999

Ngodup Dorjee, graduate student
Tibetan Scholarship Program
August 1998 – August 1999

Dhondup Dorje, graduate student
Tibetan Scholarship Program
August 1998 – August 1999

Chul-An Joo, honorary fellow
Pusan National University, Pusan, Korea
December 1998 – February 1999

Michael P. Louis, honorary fellow
St. Lucia Teachers’ College, St. Lucia
October 1998 – December 1998

Wu-sheng Zhang, honorary fellow
Tianjin Academy of Education Research, Tianjin, China
August 1997 – July 1998

Xiaonian Zheng, honorary fellow
Chinese Academy of Sciences, Beijing, China
December 1996 – December 1997

Bingkun Yao, honorary fellow
Educational Science Research Institute, Tianjin, China
September 1996 – August 1997

Byong Chang Sung, honorary fellow
Pusan National University, Pusan, Korea
September 1996 – August 1997

Jeong Gi Woo, honorary fellow
Assistant Professor, Kyungsung University, Pusan, Korea
August 1996 – August 1997

Ibrahim Duyar, associate researcher
Ankara University, Cebeci-Ankara, Turkey
June 1997

Tianlong Min, honorary fellow
Academia Sinica, Hubei, China
February 1996 – January 1997

Koji Aoki, honorary fellow
Kochi University, Kochi, Japan
September – November 1995

Sunyu Wang, honorary fellow
Tsinghua University, Beijing, China
September 1991 – December 1992

Young Sang Won, honorary fellow
Director General, Ministry of Education, Seoul, Korea
May 1991 – March 1992

Katsutoshi Satake, honorary fellow
Naruto University of Education, Naruto-Shi, Japan
March – November 1991

Young-Chul Kim, honorary fellow
Korean Educational Development Institute, Seoul, Korea
January – June 1990

Namdoo Jo, honorary fellow
Shingu Junior College, South Korea
July – August 1989

Ki-Hang Wang, honorary fellow
Professor of Education, Korea University, Seoul, Korea
January – June 1989

Cheol Soon Shin, honorary fellow
Chonbuk National University, Chonju, Korea
August 1986 – May 1987

Sadao Uehara, honorary fellow
Faculty of Education, Hiroshima University, Hiroshima, Japan
September – October 1985

Katsuya Semba, honorary fellow
Fukuoka University of Education, Munakata, Japan
July – August 1984