Call for proposals to house the HSS Executive Office

Dear Colleague,

The History of Science Society Executive Office is currently housed at the University of Notre Dame.  The society is now inviting bids from universities that could host the Executive Office after the current arrangement with Notre Dame expires on 30 June 2021.  I am attaching a copy of the call for proposals in the hope that your institution might be interested in submitting such a bid.

Having the HSS Executive Office at your university would immediately put you at the centre of the field.  It would provide some of your graduate students with unique research assistant positions that would give them a view of the workings of the HSS from inside.  Both the Society Coordinator and the Executive Director would be on site and could contribute to the life of the department (the current Coordinator holds a PhD in the philosophy of science and the current director has a PhD in the history of science).

Jay Malone, Executive Director of the society, will be happy to give you more information about the Executive Office.  I am also happy to discuss the bidding process with you, if you wish.  We look forward to receiving your response.

With best wishes,

Jan Golinski
HSS President


Call for proposals to house the HSS Executive Office

The History of Science Society seeks proposals for the next site for its Executive Office, with occupancy to begin in July 2021. The Executive Office is the main administrative office of the History of Science Society. The HSS, established in 1924, is an international organization and an affiliate of the American Council of Learned Societies, the American Association for the Advancement of Science, the American Historical Association and numerous other organizations. Presently located on the campus of the University of Notre Dame, the HSS Executive Office coordinates all day-to-day Society business, all annual HSS functions, and all activities that involve the Society in scholarly pursuits on the national and international level.  Its activities include supervision of the HSS annual meeting, management of the HSS Web site, maintenance of the Society’s records and finances, and oversight of HSS programs and grants. The Office is supervised by an Executive Director (an employee of Notre Dame with salary and benefits paid by HSS). At present, the Executive Director is assisted by a full-time Coordinator (also a Notre Dame employee paid for by the HSS) and 2-3 undergraduate students (paid by HSS) and one graduate student (paid by Notre Dame).

The University of Notre Dame has generously provided the Society with office space (ca. 400 square feet), including file cabinets, office furniture, computers, and space for bookshelves/library and some document storage; funding for a part-time graduate assistant, including tuition (one-semester appointment); internet connectivity and technical support; and has waived administrative overhead. Notre Dame also covered relocation expenses (up to $5000) and previously paid benefits for the Executive Director and Coordinator.  The History Department has given the current Executive Director and Coordinator teaching privileges, with the opportunity to teach undergraduate and graduate courses contingent on the needs of the Department. The Society wishes to secure similarly favorable terms under a new five-year contract.  Preference will be given to proposals that demonstrate support from a Dean or equivalent, the existence of an active community in the history of science, the existence of a flourishing graduate program, and the availability of technical support.

In addition to information about the history of science program(s) at the host institution, details about the quality of life in the host city and local area would be welcome.

Proposals (due 1 April 2020) should be directed to the HSS President, Jan Golinski (  Questions about the office or about the proposal should be directed to HSS Executive Director, Jay Malone (