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Joint Journalism Historians Conference

The American Journalism Historians Association and the AEJMC History Division invite submissions for completed papers, research in progress, or panel discussions for presentation at the Joint Journalism Historians Conference–the American Journalism Historians Association and the AEJMC History Division joint spring meeting.

More information is available at: http://journalism.nyu.edu

Posted: November 12, 2010
Tagged: Calls for Papers

At NARA, Making Tough Choices in the Budget

The Archivist of the United States, David S. Ferriero, discusses many of the tough decisions his organization faces as a result of federal budget cuts for 2012.

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Posted: November 11, 2010
Tagged: From the Archivist of the US, Advocacy, News of the Profession

Richard E. Herrmann

Richard E. Herrmann, January 17, 2010, Volunteer State Community College, Gallatin, Tennessee.

More information is available at: http://www.stategazette.com/story/1603436.html

Posted: October 11, 2010
Tagged: In Memoriam

William H. Goetzmann

Pulitzer Prize-winning author, and OAH member, Dr. William H. Goetzmann, died September 7, 2010.

More information is available at: http://www.post-gazette.com/pg/10262/1088642-122.stm

Posted: October 11, 2010
Tagged: In Memoriam

Register Now for the 2011 OAH Annual Meeting

Registration is now open for the 2011 OAH Annual Meeting in Houston, March 17 to 20! Members can save as much as $50 now by taking advantage of \"early bird\" registration rates. Read more >

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Posted: October 5, 2010
Tagged: News of the Organization

Pi Lambda Theta Joins PDK International Family of Associations

PDK International, a membership association for educators, announced today the acquisition of Pi Lambda Theta (PLT), a national honor society of educators. This acquisition completes the PDK International family of associations, which includes PDK, Pi Lambda Theta, and the Future Educators Association®.

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Posted: October 4, 2010
Tagged: News of the Profession

2011 OAH Election: Meet the Candidates

Each fall, individual members of the Organization of American Historians cast their ballots in the annual OAH election using the slate of candidates prepared by the OAH Nominating Board. Each candidate is asked to prepare a biographical outline, including five of their most important publications, grants, fellowships, honors and awards, along with a brief personal statement. Read more >

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Posted: October 4, 2010
Tagged: News of the Organization

Nancy C. Carnevale Receives 2010 American Book Award

Nancy C. Carnevale, Associate Professor of History at Montclair State University, is the recipient of a 2010 American Book Award from the Before Columbus Foundation for A New Language, A New World: Italian Immigrants in the United States, 1890-1945 (University of Illinois Press, 2009).

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Posted: September 30, 2010
Tagged: Clio's Kudos

The New-York Historical Society Launches Slavery Collection

The New-York Historical Society announces the launch of its online portal to nearly twelve thousand pages of source materials documenting the history of slavery in the United States, the Atlantic slave trade, and the abolitionist movement. The collections include account books and ship manifests documenting the financial aspects of the slave trade, legal papers such as birth certificates and deeds of manumission, and political works and polemics. The site also provides access to the archives of abolitionist organizations such as the New-York Manumission Society and the Massachusetts Anti-Slavery Society, as well as the records of the African Free School, which document the education of free blacks in early nineteenth-century New York.

More information is available at: http://www.nyhistory.org/slaverycollections

Posted: September 27, 2010
Tagged: News of the Profession

Contingent History Faculty Survey

The OAH encourages all non-tenure track history instructors, adjuncts, teaching assistants, and postdoctoral fellows to participate in a national survey by the Coalition on the Academic Workforce. The survey aims to develop a detailed picture of how contingent historians and other teaching professionals are compensated and treated nationwide.

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Posted: September 27, 2010
Tagged: News of the Profession

Journal of Illinois History seeks manuscripts

The Journal of Illinois History seeks manuscripts on all facets of the history of Illinois and its citizens. Contributions in social, political, economic, and cultural history are welcome, as are related midwestern and Civil War topics, the history of the Northwest Territory, and Illinois biography. Articles for publication are carefully chosen by the editors, who solicit the comments of at least two referees. Articles are judged on their quality and depth of research, originality, significance of the subject matter, and appropriateness for the JIH.

More information is available at: http://www.illinoishistory.gov/journal.htm

Posted: September 27, 2010
Tagged: Calls for Papers

History of the Academic Health Center and Health Sciences Travel Fellowships

The Travel Fellowship in the History of the Academic Health Center and Health Sciences at the University of Minnesota is intended to promote research on post-World War II developments in academic health centers and health science research using the University of Minnesota Archives. The University of Minnesota Program in the History of Medicine in conjunction with the Academic Health Center History Project will offer up to two fellowships per year to interested scholars whose research is well suited to the health science and administrative collections in the University Archives. Where possible, preference will be given to early career scholars, namely graduate students in the research stage of their dissertation and recent recipients of the PhD. Deadline for applications is October 15, 2010.

More information is available at: http://blog.lib.umn.edu/moore144/ahcarchives/travel/

Posted: September 27, 2010
Tagged: Fellowships

ACLS Fellowship Competitions

The American Council of Learned Societies invites applications for its 2010-2011 fellowships competition. The Online Fellowship Application (OFA) system opened in early July and the 2010-2011 ACLS fellowship competitions are underway. November 10, 2010 is the deadline for the Mellon/ACLS Dissertation Completion Fellowships, Luce/ACLS Dissertation Fellowships in American Art, and East European Studies Programs.

More information is available at: http://www.acls.org/fellowships

Posted: September 27, 2010
Tagged: Fellowships

Thomas Jefferson Prize, Society for History in the Federal Government

The Society for History in the Federal Government (SHFG) seeks entries for its 2011 Thomas Jefferson Prize for documentary histories published in 2009 or 2010. The prize recognizes the editor(s) of a single volume or one or more volumes in a project that contributes significantly to the understanding of the history of the federal government. The award will be given at the SHFG annual meeting in College Park, Maryland in March 2011.

More information is available at: http://www.shfg.org

Posted: September 27, 2010
Tagged: Awards and Prizes

Business History Conference Announces New Award

The Business History Conference announces a new annual award named for Dr. Ralph Gomory, an American businessman, author, mathematician, executive, and research professor. The Ralph Gomory Prize recognizes historical work on the effect business enterprises have on the economic conditions of a country in which they operate. Two prizes of $5,000 will be given: one for a book and one for an article. Deadline for submissions is December 31, 2010.

More information is available at: http://www.thebhc.org/awards/gomory10.pdf

Posted: September 27, 2010
Tagged: Awards and Prizes

Grants available for Photographic Research

The Humboldt Area Foundation is now accepting grant applications for its Peter E. Palmquist Memorial Fund for Historical Photographic Research. The Fund supports the study of under-researched women photographers internationally, past and present, and under-researched Western American photographers before 1900. Individuals researching Western American photography before 1900 or women in photograph as well as nonprofit institutions conducting research in these fields, are eligible to apply. The deadline for applications is Monday, November 1, 2010.

More information is available at: http://www.hafoundation.org/haf/grants/haf-grants.html

Posted: September 27, 2010
Tagged: Grants

Robert Hohner

Robert A. Hohner, a historian of early twentieth-century southern politics, died on August 8, 2010, at his home in London, Ontario. In an educational career interrupted by service in the U.S. Navy, Bob received his B.A., M.A., and Ph.D. from Duke University. After teaching briefly at the U.S. Naval Academy, Bob took a position in 1965 at the University of Western Ontario (UWO), where he remained in the Department of History until his retirement in 2001.

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Posted: September 16, 2010
Tagged: In Memoriam

National Archives Takes Leading Role on Declassification


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Posted: September 13, 2010
Tagged: News of the Profession, From the Archivist of the US

OAH/NCPH 2012 Call for Papers

The OAH and the National Council on Public History are pleased to announce a call for papers for the 2012 OAH/NCPH Annual Meeting in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. Proposals on the theme “Frontiers of Capitalism and Democracy” will be accepted starting October 1, 2010.

More information is available at: http://www.oah.org/programs/meetings/call_for_proposals/

Posted: September 9, 2010
Tagged: News of the Organization

OAH Conference Panel on Adjunct Employment in History (2010)

At the April 2010 OAH annual meeting, members of the OAH Committee on Part-Time and Adjunct Employment gathered for a panel presentation on the growing role of part-time and contingent faculty in history. In a session entitled "'Come Together': Part-Time/Contingent Faculty in History," committee members analyzed the changing composition of the modern higher education faculty, the viability of the 2003 AHA-OAH Joint Standards on Part-Time and Adjunct Employment, the need to define contingent faculty more precisely, and the virtue of affording them greater respect and a larger role in faculty governance.

The committee is pleased to provide full access to the papers presented at its session:

Historians' Contingent Workforce: Where Have We Been? Where Are We Going?
Donna Binkiewicz and Arlene Lazarowitz, California State University, Long Beach

Treating Chronic Illness. The OAH Standards: Are They Appropriate?
Howard Smead, University of Maryland

The Challenges of Part-Time Faculty Employment
Elizabeth Hohl, Fairfield University

The committee invites reactions to these papers and comments on the committee's mission at cpae@oah.org

Here are the 2003 AHA-OAH Joint Standards on Part-Time and Adjunct Faculty, that were published in the August 2003 issue of the OAH Newsletter:

Joint Committee Issues Standards for Part-time and Adjunct Faculty

At their respective semiannual meetings, the OAH Executive Board (3-6 April 2003) and the AHA Council (3-4 May 2003) endorsed the following five standards recommended by the Joint AHA-OAH Committee on Part-time and Adjunct Employment.

1. That part-time faculty be included in the collegial relations and communications of their departments and be provided with:

  • Clearly stated evaluation procedures that include a defined probationary period;
  • seniority for hiring and pay raises after the probationary period
  • office space, phones, access to computers and libraries, photocopying, and parking, clerical and technological support (when available to full-time faculty);
  • eligibility for grants to attend conferences and workshops (on the same basis as full-time faculty); and
  • access to basic benefits (such as health and life insurance, sick leave, and retirement plans). Health benefits particularly should be universally available proportional to employment, with an opportunity provided for co-payments to ensure full coverage.

2. That history departments provide an accurate statistical report to the AHA-OAH Joint Committee on Part-time and Adjunct Employment, to accrediting organizations, and to the public, showing the number of part-time/adjunct faculty. This includes providing:

  • the actual number of full-time and part-time/adjunct faculty;
  • the number and percentage of history courses taught by full-time and by part-time/adjunct faculty respectively; and
  • the length of employment of part-time/adjunct faculty.

(For the purpose of statistical reporting, graduate students teaching independent courses, where they are the instructors and are responsible for lectures and running the course, are to be counted as part-time/adjunct faculty.)

That history departments specify the criteria or priorities governing the hiring and retention of part-time/adjunct faculty.

3. That the following standards be recognized as the appropriate proportion for courses taught by part-time/adjunct faculty (including graduate students):

  • Community Colleges: 30 percent; 40 percent maximum
  • Four-Year Institutions: 10 percent; 20 percent maximum
  • Research Institutions: 20 percent; 30 percent maximum

These levels reflect existing variations among different types of institutions shown in a number of studies, and improve on existing use by moving to lower percentages.

4. That the pay scale for part-time faculty be set at a minimum of 80 percent of what a full-time faculty member of comparable training and experience would be paid for teaching a course at that particular institution. (Research institutions will have to modify these standards according to their actual practices, taking into account the large amount of time their faculty spend on research and writing.) This assumes that the part-time/adjunct faculty member does NOT have administrative duties, serve on institutional committees, do advising, or supervise independent research projects or internships. If those duties are included, pay should be 100 percent equivalent.

This would mean, for example, that if an assistant professor teaches six courses and is paid $40,000 a year, the per-course payment for a part-time faculty person should be (at the 80 percent rate) $5,300 per course; if the salary was the same and the course load was 8 courses a year, the pay should be $4,000 per course; if 10 courses a year, the pay should be $3,200 per course. The amount paid should be increased over time to recognize years in service.

5. History departments should undertake to meet these standards and will be commended for substantial progress and good practices in the AHA and OAH newsletters.

In addition to the above standards, the Joint Committee requested and the OAH Board and AHA Council agreed to contact all college accrediting organizations and all journals and media that list colleges and universities by various criteria and ask them to include the following information in their reports:

  • number and percentage of part-time/adjunct faculty; and
  • number and percentage of courses taught by part-time/adjunct faculty.

This is a matter of public information to which prospective students and their families are entitled as a matter of consumer protection.

The AHA and OAH executive offices are currently devising a brief survey that will be distributed in paper and electronic form to all history departments by September 2003. Future reports in 2004 and later will be completed electronically.

OAH Committee on Part-Time and Adjunct Employment (August 2010):
Donald W. Rogers, Central Connecticut State University and Housatonic Community College (Chair)
Stephanie Gilmore, Dickinson College
Donn Hall, Ivy Tech Community College
Elizabeth Hohl, Fairfield University
Arlene Lazarowitz, California State University, Long Beach
Howard Smead, University of Maryland

Posted: September 8, 2010
Tagged: News of the Organization