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Advocacy Efforts for Scholars
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The SBL advocates for all members of the profession: full-and part-time teachers; tenured and contingent faculty; graduate students, librarians, and academic professionals; through a variety of programs and relationships with other national organizations.

  • American Association of University Professors: (AAUP) The AAUP addresses a wide variety of issues in higher education and works to safeguard academic freedom and quality higher education. They have been protecting the rights of faculty and other higher education professionals for over ninety years. Through assistance and advice to individual faculty members and administrators, state and federal lobbying, amicus briefs before the courts, support for collective bargaining, and other means, the AAUP helps shape American higher education and ensure higher education's contribution to the common good. 

  • The American Council of Learned Societies: (ACLS) is a private non-profit federation of sixty-eight national scholarly organizations. The mission of the ACLS, as set forth in its Constitution, is "the advancement of humanistic studies in all fields of learning in the humanities and the social sciences and the maintenance and strengthening of relations among the national societies devoted to such studies." SBL Press is a participating publisher in the ACLS Humanities Ebook Collection.

  • The Coalition on the Academic Workforce (CAW) was established in 1997 by a group of learned societies in the humanities and social sciences. Twenty-five organizations currently participate in the coalition, including SBL.

  • National Humanities Alliance: (NHA) is an advocacy coalition dedicated to the advancement of humanities education, research, preservation, and public programs. NHA is supported by more than eighty national, state and local Member Organizations, including: scholarly and professional associations (including SBL); higher education associations; organizations of museums, libraries, historical societies and state humanities councils; university-based and independent humanities research centers. SBL’s Executive Director as well as SBL members, participate in the NHA Annual Meeting and the Humanities Advocacy Day, which includes congressional visits to advocate for the humanities. SBL announces NHA Action Alerts and encourages members to sign up to receive them directly. More information on NHA’s activities and advocacy on behalf of its members can be found here.

  • National Humanities Conferences: SBL staff and members participate in these annual events, sponsored by the NHA and the Federation of State Humanities Councils, that bring the humanities community together. The Executive Director of SBL served on the 2018 National Humanities Conference planning committee.

  • Scholars at Risk: (SAR) is an international network of universities and colleges working to promote academic freedom and to defend the human rights of scholars worldwide. SAR works to arrange short-term, emergency visits to Network-member institutions in the US and abroad for scholars who suffer because of their work, prominence, or exercise of their basic human rights. 
  • SBL Programs Advancing the Study of the Humanities:
    • Bible Odyssey, an NEH funded website, brings the humanistic study of the Bible to the general public.

    • The Educational Resources and Review Committee of SBL provides lesson plans for high school teachers for the Georgia 3Rs program, an initiative bringing a humanities-based study of the Bible and religion to public high school classrooms. SBL’s Executive Director serves on the program’s Advisory Council. A brochure about the work of the Religious Freedom Center, its programs and workshops, is available here.

    • The Future of Biblical Studies in Undergraduate Liberal Arts Education. This initiative, launched in 2018, will develop programs and resources for members to actively advocate for the humanities at the institutional level.




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