The American Folklore Society’s first modern-day long-range planning effort took place in the late 1990s, and led, among other outcomes, to the Board’s creation of a full-time executive director position for the Society. Then, throughout 2006, the Executive Board worked with the Society staff and committees to carry out a second long-range planning process, which led to the document titled “Toward the Future of Folklore Scholarship and Practice.”
This 2006 process articulated five goals and developed a set of highest-priority actions associated with each theme. In 2009 and 2010 the Executive Board revisited that plan, evaluated our progress toward its goals, and determined a) to devote 2011-2013 to completion of all possible work on the goals outlined in the existing plan, and b) to undertake a new planning process in 2013-14 to revisit and revise our existing plan for implementation in 2014-2018.
An outline of this new plan, titled "Toward the Future of Folklore Scholarship and Practice, 2014-2018," is now available on the AFS web site.