The establishment of a Center for the Humanities was identified as one of the desired goals of the strategic plan of the College of Arts and Sciences, under the leadership of Dean Michael Halleran. During 2007-2008, a faculty committee submitted to the Dean a proposal concerning the establishment of such a Center, including suggestions regarding its administration, activities, facilities, and funding.
In fall 2008, Dean Halleran appointed as Director, Mihoko Suzuki, Professor of English, as well as a faculty advisory committee to establish guidelines for the Center’s programs and activities. Following a national search for an Associate Director, Kyle Siebrecht, who holds an M.M. in Musicology, was appointed. During spring 2009, the Center announced its inaugural group of faculty and dissertation fellows.
The College of Arts and Sciences Center for the Humanities at the University of Miami is the first Center in South Florida. The Center is a member of the Consortium of Humanities Centers and Institutes, the National Humanities Alliance, the Florida Humanities Council, and the Florida Digital Humanities Consortium.