OAH Home Donate to OAH Join the OAH

Programs & Resources


News in American History

News of the Organization

Stay up to date with news of the Organization of American Historians through our “News of the Organization” section.

OAH Speaks out on Academic Freedom

The Executive Committee of the Organization of American Historians issued a statement on March 30, 2011, supporting academic freedom and deploring the recent efforts of Wisconsin politicians to intimidate OAH member and professor William Cronon.

Posted: March 30, 2011
Tagged: News of the Organization


Save Teaching American History Grants
Contact Your United States Senator Now!

The Organization of American Historians is asking you to email letters to your U.S. Senators as soon as possible regarding saving the Teaching American History (TAH) Grant Program and Civic Education funding (through competitive grants). Legislation is currently being drafted in the Senate that would fund federal programs for the rest of this fiscal year, FY2011.

Posted: February 18, 2011
Tagged: News of the Organization


OAH Launches Online Career Center

The OAH is pleased to announce the opening of the OAH Career Center, a new benefit for OAH members. Individuals wishing to make professional career connections may browse available jobs, or use advanced search tools to target positions by keyword, location, and other criteria. To get started, visit:

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

Posted: February 16, 2011
Tagged: News of the Organization


OAH Seeks New Treasurer

Applications and nominations are now welcome for the office of Treasurer of the OAH. The late Robert Griffith, who served admirably in the post, was forced by illness to resign effective January 1, 2011. Jay Goodgold is serving as Interim Treasurer until a new Treasurer can be found.

Posted: February 16, 2011
Tagged: News of the Organization


Minutes: 2010 OAH Business Meeting

The OAH President presides at the annual business meeting of the Organization of American Historians, which takes place each spring during the annual convention. In addition to hearing reports from the president, executive director, treasurer, executive editor, and nominating board, the membership welcomes to office the newly-elected officers and board members. Read the minutes from the meeting at

More information is available at: http://www.oah.org/about/papers/reports/

Posted: February 8, 2011
Tagged: News of the Organization


2011 OAH Election Results

We are pleased to announce the results of the 2011 OAH Election. This year’s ballot also included a referendum on proposed changes to the OAH Constitution which passed by an overwhelming margin. Total ballots cast in the 2011 OAH Election: 1,718 (21.8%). Please join us in congratulating our new officers and board members whose terms begin after the 2011 OAH Business Meeting in Houston, Texas, Saturday March 19. View Results >

Posted: February 8, 2011
Tagged: News of the Organization


Publishing Begins with Oxford University Press

January 2011 marks the beginning of the OAH's publishing partnership with Oxford University Press. In addition to publishing the Journal of American History and the OAH Magazine of History each quarter, Oxford University Press will assume the online hosting of both titles from the History Cooperative. Follow this link to access the December 2010 issue of the Journal of American History online:

More information is available at: http://www.journalofamericanhistory.org/issues/972/

Posted: February 2, 2011
Tagged: News of the Organization


OAH Treasurer Steps Down

Robert Griffith has resigned as OAH Treasurer for reasons of health, effective January 1. OAH President David Hollinger has appointed Jay Goodgold as interim OAH Treasurer. Goodgold will serve until a search for a new Treasurer has been conducted. In announcing this transition, Hollinger expressed his gratitude to Griffith for his dedicated service as Treasurer and expert supervision of the OAH’s finances during his tenure. “Bob has been an exemplary Board member in every way,” said Hollinger, “and a Treasurer of rare wisdom and technical acuity.”

Posted: January 22, 2011
Tagged: News of the Organization


Printed Program Hits the Streets

The 2011 OAH Annual Meeting Program was mailed to all current members of the organization at the end of December. In addition to the printed program, you may download a copy online at:

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

Posted: January 21, 2011
Tagged: News of the Organization


In Houston, Diversity Is on the Menu

Houston, the host for OAH’s 2011 annual meeting, is a city of neighborhoods–a big city with a small-town feel. Kathleen A. Brosnan, University of Houston, takes us on a culinary tour of the city and shares with us Robb Walsh’s “Top Ten H-Town Ethnic Eateries.” Read more at:

More information is available at: http://annualmeeting.oah.org/about/houston_2011/diversity_is_on_the_menu.html

Posted: January 21, 2011
Tagged: News of the Organization


January OAH Magazine of History Focuses on Colonial America

The January 2011 issue of the OAH Magazine of History, the first to be published with Oxford University Press, focuses on teaching the history of colonial America. It includes articles by the issue’s consulting editor Karin Wulf, Juliana Barr, Christopher Hodson and Brett Rushforth, and James Horn, as well as teaching strategies by Erik Seeman, William White, and Matt Moore. Editor Carl Weinberg’s column and Seeman’s article on teaching the history of death in colonial North America are also featured online. Follow this link to view the table of contents, selected articles, and supplementary documents:

More information is available at: http://www.oah.org/publications/moh/issues/251/

Posted: January 21, 2011
Tagged: News of the Organization


2010 OAH Treasurer’s Report

OAH Treasurer Robert Griffith discusses the fiscal year that ended on June 30, 2010.

Posted: December 3, 2010
Tagged: News of the Organization


Online Balloting Opens for the 2011 OAH Election

The online balloting system for the OAH 2011 Election is now open. Members will receive an e-mail containing voting instructions and a direct link (with an embedded access code) to the system. The election closes on February 1, 2011. In addition to the slate of candidates for OAH offices, the 2011 ballot contains a question regarding changes to the OAH Constitution. The proposed changes, recommended by the OAH Executive Board, are meant to either clarify sections of the OAH Constitution or to meet best practices in nonprofit governance. For more information about the ballot including proposed changes to the Constitution, click here.

Posted: December 1, 2010
Tagged: News of the Organization


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 >

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


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 >

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


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.

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


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.

Posted: August 12, 2010
Tagged: News of the Organization


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 >

Posted: August 12, 2010
Tagged: News of the Organization