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The University of Kentucky is seeking a leader to serve as director of the Gaines Center for the Humanities. This individual will provide leadership and direction for the robust opportunities offered by the Gaines Center. The center provides an intensive educational experience in the humanities for students from various majors, serves as a collaborative home to a wide range of faculty from many academic units on campus and offers public programs with and for the university and the wider community.


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Search Update

After an extensive search for a new director of UK’s Gaines Center for the Humanities, four finalists participated in open forums on campus. Members of the community were invited to the forums and given the opportunity to provide feedback. 

Search Committee

The University of Kentucky is hiring a new director of the Gaines Center for the Humanities (a 50% appointment). The search committee consists of eleven members including faculty, staff and students. 

  • Akiko Takenaka, Professor, College of Arts and Sciences
  • Chelsea Brislin, Associate Director, UK Gaines Center
  • David Brennen, Professor, J. David Rosenberg College of Law
  • Isabel Escobar, Professor, Pigman College of Engineering and Director, UK Chellgren Center
  • Leon Sachs, Professor, College of Arts & Sciences and Gaines Center
  • Matt Strandmark, Education Archivist, UK Libraries Special Collections Research Center
  • Lucas de Lima, UK student and Gaines Fellow
  • Melody Flowers, Gaines Center Alumni and Board member
  • Scott Shapiro, Gaines Center Board member
  • Thomas Gaines, Gaines Center Board member
  • Katie Cardarelli, UK Senior Associate Provost for Academic Affairs