Interactive Guide for International Visiting Scholars
Step by step guide for BCOE Faculty hosting International scholars
You can find below the different steps and procedures to be followed in order to host the visit of an international scholar:
Step 1: In most cases international faculty will request a letter of invitation to conduct a research stay in the BCOE. Even though it would be enough for them to get a signed letter from an individual faculty, we strongly recommend involving department chairs in the process. In this letter of invitation you will have to include the following information:
- Name of the international visiting scholar
- Adress and institution
- Dates of the proposed stay
- Goals of the stay
- Activities that will be conducted
- A description of what the BCOE/Department will offer (i.e. office space, a laptop, etc)
Step 2: After knowing the dates of the stay, contact the office of Human Resources. They will be instrumental in getting all the paperwork done in time. You will be asked to share with them the letter of invitation, and they will also ask you to fill out the following forms:
- Registered Visitor Form: This form needs to be completed by your department.
- Background check consent form. The international visitor will have to:
1. Go to: background.hrtrucheck.com
2. Click on Applicant Backgrounds and enter access code: ksu
3. Go to "New Users" and create a user login and password, then click "Register."
4. Enter personal information and sign it.
5. Please indicate under the "Position Applying For" LTV
Step 3: After having completed the previous two forms, and having received the background check approval from Human Resources, you will be asked to fill out the Long-term visitor form (LTV). It will be provided by Human Resources with some basic information already filled out.
Step 4: Once the Long-term visitor form has been approved by KSU, and once the visitor is already on campus, you will have to take him/her to Talon services (Student Center) in order to get her/his ID, and email access. If access to a building/office is needed, it should be requested using the following email <firstname.lastname@example.org> (DACD- Single Door Access Request), right after getting KSU’s ID.
Step 5: If access to the library is needed, an email should be sent to our Graduate Librarian, Olga Koz <email@example.com>, so she can make the request to the main library.
Other aspects to be considered when hosting international faculty
- Finding housing for someone who will conduct a stay shorter than 12 months will be complicated and time-comsuming. Be ready to spend some time helping your visiting scholar find the right place to live. Some options near campus are:
- Most apartments don’t have furniture, which is a huge inconvenient for short-term visitors
- Transportation and easy access to campus would be key.
Guide & Resources for International Visiting Scholars
Knowing a little about the BCOE:
- Overview: The Bagwell College of Education at Kennesaw State University leads with excellence in the teaching profession. Recognized for its master’s, specialist and doctoral degree programs, the BCOE is a leading preparer of teachers in the state of Georgia. Focused on culturally responsive practices, student achievement and 21st century technology, we offer online, hybrid and face-to-face graduate degrees, endorsements and MOOC’s for teachers and leaders.To accommodate our rapid growth, a 78,756 square-foot addition to our facility opened during 2015. The Chantal and Tommy Bagwell Education Building houses 12 general classrooms, three computer labs, eight model classrooms, student study areas, the Center for Literacy and Learning, conference rooms, the dean's office, two departments and a research suite. The addition connects with our existing space in Kennesaw Hall. As a vital part of Georgia’s third largest university serving more than 32,000 students from 132 countries, the Bagwell College of Education is creating a future in which all of Georgia’s educators and students are poised to achieve excellence. More information about the BCOE can be found in this link.
- Research Consortium (RCC): The Research Consortium is a faculty-driven organization intended to provide support to BCOE faculty and graduate students for research design, implementation, and data analysis. This clip summarizes the aims, scope and services provided by the RCC.
Knowing Kennesaw State University & Surroundings:
The clip below provides an aerial view of our beautiful campus, so you can get a better idea of the environment in which you will be working soon.
- Campus maps: In this link you will find the maps for our two campuses in Kennesaw and Marietta.
City of Kennesaw & Atlanta
- Kennesaw: Kennesaw, Georgia is a premiere destination for families and businesses looking to relocate in the Atlanta metropolitan area.
- Atlanta: Atlanta is the capital and most populous city in the U.S. state of Georgia. With an estimated 2017 population of 486,290, it is also the 38th most-populous city in the United States. The city serves as the cultural and economic center of the Atlanta metropolitan area, home to 5.8 million people and the ninth-largest metropolitan area in the nation.
Some options near campus are:
- On Campus:
- Big Owl bus routes: In this link you will find the Big Owl Bus routes inc ase you need to come to campus and still don;t have your own vehicle.
- Driving in Georgia: Generally, you may drive in Georgia for up to one year on a valid foreign or International license. However, if a non-US citizen establishes residency in Georgia, he or she must obtain a Georgia driver's license within thirty (30) days. You can get more information in the Georgia Department of Driver Services website.
- Zipcar: Zipcar at Kennesaw State offers the KSU community the ability to rent vehicles by the hour or by the day. Zipcar provides the benefits of car ownership without all the cost or hassle. The folloiwng clip summarizes the way in which Zipcar works.