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

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.

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.

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.