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The OAH Executive Board Issues Statement on Institutional Review Boards

In its letter to the Department of Health and Human Services, the executive board of the Organization of American Historians (OAH) unanimously agrees that the work of historians, especially oral historians, should be exempt from the purview of institutional review boards (IRBs).

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Posted: October 28, 2011
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OAH Announces New Public History Manager

The Organization of American Historians is pleased to welcome Aidan J. Smith as its Public History Manager. Before arriving at the OAH in August 2009 as assistant editor of the Journal of American History, Smith served as reference librarian at the Southern Historical Collection Manuscripts Department at the Wilson Library housed on the campus of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Smith will begin September 1, 2011.

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Posted: August 5, 2011
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The Civil War at 150: An OAH Commemorative Project

During the sesquicentennial of the Civil War (2011-2015), the OAH is committed to bringing the best current thinking on this complex era to a wide audience. Our commemoration efforts began in March at the OAH Annual Meeting in Houston and continue with the current issue of the OAH Magazine of History, which focuses on the origins of the Civil War. Read more >

We also invite you to visit our “Civil War at 150” Web site where you can listen to a series of podcasts and explore additional resources as we examine the history of the war from its beginnings through its aftermath. Read more >

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Posted: May 10, 2011
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Minutes of the 2011 OAH Annual Business Meeting

Read brief reports from the OAH President, OAH Treasurer, OAH Executive Director, OAH Executive Editor, and OAH Nominating Board chair, at the 2011 annual business meeting of the Organization of American Historians in Houston, Texas.

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Posted: May 9, 2011
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Jay S. Goodgold Appointed OAH Treasurer

On April 15, 2011 the OAH Executive Board voted unanimously to approve the five-year appointment of Jay S. Goodgold as the next treasurer of the Organization of American Historians.

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Posted: April 19, 2011
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Action items from the Fall 2010 OAH Executive Board Meeting

At its fall 2010 meeting at the Hilton Washington in Washington, D.C., on November 13-14, the OAH Executive Board took the following actions:

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Posted: April 16, 2011
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An Open Letter to OAH Members in Wisconsin

In an open letter to Wisconsin members, OAH Past President David Hollinger, the Preston Hotchkis Professor of American History at the University of California, Berkeley, shares his thoughts on the collective bargaining situation in Wisconsin and its impact on the 2012 OAH/NCPH Annual Meeting in Milwaukee.

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Posted: April 14, 2011
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OAH Executive Board Approves Standards for Part-Time, Adjunct, and Contingent Faculty

At its 2011 annual meeting, the OAH Executive Board approved five standards and best practices for how colleges, universities, and other institutions of higher education should employ and utilize nontenured and non-tenure-track history faculty.

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Posted: March 31, 2011
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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.

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Posted: March 30, 2011
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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.

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Posted: February 18, 2011
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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
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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.

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Posted: February 16, 2011
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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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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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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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