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American Council of Learned Societies (ACLS)


The American Council of Learned Societies (ACLS) invites nominations and applications for the position of President. 

A private, nonprofit federation of 75 national scholarly organizations, ACLS is the preeminent representative of American scholarship in the humanities and related social sciences. Advancing scholarship by awarding fellowships, strengthening relations among learned societies, and advocacy for the humanities is central to its work. Other priorities include support for scholarly conferences, reference works, and innovations in scholarly communication.

Since its founding in 1919, ACLS has provided the humanities and related social sciences with leadership, opportunities for innovation, and national and international representation. ACLS fellows and grantees are engaged in creating new knowledge that benefits our understanding of the world. ACLS is the leading institution supporting scholars across a variety of humanistic disciplines; in the 2018 competition year, ACLS will award more than $24 million to over 350 scholars worldwide. ACLS has also long supported new methods and subjects of humanities scholarship, and new fellowship programs address digital humanities, collaborative research, and scholars at work outside the academy.

The President manages an organization of about 30 staff and a budget of approximately $35 million. Following the distinguished tenure of Pauline Yu, the next President will continue to lead the ACLS in its mission to advance “humanistic studies in all fields of learning in the humanities and the social sciences.” This will be accomplished by speaking widely to advocate for these fields, fundraising around the priorities of the Centennial Campaign, and supporting the development of innovative and emerging fields of study, among other important responsibilities. The ideal candidate will be a distinguished scholar in a relevant field, possess impressive leadership experience, and desire to lead ACLS in stewarding and shaping the future of the humanities and humanistic social sciences.

Evaluation of candidate materials will begin immediately and continue until a new President is selected. For best consideration, nominations and applications should be sent to:

Shelly Weiss Storbeck, Managing Partner

Anne Koellhoffer, Associate

[email protected]

For more information, please visit the American Council of Learned Societies home page at www.acls.org.    

ACLS is an equal opportunity employer.




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Posted: 8/15/2018
Application Due: 10/14/2018
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