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The OAH Strongly Urges Support of the Adjunct Faculty Loan Fairness Act of 2014

The Organization of American Historians strongly urges support of S. 2712, the Adjunct Faculty Loan Fairness Act of 2014, recently sponsored by Democratic Senator Richard Durbin of Illinois to allow adjunct, contingent and other part-time faculty to participate in the Public Service Loan Forgiveness (PSLF) Program.

The Organization of American Historians, a professional society representing more than 7,800 historians working in the United States and abroad, affirms that S. 2712 constitutes good public policy for all of higher education, including the history discipline. As it currently stands, the PSLF program encourages graduating students to apply for and continue to work full-time in public service jobs. After making 120 payments (10 years of student loan payments) graduates may qualify for forgiveness of the remaining balance due on their William D. Ford Federal Direct Loan Program while employed full-time by selected public service employers in such careers as the military, public education, public health and law enforcement. Many full-time faculty at public universities and some part-time faculty at community colleges qualify for the loan forgiveness program as it was originally passed.

Over the last 40 years, however, the higher education environment has changed, so that around half of all faculty positions today are being filled by adjunct, contingent, and other part-time employees who are not eligible for PSLF benefits. This is true across higher education as well as in the history field. Budgetary and staffing trends in modern schools of higher learning have reduced the proportion of full-time history faculty members while escalating the percentage of part-time adjunct instructors, so that higher education today relies heavily on part-time faculty members to carry its fundamental educational mission. Yet, to secure the advanced degrees that allow them to enter public service and serve their communities as educators, the highly-skilled historians and other specialists who staff today's part-time jobs often acquired the heavy burden of student loans. Now they find themselves in part-time positions that pay far less than full-time positions with fewer benefits; they often lack job security and health insurance. Many are forced to string together positions at multiple institutions barely to manage a living wage, much less pay off their debts.

The Adjunct Faculty Loan Fairness Act of 2014 proposed by Senator Durbin will help to alleviate this problem. It will add adjunct faculty at public colleges and universities to the list of professions currently qualifying for loan forgiveness under the PSLF. Consequently, it will reduce the financial burden imposed both on part-time historians and on adjunct faculty in other disciplines. And it will enhance part-time faculty members' ability to stay in public service and continue their contributions to higher education.

The Organization of American historians urges the United States Congress to take up Senator Durbin's S. 2712, the Adjunct Faculty Loan Fairness Act, and enact it speedily into law.

Posted: October 23, 2014
Tagged: News of the Profession, News of the Organization


Resolution of Appreciation to the Journal of American History

The Association for Documentary Editing passed a resolution of appreciation commending the Journal of American History for its support of the field of documentary editing. The Association thanks the Journal of American History for providing their members with important peer reviews of the work they do.

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Posted: October 22, 2014
Tagged: News of the Organization


OAH Statement on the AP Test

The Organization of American Historians supports the Revised Framework for the Advanced Placement and U.S. History Course and Exam. In response to recent criticism of the College Board, the OAH affirms that expert teachers and scholars of good will designed and conducted the extensive process of revision. The OAH is proud to be associated with these dedicated and professional teachers and historians. Many are OAH members.

The adaptations achieved in the U.S. History Course and Exam were guided by a commitment to benefit from previously unavailable sources of information on American history, to enhance student analytic powers in courses, and especially to foster their success in the complex contemporary worlds they will enter. As in all fields of knowledge—science, medicine, and American history—new sources, new methods, and new conclusions build on distinguished earlier research to move the nation to deeper, more advantageous understandings of our past, present, and future.

Our expanding knowledge about America's complex history sometimes pushes against semester and school-year time constraints, and we believe that the revised Advanced Placement and U.S. History Course and Exam arise from a strong commitment to reconcile deeper understandings in American history with classroom realities. We are convinced that both supporters and critics of the revision will benefit from conversations that grapple with our expanded understandings of the American past. We welcome fruitful discussions about the best ways to incorporate enlarged historical findings into the design of courses and tests without overburdening teachers or confusing students. Such dialogues, if approached with respect and good will, can engage and unite Americans who value the study of United States history.

Posted: August 29, 2014
Tagged: News of the Profession, News of the Organization


President Obama Honors Three OAH Past Presidents with National Humanities Medals

(Bloomington, Indiana) On Monday, President Barack Obama will present National Humanities Medals to historians David Brion Davis, Darlene Clark Hine, and Anne Firor Scott. All three honorees have served the Organization of American Historians (OAH) as president and are lifetime members. "We join all Americans in applauding the contributions these three individuals have made to their areas of research, and we thank them for their legacy of support to OAH," said Patricia Limerick, OAH President.

Being recognized are:

David Brion Davis is Sterling Professor of American History Emeritus at Yale University, and founder and Director Emeritus of Yale's Gilder Lehrman Center for the Study of Slavery, Resistance, and Abolition. Davis, a member of the OAH since 1956 and currently a lifetime member, served as OAH president from 1988-1989. He is being awarded the medal for "shedding light on the contradiction of a free Nation built by forced labor, and his examinations of slavery and abolitionism." Upon recieving this recognition, Davis noted: "I am deeply honored to join two other OAH past presidents in recieving the National Humanities Medal."

Darlene Clark Hine is Professor of African American Studies and Professor of History, Northwestern University, Evanston, Illinois. Hine served as OAH President from 2001-2002 and has served on numerous committees at the OAH. She has been a member since 1974 and also is a lifetime member of the organization. Hine is receiving the National Humanities Medal for "enriching our understanding of the African American experience. Through prolific scholarship and leadership, Dr. Hine has examined race, class, and gender and shown how the struggles and successes of African American women shaped the National we share today." Named in her honor, the Darlene Clark Hine Award is given annually by the OAH to the author of the best book in African American women's and gender history.

Anne Firor Scott is the W.K. Boyd Professor of History Emerita at Duke University. Scott, a member of OAH since 1970, served as its President from 1983-1984 and was awarded the organization's Distinguished Service Award in 2002. Each year, the OAH awards the Lerner-Scott Prize for the best doctoral dissertation in U.S. women's history. The award is named after Scott and the late Gerda Lerner, a prominent women's historian. The National Humanities Medal is being awarded to her for "pioneering the study of southern women. Through groundbreaking research spanning ideology, race, and class, Dr. Scott's uncharted exploration into the lives of southern women has established women's history as vital to our understanding of the American South." Scott is likewise a lifetime member of the OAH, having first joined the association in 1970.

Prior to traveling to the ceremony, Firor Scott recounted a story and valuable advice. Her daughter Rebecca Scott writes, "As you know, the large-scale drafting of men during World War II opened up unusual opportunities for women. In the summer of 1943, the 22-year-old Anne Firor, from Athens, Georgia, was among the 30 women and 5 men chosen for an internship sponsored by the National Institute for Public Affairs, funded by the Rockefeller Foundation. They were to take on various tasks in the federal government in Washington, D.C., whose male population had been diminished by wartime service overseas. In the fall of 1943 Eleanor Roosevelt invited the group to the White House for conversation. Now, at age 93, Anne Firor Scott firmly reminds young women of the next generations: 'Whenever someone opened a door of opportunity for me, I just stepped right through it.'"

The medals ceremony will be live-streamed at 3 pm ET on Monday, July 28 at http://www.WhiteHouse.gov/live. The National Humanities Medal honors individuals or groups whose work has "deepened the nation's understanding of the humanities, broadened our citizens' engagement with the humanities, or helped preserve and expand Americans' access to important resources in the humanities." For more information on these awards, visit http://www.neh.gov/news/press-release/2014-07-22.

Posted: July 25, 2014
Tagged: News of the Profession, Clio's Kudos, News of the Organization


Your Help Urgently Needed--July 24 Comment Deadline

The U.S. Department of Education has issued a list of supplemental funding priorities, and unfortunately, history and civics are not included. This list of supplemental priorities and definitions to be used in awarding discretionary (competitive) grants made by the Department repeals their 2010 list. Please help the OAH and the National Coalition of History salvage history and civic education as priority funding areas. Read the OAH's letter to the Department of Education here. Please comment by July 24 on the importance of funding history and civics education by going here.

Posted: July 22, 2014
Tagged: News of the Organization, News of the Profession


Update on Proposed NEH Budget Cuts

The OAH just recieved the following advocacy update from Stephen Kidd, Executive Director of the National Humanities Alliance. "Today, the House Appropriations Committee passed an amendment that rescinds the proposed $8 million cut to the National Endowment for the Humanities. Thanks to the many of you who responded to last week's action alert, the amendment passed with substantial bipartisan support. This is a very important step in preserving NEH's capacity. In the coming weeks, we may need to call on you to contact your elected officials again as this funding bill proceeds through Congress and faces additional challenges."

Posted: July 16, 2014
Tagged: News of the Organization


2016 OAH Annual Meeting Call for Proposals--"On Leadership"

The theme for the 2016 OAH Annual Meeting to be held April 7-10, 2016 at the Rhode Island Convention Center in Providence, RI, is "On Leadership." Proposals will be accepted online between December 1, 2014 and January 23, 2015. To read the full CFP as well as general information about submitting proposals and presenting at the OAH Annual Meeting, please use the link below.

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Posted: July 15, 2014
Tagged: News of the Organization


AHA - OAH Summer Reception

The Fourth Annual AHA - OAH Summer reception will be held on July 29, from 3:30 to 6:30 pm in Washington, D.C. Take a break from your research or sightseeing and visit with fellow historians at the AHA headquarters on Capitol Hill. Adam Rothman, Associate Professor at Georgetown University, will be on hand to represent the OAH for the evening. For more information or to RSVP, please use the link below.

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Posted: July 15, 2014
Tagged: News of the Organization


Renew Early and Win

Back by popular demand! Renew your membership before the fall rush and be entered to win one of our great prizes. We have free registration to the annual meeting in St. Louis, a free night's stay during the annual meeting, Amazon gift certificates, and our grand prize, a Kindle Fire. In order to be included in the drawing, you must renew no later than September 30. (Those who have already renewed their membership that expires on 10/31/2014 will automatically be included in the drawing.) Please call us at (812) 855-7311 (between 9 am and 5 pm ET), if you need assistance retrieving your username or password.

Posted: July 15, 2014
Tagged: News of the Organization


Important OAH Award Deadlines

There are nineteen OAH Prizes and Awards that have deadlines beginning October 1, 2014, including our newest, the Mary Jurich Nickliss Prize in US Women's and/or Gender History (November 1 deadline) established this past spring at the 2014 Annual Meeting in Atlanta. Other prizes include the David Montgomery Award, given annually by the OAH with co-sponsorship by the Labor and Working-Class History Association (LAWCHA) for the best book on a topic in American labor and working-class history (October 1 deadline), and the Louis Pelzer Memorial Award, which is open to candidates for graduate degrees, in which the winning essay will be published in the Journal of American History (December 1 deadline), to name just a few. Remember, application packets must be received in the OAH business office by the close of business (5 pm ET) on the due date in order to be considered. Complete descriptions and submission requirements can be found on the OAH website.

Posted: July 15, 2014
Tagged: News of the Organization


Call for Proposals: Research and Write a Comprehensive Administrative History of Manzanar National Historic Site

Manzanar National Historic SiteThe Organization of American Historians (OAH) and the National Park Service (NPS) have worked collaboratively for nearly 20 years on a variety of projects that aim to make the presentation of American history at NPS sites and programs as current, nuanced, and effective as possible. The OAH and NPS presently seek a qualified scholar to research and write a comprehensive Administrative History of Manzanar National Historic Site located in Independence, California.

Congress established Manzanar NHS in 1992 after decades of grass-roots efforts and lobbying by Japanese Americans and others, and despite considerable opposition. This project will develop a comprehensive review of more than four decades of highly emotional, political, and controversial efforts to preserve Manzanar as a physical site, as well as a place in memory and history.

As a site of the forced confinement of Japanese Americans during World War II, Manzanar is unique among NPS sites. Manzanar's Administrative History can offer important lessons for preserving civil rights sites, and working with diverse constituencies. The research effort resulting from this project will significantly expand the site's reference and archival files, and provide additional information for park staff, partners, and others.

 Learn more >

Posted: June 11, 2014
Tagged: News of the Organization, News of the Profession


2014 National Underground Railroad Conference

The OAH has partnered with the National Park Service's Network to Freedom Program, the Association for the Study of African American Life and History, and the Michigan Freedom Trail, to host the 2014 National Underground Railroad Conference, July 16-20 in Detroit, Michigan. The five-day conference—now in its eighth year—takes as its theme, "'I Resolved Never to Be Conquered': Women and the Underground Railroad."

The conference theme focuses on women and recognizes the new organizational link between the Network to Freedom program and the Harriet Tubman Underground Railroad Monument, and will explore that while Tubman has been the dominant image of women and the Underground Railroad, her involvement is part of a larger story of women's participation in the movement, as freedom seekers and as operatives.

This year's meeting will include renowned speakers, panel discussions, an exhibit hall, and tours of local museums and historic sites. Early registration ends June 30.

Learn more about this year's conference, and register today!

Posted: May 30, 2014
Tagged: News of the Organization, Meetings, Conferences, Symposia


OAH Program Committee Finalizes 2015 Program for St. Louis Meeting

The 2015 OAH Program Committee and the meetings staff have been busy in recent weeks finalizing the program for the 2015 OAH Annual Meeting in St. Louis (April 16-19). The theme of the meeting is "Taboos." More than 570 notices were sent during the week of May 19 to individuals regarding the status of their submissions for next year's conference. The program for St. Louis will include more than 135 proposed sessions, a THATCamp, and career-development sessions. For questions about the program, please e-mail meetings@oah.org or call 812-855-9853.

Posted: May 29, 2014
Tagged: News of the Organization, Meetings, Conferences, Symposia


May 2014 OAH Outlook is Here

The latest issue of OAH Outlook will soon arrive in your mailbox. In it you will find OAH President Patricia Limerick's inaugural column in which she solicits your help in enlightening the public about the work of historians. The May issue also includes a look back at the successful annual meeting last month in Atlanta, provides updates on news of the organization—including actions taken by the OAH Executive Board at its spring meeting—and the latest advocacy news from Capitol Hill, the National Archives, and more. Read the May issue online >

Posted: May 29, 2014
Tagged: News of the Organization


From the OAH President: "Professors—I Need Your Help!"

From the OAH President
Patricia Limerick

Patricia Limerick is the incoming president of the Organization of American Historians. This is her inaugural column which appeared in the May 2014 issue of OAH Outlook, the membership newsletter of the OAH. 


Patricia Limerick (Photo courtesy Honey Lindburg)I am eager to do what I can to deepen public appreciation of you and your work. To pull this off, I need your help—which I will beg for a few paragraphs from here.

On February 15, 2014, The New York Times columnist Nicholas Kristof started his column by using sixteen words to flatter academics, and then using eleven words to wound and dismiss them. "Some of the smartest thinkers on problems at home and around the world are university professors," he said. And then he moved in for the kill: "but most of them just don't matter in today's great debates."

Traditionally and conventionally, the first stage in reacting to Kristof's column is to go on the defensive. When he says, "To be a scholar is, often, to be irrelevant," scholars are supposed to respond, "That's not fair! You should not have said that!"

We're going to skip that stage. If we go on the defensive and instantly dismiss claims such as the one Kristof makes, we give aid, comfort, and affirmation to our critics, effectively proving the point that we are thin-skinned, prickly, and ill-suited for the world of public conversation.

Let's not do that. Our approach in 2014 is going to be quite different—and dramatically more productive. In our first move, we will surprise Kristof by earnestly thanking him for his kind recognition of the resources of intelligence and insight scholars hold. The headline for his column, after all, was "Professors, We Need You!"

In our second step, we surrender defensiveness (we will genuinely feel better without it!) and acknowledge that Kristof offers observations worth taking to heart. When he writes, "Ph.D. programs have fostered a culture that glorifies arcane unintelligibility while disdaining impact and audience," it is really not tenable to respond, "There is not an ounce of evidence to support that claim!"

"A related problem," he writes, "is that academics seeking tenure must encode their insights into turgid prose." There, again, it would not be entirely workable to say that he made that up from whole cloth. Or, to put this another way, it probably will not advance our cause to say that Kristof performs and reproduces neoliberal and hegemonic discourse by undervaluing the linguistic, cultural, and theoretical turn of historicizing experience.

And now, in our triumphant third step, we tell Kristof, in a kindly tone that stops well short of reproach or smarminess, that he has fallen behind the times and not kept up with the world around him. Surely, as a journalist, he does not want to be rushing to get "yesterday's news" into print; on the contrary, he will want to acknowledge that he has fallen far behind in tracking and noting new trends.

Kristof, in other words, labors—and writes—in darkness when it comes to a grounded knowledge of the everyday lives of hundreds of historians working in multiple institutions, locales, and enterprises.

So let's help the poor fellow out. And here's where I need your help.

I need to hear from historians employed at universities and colleges who travel back and forth across the borders of the academic world.

Public historians, do not race to your laptops! I am very aware of your important roles in the world, and with a year as OAH President, I will get to celebrating you soon. But Kristof's column took aim at professors, and indeed, the caricature of academics who do not venture out of their ivory towers burdens us with our weakest flank.

If you are a historian based in academia and also engaged in the world beyond the borders of your campus, please write me. Tell me who you are, what your field is, what you teach, what you write about, and what sort of activity—working with K–12 teachers, giving public lectures, participating in the design of museum exhibits, advising nonprofits, talking to reporters, writing op-ed pieces or blogs, etc.—you engage in outside your university or college. If you involve your students in these enterprises, all the better—please let me know about how you may have, for instance, hitched up the writing and research assignments in your class to the public benefit.

Years ago, I ran into a very academically qualified historian at an airport. "You're in town for research?" I said to him, thinking I was declaring the obvious. "Actually," he said, "I'm here working with a tribe on a water rights case."

I know that there are hundreds of OAH members who have similar stories. I also know that I cannot patrol the concourses of airports looking for them.

"I write this in sorrow," Kristof ended his column, "for I considered an academic career and deeply admire the wisdom found on university campuses."

We now have the opportunity to relieve his "sorrow" and to deepen his admiration for "the wisdom found on"—and actually transported and distributed far from—"university campuses."

If you will help me out by writing and telling me about your work, you will position me to bring enlightenment and encouragement to the folks who, like Kristof, characterize us without knowing us.

OAH President Patricia Limerick is the faculty director and chair of the board of the Center of the American West and a professor of history at the University of Colorado Boulder. Readers may contact Limerick at historians@centerwest.org. Photo courtesy of Honey Lindberg.

Posted: May 21, 2014
Tagged: News of the Organization, News of the Profession


The National Coalition for History Provides Comment on Proposed Legislation Creating Women's History Museum

On May 7, 2014 the US House of Representatives voted in favor of House Resolution 863 to create a "Commission to Study the Potential Creation of a National Women's History Museum." The resolution, introduced by representatives Marsha Blackburn (R-TN) and Carolyn Maloney (D-NY), passed in the House by a vote of 383-33. The Senate is now considering the companion bill, S. 398, sponsored by Susan Collins (R-ME), to create a commission to study the creation of a proposed women's history museum on the National Mall in Washington, DC. The legislation is under the jurisdiction of the Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee which has not yet scheduled a markup of the bill.

The National Coalition for History (NCH) and its member organizations, which includes the Organization of American Historians, is concerned that the proposed eight-member bipartisan commission does not include any professional historians, and through its partnership with the  the OAH supports the amendments, outlined in the letter below, to strengthen the proposed legislation.

The NCH is also concerned that the legislation calls for considering a role for the National Women's History Museum (NWHM), a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization, in raising funds for the construction of the museum. Naming a specific nonprofit organization in the authorizing legislation inappropriately implies endorsement of the NWHM. (The NWHM has been mired in recent controversies, from the quality of its scholarship, to its ability to raise the needed funds.) In fact, the NWHM to date has only raised $14 million of the estimated $400 million it would cost to design and build the museum.

Finally the NCH suggests amending the proposed legislation to include a public comment component. 

The National Coalition for History has sent the following letter to Senator Collins and to the cosponsors of S. 398.



National Coalition for History 
400 A Street SE
Washington DC 20003
tel. 202 544-2422 ext. 116
http://www.historycoalition.org

May 16, 2014

The Honorable Susan Collins
United States Senate
413 Dirksen Senate Office Building
Washington DC 20510

Dear Senator Collins:

The National Coalition for History (NCH) would like to comment on S. 398, the "Commission to Study the Potential Creation of a National Women's History Museum Act of 2013." NCH is a consortium of over 50 organizations that advocates on federal legislative and regulatory issues. The coalition is made up of a diverse number of groups representing historians, archivists, researchers, teachers, students, documentary editors, preservationists, political scientists, museum professionals and other stakeholders.

NCH strongly supports the bill's intent of creating a commission to study the issue, as well as the ultimate goal of building a National Women's History Museum. Nevertheless, we have concerns with the bill in its current form, and would like to offer some constructive amendments to strengthen the legislation.

NCH is very concerned that the bill, as written, does not stipulate that any professional historians be appointed to the eight-member bipartisan commission. Any project to create a new national history museum should involve professional historians with expertise in women's history from the outset. Interpreting the past is vital to democratic debate and civic life, and scholars experienced in investigating and interpreting the past should be part of that process.

NCH is also concerned with Section 4(b)(2)(A) of the bill, which calls for considering a role for the National Women's History Museum (501)(c)(3) (NWHM) organization in raising funds for the construction of the Museum. It is unusual for the authorizing legislation for a museum commission to include the name of a specific non-profit in the section dealing with developing the fundraising plan. This was not the case with laws authorizing other new museums on the National Mall, including the National Museum of the American Latino, on which S. 398 is based. To include the NWHM in the language of the bill may be misinterpreted to suggest an endorsement that we feel is inappropriate. The NWHM has been mired in controversies regarding many aspects of its activities, from the quality of its scholarship to its ability to raise funds.  While we recognize the hard work the organization has done to bring the project this far, NCH recommends a fresh start if this important endeavor is to proceed towards a successful outcome.

Finally, we are concerned that there is no clear provision in the legislation to require the commission to seek, or provide the opportunity for, public comment. While seeking public input may be implied, it is too important to leave to chance. The commission's report can only be enhanced by involvement from the broad spectrum of citizens with an interest in the Museum.

To summarize, the National Coalition for History recommends three amendments which we feel will improve the bill:

  1. Section 3(c)(1)(B) describing the qualifications of commission members should be amended to include the language, "professional historians with expertise in women's history."
  2. Section 4 (b)(2)(A) of the bill, which calls for considering a role for the National Women's History Museum organization regarding fundraising, should be deleted.
  3. Include a mandate that the commission seek public input as part of its deliberations.

We appreciate the opportunity to provide these comments. The National Coalition for History and our member organizations stand ready to assist the commission to ensure that we achieve the ultimate goal of creating a world-class National Women's History Museum.

If you have any questions, please contact Lee White, the Executive Director of the NCH at 202-544-2422, x-116 or lwhite@historycoalition.org.

Sincerely,

John Dichtl, NCH Policy Board President
Lee White, NCH Executive Director


Posted: May 20, 2014
Tagged: News of the Organization, News of the Profession


Nominating Board announces 2015 OAH Slate of Candidates

The OAH Nominating Board has announced the slate of candidates for the 2015 OAH election. In addition to voting for three candidates for executive board, OAH members will vote for candidates to the nominating board as well. (One in each pair will be elected for a total of three on both boards.) Balloting begins in December. Officers: President Jon Butler, professor emeritus, Yale University; Nancy F. Cott, Harvard University, President Elect; and Edward Ayers, University of Richmond, Vice President. View the full slate >

Posted: May 12, 2014
Tagged: News of the Organization


Felix Armfield

We wish to thank our colleagues at the Association for the Study of African American Life and History  (ASALH) for allowing us to share this remembrance of Professor Felix Armfield, professor of history at Buffalo State, The State University of New York. Armfield was a longtime member of the Organization of American Historians, joining in 1996, and he served on the OAH Committee on Public History from 2001-2005.

May 6, 2014

Felix ArmfieldIt with great sadness that the ASALH family announces the loss of our former Executive Council member, Dr. Felix Armfield. Felix was an active and dedicated life member of ASALH and had been a member of the association for over thirty years.

A dedicated teacher-scholar, Dr. Armfield has been recognized for his teaching and service at Western Illinois University and Buffalo State College. Most recently, he was awarded the Hero Award from the Disability Services Office, The Students' Award for the Promotion of Respect for Diversity and Individual Differences, and the William Wells Brown Award from the Afro-American Historical Association of the Niagara Frontier.

Dr. Armfield was an active member of Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity. He was very passionate and dedicated to preserving the history and legacy of the fraternity. His most recent publication, Eugene Kinckle Jones: The National Urban League and Black Social Work, 1910-1940, honors the legacy of this important Black leader of the early twentieth century, but it also honors the legacy of one of the jewels of the Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity.

Felix Armfield is survived by his father, Jasper Armfield, Jr. (Shirley), Belvoir, NC; his grandmother, Mrs. Christine Armfield, Greenville, NC; his sisters, Kimberly Armfield, Upper Marlboro, MD and Sandy McKenny, Fredricksburg, VA; one brother, Jeffrey Armfield (Venetia), New Haven, CT; his loving godmother, Shirley Hunter, Greenville,NC; and a family of aunts, uncles, nephews, nieces, cousins, and loving friends, including Quince Brinkley, Jacqueline McLeod, Bonita Durand, Ron Stewart, Diane "Cookie" Williams, and Bettye Gardner.

Services will be held on Saturday, May 10, 2014. The viewing/wake will be held at noon and the funeral will follow at 1 p.m. EST at Holly Hill Free Will Baptist Church, 755 Porter Road, Greenville, NC 27834 where Bishop James E. Tripp, Jr. presides. The burial will be at Burial Dancy Memorial Cemetery.

Expressions of sympathy can be sent to his grandmother, Ms. Christine Armfield, 563 Lake Road, #104, Greenville, NC 27834.

Felix possessed an unwavering commitment to his alma mater, 'dear ole NCCU', and the Association for the Study of African American Life and History. Therefore, instead of flowers the family requests that you send donations to the Felix Armfield ASALH-NCCU Fund that will support NCCU students' continuous participation in the ASALH. You may send your donations to: The Association for the Study of African American Life and History, 2225 Georgia Avenue, Suite 331, Washington, DC 20059. E-mail: info@asalh.net

Sylvia Y. Cyrus, Executive Director
Association for the Study of African American Life and History

Posted: May 8, 2014
Tagged: News of the Organization, In Memoriam


OAH Executive Board Endorses Revisions to Part-Time, Adjunct, and Contingent Employment Standards

At its 2011 spring meeting on March 17-20, the OAH Executive Board endorsed standards and "best practices" developed by the OAH Committee on Part-Time, Adjunct, and Contingent Employment (CPACE) prescribing how colleges, universities, and other institutions of higher education should employ and utilize non-tenured and non-tenure-track history faculty.

At its spring meeting in 2014, the OAH Executive Board endorsed the CPACE's revisions to the standards which are designed to more clearly distinguish teaching from nonteaching contingent historians, andindicate "best practices" that apply specifically to nonteaching contingent historians. Read more >

Posted: May 7, 2014
Tagged: News of the Organization, News of the Profession


Actions of the OAH Executive Board, Spring 2014

At its spring 2014 meeting held at the Hilton Atlanta on April 10, the OAH Executive Board took actions on its agenda including approving minutes from its fall 2013 meeting, endorsing the new membership magazine, The American Historian, approving the new publishing agreement with Oxford University Press, approving the organization's fiscal year 2015 budget, and more. Read the full list of action items > 

Posted: April 28, 2014
Tagged: News of the Organization