Do you want to help create a more compassionate world? Would you like to see evidence-based research used to strengthen human-animal relationships? If you do, you may be a match for ASI’s open board member positions. Whether you have experience working with a hands-on board or are thinking about joining a board for the first time, this may be the right opportunity for you.

Animals are everywhere—in our homes, in our children’s storybooks, on farms, in our national parks, and on many dinner plates. Yet we often do not think about the countless roles animals and humans play in each other’s lives. At ASI, we believe there is much to be learned about human-animal relationships and work to be done to make communities safer and more compassionate for all.

We are a 501(c)3 organization with a small staff supplemented by volunteers. Our board members are actively involved in marketing and communications, fundraising and policy development. If you have experience, in particular, in nonprofit finances, fundraising or human resources and are interested in joining us, we would love to talk to you. While we maintain a physical office in Ann Arbor, MI, board-related meetings are conducted via Zoom. We currently have board members across the country and welcome new members from any location. Our time commitment varies, with a minimum of a monthly two-hour board meeting.

About the Animals & Society Institute

Our Mission: Advancing human knowledge to improve animal lives.

Our Vision: A compassionate world where animals flourish.

Location: 2512 Carpenter Road, Suite 202A, Ann Arbor, MI 48108-1188

What We Do: ASI is a think tank that provides evidence-based, theoretically sound and useful knowledge about human-animal relationships to those who work to affect policy and practices involving animals.

  • We provide faculty with an interest in human-animal studies with access to quality information about the field, and opportunities for how to get involved in it.
  • We help to ascertain research priorities for the field, targeting topics that are under-researched, giving scholars venues to research and publish in those areas.
  • We provide high quality, scholarly resources to animal agencies and animal service professionals to allow them to use the most effective practices for their work.

 How to Apply: If you would like to find out more about how to join this dynamic organization, please email a cover letter and resume to Liz Hirky, PhD, interim chair, at

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