The Jack and Nancy Farley Distinguished Visiting Scholar in History

Dedicated to the teaching of history

The Jack and Nancy Farley Distinguished Visiting Scholar in History, housed in the Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences (FASS), is dedicated to the teaching of history. Studies of the past, including the recent past, are carried out within the departments and programs of FASS.


The Farley Distinguished Visiting Scholar is appointed as a Visiting Faculty Member for up to two terms in an academic year. SFU operates year-round, with Fall, Winter, and Summer terms. While at SFU, the Farley scholar will have the opportunity to interact extensively with faculty and students, and to stimulate discussion across disciplines.

They normally teach one course or lead other types of relevant intellectual activities that will be open to students across the university. Farley Scholars are encouraged and supported in public outreach activities that may take a variety of forms. The stipend for the Farley Distinguished Visiting Scholar is up to CAD 55,000 (commensurate with the length of the visit).


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.

Dr. Joy Parr 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.

Applications are now open

The Farley Scholar will be hosted by the Department of History, which welcomes scholars engaged in the historical study of any time and place, including research that aligns with the department’s commitment to decolonization and Indigenization.

Review of applications begin May 1, 2024

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