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University of Wisconsin-Madison

Eddie G. Gouge
Executive Director
Board on Human Sciences
(202) 478-6028

Marianne Klein
Program Staff Associate
Board on Human Sciences
(202) 478-6093


Board on Human Sciences

Representing the “Human” dimension of the “Sciences”

The Board on Human Sciences (BoHS), is an association of administrators of higher education units responsible for research/discovery, extension/outreach, and teaching/learning programs in the human sciences at universities across the country. Their members are committed to a national agenda that unifies disciplines within and beyond the human sciences to enrich people’s lives.

Human Sciences

Purposeful integration that addresses issues challenging individuals, families and communities is the role of human sciences.  Solutions to major issues facing individuals, families and communities typically cannot be found in only one discipline. The human sciences bring together multiple perspectives to address human needs.

Professionals in the field of human sciences integrate the best thinking from various disciplines to address and solve important challenges that we face individually, as families and communities, and as a society. We integrate disciplines to solve practical, reoccurring problems that individuals, families and communities face.

Human Sciences at Work

Urban G.E.M.S. (Gardening Entrepreneurs Motivating Sustainability) is a positive youth development program that uses gardening to teach science, nutrition, health and wellness, culinary arts, and entrepreneurship. The desired long-term outcomes for Urban GEMS are to:

1.      Increase teen engagement in school/education through STEM and experiential learning program activities.

2.      Increase nutritional knowledge to improve healthy eating and decrease unhealthy eating habits among participants.

3.      Increase community involvement in changing patterns of food consumption.

4.      Produce young people who are on a pathway to success in work and/or higher education.

Urban GEMS was developed by Dr. Deanna Wilkinson and funded by the USDA/NIFA Children Youth and Families at Risk (CYFAR) program. Click here for more information about this very successful program at The Ohio State University .

BoHS Social Media Internship Announcement

The BoHS Board of Directors is pleased to announce three social media internship openings for the 2018-19 academic year. These three interns will help manage the BoHS twitter account. This includes but is not limited to: identifying and posting relevant information on the BoHS twitter account, interacting with followers and responding to notifications, as well as general consistent and timely management of the account. It is anticipated that this represents 5-7 hours of work per week. The interns will receive a modest stipend ($500) each semester with this experience. For more information please click here.

BoHS Awards Nominations Due July 20, 2018

You are invited to nominate a deserving individual, faculty, or staff member for one of four Board on Human Sciences (BoHS) awards presented at APLU’s 131st Annual Meeting on November 12, 2018 in New Orleans, LA.

All nomination materials should be submitted to: Eddie G. Gouge, BoHS Executive Director (, by July 20, 2018. For further information on past award winners, eligibility requirements, and the nomination procedure, go to BoHS Awards.

International Federation of Home Economics 2020 World Congress

August 2 - 8, 2020 in Atlanta, Georgia. For updates check here.

BoHS Business Meetings

March 9, 2018 Business Meeting Minutes (draft)

November 13, 2017 Business Meeting Minutes

2017 APLU Annual Meeting

The 2017 APLU Annual Meeting schedule for the Board on Human Sciences, Inc. can be found by clicking here.

2016 APLU Annual Meeting

The 2016 APLU Annual Meeting schedule for the Board on Human Sciences, Inc. can be found by clicking here.


You may access the archives of the Board on Human Sciences, Inc. by clicking here.


Meetings & Events Events


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