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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
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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
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OAH Endorses Recommendations for a Well-Rounded Education

The Organization of American Historians endorsed recommendations for how the federal government can better support core subjects beyond reading and math.

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Posted: August 12, 2010
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Thank you!

Please join us in thanking the individuals who gave OAH Lectures during the first half of 2010 and the institutions that hosted them. View complete list >

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Posted: August 12, 2010
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OAH Awards and Prizes

Each year the OAH sponsors or cosponsors awards, prizes, and grants given in recognition of scholarly and professional achievements in the field of American history. Many awards have an October 1 deadline. View a complete list of OAH Awards and Prizes >

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Posted: August 12, 2010
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New Membership Dues Structure Adopted

In conjunction with the recently adopted strategic plan, the Executive Board of the Organization of American Historians has enacted a simplified dues structure for individual members.

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Posted: August 12, 2010
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Deadline for JAH Special Issue Approaches

The deadline for receipt of submission for the JAH Special Issue on North American borderlands history is September 10, 2010. For more information, please visit The Journal of American History.

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Posted: August 12, 2010
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Historical Associations Issue Recommendations About Rewarding Public History Work for Promotion and Tenure

“Tenure, Promotion, and the Publicly Engaged Academic Historian,” a report offering best practices for evaluating public history scholarship in history departments, was adopted by the Organization of American Historians (OAH) Executive Board on April 8, the National Council on Public History (NCPH) Board of Directors on June 3, and the American Historical Association (AHA) Council on June 5, 2010.

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Posted: June 28, 2010
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OAH Nominating Board presents 2010 Election Slate

The OAH Nominating Board announces the slate of nominees for the 2011 OAH Election. 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. As outlined in Article V of the OAH Constitution, nominating and executive board candidates receiving the highest number of votes then serve a three-year term in office.

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Posted: May 27, 2010
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OAH passes Texas Textbook Resolution

The Organization of American Historians supports the efforts of the professionally trained educators of Texas to achieve and maintain a history curriculum that reflects the basic consensus of scholarship.

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Posted: May 12, 2010
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Interviews with Award Winners from the OAH Annual Meeting

The Organization American Historians sponsors or cosponsors more than twenty annual awards, prizes, fellowships, and grants, presented at the OAH Annual Meeting, to recognize scholarly and professional achievements in American history. In a series of interviews from the 2010 OAH Annual Meeting, Michael Regoli talks with a few of the winners.

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Posted: May 7, 2010
Tagged: News of the Organization, Awards and Prizes, Meetings, Conferences, Symposia


JAH Printing Error—Replacement Copy in the Mail

Due to a printing error, the March 2010 Journal of American History is missing 36 pages that should have appeared immediately after the volume index on page 1285. A complete, reprinted edition of volume 96, number 4 is now in the mail. Once your replacement copy arrives, please recycle the issue you received earlier this month.

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Posted: April 26, 2010
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OAH signs with Oxford University Press

The Organization of American Historians is pleased to announce a new partnership with Oxford University Press for the publication and dissemination of the Journal of American History and the OAH Magazine of History.

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Posted: April 23, 2010
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Unveiling the OAH Distinguished Lectureship Program

The Distinguished Lectureship Program section of the OAH Web site has been redesigned and updated. Visit http://lectures.oah.org to learn about the program or to browse the wide-ranging list of leading historians who can share their expertise with any audience.

More information is available at: http://lectures.oah.org

Posted: April 10, 2010
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2010 OAH election results now available

The 2010 OAH election results are now available. The president is David Hollinger, the president-elect is Alice Kessler-Harris, and the vice-president is Albert Camarrillo. For a complete listing of results, click here.

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Posted: March 11, 2010
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2009 Treasurer’s report available online

The 2009 OAH treasurer’s report, compiled by Bob Griffith with assistance from Certified Public Accountant Michael Crouse, is now available online.

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Posted: March 5, 2010
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OAH Launches New Web Site Design

The OAH is launching a newly designed Web site, including a new home page. Development of the site is ongoing, and we expect to finish it by July 1, 2010. The new OAH.org will feature enhanced navigation, rss feeds, and one-click access to the OAH’s most popular publications and resources. Check back frequently as we make these improvements, and let us know what you think.

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Posted: January 25, 2010
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OAH Appoints New Executive Director

At its fall 2009 meeting, the OAH Executive Board appointed Katherine Finley as the new executive director of the Organization of American Historians. Finley holds undergraduate and graduate degrees in history and has worked for history museums and associations; she is also a seasoned nonprofit executive. Finley’s experience and talents will be useful as the OAH works toward the goals adopted in its newest strategic plan. Read more >

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Posted: November 1, 2009
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Journal of American History: Textbooks and Teaching

Posted: December 31, 1969
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