The Jack & Nancy Farley Distinguished Visiting Scholar in History is housed in the Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences and is dedicated to the teaching of history, which is understood to include studies of the past, including the recent past, carried out within the departments and programs of the Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences.

The Farley Distinguished Visiting Scholar will be held for any two terms in an academic year and is non-renewable. The Visiting Scholar will be expected to have extensive interaction with faculty and students. She or he will normally teach at least one course or other type of relevant class, and will engage is a form of public outreach.

Jack and Nancy Farley have longstanding association with the university, including years of service and support. Jack is a past member of the university’s Board of Governors (1984-85) and he received the Distinguished Community Leadership Award in 1990.

Professor Paul Dutton held the inaugural Farley University Professorship in Historic Studies. In 2016, the terms of reference were revised to transform this University Professorship into the Farley Distinguished Visiting Scholar in History.