The latest iteration of the U.S. News and World Report rankings of history graduate programs appeared yesterday, prompting fresh questions about their value for the discipline.
In response to a question from Stacy Patton for her Chronicle of Higher Education
article, “Stale PhDs Need Not Apply
,” I put together the accompanying chart from my surveys of job advertisers. The trends are quite fascinating, and could have significant implications for the training and preparation of new PhDs and the expectations of those currently in the history job market.
Annual AHA Summer Reception invitation for July 31, 2012
The 37th edition of the Directory of History Departments, Historical Organizations, and Historians
, with information on almost 800 history departments and historical organizations, is now available.
The AHA’s Statement on Standards of Professional Conduct has been updated both online and in print form for 2011. The amended statement continues to address “dilemmas and concerns about the practice of history that historians have regularly brought to the American Historical Association seeking guidance and counsel."
History education is important to the AHA, and this week we begin this week with two links on the subject. First up, the American Academy of Arts and Sciences has put together a commission, which includes a number of prominent historians, to come up with ways to improve excellence in the humanities in the U.S. Then, we link to an article from The Economist, which emphasizes the need to improve history education, despite the push for an increased focus on math and science. Next, check out the redesign of the Library of Congress’ historical newspaper site, meet a new Russian history blog, remember the 1962 space flight through pictures, learn about 69 of Thomas Jefferson’s books that were recently found, and hear about the final victim identifications of the Triangle shirtwaist factory fire. We also link to Eric Foner’s appearance on the Colbert Report and the news of recently unearthed Lincoln documents. And just for fun, learn about movies shooting in D.C. this summer, and the historical figures they focus on.
Article By: Elisabeth Grant, Vernon Horn, and Robert B. Townsend
Another historical malpractice foisted upon American school children came to light in Virginia last week....
This week we announced the Survey of Contingent Faculty Members, and in today's "What We're Reading," we link to Inside Higher Ed's
look at it. Also in the news is the National Research Council's assessment of Research Doctoral Programs. Check out a number of links that consider this data. Then, read on to a Wall Street Journal
article on the impact a school's reputation on one's future career. We also link to news on an upcoming Civil War Symposium and a new campaign to rename George Mason's Center for History and New Media after Roy Rosenzweig. Finally, check out a push for the National Women's History Museum bill, audio from the African American Political Scientist Oral History Project, a documentary on Daniel Ellsberg, another look at the Kennedy-Nixon debates, tracking down correct historical quotes, and a way to use Twitter to motivate.
Article By: David Darlington, Elisabeth Grant, and Robert B. Townsend