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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


“Come Together”: Part-Time/Contingent Faculty in History

At the April 2010 OAH Annual Meeting in Washington, D.C., members of the OAH Committee on Part-Time and Adjunct Employment assessed the growing role of part-time and contingent faculty in history by hosting a session entitled “Come Together”: Part-Time/Contingent Faculty in History.

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


ACLS Digital Innovation Fellowships

The American Council of Learned Societies (ACLS) invites applications for the sixth annual competition for the ACLS Digital Innovation Fellowships. This program, through the generous assistance of The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, supports digitally based research projects in all disciplines of the humanities and humanities-related social sciences. The projects of successful applicants will help advance digital humanistic scholarship by broadening understanding of its nature and exemplifying the robust infrastructure necessary for creating such works.

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

Posted: September 3, 2010
Tagged: Fellowships, News of the Profession


National Council on Public History: Call for 2011 Award Nominations

Each year the National Council on Public History offers more than $6,500 in awards recognizing excellence in the diverse ways public historians apply their skills to the world around us. Book prize submissions are due November 1, 2010; those for outstanding public history project, new professionals, excellence in consulting, and student project and travel awards are due by December 1, 2010. Submissions are also requested by December 1 for the Michael C. Robinson Prize for Historical Analysis, rewarding historical studies that contribute directly to the formation of public policy. Nominate a colleague or yourself.

More information is available at: http://ncph.org/cms/awards/

Posted: September 3, 2010
Tagged: News of the Profession, Awards and Prizes


Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture Residencies

The Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture, a unit of the New York Public Library’s Research Libraries, announces its Scholars-in-Residence Program for the 2011—2012 academic year. The Fellowship Program encompasses projects in African, Afro-American, and Afro-Caribbean history and culture, with an emphasis on African diasporan studies and biography, social history and African American culture. Application deadline is December 1, 2010.

More information is available at: http://www.nypl.org/locations/tid/64/node/131

Posted: September 3, 2010
Tagged: Fellowships, News of the Profession


The Filson Historical Society Fellowships

The Filson Historical Society in Louisville, Kentucky, invites applications for fellowships to support internships and research in the Filson’s collections. The mission of the Filson Historical Society, founded in 1884, is to collect, preserve, and communicate the significant stories of Kentucky and the Ohio Valley history and culture. The Filson anticipates that successful applicants receiving fellowships will publicize the results of their research in Ohio Valley History, the peer-reviewed journal published jointly by the Filson and the Cincinnati Museum Center. Applications must be received by October 15, 2010.

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

Posted: September 3, 2010
Tagged: Fellowships, News of the Profession


Omohundro Institute—NEH Postdoctoral Fellowship

The Omohundro Institute of Early American History and Culture (OIEAHC) offers a two-year postdoctoral fellowship in any area of early American studies, to begin July 1, 2011. A principal criterion for selection is that the candidate’s dissertation or other manuscript have significant potential as a distinguished, book-length contribution to scholarship. A substantial portion of the work must be submitted with the application. Applications must be postmarked by November 1, 2010. More information may be obtained by contacting: Omohundro Institute-NEH Postdoctoral Fellowship, OIEAHC, P.O. Box 8781, Williamsburg, VA 23187-8781; e-mail: ieahc1@wm.edu.

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Posted: September 3, 2010
Tagged: Fellowships, News of the Profession


Andrew W. Mellon Postdoctoral Research Fellowship

The Omohundro Institute of Early American History and Culture (OIEAHC) invites applications for a one-year Andrew W. Mellon Postdoctoral Research Fellowship in any area of early American studies, to begin July 1, 2011. The award carries a year’s support to revise the applicant’s first book manuscript and the Institute’s commitment to publish the resulting study. Applications must be postmarked by November 1, 2010. More information may be obtained by contacting: Andrew W. Mellon Postdoctoral Research Fellowship, OIEAHC, P.O. Box 8781, Williamsburg, VA 23187-8781; email: ieahc1@wm.edu.

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Posted: September 3, 2010
Tagged: News of the Profession, Fellowships


David Weber

David J. Weber, the founding director of the William P. Clements Center for Southwest Studies at Southern Methodist University, died on August 20, 2010, of multiple myeloma. Weber served the OAH in various capacities, most recently as a member of the OAH Executive Board (2006–2009) and as an OAH Distinguished Lecturer (1995–2001). For more information, visit www.smu.edu/News/2010/david-weber-dies-23aug2010.aspx.

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Posted: August 30, 2010
Tagged: In Memoriam


Peggy Pascoe

Peggy Pascoe, long time OAH member, and 2009 winner of the Lawrence W. Levine Prize for the best book in American cultural history, died on July 23, 2010 at the age of 55. For a complete obituary and brief biography, please visit http://history.uoregon.edu/news/pascoe_obituary/.

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Posted: August 26, 2010
Tagged: In Memoriam


Call for Papers: Southern Labor Studies Conference

To coincide with the 40th anniversary of the Southern Labor Archives at Georgia State University, the 15th Southern Labor Studies Conference proposes to turn a similar self-critical gaze on the materials labor historians rely on to produce the field of labor history.

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Posted: August 26, 2010
Tagged: News of the Profession, Meetings, Conferences, Symposia, Calls for Papers