The American Studies Association’s 2014-2015 White Papers Series provide practitioners and leaders in American studies with tools to create, position, and sustain American studies programs within the current landscape of higher education.
ASA White Papers provide coordinated advocacy by the ASA for its institutional members. Based on feedback from the Committee on Departments, Programs, and Centers since 2011, as well as from working strategy panels at recent annual meetings, a 2014-2015 Task Force identified key questions and concerns that confront chairs and directors of American Studies. These white papers were authored by chairs, directors, and coordinators at a range of institutional types, and were edited by Elizabeth Duclos-Orsello and Karen J. Leong. The white papers draw upon and extend insights and work shared by many colleagues in recent years.
White paper topics include:
- What Is American Studies?
- The Nature and Meaning of Research in American Studies
- Some Best Practices for Recruiting Students to American Studies Programs
- Some Thoughts on Creating Goals and Outcomes for American Studies Programs
- How to Position American Studies as Vital to Your Institution of Higher Education
- Strategies for Programs, Departments, and Centers under The Threat of Budget Cuts
- Writing Mission Statements for American Studies Departments and Programs
Proposals for the white papers were developed by Lorraine Cox and Elizabeth Duclos-Orsello. The ASA National Council under President Lisa Duggan established a Task Force with the mission of providing resources for directors and chairs about American Studies as a field of study and the on-the-ground work of developing and sustaining American Studies programs and departments in institutions of all types. This 2014 Task Force was co-chaired by Rebecca Hill and Mark Rice and comprised of Lynne Adrian, Ben Chappell, Elizabeth Duclos-Orsello, Ben Feldman, Alyosha Goldstein, Matthew Frye Jacobson, Karen J. Leong, Curtis Marez, and Chandan Reddy.