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.
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.
Article By: Elisabeth Grant and Vernon Horn
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
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.
Article By: Debbie Ann Doyle and Elisabeth Grant
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.
Article By: Robert B. Townsend
Read our interview with Priya Chhaya, program associate in the Center for Preservation Leadership at the National Trust for Historic Preservation, part of our Jobs and Careers series.
Article By: Jessica Pritchard
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. Finally, read about a new CIA documentary, forensics in the 1800s, and free online access to all of Andrei Tarkovsky's films.
Article By: David Darlington, Elisabeth Grant, Vernon Horn, Jessica Pritchard, and Robert B. Townsend
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.
Article By: Robert B. Townsend