HWS Hosts ACLS Public Fellow – Hobart and William Smith Colleges \
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HWS Hosts ACLS Public Fellow

This fall, Hobart and William Smith Colleges was named one of only 19 organizations – and the only academic institution – to host an American Council of Learned Societies (ACLS) Public Fellow.

During her two-year tenure at HWS, Emily Kane Ph.D., a recent graduate of the University of Georgia’s English department, is serving as a program officer in the Center for Global Education. In this position she is working with HWS faculty, staff, and students in promoting and managing the CGE’s menu of nearly 50 off-campus study options, engaging in curriculum development initiatives, and developing on-campus programming in support of the CGE’s campus internationalization efforts.

Kane helps assess and calibrate the Colleges’ global education program and how it integrates with the HWS undergraduate experience, collaborating with the Center for Community Engagement and Service Learning and the Salisbury Center for Career Services in the areas of service learning and preparation for the global job market.

The ACLS Public Fellows program, now in its third year, allows recent humanities Ph.D.s to gain valuable, career-launching experience in areas such as arts management, communications, public administration, and digital media, through two-year staff appointments at partnering agencies in government and the non-profit sector. The program, made possible by a grant from The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, aims to demonstrate that the capacities developed in the advanced study of the humanities have wide application, both within and beyond the academy.

“The skills and background that Emily Kane brings translate well to the work we do,” says Tom D’Agostino Ph.D., associate dean for global education. “We were delighted to be selected as a host organization and to have the opportunity to bring someone with Emily’s experience to work with us.”

“We have a unique approach to study abroad – one that is innovative and will serve Emily well,” says D’Agostino. “Having a fresh set of eyes is a big benefit to us, too. I’m excited about the possibility of just taking stock of everything we do and making sure we’re taking advantage of all the opportunities available for our students. We are looking longer term, too, at how our abroad programs mesh with our curriculum.”

“The day-to-day work at HWS works really well,” says Kane. “I’m here trying to step back and look at the big picture. Worlds of experience – we want our students to go out and seek that. What do they do when they return to campus? How does that shape their lives as students and then as alums?”

Working on the abroad process from pre-departure to reentry, Kane says she’s particularly excited about the “institutional memory” at HWS – being able to follow study abroad programs from start to finish: from recruitment, to application, to site visits, to how the programs run on the ground, to what happens when students return.”

The mission of the ACLS 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.”

Other hosting institutions include Amnesty International, the U.S. Department of State and the Vera Institute of Justice.