Sunday Workshops

Standard Workshops

Sunday, April 7, is workshop day at the OAH Annual Meeting! The five workshops, funded by two grants--"Graduate, Adjunct, and Independent Scholar Workshops" and "Public Voice Workshops for Historians"--from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, will address issues facing the profession and offer opportunities to fine-tune skills necessary to advance your career.

In addition, the "Graduate, Adjunct, and Independent Scholar" grant also provides individuals in these groups the opportunity to apply for TRAVEL GRANTS and deeply DISCOUNTED REGISTRATION to help offset the cost of attending the conference.

We still have $10 registrations available for Graduate Students, Independent Historians, and Non-Tenure Track Faculty. Space is also available for those workshops and Media Training. Email today!

Participants of the workshops must be registered for the Annual Meeting

Graduate, Adjunct, and Independent Scholar Workshops
HOW TO APPLY | Workshops, Travel Grants, Discounted Registration
Non- Tenure Faculty Workshop: Challenging and Changing the Narrative on Non-tenure (NTT) Faculty
Independent Scholars Workshop: On My Own: Practicing History as an Independent Scholar
Graduate Students Workshop: Essential Professional Development Skills for graduate School and Early Career
Public Voice Workshops for Historians
HOW TO APPLY | Workshops
The OpEd Project's "Write to Change the World"
"Media Training" with Inside Higher Ed's Scott Jaschik


Graduate, Adjunct, and Independent Scholar Workshops, Travel Grants, and Registration Discounts

We still have $10 registrations available and space in the workshops. Please email today!

The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation has awarded the Organization of American Historians a two-year, grant to expand access to the conference for graduate students, adjuncts, and independent historians. Attendees who fall into one of the three categories are invited to attend the conference and the workshops below.

Travel grants of up to $500 and deeply discounted full conference registration ($10) are available to help offset the costs of attending the Annual Meeting. The OAH is offering twenty travel grants and forty registrations per group.

To apply for a travel grant and/or discounted registration please email with the following information:

  • Subject line: “GROUP GRANT SUPPORT” followed by the group with which you identify: Independent Historian, Non-Tenure Track Faculty, or Graduate Student

In the body of the email please indicate:

  • Please identify if you are applying for a travel grant, registration discount, or both. Please also indicate if you plan to stay on Sunday to attend one of the three workshops and identify which. If you are not applying for a registration discount, please register and include your registration number (you must be registered for the conference to attend the workshops).
  • Affiliation or position
  • A brief paragraph explaining how attending the conference will help you (no more than 150 words)
  • Any financial support other than the grant which is available to you

*Please note: registration to the Annual Meeting is required to attend the workshops.

Applications will only be accepted between December 14, 2018, and February 1, 2019.

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Non-Tenure Faculty Workshop: Challenging and Changing the Narrative on Non-tenure Track (NTT) Faculty

Workshop sponsored by Committee on Part-time, Adjunct and Contingent Faculty (CPACE)
8:30 am-1:00 pm
Limited to 40 people

• Amy Essington California State University, Fullerton
• Elizabeth Hohl, Fairfield University (Co-Chairs of CPACE)
• Howard Smead, University of Maryland, College Park
Keynote Speaker:
• Joe Berry, Coalition of Contingent Academic Labor (COCAL)

Join us for a different kind of conversation about the experiences of and challenges faced by non-tenure track historians. Such challenges often include characterization as a “peril to student learning” or as an “intractable problem.” Teaching off the tenure track also means facing a wide range of issues, from job insecurity and inequitable working conditions to disrespect and lack of visibility. We understand the challenges all too well, but how do we reshape the narrative and take steps to effect change in the workplace?

The workshop will include information about the work of CPACE and OAH policies on non-tenure track faculty, interactive sessions about specific topics generated by attendees, and a lunch-time keynote address by Joe Berry, lifelong activist. Dr. Berry is the author of Reclaiming the Ivory Tower: Organizing Adjuncts to Change Higher Education and co-author of “Access to Unemployment Benefits for Contingent Faculty.” Currently, he is a member of the International Advisory Committee of International Coalition of Contingent Academic Labor (COCAL); he serves on the boards of the New Faculty Majority and the Center for the Study of Academic Labor.

Includes breakfast and lunch.

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Independent Scholars Workshop: On My Own: Practicing History as an Independent Scholar

7:30 am-2:30 pm
LImited to 40 people


Focusing Inward:

  • Paul Zwirecki, Organization of American Historians
  • Evelyn Causey, Independent scholar
  • Kevin Levin, Independent scholar
  • Clarissa Myrick-Harris, Independent scholar

Focusing Outward:

  • Kai Bird, Independent scholar
  • Kate Tuttle, Independent scholar
  • Stephen Fried, Independent scholar
  • Julie DesJardins, Independent scholar
  • T. J. Stiles, Independent scholar

Keynote Speaker: Alex Star, Farrar Straus and Giroux

What are the common dilemmas facing independent scholars? In a world where career diversity is becoming ever more prevalent, growing numbers of historians are producing work independent of academia. This workshop will explore the challenges of doing historical scholarship outside of traditional academic channels, and will offer ideas, networking, and resources. Panelists and attendees will explore this process from several angles, covering the challenges and opportunities posed by this autonomy. Two morning roundtable panels will address the process of producing scholarship and then finding an audience for it. The first panel “Focusing Inward” will consider the research process itself, covering issues such as research access, funding sources, and scholarly communities. The second panel “Focusing Outward” will explore how scholars can effectively earn an income and disseminate their work, covering publications, writing for popular audiences, social media, and national networking. The lunch will feature a keynote speaker from the publishing world. The final session will be a “Listening Session,” where attendees will have the opportunity to share their ideas around two key questions: how can the OAH better support independent scholars? What should be covered in next year’s workshop for Independent Scholars?

7:30 am–9:00 am | Breakfast in room, with half hour for “post-it note” brainstorming on common dilemmas, or “wish lists” for scholars.

9:00am–10:15 am | Focusing Inward
Roundtable Discussion on supporting the research process itself; on accessing research resources, funding sources, scholarly networking to support scholarship, regional research affiliate programs

10:15 am–10:30 am | Break

10:30 am–11:45 am | Focusing Outward
Roundtable Discussion on how scholars can effectively earn income and disseminate their work: publications; writing for popular audiences; social media; national networking.

12:00 pm–1:30 pm | Lunch and Keynote
Alex Star is a senior editor at Farrar, Straus, and Giroux. From 2004 through 2010, he worked at The New York Times Magazine as its senior and then deputy editor. Among the writers he edited were Michael Pollan, Paul Krugman, Jason DeParle, and Robert Worth. Prior to that, Star was the founding editor of the Boston Globe Ideas section. From 1994 to 2001, he was the editor of Lingua Franca: The Review of Academic Life, which was nominated for three National Magazine Awards in General Excellence during his tenure. He has also served as the assistant literary editor of The New Republic.

Star has edited three books: Open Secrets: WikiLeaks, War and American Diplomacy, published in e-book form by The New York Times and in paperback by Grove/Atlantic in 2011, Quick Studies: The Best of Lingua Franca, which was published by FSG in 2002, and recently Joanne Freeman's The Field of Blood: Violence in Congress and the Road to Civil War which was published in September 11, 2018.

Star's essays and reviews have appeared in The New York Times, The New Republic, The New Yorker, The London Review of Books, and other publications. He has been a Berlin Prize Fellow at the American Academy of Berlin, and given the Delacorte Lecture in Magazine Journalism at Columbia University.

1:30 pm –2:30 pm | Listening Session
Audience discussion:
1) What can the OAH (and other scholarly organizations) be doing to support Independent Scholars? What specific policies can we recommend to the OAH?
2) What should be covered in a workshop next year?

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Graduate Students Workshop: Essential Professional Development Skills for Graduate School and Early Career

7:30 am- 2:30 pm

Facilitators: TBD
Keynote Speaker: Kate Duttro, Career Change for Academics

We invite graduate students to attend a special workshop on Sunday, April 7. Designed with the assistance of current graduate students, this workshop will provide attendees with networking opportunities and information on how to get the most from your graduate program. This workshop is free but pre-registration is required. Participation is capped at 40.
The workshop will begin with a networking breakfast at 7:30 am. Attendees have the option to choose two of three possible breakout sessions: “Networking,” “Dissertation Writing,” and “Preparing Your CV.” At 8:30 am, the first of two sets of breakout sessions will begin. All three sessions will be repeated during the second set of breakout sessions. All sessions, including the keynote, will provide ample time for discussion and attendee questions. The schedule for the workshop is as follows:

  • 7:30 to 8:30 – Breakfast and Networking
  • 8:30 to 10:00 – First set of breakout sessions: 1) Networking; 2) Dissertation Writing, and 3) Preparing Your CV
  • 10:00 to 10:30 – Break
  • 10:30 to Noon – Second set of breakout sessions: 1) Networking; 2) Dissertation Writing, and 3) Preparing Your CV

Lunch and

Keynote Speaker | Kate Duttro, Career Change for Academics – “Creating an Online Presence”
After lunch, Kate Duttro, Career Change for Academics, will provide the keynote on how to create and curate your online/digital presence to best position you for your desired career post graduate school. She will show how, in as little as five minutes a day, you can create content that highlights your strengths and skills and that will get you noticed by employers once you hit the job market. Dr. Duttro will also address what you can do to protect yourself from online harassment and what you can do when a social media posting, blog post, or op-ed goes viral negatively.

Bio: Dr. Duttro, a career coach to "recovering academics," has worked with graduate students, postdocs, adjuncts and non-tenured faculty, to help them find the work they most want to do, especially when moving beyond traditional academic career paths. Retired from 10+ years in career counseling at the University of Washington, she blogs at her own website, Career Change for Academics and has written for, Career Thought Leaders and various other publications.

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How to Apply: Public Voice Workshops for Historians

We still have space in the Media Training workshop, emails today!

OpEd Project’s “Write to Change the World”

Media Training

Subject line: OpEd Project | Registration number*

Subject line: Media Training | Registration number*

Within the body of the email please include


Registration number (or confirmation)

Current membership number*

Affiliation (if any)

Position (such as high school teacher, graduate student, independent scholar, assistant professor, etc.)

Field of study

Short paragraph (250 words) on why you would like to participate

One- or two-sentence idea for a proposed op-ed column


Within the body of the email please include Name Registration Confirmation Number* Current OAH Membership Number* Affiliation (if any) Position (such as high school teacher, graduate student, independent scholar, assistant professor, etc.) Field of study Short paragraph (250 words) on why you would like to participate One- or two-sentence idea for a proposed op-ed column

*Registration and current OAH membership to the conference is necessary to participate in the workshop.
Applications will only be accepted between December 14, 2018, and February 1, 2019.

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OpEd Project's "Write to Change the World"

9:30 am-5:30 pm
Limited to 20 people

Our programs are based on time-tested models of transformational learning. Games, high stakes scenarios, and live experiments challenge participants to think in new and bigger ways about what participants know, why it matters, and how to use it. We explore the source of credibility; the patterns and elements of persuasion; the difference between being “right” and being effective; how to preach beyond the choir; and how to think bigger about what you know—to have more impact in the world. Participants emerge with concrete results (op-ed drafts and more), and access to our national network of journalist mentors for individual follow up.

Who should attend?
We welcome everyone, across color, creed, class, gender, and beyond. We especially welcome underrepresented voices. This program is equally suitable for those with or without publishing experience.

Why this matters
The voices and opinions we hear in the world come from an extremely narrow slice of society: mostly white, privileged, Western, and overwhelmingly male. What could we accomplish if we invested in all our brain power?

The OpEd Project is a think tank and leadership organization that accelerates the ideas and impact of underrepresented voices, including women. We are a community of journalists and thought leaders who actively share knowledge, resources, and connections across color, creed, class, sexuality, gender and beyond. We have been featured in most major media. We have stunning results. We believe the best ideas, regardless of where they come from, should have a chance to be heard and change the world.

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Media Training

8:30 am-12:30 pm

This is a half-day morning workshop with Scott Jaschik, who leads the editorial operations of Inside Higher Ed. It provides critical interview training, including how to interact with print journalists and how best to present oneself in on-camera media. He will also discuss how to apply these ideas when writing op-eds for non-scholarly publications. Lunch is included.

Scott Jaschik is one of the three founders of Inside Higher Ed. With Doug Lederman, he leads the editorial operations of Inside Higher Ed, overseeing news content, opinion pieces, career advice, blogs and other features. Scott is a leading voice on higher education issues, quoted regularly in publications nationwide, and publishing articles on colleges in publications such asThe New York Times, The Boston Globe, The Washington Post, Salon, and elsewhere. He has been a judge or screener for the National Magazine Awards, the Online Journalism Awards, the Folio Editorial Excellence Awards, and the Education Writers Association Awards. Scott served as a mentor in the community college fellowship program of the Hechinger Institute on Education and the Media, of Teachers College, Columbia University. He is a member of the board of the Education Writers Association. From 1999–2003, Scott was editor of The Chronicle of Higher Education. Scott grew up in Rochester, N.Y., and graduated from Cornell University in 1985. He lives in Washington.

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