This week’s What We’re Reading includes links from one end of the graduate school spectrum to the other. Read the latest installment in Claire Potter’s series on the hiring process, or start from the beginning with Student Hacks’ timetable for entering graduate school. Then, the ACRLog asks, “Where do you draw the line on plagiarism?” And we round this post off with a report from the Library of Congress on recently discovered treasures, and a number of Hillary Clinton’s campaign memos from The Atlantic.
With all the recent attention being paid to the hiring process (see, for example, the Sterling Fluharty and Claire Potter articles linked in the last “What We’re Reading,” or this article from Friday’s Inside Higher Ed, we thought it would be appropriate to remind readers of the AHA’s recommendations for the hiring process.
Pertinent to the hiring discussion is Section 7 of the AHA’s Statement on Standards of Professional Conduct, where the AHA promotes “fairness and due process in all decisions involving the appointment, promotion, and working conditions of historians.” The following four paragraphs spell out what that means:
Fairness begins with recruitment.
It’s only July, but the blogosphere’s already buzzing about job hunting. Sterling Fluharty talks about pushed up interview dates while Claire Potter has started a series of posts aimed at search committee chairs. We then link to a number of articles for after you’ve got the job, covering advice for teaching nonmajors, looking at how the internet affects how students learn history, and considering the re-occurring debate on for whom historians should write books. Then, hear about the challenges libraries face in preserving digital content, learn about the digitization of the Codex Sinaiticus, and find out why it’s so hard to get info about the National Archives from the National Archives.
This week we’ve read about interactive digital history, looked at the job market from the public historian’s point of view, and learned how to get a grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities. In this post we also link to news of the first steps in the creation of the National Museum of African American History and Culture, to two recent reports (one on copyright, the other on preserving battlefields), and the problem with New York’s “birthdate.” We’d also like to thank Ralph Luker at Cliopatria for including AHA Today in his list of 80 history blogs to note.
The summer season is half over and it’s time to start preparing for the fall semester. For many, that will mean starting the first year of graduate study in history. The transition from undergraduate to graduate work can be difficult – for me, graduate courses felt like walking into the middle of an ongoing conversation and struggling to get caught up. On the AHA web site, we have a couple resources that rising graduate students may be interested in as they start their journey.
We start off this week’s “What We’re Reading” with a couple of articles discussing Anthony Grafton and Robert B. Townsend’s "Historians’ Rocky Job Market" article, recently published in the Chronicle. Then peruse vacation destinations from the National Trust for Historic Preservation, learn about a request for proposals from the National Assessment Governing Board, and discover George Washington’s childhood home for yourself in an article from the Washington Post. Also included this week is news of renovations at the Gettysburg Cyclorama, the history of campaigning for president, a blog on strange maps, and evaluations of the AHA.
Whether it’s the recent report about the future of the AHA or reoccurring issues at the Job Register, you can be sure there will be reactions and opinions on the blogosphere about it. We start off this week’s “What We’re Reading,” by linking to Jeremy Young at Progressive Historians and Sterling Fluharty at PhdinHistory for their takes (and requests for opinions) on the AHA. Also in this post we cover this year’s college grads and their job prospects, professional histories and history by professionals, teaching with YouTube, and grants for improved student learning.
Jobs for history majors. Careers in history. Why study history? These are some of the most popular search phrases that bring people to the AHA’s web site. High school and undergraduate students question why they should go into history. Graduate students question what the job market will look like once they earn their PhDs. And many ask what one can do with a history degree outside of academia.
To help all of these groups find answers look to the AHA’s web site and the plethora of job and career related resources available there.