On September 1, 2011, the AHA opened up access to the history job advertisements posted on its website to everyone. Until recently these ads were only available to members. Now nonmembers also can access the ads too, after a simple registration process. Coming at a time when searching for history jobs has become increasingly difficult because of a shrinking job market, opening access should prove helpful to all historians.
The American Historical Association has been listing job ads in various print and digital media for over 40 years (we published the first Employment Information Bulletin in December 1971, and later incorporated this separate publication into the newsletter).
Our roundup this week includes a new Teaching U.S. History blog, thoughts on the academic job market, and a TED talk on historic preservation. We also link to a post on the creation of the Historical Advisory Committee in 1957, decades of photographs available in the Flickr Commons, and combining modern photos with historic ones to gain a new perspective.
The American Historical Association is hiring a Special Projects Coordinator who will play a central role in the development of new projects at the AHA, with an emphasis on digital activities and the preparation of grant proposals. The Special Projects Coordinator reports to the Executive Director and shares one direct report. To apply, send a c.v. and cover letter to firstname.lastname@example.org.
- Collaborate with other staff and members of governing Council to develop and implement new projects and initiatives, most of which will have strong digital and new media components
- Write grant proposals and identify potential new funding sources for AHA projects
- Write memos and reports to the Council relating to new and ongoing projects
- Write articles and press releases relating to AHA activity
- Generate and monitor budgets for AHA special projects
- Supervise project assistant in collaboration with Executive Director
- Participate in institutional marketing committee
- Participate in planning and implementing activities relating to annual meeting, as assigned
- Other duties that may arise necessary to the functioning of the AHA
Looking for a history job outside of academia? While the AHA publishes job ads (including some outside the classroom) online and in the back pages of Perspectives on History, there are many other history job listing sites online. This post draws from our Careers in Public History page, where you can find a number of links to job postings for work in museums, historical societies, state and local government, archives, and more.
Find job listings for museum careers at Job HQ (formerly Aviso) from the American Association of Museums.
A new report, from the Center on Education and the Workforce at Georgetown University, on median salaries for undergraduate majors finds that history majors go on to earn fairly respectable salaries. Looking at the median salary for everyone aged 18 to 64 years old with an undergraduate degree in any one of 171 different fields, the report finds that history majors do the best in the humanities, and better than students in a majority of the other fields.
The report separates majors in U.S.
Note: See the rest of the interviews in this Jobs and Careers series here.
When asked to trace the origin of her passion for history, Priya Chhaya, program associate in the Center for Preservation Leadership at the National Trust for Historic Preservation, laughs and responds, “It all goes back to that high school teacher.” The class that piqued her interest was James A. Percoco’s Applied History, where students spend half of the year investigating public history; for instance, Chhaya remembers “real history versus reel history,” which compares movies on history to documented history, as well as a trip to Gettysburg, where she and her classmates studied personal historic accounts on the actual battlefield.
This week we’ve been reading a lot about digital scholarship. We link to Ed Ayers’ podcast on it, Google’s millions of dollars to support it, and a number of instances of it (podcasts, and blogs, and sites). We’ve also been reading about jobs, from tracking who got hired where to a recent survey on job satisfaction. Then, we turn to the Cold War and take a look at spies during that period, and how the Cold War has led to fear and anger in politics today.
In advance of the annual meeting, we are publishing the annual job report online a bit earlier than the rest of the January issue of Perspectives on History. It offers troubling news for job seekers, the history doctoral programs conferring their degrees, and the discipline as a whole.
In the 2008–09 academic year job advertisements fell by 23.8 percent—from a record high of 1,053 openings in 2007–08 to 806 openings in the past year. This was the smallest number of positions advertised with the AHA in a decade.