In an effort to expand its global reach and international partnerships, the USC School of Social Work hosts distinguished academic faculty from abroad through its Visiting Scholars program. The innovative enterprise emphasizes collaboration, exploration of new concepts and methods, and enhancement of professional and institutional relationships.
In recent years, visiting scholars have traveled from countries such as China, Korea, Israel, Japan and Russia to participate in the program. Approximately five to 10 participants are engaged in the program at any time, and a typical visit lasts from six months to a year.
Visiting scholars are often high-caliber researchers seeking to engage in specific research projects and gain a greater understanding of how social work organizations operate in the United States. Those in the program are encouraged to visit other academic and research institutions in the area and to explore other disciplines at USC. The program also allows USC researchers to share competencies and explore how social work is conducted in other parts of the world.
Although most participants are invited by a USC faculty member, scholars are encouraged to apply to the program.