Council Decisions January 6, 2011

At the semi-annual meeting of the Council of the American Historical Association yesterday, the governing board made the final decisions:

  • Approved the minutes of the June 2010 meeting, as well as the minutes of other online votes and discussions in 2010.
  • Approved the selection of 2011 Honorary Foreign Member.
  • Accepted the annual audit report for the 2009–10 fiscal year.
  • Approved a slate of nominations from the AHA Committee on Committees for 2011.
  • Accepted an application for affiliation from the Business History Conference.
  • Approved a small change in the composition of the Committee on Affiliated Societies.
  • Approved a new protocol for voting by e-mail.
  • Endorsed a statement of best practices on “Academic Hiring: Phone/Video Interviews.”
  • Approved a small revision to the Statement on Standards of Professional Conduct.
  • Formally accepted the John Richards Prize in South Asian History (to begin in 2011).
  • Approved a revision to the annual meeting guidelines allowing chairs to also comment on papers.
  • Approved revisions to the criteria for the Herbert Baxter Adams and Paul Birdsall prizes, replacing exclusion based citizenship requirements with a requirement that all books submitted be published in English.
  • Endorsed the Oral History Association’s Principles and Best Practices for Oral History.
  • Approved a modification of the annual meeting press policy to implement guidelines for bloggers and representatives of other online media.

We will have more detailed information in the March issue of Perspectives on History.

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