Joel Wurl is a Senior Program Officer in the Division of Preservation & Access, where he coordinates the Humanities Collections and Reference Resources program. Prior to joining NEH in October, 2006, he served as head of research collections and associate director of the University of Minnesota’s Immigration History Research Center. During that tenure, he was a consultant and advisor for several immigration and ethnic history-related projects undertaken by museums, historical societies, archives, and community organizations regionally and nationally. From 2007 to 2013, Wurl was an adjunct instructor in the Applied History program at George Mason University. In 2007, he was designated a distinguished fellow of the Society of American Archivists.