Learned Society Governance/Leadership Seminars

Recognizing the significance of effective leadership in learned societies to the disciples and the academic community at large, in 2004 ACLS began hosting a seminar for ACLS constituent society presidents and chief executive officers. During the day-long workshop, participants examine the dynamics of voluntary leadership associations, member leader and staff leader relationships and responsibilities, and knowledge-based governance; they also have an opportunity to discuss common concerns informally.

The 2020 leadership seminar was held virtually on September14 and was facilitated by Susan Decker, a BoardSource consultant.

Seminar presentation
Advance readings
Scenario planning template
Scenario planning example

2020 Seminar Participants

American Academy of Religion
American Comparative Literature Association
American Historical Association
American Musicological Society
American Philosophical Association
American Society for Eighteenth-Century Studies
American Society for Theatre Research
American Sociological Association
Association for Asian Studies
Association for Research on Nonprofit Organizations and Voluntary Action (ARNOVA)
Association for Slavic, East European, and Eurasian Studies
Bibliographical Society of America
College Forum of the National Council of Teachers of English
Dance Studies Association
International Society for Third Sector Research
Linguistic Society of America
Modern Language Association
National Communication Association
National Council on Public History
Oral History Association
Rhetoric Society of America
Society for Classical Studies
Society for Military History
Society of Architectural Historians
Society of Biblical Literature