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Public History Tenure Survey

The Working Group on Evaluating Public History Scholarship is a joint effort (by the AHA, OAH, and NCPH) to advance discussion about evaluating public history work in tenure, promotion, hiring, and other situations. Beginning with a session at the 2008 AHA Annual Meeting, the goal of the working group is to produce a substantive, contextualized report in order to open up the ways in which history departments and other organizations think about historical research, writing, and education beyond the monograph, peer-reviewed article, and classroom.

Discussion Questions

What is the nature of the problem?

What obstacles do public historians teaching in universities face in the tenure and promotion process?

Are there different concerns for those employed at PhD-granting institutions, MA-granting institutions, and at liberal arts colleges?
yes
no

If you answered "yes", what are the concerns?

Can models developed at universities with established public history programs be adopted at other institutions?
yes
no

If you answered "yes", please give an example:

Should the status quo be changed?

Should departments expand their definition of scholarship?
yes
no

If you answered "yes", how should they expand their definition? What should this new definition include?

Should that expansion apply equally to faculty whose primary teaching field is public history and those who teach other fields?
yes
no

Are historians ahead or behind of other fields in broadening their definition of scholarship?
ahead of other fields
behind other fields

Please explain:

How are these changes to be made?

Should departments reevaluate the weight given to teaching, service, and scholarship in tenure and promotion decisions?
yes
no

Please explain:

Should workload evaluation criteria be expanded to include outreach and engagement?
yes
no

If you answered "yes", should that category be separated from “service”? Please explain:

Should tenure and promotion dossiers for public historians include outside letters from other public historians?
yes
no

Please explain:

How should the peer review requirement be applied to public history work?

How should work such as coordinating internship programs be evaluated?

Can these issues be resolved at the departmental level?
yes
no

Please explain:

How can the professional associations encourage administrators to join the conversation?

Tell us about yourself...

The task force would like to collect some demographic and academic information about you for further reference and possibly for inclusion in the final report. Answering the questions is optional, but should you choose to do so, we will not share the information without your permission.

Name:

Title:

Current Affiliation:

Are you a(n):
adjunct
archivist/librarian
curator
government historian
graduate student
independent scholar
interpreter
lecturer
museum educator
tenure-track professor
tenured professor
other

If you answered "other", please explain:

Do you consider yourself a public historian?
yes
no

If you answered yes, why?

If you are currently working in a university as a tenure-track or tenured professor, does your public history work count toward tenure and promotion?
yes
no

If so, what category has it fallen under:
civic engagement
creative
research
service
teaching
other

If you answered "other", please explain:

Would you be willing to talk further about the topic of the report with a member of the task force?:
yes
no

How did you hear about this survey?
department chair's listserv
different e-mail
newsletter
word-of-mouth
other

If you answered "other", please explain:

Additional Contact Information

Your address:
(Optional)

Your zip code: (Optional)

Your telephone number: (Optional)

Your email address: (Optional)

The task force seeks copies of promotion and tenure regulations to aid in our survey of national practices. If you are willing to share documents from your university, please forward them to John Dichtl at jdichtl@iupui.edu. Thank you!


Survey created and managed using the Survey Builder, one of the tools from the Roy Rosenzweig Center for History and New Media