H-Net Request for Proposals
March 11, 2019
H-Net Seeks Proposals for Administrative Home Office
H-Net: Humanities & Social Sciences Online, now in its 26th year of operation, is seeking proposals from academic institutions to serve as its administrative host beginning on January 1, 2020 or as negotiated in partnership with the selected institution.
H-Net, the oldest continuous online organization for social scientists and humanists, invites proposals from academic institutions to host its administrative and technical headquarters beginning in 2020. H-Net also plans to recruit a new Executive Director this year.
Institutions interested in hosting the H-Net's offices are invited to send an initial expression of interest to H-Net; review of letters will begin on May 15, 2019 (see details below). We expect to complete our review of these letters by June 15, 2019 and begin pursuing proposals from remaining applicants that month. A final decision will be made on the basis of the subsequent negotiations.
H-Net’s current Executive Director, Dr. Peter Knupfer, will not be seeking renewal of his term ending December 31, 2019. H-Net will initiate a search for the Executive Director during the spring/summer of 2019. Appropriate personnel from the host institution will be invited to participate in this search, and applicants affiliated with that institution will be welcome to apply. We intend to select an Executive Director to coincide with the establishment of H-Net’s home office.
A formal association since 1993, H-NET enjoys a national and international reputation as a communications and service crossroads for humanists and social scientists who use networked media. As a nonprofit corporation registered in the State of Michigan, H-Net is tax exempt under Section 501c3 of the Internal Revenue Service code. Governed by an elected 17-member Executive Council, H-Net has more than 600 volunteer editors certified by its Council, and 220,000 subscribers across 180 professional communities of practice in dozens of disciplines and fields. H-Net has published over 45,000 professional book reviews, hundreds of essays and articles supervised by its editors, and holds an archive of over 1.5 million messages dating back before the advent of the world wide web. H-Net’s Job Guide is the leading source of professional position postings in the humanities and social sciences and is the organization’s core source of revenue. H-Net’s Book Channel service publishes notices of new academic and trade publications harvested from the online catalogs of university and commercial presses; its H-Announce service is the leading source of Calls, event announcements, and notices of special interest to scholars and students. All of its services are available free to the public; its publications are licensed under Creative Commons 3.0.
Since 1997 the H-net executive offices have been located at Michigan State University and its operations overseen by its resident Executive Director along with a professional staff of two full-time Associate Directors and a system administrator, plus two half-time copyeditors, and part-time undergraduate clerks and contractors. H-Net owns and operates its servers. Its current annual budget is approximately $450,000.
Letter of Interest
To assist in preparation of letters of interest, we have prepared a Transition Headquarters site - https://networks.h-net.org/hnet-transition-headquarters - with information about our impact on the profession, organization, operations, funding, and staffing. Initial expressions of interest should include a preliminary explanation of how H-Net's presence would benefit your institution, as well as a summary of the resources, facilities, personnel, programs, relationships, and other factors that would make your institution an outstanding home. While H-Net is open to considering a variety of institutional arrangements and brings considerable resources to the table, it seeks and expects a reciprocal investment of institutional resources in its headquarters.
The letter of interest should be sent on letterhead as an attachment to: Dr. Peter Knupfer, <firstname.lastname@example.org>, with "Letter of Interest" in the Subject: line. Letters will be reviewed and passed on to the Executive Council’s Transition Subcommittee for discussion and action. For more information on letters of interest, visit https://networks.h-net.org/prepare-host-interest-letter.
If you have questions, please contact Dr. Peter Knupfer, <email@example.com>.
Dr. Peter Knupfer
Executive Director, H-Net