The AHA’s special projects combine the interests and needs of our members with opportunities for funding or other available resources. The promotion of history, historical work, and historical thinking encompasses a wide spectrum of activities, and each project focuses on a particular set of issues that might engage only a portion of the membership—but that relates to broader areas of concern to the discipline at large. Our current projects tilt towards history education, and the relationship between historical thinking and career opportunities.
Supported by a grant from the NEH's Bridging Cultures initiative, the AHA's "American History, Atlantic and Pacific" professional development program for Community College faculty promotes a global perspective on US history at the country's increasingly diverse two-year institutions. The program draws on a generation of innovative scholarship that has reframed the origins of the US within a broad geographical and chronological context. Participants worked to create or revise US history courses with lessons, units, and other work that deepens teaching on the US in the world.
Tuning and Teaching History as an Ethical Way of Being in the World
This might be crazy, but imagine a first meeting of the academic year where no one talked about budgets, assessment, course assignments, or parking. What if we all started the year discussing what disciplinary ideals link us as historians and how we might best introduce those to our students? The Tuning Project has now compiled dozens of examples of departmental and course level expectations for students and curricular maps to guide students in building knowledge and skills, all designed to clarify what we do and why.