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Visiting professorsGeneral Information

Sciences Po Bordeaux invites professors from institutions of higher education and research all around the world to share their knowledge and expertise with the student and academic community at Sciences Po Bordeaux.

Each year, 12 distinguished professors in the field of social sciences are invited to join the faculty of SPB for a minimum duration of two weeks.

Visiting professors are expected to complete 12 teaching hours during their stay. Courses are open to Sciences Po Bordeaux students in the 1st, 3rd, or 4th Year, as well as international exchange students; they should thus present broad-based perspectives.

Based on the needs of our faculty and researchers, a seminar for young researchers and colleagues may also be requested of visiting professors. Visiting professors are also invited, along with international colleagues, to participate in a comparative education workshop to share and exchange pedagogic methods practiced in France and abroad.

How to apply?

Applicants must be recommended/sponsored by a faculty member or researcher of Sciences Po Bordeaux – the “collègue référent·e” – or the institute’s International Relations Office.

Applications are submitted between February and April; selected candidates carry out their teaching engagements starting from the following academic year.

  • If you are acquainted with a faculty member or researcher of Sciences Po Bordeaux, please reach out to them directly to effectuate your candidacy. Please click here for our directory of faculty/researchers.
  • If you do not have a contact at Sciences Po Bordeaux, you may contact Delphine Gorostidi | International Cooperation Manager  email (d.gorostidi @ sciencespobordeaux.fr)

In certain cases, visiting professors may be equipped with a work space in one of the two research centers of the institute. Each professor will have a personal work space.

In coordination with International Relations Office and Human Resources, the “collègue référent·e” is responsible for following up with candidates:

  • Nominating the invited professor
  • Updating the candidate of the application process and final decision
  • Welcoming the visiting professor upon arrival and accompanying their research and teaching engagements

Teaching Conditions

Visiting professors must complete 12 teaching hours during their stay, to be spread out over a minimum of two weeks. Courses may take place between the following dates:

Beginning of October 2020 – Beginning of December 2020 

1st year level

3rd year level

4th year level

Monday 9h45 → 11h15

Monday 17h30 → 19h

Tuesday 17h30 → 19h

Thursday 14h → 15h30

Thursday 14h → 15h30

Thursday 14h → 15h30

Thursday 15h45 → 17h15

Thursday 15h45 → 17h15

Thursday 15h45 → 17h15

Friday 15h45 → 17h15

Friday 15h45 → 17h15

Friday 15h45 → 17h15

Friday 17h30 → 19h

Friday 17h30 → 19h

Friday 17h30 → 19h

Mid-January 2021 – End of March 2021

1st year level

3rd year level

4th year level

Tuesday 8h → 9h30

Monday 17h30 → 19h 

Thursday 14h → 15h30  

Thursday 14h → 15h30

Thursday 14h → 15h30 

Thursday 15h45 → 17h15   

Thursday 15h45 → 17h15 

Thursday 15h45 → 17h15  

Friday 15h45 → 17h15   

Friday 15h45 → 17h15 

Friday 15h45 → 17h15  

Friday 17h30 → 19h  

Friday 17h30 → 19h

Friday 17h30 → 19h 

 

Exams and Grades

Students are evaluated and attributed a final grade and 1 ECTS (2 ECTS for international students). The instructor may choose between two methods of assessment:

  • A paper of 4 pages maximum (15,000 characters) that the student submits to the instructor’s teaching platform (Moodle) no later than 3 weeks after the end of the course;
  • A written exam (1-hour duration) of course-related questions administered on the final day of class.

Grades are due by January 20th at the latest for the first semester, and May 3rd for the second semester.

The French grading system consists of a point rating out of 20; the student must receive a minimum of 10 to pass.

GRADING SCALE

A (outstanding performance with only minor errors)

Excellent

16 – 20 / 20

B (above the average standard but with some errors)

Very good

14 -15

C (generally sound work with a number of notable errors)

Good

12 – 13

D (fair but with significant shortcomings)

Satisfactory

11

E (performance meets the minimum criteria)

Passable

10

F (some more work required before credit can be awarded)

Fail

< 10

Students

Courses are intended for Sciences Po Bordeaux students in the 1st, 3rd, or 4th Year, including international exchange students. The number of students per course may vary between 20-100. Final course registration information will be communicated whenever possible.

Status, Compensation, and Fees

Visiting professors, regardless of their statuses at their home institutions, will receive a salary commensurate with that of a top-tier French university professor.

Visiting professors are expected to cover transportation, housing, and living expenses.

Selection Criteria

  • Quality of application materials (teaching experience, academic quality)
  • Fit with curriculum of Sciences Po Bordeaux
  • Flexibility to teach in English

Application Submissions

All candidates who wish to apply to the visiting professor program must fill out the following application form.

Application form 

In order to complete the form, the following documents must be included:

  • Bank account attestation: Official document issued and signed by your bank that includes: First name, last name, permanent address, name of bank, SWIFT and IBAN codes, account number, and key
  • Sworn statement "Attestation sur l’honneur" | Download
  • Copy of passport
  • Health insurance card, if available
  • Syllabus of proposed course to teach, including evaluation method
  • Course description form | Download

Incomplete applications will not be reviewed.

Important Dates

Opening of Application Cycle: Monday March 9, 2020

Application Deadline: Wednesday April 8, 2020

Final Decision: Mid-May at the latest

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