Overview of ACLS
Formed a century ago, the American Council of Learned Societies (ACLS) takes its name from its work supporting 79 scholarly organizations. As the leading representative of American scholarship in the humanities and interpretive social sciences, ACLS upholds the core principle that knowledge is a public good. In supporting its member organizations, ACLS utilizes its endowment and $34 million annual operating budget to expand the forms, content, and flow of scholarly knowledge because we value diversity of identity and experience. We collaborate with institutions, associations, and individuals to strengthen the evolving infrastructure for scholarship. In all aspects of our work, ACLS is committed to principles and practices in support of racial and social justice.
ACLS’s strategic plan outlines four strategic priorities: encouraging scholars and scholarship responsive to diverse audiences; strengthening relationships among our core constituencies within the academy and our partners beyond the academy; lifting the public profile of humanistic knowledge; and empowering staff and partners to work responsibly and inclusively.
ACLS seeks a Research Fellow to provide ongoing support for particular research projects in the US Programs Office. The fellow will report to the Senior Program Officer and collaborate with various members of the US Programs team.
The Research Fellow will bring training and experience in higher education and humanistic scholarship to design and implement research and evaluation projects that will take advantage of ACLS’s resources and networks, representing fields across the humanities and interpretive social sciences. These projects will support our ongoing efforts to understand the factors that shape the paths of scholars working beyond the classroom or in untenured faculty positions, documenting the work publicly engaged scholarship, and highlighting innovations in doctoral training and career support for recent PhDs.
The Research Fellow will collaborate on the development of research plans and execute various aspects of the research and evaluation process, from designing survey and other research instruments to conducting interviews, analysis, and writing up results. The fellow will take advantage of existing department capacity concerning the ACLS’s CRM data, advanced data manipulation and Excel skills, and other resources to develop and implement new opportunities to build knowledge and evidence with an eye toward program refinement and sharing analysis and best practices with our various constituencies.
The research and data accumulated by the Research Fellow will enhance our support for scholars in the humanities while also allowing us to distill and share the experience of our fellows and program partners as they have developed new projects, programs and approaches to enduring and emerging challenges in higher education.
ACLS’s position as a convener of learned societies, scholars, university leaders, and other constituencies affords opportunities to network and learn about the landscape of higher education and the public humanities. The Research Fellow will be supported to attend ACLS events and present their work to various audiences in order to maximize the career development opportunities possible in this role. While the Fellow will focus most of their time supporting ACLS research projects and programs, they will be permitted to spend up to one day per workweek on their own scholarly research.
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Overview of ACLS
Formed a century ago, the American Council of Learned Societies (ACLS) takes its name from its work supporting 79 scholarly organizations. As the leading representative of American scholarship in the humanities and…