HSS Executive Office

Call for proposals to host 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 2022. The Executive Office is the main administrative office of the History of Science Society (HSS). 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 website, maintenance of the Society’s records and finances, and oversight of HSS programs and grants.

The Office is remotely supervised by an Executive Director. The Executive Director has been assisted by a full-time Administrator, 2-3 undergraduate students, and one graduate student. 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 US$5,000). 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, museum or library director, or equivalent, the existence of an active community in the history of science, and the existence of a flourishing graduate, undergraduate, or fellowship program.
The successful proposal will demonstrate:

  • Long term (at least 5 years) commitment to History of Science Society
  • Committed institutional interest in the history of science as a scholarly field, as demonstrated by faculty, graduate students, undergraduate students, public programs, and activities. 
  • Adequate physical space.
  • Support for office personnel including graduate, undergraduate, or postdocs. 
  • Budget commitment
  • Letters of institutional commitment to the HSS office, including from those responsible for executing the promised budget.

Proposals (due 15 October 2021) should be directed to the HSS Vice-President, Karen Rader (vp@hssonline.org). Questions about the office or the proposal should be directed to HSS Executive Director, John Paul Gutierrez (jp@hssonline.org).