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In Memoriam: Otis Pease

Professor Otis A. Pease, September 6, 1925 - September 16, 2010, was a member of OAH since 1953.

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Posted: February 7, 2011
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In Memoriam: Robert Griffith

As his colleagues, we remember these gentle and generous ways as we mourn the loss of Robert Griffith, professor and chairman of the history department at American University in Washington, D.C. and OAH Treasurer, who passed away on Tuesday, January 25, 2011 at the age of sixty-nine.

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Posted: February 7, 2011
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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


In Memoriam: Dr. Robert J. Rusnak

Long time OAH member, Dr. Robert J. Rusnak, passed away November 21, 2010.

More information is available at: http://www.legacy.com/obituaries/chicagotribune/obituary.aspx?n=robert-jay-rusnak&pid=146822720

Posted: January 20, 2011
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In Memoriam: Dr. Craig Wollner

Dr. Craig Wollner, Portland State University, Oct. 17, 1943 - Nov. 20, 2010.

More information is available at: http://obits.oregonlive.com/obituaries/oregon/obituary.aspx?n=craig-evan-wollner&pid=146922016

Posted: January 20, 2011
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In Memoriam: Lawrence Gelfand

Distinguished OAH member and Professor Emeritus in the Department of History at the University of Iowa, Lawrence E. Gelfand passed away in Irvine, California on November 30, 2010.

More information is available at: http://www.press-citizen.com/article/20101207/NEWS02/12070325/Lawrence-Gelfand-84

Posted: December 13, 2010
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In Memoriam: Richard E. Herrmann

Richard E. Herrmann, January 17, 2010, Volunteer State Community College, Gallatin, Tennessee.

More information is available at: http://www.stategazette.com/story/1603436.html

Posted: October 11, 2010
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In Memoriam: William H. Goetzmann

Pulitzer Prize-winning author, and OAH member, Dr. William H. Goetzmann, died September 7, 2010.

More information is available at: http://www.post-gazette.com/pg/10262/1088642-122.stm

Posted: October 11, 2010
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In Memoriam: 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
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“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


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


In Memoriam: 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
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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
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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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In Memoriam: Elizabeth Whitaker

OAH member Elizabeth Whitaker passed away on April 10, 2010 at the age of 51. She was a published author, lecturer, and researcher. For a complete obituary and brief biography, please visit http://obits.dignitymemorial.com/dignity-memorial/obituary.aspx.

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Posted: July 23, 2010
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In Memoriam: Ferenc "Frank" Szasz

Distinguished OAH member and University of New Mexico Regents’ Professor of History Ferenc “Frank” Szasz passed away Sunday, June 20, at the age of 70. For a complete obituary and brief biography, please visit http://news.unm.edu/2010/06/history-professor-ferenc-szasz-dies/.

The History Department and the UNM Foundation will be sending out an announcement shortly vis a vis the Service of Celebration of Ferenc’s life. The service will be held at the UNM Alumni Memorial Chapel from 2–4 p.m. on Friday, 27 August, with a reception hosted by the History Department directly after.

The Ferenc Morton Szasz and Margaret Connell—Szasz PhD Dissertation Fellowship in History
University of New Mexico
College of Arts & Sciences
MSC03 2120

1 University of New Mexico
Albuquerque, NM 87131
Attn: Jeff MacNutt

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Posted: June 28, 2010
Tagged: In Memoriam


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 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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Journal of American History: Textbooks and Teaching, 2011

In March 2011, the annual “Textbooks and Teaching” section of the Journal of American History will focus on the scholarship of teaching and learning, in the context of college-level history courses. Essays of 15–20 pages may be submitted for consideration no later than July 31, 2010.

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Posted: May 7, 2010
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In Memoriam: William Preston Jr.

William Preston Jr., a historian and activist whose 1963 book Aliens and Dissenters: Federal Suppression of Radicals, 1903–1933 helped open a new field of scholarly inquiry into government policies that repressed radicals and restricted civil liberties, died on April 19, 2010, at his home in Martha’s Vineyard. He was 85.

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Posted: April 26, 2010
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