Council Decisions 2007

January 2007

At its meetings in Atlanta on January 4 and 7, 2007 (during the 121st annual meeting), the AHA’s Council reached the following decisions:

  • Recommended (for approval at the Business Meeting) the reappointment of Roger Liddell of Ingalls and Snyder and C. Evan Stewart of Zuckerman Spaeder for five-year terms on the AHA’s Board of Trustees, which oversees AHA’s investments. The Business Meeting approved the reappointments.

  • Accepted the independent auditors’ report on the AHA’s finances for fiscal 2005–2006.

  • Approved the Conflict of Interest Statement for officers and employees as recommended by the auditor.

  • Approved, as amended, official Resource Sharing Agreements with the National Coalition for History and the National History Center.

  • Charged the Finance Committee to review ongoing financial oversight arrangements of the Association.

  • Approved appointments as recommended by the Committee on Committees (see the complete list of committees).

  • Agreed that the AHA Council should again meet jointly with the Professional, Teaching, and Research Divisions in June 2007 and that together they would further discuss a proposed constitutional change relating to the Council/Division structure.

  • Approved the recommendation of the Teaching Division to endorse The Next Generation of History Teachers; A Challenge to Departments of History at American Colleges and Universities, a white paper preparedby Edward Ayers (Univ. of Virginia).

  • Approved the Teaching Division’s request to support the addition of history—both U.S. and world—to the areas of assessment and accountability under the No Child Left Behind Act (see text of resolution on page 14).

  • Approved the text of the open letter to U.S. Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice and U.S. Secretary of Homeland Security Michael Chertoff, concerning Dr. Waskar Ari.

  • Approved the Guiding Principles on Taking a Public Stance proposed by the Professional Division (see page 15).

  • Approved the Guidelines for Job Offers in History, proposed by the Professional Division.

  • Approved the statement proposed by the Professional Division on the 2006 Florida Education Bill.

  • Approved appointment of Felice Lifshitz (Florida International Univ.) as the chair of the 2009 Annual Meeting Program Committee.

  • Accepted the resolution adopted at the Business Meeting on opposing the use of “Free Speech Zones” to Restrict Academic Freedom (see box on this page).

  • Referred the resolution recommending that the AHA subscribe to the Informed Meetings Exchange (INMEX) to the executive director for further investigation prior to making a recommendation to the Council for its June 2007 meeting.

  • Accepted the resolution on “United States Government Practices Inimical to the Values of the Historical Profession” adopted at the Business Meeting, but because the resolution was not submitted before the November 1 Perspectives publication deadline, and also because of its intrinsic importance, agreed that its acceptance should be ratified by a majority of those voting in an e-mail ballot of the membership (see text of resolution in the February 2007 issue of Perspectives).

  • Appointed Council members Frank Malaret to the Teaching Division and Larry Wolff to the Research Division.

  • Approved the reinstatement of the category “Psychohistory” to the taxonomic list of research specializations.

June 2007

At its meetings in Washington, D.C., June 2 and 3, 2007, the AHA’s Council reached the following decisions:

  • Approved the minutes of the January 2007 meeting.

  • Approved a formal policy for adding and deleting categories from the membership taxonomy. To assure the flexibility to include new and emerging fields, Council will consider new categories on petition from 10 members in good standing. To assure that the taxonomy will not become more long and unwieldy than it currently is, Council will review staff recommendations to delete or consolidate categories that have not been selected by at least five members for two consecutive years.

  • Three recipients of the Award for Scholarly Distinction approved.

  • Approved nominee for the Honorary Foreign Member.

  • Approved nominee for the Roosevelt-Wilson Award.

  • Development advisory committee formed. Budget for 2006-07 approved, with commitment to continue subsidizing the History Cooperative for two years.

  • Approved the 2009 Program Committee:

Beth Boland (National Park Service), Jane Dailey (University of Chicago), Susan Douglass (Prince Alwaleed bin Talal Center for Muslim Christian Understanding), Anne Hardgrove (University of Texas at San Antonio), R. Stephen Humphreys (University of California at Santa Barbara), David Newbury (Smith College), Dominic Sachsenmaier (Duke University), Helmut Smith (Vanderbilt University), Ben Vinson (Johns Hopkins University), and Keith Wailoo (Rutgers University at New Brunswick).

  • Approved the 2009 Local Arrangements Committee chair.

  • Declined the application for affiliation by Historians Against the War.

  • Suspended affiliate status of four societies that have not responded to staff inquiries for more than five years.

  • Approved proposed constitutional reforms for publication in Perspectives and presentation at the next business meeting.

  • Council received a report from Arnita Jones on the status of INMEX, and decided it still lacked enough information about the organization’s corporate status or services to make an informed judgment about joining the organization.

  • Approved the nominee for the Troyer Steele Anderson Prize.

  • Approved Task Force on Disability, pending elaboration of a specific committee structure.

  • Approved the AHA’s participation in a joint AHA-OAH-NCPH task force to propose standards for assessing public history activities in academic tenure and review.

  • Added child care to the potential uses for AHA fellowship funds.

  • Agreed to change the frequency of the award of the Jameson Editorial Prize from every five years to biennially.

  • Approved formation of a task force to assess the shape of a fourth edition of the AHA’s Guide to Historical Literature.

  • Adopted a new guideline for the annual meeting on the criteria for off-site sessions:

3.4) Offsite Sessions: The Program Committee will consider proposals for offsite sessions that take advantage of historical resources in the meeting city. Organizers of offsite sessions are responsible for making arrangements with the proposed host institution prior to the submission of a proposal. The AHA cannot pay rental or site use fees for offsite sessions.

Proposals for offsite sessions require pre-approval by the Program Committee. Organizers of intended offsite sessions should contact the chair and co-chair of the Program Committee by December 15, explaining how the location will enhance the intellectual content of the session and clearly describing the arrangements that have been made for meeting space, transportation (if necessary), etc. Organizers must provide the name, e-mail, phone number, and mailing address of a staff member at the host institution who is aware of plans for the session.

January 2008

At its meetings held in Washington, D.C., on January 3 and 6, 2008 (during the 122nd annual meeting), the AHA's Council reached the following decisions:

  • Commended Convention Director Sharon K. Tune on her 20th meeting as manager.
  • Approved the minutes of the June 2007 Council meeting and a summary of interim discussions and decisions conducted by listserv.
  • Agreed that the three division vice presidents will serve on the board of the National History Center ex officio as voting members, to better coordinate the relationship between the two organizations.
  • Formed a development advisory committee to initiate a capital campaign, which will be jointly chaired by AHA President Gabrielle Spiegel and National History Center Director Wm. Roger Louis.
  • Approved the audit report for the 2006–07 fiscal year.
  • Approved the slate of committee members for 2008.
  • Accepted revisions to the Guidelines for Affiliation, and accepted the Society for the History of Children and Youth as a new affiliated society.
  • Approved the new mission statement of the Professional Division.
  • Approved formation of a new Task Force on Disabilities.
  • Approved revision to section 3.2 of the annual meeting guidelines, which will now read:

    3.2) Selection and Participation: Participation at the annual meeting is subject to the following conditions:

    A. All participants, except for foreign scholars and those from other disciplines, must be current members of the Association.

    B. Participants may present only one paper of original research per year; and serve in one other capacity at the annual meeting, such as serving as chair or commentator on another panel, or participating in professionally-oriented sessions.

    C. The full diversity of the membership should be represented in the annual meeting program, taking into consideration the principles articulated in the "Statement on Diversity in AHA Nominations and Appointments," which states that selections "should be consistent with the principle of diversity including such considerations as: work context, including secondary schools, two-year colleges, four-year colleges, graduate institutions, public history, and independent research; as well as employment status, such as full-time, part-time, and temporary; gender; race and ethnicity; age; rank, including junior as well as senior historians; regional distribution; and area of specialization, where pertinent to the position."

    D. In keeping with the Statement on Diversity, issues of diversity and representation should be addressed insofar as possible within individual panels and in the context of the entire meeting.

  • Removed the criteria from the John H. Dunning Prize that limited awards to "a young scholar."
  • Approved a proposal to assist early-career historians at colleges and universities that do not support research, through summer seminars, research funding, mentorship, and a close review of the balance between tenure requirements and expectations in history departments.
  • Approved language clarifying the criteria for the Beveridge Family Teaching Prize.
  • Received the final report from the Working Group for the Future of the AHA.
  • Approved language streamlining the nominating process for the Asher Prize.
  • Agreed to place proposed constitutional amendments before the full membership for approval by electronic ballot.
  • Asked the executive committee to review the annual meeting press policy, and to report back to Council at its June meeting.
  • Asked staff to distribute the Committee on Minority Historians' report on "Equity for Minority Historians in the Academic Workplace" to departments.
  • Approved the nomination of Jane Kamensky (Brandeis University) as chair of the 2010 program committee.
  • Added two new categories in the membership taxonomy ("Maritime including Naval" history and "Print Culture").
  • Approved a subvention/grant of $2,000 to the Association for Historical Dialogue and Research in Nicosia, Cyprus, in support of its efforts to create a multifaceted Educational Center and Home for Cooperation in the UN buffer zone in Cyprus.
  • Provisionally approved a letter to the U.S. State Department expressing concern about the status and treatment of records from United Nations' war crimes tribunals.
  • Approved a letter to the Justice Department, the Central Intelligence Agency, and the National Archives expressing concern about the status of archival materials related to interrogations of prisoners at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba.