Organizational and Member Profile
Established in 1988, the Consortium of Humanities Centers and Institutes serves as an arena for the discussion of issues germane to crossdisciplinary activity in the humanities, and as a network for the circulation of information and best practices related to the organizational and management dimensions of humanities centers and institutes. CHCI currently has a membership of over 170 organizations and affiliates in 23 countries and 46 US states. Our membership is extremely diverse from the point of view of scale: members run the gamut from small, university based humanities centers to major Institutes for Advanced Study, and from large independent organizations to research libraries. Our members are engaged in a wide range of programs, including research support, community-based programs and public humanities, internal and external fellowship programs, activism and advocacy on issues of cultural and educational policy, digital humanities programs, and the development and maintenance of research collections. Many CHCI members are highly visible, powerful agents of growth, change, and advocacy on their campuses and within their communities.
CHCI produces a major Annual Meeting of its membership, maintains a content-rich website, produces an annual printed membership directory, and serves as a re-circulator for information about its members via listservs and its website. We are now also developing distinctive programs and special projects intended to benefit our membership.
CHCI operations are based at the John Hope Franklin Humanities Institute at Duke University, which serves as the fiscal agent for the organization and provides important operating and staff support.
For most of our members, the primary benefit of membership is immediate access to direct, peer-to-peer networks of like-minded organizations and individuals: our members are interested in exchanging information about key intellectual and programmatic issues and many are also seeking a dialogue about the “nuts and bolts” of running a humanities center or institute. Other benefits of membership include:
A descriptive entry in our print and online membership directories
Eligibility to post information and opportunities to our website. We also provide up-to-date mailing lists to members on request.
Eligibility to participate in our Annual Meetings (information on our 2012 Annual Meeting can be found here)
Eligibility to participate in special programs and projects, such as our partnership with the American Council of Learned Societies (http://chcinetwork.org/programs-and-projects/special-projects/chci-acls-partnership/).
Eligibility to participate in member-driven groups such as our Humanities for the Environment Initiative (http://initiatives.chcinetwork.org/environment/). We also maintain an Associate Directors and Administrators Group, and in spring 2012 we will be launching Public Humanities and Digital Humanities Initiatives. Time and space is always provided at each Annual Meeting for our member groups to meet, and in some cases groups are eligible to apply for funding for special projects.
Eligibility to participate in possible future projects created as a result of our Program Planning Initiative, funded by the A.W. Mellon Foundation. While this competition is now closed, it is a model for future such initiatives (http://chcinetwork.org/chcimellon-planning-initiative-2011-12/).
We also provide various other less visible but equally important benefits, such as referrals for our members for purposes ranging from recruiting outside evaluators to compiling comparative information about other members for the purposes of planning or organizational development. In the latter area we will soon be launching a data-collection project that will greatly enhance our ability to provide members with comparative information on other centers’ budgets, reporting lines, and staff profiles, among other key benchmarking data.
How to Become a Member
There is no application or approval process. To start, we simply need some basic information that will be used to create a letter of invitation and invoice for your first year’s dues ($400). Memberships typically become valid as soon as we receive the information below, along with confirmation of your intent to join. If you choose to join CHCI, we will initially require the following information:
Complete organization name as you wish it to appear in our directory
Complete “parent” institution name (such as your university, if applicable)
Mailing address (and billing address if different)
General email address, and general phone/fax numbers
Director’s name and title as you wish it to appear in our directory
Director’s academic title and department
Director’s email address
Contact information for up to three administrators other than Director, such as Associate or Assistant Directors and other professional staff (name, title, academic title if applicable, and email address)
A mission statement or organizational description, and information on any annual, recurring fellowships you may offer.
Please note that our memberships are organizational, not individual.
Please write to us at firstname.lastname@example.org if you need additional information or have any questions. Thanks for your interest!