Tag Archives: History Profession

What We’re Reading: September 30, 2010 Edition

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
September 30, 2010

What We’re Reading: June 3, 2010 Edition

Is it time for a change? Tom Scheinfeldt thinks so, when it comes to c.v.’s and digital achievements, while Dan Cohen sees room for change in publishing and scholarly values. Read also about digital analysis of text by computers, the effects of photography on culture, and history as theater in Washington, D.C. Finally, for fun, take a look back at an article from the 1982 issue of The Atlantic, and remember computers of yesteryear. And check out a collection of gadgets (dating back to the 20’s) that just didn’t make the grade. Article By: Elisabeth Grant, Vernon Horn, Jessica Pritchard, and Robert B. Townsend

What We’re Reading: April 22, 2010 Edition

In the news this week, 1,000 historians send a letter to the Texas State Board of Education, historians are among the 2010 Guggenheim Fellows, the Library of Congress archives Twitter (yes, all of it), the New Yorker reports on Stephen Ambrose’s faked interviews with Eisenhower, a new report reveals private colleges give out higher GPAs, and the military says school lunches are a threat to national security. Then, some thoughts on the history profession: economic history, fellowships and mobility, making history more interesting, and what to do with a history major. We also bring you links to three web sites: the Digital Humanities Now blog, a spoof academic news site, and the Miller Center’s site on presidents and their tax policies. Finally, learn about National Park Week, new National Park quarters, the Virginia Wartime Museum, connecting the present to the past through photos, and a history-centered cell phone walking tour. Article By: David Darlington, Debbie Ann Doyle, Elisabeth Grant, Vernon Horn, and Robert B. Townsend

New Survey of Humanities Departments Puts History in Context

Before the present economic crisis, history departments were hiring more tenure-track faculty than they were losing by attrition, and they were conferring tenure on their faculty at a much higher rate than counterparts in other humanities fields. These are some of the key findings of interest to historians in a just-released 2007-08 survey of departments in eight humanities disciplines by the American Academy of Arts and Sciences (AAAS). Article By: Robert B. Townsend