Council Decisions: January 3 and 6, 2013

AHA Council Meeting, January 3, 2013

At the semi-annual meeting of the Council of the American Historical Association held Thursday and Sunday, the governing board made the following decisions:

  • Approved a slate of nominations from the Committee on Committees, which includes appointments to the various prize and other committees.
  • Approved an application for affiliation from the Society of Civil War Historians.
  • Asked the incoming president to appoint an ad hoc committee to develop recommendations on ways the AHA can and should address the educational implications of the growing use of adjunct and part-time faculty.
  • Approved the report of the Executive Director.
  • Approved the annual audit for the 2011–12 fiscal year.
  • Adopted a mission statement for the new investment subcommittee of the AHA’s Finance Committee.
  • Approved a six-month extension for the LGBTQ Historians Task Force to complete its work.

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  1. Donald Rogers

    I am intrigued that the AHA directed the incoming president to appoint a committee on the educational implications of adjunct and part-time historians. Of course, there used to be a joint AHA-OAH committee on this subject, until AHA dropped out about four years ago, leaving OAH and its hardworking faculty committee to address this problem on its own. We on that OAH committee sought to rekindle cooperation with AHA on this important subject and have appreciated the AHA’s support of some of our efforts, such as revised standards for employment of adjunct faculty. As a member both of AHA and OAH, I personally offer whatever assistance and cooperation that AHA would like to have from me and the OAH committee as it reestablishes a faculty committee to address this vital issue.
    Donald Rogers, Ph. D.
    Chair, OAH Committee on Part-Time, Adjunct and Contingent Employment, (Temporary) Assistant Professor of History, Central Connecticut State University

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  2. Jane Giraldo

    I’m wondering what the implications of the committee’s recommendations may be for us students. A number of my instructors have been adjunct or part-time. Personally, I see this as good.

    Benefits:

    1. These instructors are concentrating on teaching, not on securing tenure or publishing.

    2. Professors emeriti can extend their professional lives by teaching distance courses.

    3. The rise in tuition rates can be slowed.

    What I perceive from the AHA is concern about a decline in the quality of education. Please consider my point #1; we all know some tenured professors simply do not have the time to be good classroom instructors.

    Jane Giraldo, University of Alaska Anchorage

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