By Sarah Shurts
I am always surprised that so many of my colleagues at two-year colleges don’t go to the AHA annual meeting. They all have high regard for the AHA itself and for its publications such as the American Historical Review. Many are even AHA members. But for various reasons they don’t think about attending the meeting or submitting a proposal. Some say it is because of the cost associated with travel, particularly if they have other conferences to attend.
This piece is one of a series of guest posts on issues of importance to the history profession that were discussed at the 2015 annual meeting in New York. Author Joy Schulz teaches American and world history at Metropolitan Community College in Omaha, Nebraska. She has published articles on US-Hawaiian relations in Diplomatic History (Oxford University Press) and the Journal of the History of Childhood and Youth (Johns Hopkins University Press). Her current project includes a chapter in an edited volume on the history of children and religion in the Anglo world, which will be released by Ashgate Press in 2015.
The AHA seeks an enthusiastic group of 24 community college faculty for its NEH Bridging Cultures Project, "American History, Atlantic and Pacific."
The National Endowment for the Humanities invites proposals for projects that advance the role of the humanities at community colleges through curriculum and faculty development on the theme of Bridging Cultures.
The ad hoc Two-Year College Task Force, which was established by the AHA’s Council in January 2009, has begun its work of exploring various issues relating to history faculty at two-year colleges. At the end of its three-year tenure, the task force is expected to present a set of recommendations to Council.