CFP: [Professional] Society for Critical Exchange - Institutional Home

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Kurt Koenigsberger
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    Call for Proposals: SCE Institutional Home

 The Society for Critical Exchange invites proposals from colleges and
universities wishing to serve as the organization's executive and
institutional home. The SCE will negotiate the beginning date with the new
host institution or consortium of hosts, but ideally hopes to transfer
operations by the opening of the fall term 2008. The successful institution
will secure an initial commitment for operating the society for five years.
The Executive Director of the Society must have a permanent attachment to
the primary host institution; the Society recommends that an Associate
Director operate from the new institutional home, or from an affiliate
institution in a consortium of hosts.

Basic responsibilities of the SCE institutional home include the following:

1) Archival and record-keeping functions, including building/maintaining a
web presence for the Society; archiving programs, publications, and papers
from Society projects; and responding to queries for archival materials.

2) Secretarial functions, including maintaining membership records,
responding to inquiries about the Society, and corresponding with members,
the Board of Directors, project coordinators, and national organizations
with which the SCE has formal relationships, especially the national and
regional Modern Language Associations.

3) Treasurer functions, including collecting and depositing membership
dues; paying SCE bills; keeping financial records; and providing regular
reports to the Board.

4) Executive functions, including initiating, advising, monitoring, and
publicizing Projects of the Society; consulting with Board members; and
coordinating and approving programming for the Society's standing and
special sessions at regional and national conferences.

Before applying, prospective host institutions or consortiums should look
carefully over the Society's history and current configuration at Each new home for the Society has brought fresh
thinking about the Society's operations and ambitions. The Board and
Directors especially welcome proposals to grow the society in creative and
new directions even as it maintains its historical emphasis on theoretical,
interdisciplinary, and collaborative research projects in the humanities
and social sciences.

To apply, individual institutions, or consortiums of institutions should
send the following to the current SCE directors, Martha Woodmansee
( and Kurt Koenigsberger (, by November 1, 2007:

1) The CVs of those designated to serve as Executive or Associate
Directors, along with those of others who will be part of an initial 5-year

2) A detailed account of how the institution or consortium proposes to
fulfill the basic responsibilities described above on an ongoing basis,
including all office, graduate, or research assistant support expected from
the institution. If more than one institution, a plan for distributing
responsibilities and collaborating to ensure their successful and ongoing
maintenance will be essential;

3) A proposal that articulates a vision for the Society over the next five
years, beyond the fulfillment of the basic responsibilities; and

4) Letters of endorsement of the proposal and assurance of a five-year
commitment from the administrators (chair, dean, provost) with the
authority to describe and confirm ongoing institutional support for at
least five years. Administrative endorsements/statements of support should
confirm not just overall budget figures, but also any clerical, graduate,
or research assistantship support.

The successful institution or consortium must be available to work with the
Directors at Case Western Reserve University in the spring of 2008 to
transfer all essential Society functions before July 2008.
Please feel free to consult with the Society's current directors at and as you prepare your proposal.

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