Author Archives: Robert B. Townsend

Grant of the Week: Visiting Scholars Program at the Carl Albert Center, University of Oklahoma

From the Carl Albert Congressional Research & Studies Center. The visiting scholars program “provides financial support for on-campus research in the Congressional Archives and is available to any serious scholar. Primary emphasis is placed on research proposals centered on the U.S. Congress and its members, but given the wide-ranging subject matter of the archival holdings other topics will be considered. Scholars of history and political science pursuing postdoctoral research are especially encouraged to apply.” Read more.

For information on other grants and prizes in history, see the "Awards and Fellowships" section of the AHA Calendar.

Underpaid and Underappreciated: A Portrait of Part-time Faculty Members

It will come as no surprise that faculty employed in part-time and adjunct positions are often underpaid and underappreciated, but a new report from the Coalition on the Academic Workforce (CAW) adds some hard numbers to back up the anecdotes. Drawing on responses from 10,331 faculty members employed in part-time teaching positions in the fall of 2010, the CAW report demonstrates the limited pay, support, and appreciation provided to most of those employed in those positions.

The results closely resemble findings from a very similar survey of history faculty conducted back in 1999 (see Robert Townsend, “Part-time Faculty Surveys Highlight Disturbing Trends”).

Council Adjusts Period for the Mosse Prize

Mosse sketchStarting in 2013, the scope of the George L. Mosse Prize will be expanded to cover “the intellectual and cultural history of Europe since 1500.”

The prize was originally established by a number of Mosse’s students to recognize work on “the intellectual and cultural history of Europe since the Renaissance,” which some members found rather nebulous. Our consideration of this question started when an author wrote AHA staff seeking for clarification of the period covered by the prize. He observed that the Renaissance is “a term of periodization that functions somewhat differently in art and music history as well as the history of philosophy and the history of science.” He also noted that the rise of the category of the “Late Renaissance,” which extends into the 17th century, could be a further source of confusion.

Grant of the Week: Fulbright Post Doctorate Fellowships for Research Abroad in Israel

The Fulbright Israel Program, managed by the United States-Israel Educational Foundation (USIEF), offers post-doctoral fellowships, which complement stipends provided by Israeli host institutions. This program is open to American post-doctoral researchers in all academic disciplines. The full announcement and application form can be found online.

For information on other grants and prizes in history, see the "Awards and Fellowships" section of the AHA Calendar.

Grant of the Week: Fulbright Post Doctorate Fellowships for Research Abroad in Israel

The Fulbright Israel Program, managed by the United States-Israel Educational Foundation (USIEF), offers post-doctoral fellowships, which complement stipends provided by Israeli host institutions. This program is open to American post-doctoral researchers in all academic disciplines. The full announcement and application form can be found online.

For information on other grants and prizes in history, see the "Awards and Fellowships" section of the AHA Calendar.

Council Revises the Annual Meeting Guidelines

At its June meeting, the AHA Council made a number of changes to the Association’s guidelines for the annual meeting.

In response to an unusually large number of requests this year, the revisions now codify and explain a long-standing practice barring the submission of single papers, noting (in Guideline 4.2.E) that “Due to the overwhelming number of complete session proposals that the Program Committee must sort through, we will not be able to accept single paper proposals and assemble them into complete sessions.”

In item 5.1.B, the Guidelines clarify the responsibilities of the session chairs.

AHA Book Prizes to Align with Calendar Year

Starting next year, the eligibility dates for AHA book prizes will be aligned with the calendar year listed on the book’s copyright page.

Currently, eligibility for each award runs from May 1 to April 30. For example, under existing rules, books published from May 1, 2011, to April 30, 2012, were eligible for prizes to be awarded at the January 2013 meeting. Members of book prize committees and some publishers report, however, that these dates are a significant source of confusion.

Decisions of the AHA Council, June 2012

2012 AHA Council meetingAt its mid-year meeting, held in Washington, D.C., on June 2nd and 3rd 2012, the Council of the American Historical Association made the following decisions:

  • Approved the selection of the 2012 Roosevelt-Wilson Award Nominee (to be announced in October).
  • Approved the selection of members for the 2014 Program Committee: Julia Clancy-Smith (Univ. of Arizona); Sarah Cline (Univ. of California, Santa Barbara); Peter A. Coclanis (Univ. of North Carolina, Chapel Hill); Joshua H. Cole (Univ. of Michigan); Rex Ellis (National Museum of African American History and Culture); James Harris (St.