History

The Tightening Humanities Job Market

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With big disciplinary meetings about to start, some reliable measures start to appear about how many colleges are really hiring -- and the news isn't good.

'Crisis' Seen in Key History Series

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Prominent historians are charging that the U.S. State Department office responsible for publishing documents that are essential for research on foreign policy is in "crisis," endangering the historical record and important scholarly work.

Bias Against Older Candidates

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History group reminds departments that age discrimination is illegal. Does academe have a problem when it comes to evaluating candidates who aren't freshly minted Ph.D.'s?

The Depressed History Job Market

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As analysis suggests decline of 15 percent or more in openings, those on the job market and those hiring ponder choices and trade rumors about next searches to be called off.

Historians Reject Proposed Boycott

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Members vote to hold special sessions in San Diego hotel owned by backer of Proposition 8, rather than risk financial calamity by breaking a contract for 2010 meeting.

History Beyond the Nation-State

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Advocates for "transnational" studies see their field growing and starting to put down institutional roots -- in a challenge to traditional modes of global study.

Seeking Purpose in Graduate Course Work

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History departments are changing curriculum for doctoral students, seeking to move beyond teaching professors' favorite books and toward the art of teaching.

A Vision for History at Community Colleges

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Professors in Seattle find success in teaching information literacy and basic research skills -- as a means to engage students in a discipline many of them are disinclined to like.

Newly Tenured ... at Bowdoin, Hartwick, UMass

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The following individuals have recently been awarded tenure by their colleges:

Bowdoin College

  • Charles Dorn, education
  • David M. Gordon, history
  • Aaron W. Kitch, English
  • Elizabeth A. Pritchard, religion
  • Vineet A. Shende, music
  • Laura I. Toma, computer science

Hartwick College

  • Kristin Roti Jones, economics
  • Tina Sullivan, nursing
  • Mark Wolff, French

University of Massachusetts at Amherst

Humanities' Constituencies

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WASHINGTON -- C.P. Snow’s depiction of a “gulf of mutual incomprehension” separating scientists from humanists may date to 1959, but it’s still relevant – and cited -- in discussions of the humanities in 2009. Panelists speaking Monday on “The Public Good: The Humanities in a Civil Society” cited Snow in describing a need to better bridge that gulf -- with the consequences of failing to do so exacting a real and human price, argued Patty Stonesifer, chair of the Board of Regents for the Smithsonian Institution and senior adviser to the trustees of the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation.

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