IHC Board Currently Seeking Three Academic Members

The Idaho Humanities Council is currently seeking applications to fill three academic positions, two from Southeast Idaho and one from Southwest Idaho on its volunteer board of directors. An academic member currently is defined by the Council as either a scholar in the humanities or an administrator of an educational or cultural institution.

Southeast Idaho is defined by the Council as the region from Twin Falls County to the Wyoming border and from the Utah border to the Montana border. Southwest Idaho is geographically defined by the Council as the region from the Oregon border to the western border of Twin Falls County, and from the Nevada border to Riggins.

Founded in 1973, the Council is celebrating its 50th anniversary this year. The IHC’s 19-member board is comprised of academic and public members from all regions of the state. The deadline for applications is September 1, 2023. The board will review applications and elect the new members at its October meeting.

The IHC recognizes the need to hear and amplify marginalized voices in Idaho. The council is committed to a board that includes members of historically marginalized groups and believes their voices are integral to meaningful humanities programming in Idaho. We especially welcome applicants that reflect the state’s ethnic, geographic, political, and cultural diversity.

Board members serve three-year terms, with the possibility of renewal for a second three-year term. The board meets three times each year – in February, June, and October – to award grants and conduct other business. The IHC covers travel expenses for board members to attend meetings.

The IHC awards grant funds to organizations and individuals throughout the state to support public programs in history, literature, philosophy, cultural anthropology, law, and other humanities disciplines.

The IHC also supports a number of its own council-conducted programs, such as regional Distinguished Humanities Lectures, weeklong summer institutes in the humanities for Idaho K-12 teachers, statewide tours of Smithsonian traveling exhibits, and other programs and activities. IHC receives funding from the National Endowment for the Humanities and donations from foundations, corporations and individuals.

Information about the Council and applications for board membership are available online at www.idahohumanities.org, under “About Us.” For more information about board membership, please contact Executive Director David Pettyjohn at david@idahohumanities.org or 208.345.5346.

The IHC is an equal opportunity employer. It is the policy of the Idaho Humanities Council to recruit, hire, train, promote, and administer all other personnel actions without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, age, national origin, disability, marital status, or public assistance.