The AHA is proud to announce the recent publication of the 36th edition of the Directory of History Departments, Historical Organizations, and Historians. Available in both a print version and online, the Directory offers information on 800 history programs and historical organizations and almost 30,000 historians and history specialists.
The print version of the Directory is divided into three sections: history departments in the United States, history departments in Canada, and historical organizations in both countries. The listings provide a basic snapshot of the activities and personnel in the history departments as of summer 2010, including contact information, tuition, enrollment data, and faculty roster (departments are responsible for keeping this information up to date).
The John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation named 23 new MacArthur Fellows for 2010 on September 28th. Among the winners of these “genius grants” was historian and AHA member Annette Gordon-Reed, who also won the Pulitzer Prize and received a Guggenheim fellowship in 2009. Gordon-Reed has authored definitive works on the relationship between President Thomas Jefferson and Sally Hemings. She is on the faculty of Harvard Law School, with joint appointments as Professor of History in the Faculty of Arts and Sciences and Carol K.
The economic hard times rocking the discipline took their toll on the AHA this past year, as membership in the Association fell 7.4 percent from the year before. This erased gains made over the previous five years and dropped membership down to 13,946 active members.
We are pleased to note, however, that eight history departments now have 100 percent membership rates among their full-time faculty—Alma College, American International College, Bethel College, Illinois College, Misericordia University, North Hennepin Community College, University of Portland, and Willamette University.
All online membership services will be unavailable between June 20 and July 4, 2010.
A reminder to all AHA members: On July 1, 2010, the AHA will flip the switch on a new association management system (AMS), which will allow direct member interaction via the web site in many crucial and time-sensitive areas. Members who join, renew, or wish to update their address or other member information will be able to interact directly with the AMS. The new system will also bring to the member services web pages long sought after features such as changeable passwords, real-time updates, and other member-related services.
Summertime is when the AHA updates its annual Directory of History Departments, Historical Organizations, and Historians. We request the assistance of both individual members and history departments/organizations to help complete this task.
Individual members are requested to log in and review their membership information (affiliation, contact information, specializations, and privacy settings) by June 15, 2010, when we will be compiling this information for inclusion in the Directory. Requests for assistance should be made to the Membership Department.
The 2009-10 edition of Scholar Saver is now online for AHA members.* Members should login to member services to access the new Scholar Saver, which features 53-pages of discounts on journals, books, and instructional materials in political science and history. Once you’ve logged into member services, look down the page to the last bullet item in the “Partner Offerings” section.
What sorts of discounts are to be found in Scholar Saver? Find up to 50% off books like CQ Press Guide to the Presidency, Memoirs of Nikita Khrushchev, and Imagining the American Polity: Political Science and the Discourse of Democracy.
The Members column, which is published in Perspectives on History as space permits, is designed to recognize and honor the accomplishments of AHA members. News of recent hires, promotions, publications, fellowships or awards received, and other news of a professional nature are welcomed. Entries will be published in alphabetical order by name. To submit an entry, please send your name (and affiliation, if applicable) and news to David Darlington, Associate Editor, AHA, 400 A Street, SE, Washington, DC 20003-3889.
Though the 124th Annual Meeting concluded over a month ago, C-SPAN has only just aired footage of the “Reflections on Proposition 8” session, now available for viewing online. In other news, the LA Times has released the names of finalists for their book prize. This list includes three AHA members. Also check out links to a new task force report on graduate and professional education, the obituary of Jack Pole, the ICA statement on Haiti, and controversy around a new JFK series from the History Channel.