Author Archives: Liz Townsend

About Liz Townsend

Coordinator, Professional Data and Job Center. Liz is responsible for the employment section online and in Perspectives on History; edits the Directory of History Departments, Historical Organizations, and Historians; and manages the annual meeting Job Center. Liz also maintains the Directory of Dissertations in Progress and the Directory of Doctoral Programs. Changes to either of these web-based directories can be sent to her attention throughout the year.


Fall Job Ads Now Online

For those looking to get an early start on the job search for the 2014–15 academic year, many ads that will appear in the fall issues of Perspectives on History are now being posted online.


Job Center Participants Report Positive Experience

The 2013 Job Center was a positive experience for the large majority of participants, according to 104 job candidates who responded to our annual survey. Over 86 percent reported that they were satisfied or very satisfied with their interviews, while also indicating that in-person interviews are invaluable in the process of finding a job in the history profession.

Job Searches at the AHA Annual Meeting

AHA Job Center, 127th Annual Meeting

Search committees conducted interviews for over 154 positions at the 2013 AHA annual meeting, almost matching last year’s total of 160. The number of searches slipped a bit, which is typical in smaller meeting cities.

For the first time in recent memory, jobs with a European specialization outnumbered those for the United States, 25 to 24 percent. The next highest was Asia, followed by Latin America, and then thematic. These searches, which did not require a specific geographical area, were mostly for public and digital historians.

Top Ten Job Center Tips for Candidates and Search Committees

The following post can also be found in the annual meeting supplement handed out during the meeting.

The Job Center at the AHA annual meeting, located this year in the Sheraton New Orleans, Napoleon Ballroom, Salon A, provides facilities and assistance to both job candidates and search committees. Those who went through the job market years ago might not even recognize the current setup of the Job Center; the AHA is constantly evaluating the effectiveness of our services and making changes where possible.

Job Center Handout Now Online

Get an early look into which positions will be interviewing at the 2013 AHA annual meeting in New Orleans in the Job Center Handout, now online. The Handout will be frequently updated as more search committees report that they will be conducting interviews in January, so check back often. The web page also details how the Job Center works, which is an invaluable resource for first-time job seekers, including a video that lays out exactly what to expect. Questions? Contact Liz Townsend.

Placement Information on History Department Websites

As an example of the kinds of public information on placement of history PhDs recently recommended by the AHA’s Professional Division, Liz Townsend, the Association’s coordinator of professional data, prepared the following list of departmental websites that include at least some information on placement. Only three departments report specific statistics; most have only limited lists of jobs obtained by their graduates. If we failed to find other history department web pages that include placement information, please let us know.

Specific statistics: University of Chicago; Duke University; University of Minnesota

Limited statistics: University of Georgia; Indiana University; Ohio State University; University of Washington

Jobs obtained by individual graduates: University of Arizona; Bowling Green State University; University of California, Davis; University of California, Los Angeles; University of California, Santa Cruz; University of Cincinnati; Columbia University; University of Florida; Florida State University; Georgetown University; Georgia Tech; University of Hawai’i, Manoa; University of Houston; University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign; Kent State University; Marquette University, University of Miami; University of Michigan; State University of New York, Buffalo; University of North Carolina, Greensboro; Northeastern University; Northwestern University; University of Notre Dame; University of Oklahoma; Penn State University; Princeton University; University of Rochester; Saint Louis University; Stanford University; University of Texas, Austin; Texas Christian University; Tulane University; Washington University in St.

Job Center: Reservations Open

Reservations are now being accepted for Job Center rooms and tables at the 2013 annual meeting. Rooms will be located in the Sheraton New Orleans and the New Orleans Marriott; tables will be at Job Center Headquarters in the Sheraton, Napoleon Ballroom, Salon A. See the AHA Job Center page for forms and for more information. Contact Liz Townsend if you have any questions.

Job Searches Hold Steady – 126th Annual Meeting

Job Center AHA 126th annual meetingOver 160 search committees conducted interviews at the AHA’s 126th annual meeting this January, holding steady from last year and showing a continued recovery from the nadir of 115 in 2010.

Fifty-nine searches interviewed at tables, while 45 reserved rooms through the annual meeting Job Center. In addition, we received information about 51 searches in privately arranged suites, greatly helping candidates find the correct room in time for their interviews. The Job Center Information Booth acts as a central hub for information about searches being conducted during the annual meeting, and we encourage all committees to report their locations to us as soon as they check in.