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  • AHA Releases Report on Two-Year College Faculty Added July 29, 2014

    In 2009, the AHA formed a task force to recommend ways to improve the Association's services to historians employed in community, junior, and technical colleges-a constituency that is underrepresented in the membership of the organization. As of April 2013, just 468 of 14,330 AHA members indicated that they work at two-year colleges. With approximately 1,200 community colleges in the United States, it is clear that the AHA is not attracting sufficient membership from this part of the discipline...

  • Letters to the Editor: On "AHA Job Ads and AAUP Censure" Added July 29, 2014

    Perspectives on History welcomes letters to the editor on issues discussed in its pages or which are relevant to the profession. Letters should follow our guidelines . Letters selected for publication may be edited for style, length, and content. Publication of letters does not signify endorsement by the AHA of the views expressed by the authors, who alone are responsible for ensuring accuracy of the letters' contents. Institutional affiliations are provided only for identification pu...

  • Job Market Report 2005: Signs of Improvement? Added July 29, 2014

    The number of job advertisements posted in Perspectives in the academic year 2004–05 surpassed estimates of new history PhDs for the first time in 15 years. After two years of declines, the total number of positions advertised in Perspectives in the 2004–05 academic year increased 13.1 percent over the year before ( Figure 1 ). 1 The number of positions advertised last year, 966 in all, was second only to the academic year 2001–02, when 983 positions were listed. ...

  • The AHA Ad Hoc Committee on Contingent Faculty Added July 29, 2014

    Charge for Committee on Contingent Faculty A recent report by the American Association of University Professors indicates that seven out of ten faculty members at institutions of higher learning are off the tenure track. Historians are part of this trend, and the numbers of those in our discipline who work on a contingent, part-­time, adjunct, or contract basis are growing. These faculty members generally endure second­class status in their institution—a status characterized by ...

  • SHAFR Seeks Proposals for Editor of Diplomatic History Added July 29, 2014

    The Society for Historians of American Foreign Relations (SHAFR), an affiliate of the AHA, is issuing a Call for Proposals to edit its flagship publication, Diplomatic History . The term of appointment will begin in August 2014 and, as stipulated in SHAFR's by-laws, will extend for at least three but no more than five years. Diplomatic History ( DH ) is the leading journal in the fields of U.S. foreign relations and international history. In 2011, full-text downloads of DH articles reach...

  • Evaluators Sought for Javits Fellowships Added July 29, 2014

    The U.S. Department of Education is seeking reviewers to evaluate applications from students applying for the Jacob K. Javits Fellowships. The Javits Fellowships provide funding to students of superior academic ability, selected on the basis of demonstrated achievement, financial need, and exceptional promise—to undertake study at the doctoral level in selected fields of arts, humanities, and social sciences and at the master's level in fine arts. The Javits application review process...

  • The Many Careers of History PhDs: New Report Documents Diverse Employment Outcomes Added July 29, 2014

    W hat are the career paths of history PhDs? Although historians are well aware of the difficulties the newly minted PhD faces on the academic job market, we have been at a loss when it comes to accounting for what actually happens to PhDs as they settle into careers. An important new study by Robert B. Townsend and L. Maren Wood, commissioned by the American Historical Association and now available at historians.org , examines the professional trajectories of 2,500 historians who earned ...

  • Career Fair Adds New Dimension to Annual Meeting Job Center Added July 29, 2014

    The number of interviews at the annual meeting Job Center dipped only slightly this year, with 67 searches conducted at AHA-provided tables or rooms in 2014, compared to 71 last year. In addition to hosting facilities for formal interviews, the Job Center featured a new event: the Career Fair. Giving students and job candidates an opportunity to network and discover the vast possibilities open to those with history training, the fair provided a lively, energizing Saturday afternoon at the meet...

  • The Zero-Sum Rhetoric of Higher Ed Reform Added July 29, 2014

    President Obama ignited a small firestorm in certain quarters last month when he told an audience that “folks can make a lot more potentially with skilled manufacturing or the trades than they might with an art history degree.” The issue is not whether he was actually right or wrong about dollars and cents. That’s a calculation with too many variables, too many contingencies, and too many ways of parsing the president’s conditional verbs. Nor is the controversy necessar...

  • The Value and Values of a Liberal Education Added July 29, 2014

    The Association of American Colleges and Universities (AAC&U) convened in Washington, DC, for its 2014 annual meeting from January 22 to 25. A national organization founded in 1915, the AAC&U is dedicated to strengthening undergraduate liberal education at individual institutions and in public life. It has more than 1,300 member institutions, representing a wide range of colleges and university types. The AAC&U annual meeting attracts leaders in higher education, including administr...