About our governance structure
The Federation for the Humanities and Social Sciences is a national, non-profit, member-based organization. Our membership is comprised of 79 scholarly associations, 80 institutions, and nine affiliates.
The President of each member association and each member institution must identify a Member Representative to represent them at the Annual Meeting, if they are unable to attend the Annual Meeting themselves.
The Annual Meeting is an occasion to:
- receive the annual report from the Board of Directors;
- receive the financial statements and auditor’s report;
- appoint auditors for the next audit;
- hold elections for open positions on the Board of Directors;
- approve applications for Federation membership;
- sanction changes to the Federation’s bylaws; and
- discuss issues of importance to the humanities and social sciences community.
While anyone from the humanities and social sciences community can be nominated to run for a Board of Directors position, all nominations must be made by the President of an association member or an institutional member of the Federation. The 12-person Board of Directors is comprised of the President and 11 Directors.
The President and Chief Executive Officer leads the Federation’s day-to-day operations and reports to the Board on a regular basis.
Board of Directors positions and mandates