On November 11, the local press in the San Francisco Bay Area reported that a history teacher at Mountain View High School had been suspended for drawing parallels between President-elect Donald Trump and Adolf Hitler in his lesson plan. Longtime teacher Frank Navarro was placed on paid leave apparently following an alleged complaint from a parent about this analogy. We were pleased to see that he was quickly reinstated, and note that the superintendent of schools in Mountain View has stated in a letter to concerned correspondents that the action related to a confidential personnel matter and “I can state that—despite what the headlines say—the teacher’s paid leave was not for teaching a lesson comparing Trump to Hitler.”
The AHA Council has voted to approve this set of guidelines, drafted by the Professional Division, on the doctoral dissertation process. The guidelines aim to help both doctoral candidates and those who advise them to fulfill their respective obligations in ways that facilitate the work of students and allow them to graduate in a timely manner, while also respecting the many other duties and responsibilities carried by faculty.
In December 2014, AHA president, Jan Goldstein, and vice-president (Professional Division) Philippa Levine sent a letter to Terry McAuliffe, governor of Virginia, requesting he reconsider the scope of a new executive order designed to extend the reach of the Commonwealth’s conflict-of-interest law.
At 8:30 on Saturday morning, the Mercury Ballroom room was buzzing, and there wasn’t even any coffee. The energy was generated by Interviewing in the Job Market in the 21st Century, a workshop organized by the AHA’s Professional Division, and co-sponsored by the Graduate and Early Career Committee and the Coordinating Council for Women in History.
The AHA Professional Division urges members to be aware of an increasingly common suspicious email targeting scholars in a variety of disciplines.
The AHA’s Statement on Policies Regarding the Embargoing of Completed History PhD Dissertations has generated wide discussion, controversy, articles in Inside Higher Education and the Chronicle of Higher Education, and a number of questions.
In this recent Chronicle of Higher Education piece, Robert J. Sternberg offers some thoughtful advice to job seekers who are facing an upcoming interview. Doing well in a job interview is often a matter of preparation, not luck. All graduate programs should offer their students mock interviews as a way to prepare for professional interviews.
The tremendous response to Anthony Grafton and Jim Grossman’s article “No More Plan B” revealed that there is intense interest among our members in discussing the full ranges of career paths open to history PhDs.