Helen Cullyer Appointed Executive Director of the Society for Classical Studies

Helen Cullyer, Program Officer in Scholarly Communications, has been named Executive Director of the Society for Classical Studies, the premier professional organization for scholars of the classics, including Latin, Greek, history, archaeology, philosophy, and related fields. 

Helen joined the Foundation as associate program officer in 2008, and was promoted to program officer in 2014.  Helen was trained in the classics at Oxford and Yale, where she obtained her PhD.  Before coming to the Foundation she taught classics at Evergreen State College and taught and directed the graduate program in ancient philosophy at the University of Pittsburgh.    

One of Helen’s first duties at the Foundation was to help craft a set of strategic directions for the scholarly communications program, which was published in the Foundation’s 2008 Annual Report as “Priorities for the Scholarly Communications Program.”  She helped update this plan in 2014 as part of the Foundation’s overall strategic planning process. During her tenure, the Foundation made hundreds of grants that have supported the use of advanced technologies in the humanities, cataloging and digitization in libraries and archives, mechanisms for preserving digital information, and initiatives in scholarly publishing.

In addition to building new skills in these areas, Helen also drew on her knowledge of the ancient world, classical studies, and philosophy to help develop grant programs supporting digital papyrology, Arabic Studies, mapping of the ancient world, collaborative editing of ancient Greek texts, a digital Latin library, and digital publication in philosophy.  Most recently, she has taken the lead in developing grant programs to support indigenous studies and online privacy.

Helen will remain at the Foundation through early April 2016, seeing through development of grant recommendations already in progress.

Please join us in congratulating Helen on her new position.