Live your values. Transform the academy.

HuMetricsHSS is an initiative that creates and supports values-enacted frameworks for understanding and evaluating all aspects of the scholarly life well-lived and for promoting the nurturing of these values in scholarly practice. Comprised of individuals working in academic and nonprofit academic–adjacent sectors, the HuMetricsHSS team is committed to establishing humane indicators of excellence in academia, focused particularly on the humanities and social sciences (HSS).

You can find more about what we do under Our Work and an example framework and explanation of our values process in Values. History gives an overview of our initiative from its birth at the TriangleSCI workshop in 2016 through to the present. If you are interested in running your own values framework workshop, see our Workshop Kit.

The HuMetricsHSS Initiative is generously supported by the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation.


HuMetricsHSS Twitter

The Intentional Work of Values-Enacted Change

#MSUCAL and @MSUHC Dean Christopher P. Long (@cplong) shares about his experiences with the @humetricshss initiative and how the transformative power of values-enacted leadership has changed his academic career.

It's great to see this extended community of practice coming together around what @cplong calls "the intentional work of values-enacted change." So glad to be part of that community through our @UWArtSci collaboration with @HuMetricsHSS

Here’s what we’ve been up to @UWArtSci as we continue to Rethink the Academy: @CathyNDavidson @HuMetricsHSS @UW @simpson_center

Load More

HuMetricsHSS Mastodon

The Intentional Work of Values-Enacted Change
"When Stephanie Shonekan, Dean of the College of Arts and Humanities (ARHU) at the University of Maryland (UMD), asked about the origins of the HuMetricsHSS initiative at lunch after our workshop this week, I was transported back in time to October 2016 when a group of us met at the Rizzo Center in Chapel Hill, NC, for the Triangle Scholarly Communication Institute (TriangleSCI). We had gathered to reconsider the question of academic metrics with an eye toward making indicators of quality more humane."

26 January 2023 @ 3:19 pm

Dean Christopher P. Long (@cplong) shares about his experiences with the @humetricshss initiative and how the transformative power of values-enacted leadership has changed his academic career. via @msucal

25 January 2023 @ 5:43 pm

We were delighted to work with the University of Washington College of Arts and Sciences late last year. Thanks to Dean Dianne Harris for the invitation! Continuing to Rethink the Academy in 2023:

13 January 2023 @ 7:31 pm

We're launching a quarterly newsletter! If you've already signed up for updates on our site you'll get the newsletter automatically, but if you haven't and you'd like to sign up, do so here: The first one will be sent out later this month. Come join us!

6 January 2023 @ 2:51 pm

Our white paper Walking the Talk: Toward a Values-Aligned Academy - - is the culmination of 18 months of research interviews across the Big Ten Academic Alliance (BTAA). The interviews focused on current systems of evaluation within BTAA institutions, the potential problems and inequalities of those processes, the kinds of scholarly work that could be better recognized and rewarded, and the contexts and pressures evaluators are under, including, as the process progressed, the onset and ongoing conditions of COVID-19. Based on these conversations, this white paper offers a set of recommendations for making wide-scale change to address systematic injustice, erasure, and devaluation of academic labor in order to strengthen the positive public impact of scholarship.
Find the executive summary here -

8 December 2022 @ 7:08 pm