The King-Chávez-Parks Visiting Professors Program, funded through both the University and the State of Michigan, contributes to the intellectual diversity of the campus by providing guest faculty with diverse points of view and experiences. Some Visiting Professors have traditional scholarly backgrounds; others may be outstanding performers or practitioners in their fields. Sponsoring departments are encouraged to include activities with local K-12 schools and other area institutions of higher education as a part of a King-Chávez-Parks visit.
Nominations may be made by any University faculty member. Nominations must be made in combination with matching funds and be approved by and submitted through the nominator's department, chair and dean. Nominations should be submitted at least thirty days before a funding decision is required.