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.
At a time when many people are wondering, “What jobs does a history degree prepare a student for?” almost everyone would agree that one such job is K–12 teaching. So this article from a Columbia history major who feels that she and her peers are being steered away from teaching should concern us as historians—even if it didn’t also concern us as citizens. Our communities ought to consider why teachers are paid less than financial advisors; surely our children are as important as our money.
The American Historical Association is seeking a Director of Scholarly Communication and Digital Initiatives. The Director of Scholarly Communication and Digital Initiatives will oversee the AHA’s communications with members and other constituencies. This includes print and digital publishing, web design, information management, and membership – all part of a strategy to enable the American Historical Association’s programs and activities to take maximum advantage of the new digital environments in which historians work. The AHA seeks a scholar with the skills and vision to help lead the development of the AHA as the nation’s most important hub for the work of professional historians in the 21st century.
Today’s What We’re Reading features the history of coffee, the etiquette of responding to a blog post with a peer reviewed article, edible masterpieces, and more!
History in the News
Tough Times to Be Lobbying for History on Capitol Hill
David Austin Walsh for HNN reports from OAH 2013, and discusses the efforts by Lee White, the executive director of the National Coalition for History, to advocate for history and historical research on the Hill.
1066 and All That
The Economist covers the recent debates in Great Britain over proposed changes to the national history curriculum, and compares it to similar debates in other countries.
In the April issue of Perspectives on History, we featured an opinion piece by Nicholas Sarantakes, who teaches history at the US Naval War College and has been writing about careers for historians at his blog, In the Service of Clio since 2009. As Sarantakes noted in a recent blog post, he didn’t get to cover everything he wanted to cover in his article, which makes a number of suggestions for how the AHA might address the academic jobs crisis.
One year ago, Executive Director James Grossman introduced the AHA Tuning project in the pages of Perspectives. This month, we feature six articles related to the project—four from project participants and two from historians who have been watching closely.
Also in this issue, Nicholas Sarantakes, who blogs at In the Service of Clio, offers suggestions for ways the AHA can address the jobs crisis, reacting to the “Plan B” and “Plan C” articles by James Grossman and Anthony Grafton from 2011.
Recently, we read an essay in the Nation on the role of university presidents as civic leaders that lamented the way in which the office had become, according to the author, more timid than in the past. “Was there truly a ‘golden age’ of engaged college and university presidents who ‘sculpted’ society?” asked the author, citing James B. Conant, Robert Hutchins, Kingman Brewster, and Clark Kerr as examples. But we wondered, how would these “golden age” presidents fare in today’s higher education environment?
Today’s guest blogger is Sarah Shurts, an AHA Tuning participant and assistant professor of history at Bergen Community College.
Comedian Joel McHale recently gave an interview where he mentioned that he had been a history major but had turned to acting because “it’s not like you can open a history shop!” While those of us whose passion for history became our profession might cringe at this, we also must acknowledge that many of our history majors do go on to professions that have nothing, on the surface, to do with history.