January 25, 2017 Newsletter
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Jobs Report

The Jobs Report for the 2015-2016 Academic Year is now available. The report tracks employment listing data from July 1, 2015 through June 30, 2016. While not representative of all positions in our fields, the data provide important information for employers, candidates, and those active in biblical, religious, and theological scholarship. The full report may be downloaded at Job Advertisement Data 2015-2016.

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SBL Calendar

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Recent SBLHS2 Blog Posts

Herodian of Antioch
Sifre Deuteronomy
Research Methods
Subsequent Bibliographic References

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If so, please contact SBL Press at SBLHS2@sbl-site.org.

ICI Books Posted in January

The Teachings of Addai
by George Howard, 1981,Text and Translations 16

Refutation of All Heresies
David M. Litwa, 2016, SBLWGRW 40

Interrelaciones e identidades culturales en el Cercano Oriente Antiguo
edited by Roxana Flammini, and Juan Manual Tebes, 2016, Instituto Multidisciplinario de Historia y Ciencias Humanas-CONICET

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Collaboration around the 500th anniversary of the Reformation

Please note that, in conjunction with the 500th anniversary of the Reformation, SBL is collaborating with several academic societies. The 41st annual conference of the German Studies Association (5-8 October 2017 in Atlanta, Georgia) encourages proposals for individual papers, complete sessions, and roundtables by February 15, 2017. Detailed submission guidelines can be found on the GSA website (https://www.thegsa.org/news/index.html#cfp2017 AND https://www.thegsa.org/conference/guidelines_17.html). For questions or problems, please contact Elizabeth Fulton (helpdesk@thegsa.org). To encourage collaboration among our members, we are waiving our respective conferences’ registration fees for the members of the other societies.

NEH Accepting Applications for 2017 Public Scholar Program

The National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) invites applications for the 2017 round of the Public Scholar Program, which is intended to support well-researched books in the humanities that have been conceived and written to reach a broad readership. Books supported through the Public Scholar Program might present a narrative history, tell the stories of important individuals, analyze significant texts, provide a synthesis of ideas, revive interest in a neglected subject, or examine the latest thinking on a topic. Most importantly, they should present significant humanities topics in a way that is accessible to general readers. 

The Public Scholar Program is open to both independent scholars and individuals affiliated with scholarly institutions. It offers a stipend of $4,200 per month for a period of six to twelve months. The maximum stipend is $50,400 for a twelve-month period. Applicants must have U.S. citizenship or residency in the U.S. for the three years prior to the application deadline. In addition, they must have previously published a book with a university or commercial press or at least three articles and essays in publications reaching a large national or international audience.

Application guidelines (including a full statement of the eligibility requirements) and a list of F.A.Q.’s for the Public Scholar Program are available on the NEH’s website at http://www.neh.gov/grants/research/public-scholar-program.  The application deadline for this cycle is February 1, 2017. Recipients may begin the term of the grant as early as September 1, 2017 or as late as September 1, 2018. In the last cycle of the competition, the Endowment received 318 applications and made 30 awards.

A list of previously funded projects and several samples of successful applications is available here.

For additional information, please write to publicscholar@neh.gov.

ACLS Annual Competition for Institutional Grants

ACLS’s second annual competition for institutional grants —offered by the Luce/ACLS Program in Religion, Journalism and International Affairs— support efforts to link scholarship and journalism focused on international affairs. The grants may fund a variety of activities, including new curricular ventures, public programming, or research working groups. The deadline for applications is March 23, 2017.

See the RFP, which includes information about the terms of the grants and the application process.

Mellon/ACLS Public Fellows

The roster of host organizations for the seventh annual Mellon/ACLS Public Fellows competition have been announced. In 2017, the program will place up to 22 recent humanities PhDs in two-year positions at the nonprofits and government agencies listed below. Public Fellows will participate in the core work of these partner organizations while benefiting from professional mentoring and other career building opportunities. The fellowship carries a stipend of $67,500 per year, as well as individual health insurance and $3,000 toward professional development activities.

This year’s Public Fellows will take up positions in the fields of program evaluation, digital strategy, political advocacy, public policy, and communications (among many others) and will work on issues such as immigration, affordable housing, civil rights, environmental conservation, Internet and press freedom, and diversity in higher education. The placements are located in New York, Newark, NJ, Boston, Washington, New Orleans, Chicago, Minneapolis and St. Paul, Denver, Los Angeles, San Francisco, and Seattle.

The 2017 hosting organizations and positions are:

  1. Association of American Colleges & Universities – Associate Director for Diversity, Equity, and Student Success
  2. Association of College & Research Libraries – Program Manager
  3. Boston Housing Authority – Program Analyst
  4. Brooklyn Academy of Music – Program Analyst, Education and Community Engagement
  5. Community Partners – Program Evaluator
  6. The Feminist Press – Development Manager
  7. The Field Museum – Public Engagement Manager, Diversity and Inclusion
  8. Free Press – Campaign Organizer
  9. Humanities Action Lab – Program Manager
  10. International Student Exchange Programs – Student Success Officer
  11. Minneapolis Institute of Art – Content Analyst
  12. The Moth – Marketing Manager
  13. National Conference of State Legislatures – Legislative Policy Specialist
  14. National Women's Law Center – Policy Analyst
  15. Natural Resources Defense Council – International Campaign Advocate
  16. New America – Editor
  17. NYC Mayor’s Office of Immigrant Affairs – Policy Analyst
  18. The Public Theater – Strategic Communications Manager
  19. Seattle Office of Arts & Culture – Impact and Assessment Manager
  20. Twin Cities PBS – Strategic Impact Analyst
  21. Vera Institute of Justice – Senior Program Associate
  22. Yerba Buena Center for the Arts – Community Organizing Manager


Applicants to the Public Fellows program must possess US citizenship or permanent resident status and have a PhD in the humanities or humanistic social sciences conferred between September 1, 2013 and June 18, 2017. Applicants must have defended and deposited their dissertations no later than April 6, 2017.

Further information about the application process and this year’s positions is available at www.acls.org/programs/publicfellowscomp/. ACLS will begin accepting applications on January 12, 2017. All applications must be submitted through ACLS's online application system (ofa.acls.org) by 8 pm EDT on March 22, 2017


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