A Survey of the AHA, Designed by PhDinHistory (contains about 160 questions)


Submitted April 24, 2008, 9:21 PM

What is your status with the AHA?
member for 6 to 10 years
To how many scholarly associations do you pay membership dues?
5
What is your blogging status?
you blog
Have you interviewed (either as interviewer or interviewee) at the AHA convention?
never interviewed there
What is your experience with job search committees?
have sat on both sides of the table
What is your age?
36-40
What is your gender?
male
What is your race or ethnicity?
White
What is the highest degree you have obtained?
doctorate
If applicable, how many years have you spent teaching history?
6-10
If applicable, how many years did you spend on the job market trying to obtain full-time employment?
1
If applicable, how many years ago did you receive your PhD?
0-5
If applicable, what is your academic rank or status?
Assistant Professor
If applicable, what is your tenure status?
On the tenure track
What is your experience with history doctoral programs?
currently teaching and/or advising doctoral students
For whom or what do you work?
Research university
What is your field/subject/discipline?
History
What is your geographical area of historical specialization?
Europe
What is your annual income?
$45,000 to $54,999
The AHA leads the historical profession.
neither agree nor disagree
The AHA does more advocacy for the historical profession than any other organization.
agree
The AHA does a good job of defining ethical and professional standards.
disagree
The AHA does a good job of disseminating information about best practices in the field of history.
disagree
The AHA does enough to preserve primary sources for historical research.
neither agree nor disagree
The AHA does a good job of publicizing historical research.
agree
The AHA does a good job of revising its Constitution and Bylaws.
disagree
The AHA Council is doing a good job.
neither agree nor disagree
The AHA's Professional Division is doing a good job.
neither agree nor disagree
The AHA's Research Division is doing a good job.
neither agree nor disagree
The AHA's Teaching Division is doing a good job.
agree
The AHA's various committees are doing a good job.
neither agree nor disagree
The AHA staff are doing a good job.
neither agree nor disagree
The American Historical Review is the best journal in the field of history.
disagree
The Perspectives magazine provides excellent news about the historical profession.
agree
The AHA runs an excellent convention each year.
neither agree nor disagree
The AHA does a good job of providing information about the various careers available to historians.
agree
The AHA publishes excellent directories to the historical profession.
agree
The AHA publishes some great pamphlets.
agree
The AHA does a lot of work with other historical organizations to advocate for the rights of historians.
neither agree nor disagree
The AHA does more for foreign scholars and organizations than any other historical organization in this country.
neither agree nor disagree
The AHA awards plenty of prizes, fellowships, and awards.
agree
The AHA publishes an excellent guide to funding sources for historians.
agree
The AHA publishes useful materials for history teachers.
neither agree nor disagree
The AHA superbly supports the National History Day program.
neither agree nor disagree
The AHA has put together an incredibly useful web site.
neither agree nor disagree
The AHA provides valuable support to the History Cooperative web site.
neither agree nor disagree
The AHA provides major support for federally-funded historical programs.
neither agree nor disagree
The AHA is a major advocate for part-time and adjunct history instructors at the college level.
disagree
The AHA has excellent relationships with affiliates and coalitions.
neither agree nor disagree
The AHA has become too big.
disagree
The AHA should serve as an umbrella organization/society for historians.
strongly agree
The AHA will never succeed in serving all types of historians.
disagree
Historians favor smaller conferences in their specialization over the AHA conventions.
neither agree nor disagree
Most historians take the AHA for granted.
agree
The AHA is essentially a provider of information.
agree
Membership in the AHA is a waste of money for most historians.
agree
Joining the AHA will help your career.
agree
The AHA does little more than run an annual conference and publish a magazine and journal.
disagree
The AHA has the power to reform the Job Market.
disagree
The AHA has little to no power.
agree
The AHA should spend more time lobbying Congress.
disagree
The AHA cannot change our profession.
disagree
The AHA cannot change how the historical profession is treated by the government.
disagree
University administrators pay little attention to AHA recommendations.
agree
The AHA is so spineless that it does not want to police plagiarists in the profession.
neither agree nor disagree
The AHA does not have enough influence to help historians obtain higher salaries through collective bargaining.
agree
The AHA would never advocate collective bargaining because the tenured professors in the AHA oppose unions for their graduate students.
neither agree nor disagree
The AHA has no influence over the university administrators who have been lowering the salaries for history faculty.
agree
AHA membership has increased over the last decade.
neither agree nor disagree
The AHA should expand its membership base.
agree
The AHA will never succeed at recruiting large numbers of new members as long as it has no official membership committee.
agree
The major reason why younger historians are abandoning the AHA is not because they can read AHA publications for free through their library web site, but because they have lost faith in the AHA's ability to fix the problems of the job market.
agree
The AHA should make the recruitment of "high school and community college teachers, public historians, and members of state and local history societies" its highest priority.
disagree
The AHA should recruit and strengthen its relationship with affiliated societies.
agree
As the OAH and AHA compete for new members, they will find it harder to work together.
neither agree nor disagree
The AHA should charge history PhDs more than everyone else for membership and conference registration.
strongly disagree
Historians with tenure should pay the most for AHA membership and conference registration.
strongly disagree
Most sessions at the AHA conference are poorly attended.
neither agree nor disagree
The AHA convention should be fully wireless.
strongly agree
The AHA should devote up to a quarter of its conference program to the needs and interests of underrepresented constituencies.
neither agree nor disagree
Research will always be the emphasis of at least 90 percent of the sessions at the annual AHA convention.
strongly agree
The AHA Job Market reports have lost touch with reality.
neither agree nor disagree
The AHA should prohibit job interviewing at its annual conventions, because this practice is making things worse, not better, for job seekers.
disagree
The AHA has no power over search committees at the annual convention that flout AHA guidelines and fail to inform the Job Register of the time, place, and existence of their interviews.
agree
Departments that refuse to follow AHA guidelines about the interview and hiring process should be blacklisted from the Job Register and refused ad space in Perspectives.
strongly agree
After the close of its convention, the AHA should send out an e-mail to everyone who registered for the conference or who reserved a room in one of the conference hotels, and ask them to fill out a brief survey about their experience with the job market that year.
agree
The AHA is reluctant to fundamentally change the interview process at its convention, because the AHA raises most of its money through the convention.
neither agree nor disagree
The AHA should help create an academic jobs wiki that cannot be deleted or vandalized.
strongly agree
Shaming departments that fail to follow AHA guidelines in the hiring and interview process is a much better idea than having the AHA punish or sanction these departments.
neither agree nor disagree
The AHA will never persuade the people who register for its conferences to disclose their applicant status, because there are a lot of history faculty on the job market who are secretly trying to switch to a different college or university.
agree
The AHA should punish departments that fail to provide their job applicants with thirty-days notice about interviews at the AHA convention.
neither agree nor disagree
The AHA should create incentives for history departments and institutions to submit their job ads early in the fall semester and should try harder to erode the customer base of H-Net.
disagree
It would be pointless for the AHA to impose sanctions on job search committees that fail to provide thirty-days notice to the people they want to interview at the AHA convention, because these search committees often find that obtaining clearance from university administrators and human resources departments is a slow process.
agree
The AHA has no business telling departments to behave more professionally.
disagree
The AHA should gather daily updates about the progress of job search committees and broadcast this information through mass e-mails to job applicants.
disagree
In 2009, graduate students will show up in mass and take over the business meeting at the AHA convention if the AHA does not try harder to reform the Job Market.
disagree
Graduate students in history should unite and become a voting bloc within the AHA.
neither agree nor disagree
If the AHA imposed sanctions on departments whose search committees did not follow AHA guidelines, these departments would stop sending their search committees to the AHA convention.
agree
The AHA cannot prevent departments from booking a hotel room at the AHA convention and holding interviews that are not reported to the Job Register.
agree
The AHA could easily survey history departments and find out how many applications they received for each of their job searches, whether it was only 25 or more than 200, since these departments already have to report the numbers to their human resources departments and the EEOC.
agree
The AHA should monitor unadvertised searches for faculty more closely.
neither agree nor disagree
As history faculty retire, the AHA should lobby their departments to search for replacements in American or European history, so that the openings for history faculty will match the specializations of the majority of recent history PhDs.
disagree
The AHA should allow departments who want to advertise in Perspectives to select from a large number of primary and secondary categories for their job ads, rather than from just a small number of primary categories.
agree
The AHA should host blogs on its web site.
disagree
The AHA should serve as the "gatekeeper and authority" for digital media in history.
disagree
The AHA could never attract history bloggers to its web site like the History News Network has done.
disagree
The AHA should create "gated discussion forums for members on specialized subjects."
agree
The AHA should offer listservs for historians because H-Net is in decline.
disagree
The AHA does a good job of balancing the members-only and freely-available content on its web site.
neither agree nor disagree
The AHA needs to endorse digital scholarship.
agree
The AHA web site should become an archive, portal, and search engine for history blogs.
neither agree nor disagree
The AHA is too far behind in the digital revolution to ever set the lead for historians who work in digital media.
neither agree nor disagree
The AHA should evaluate history departments and issue accreditation.
agree
The AHA should ask history doctoral programs to provide full disclosure of their attrition rate, placement rate, years to degree, and information about where their students end up working after graduation on their departmental web site.
agree
If history doctoral programs won't reveal their attrition, graduation, and placement rates to the AHA, then the AHA should use the Freedom of Information Act to obtain this information.
disagree
The AHA should not try to protect students who ignore the warning signs of the Job Market and enter history doctoral programs at their own peril.
agree
The AHA should tell history doctoral programs how many many students they should admit annually, in order to eliminate the oversupply problem in the job market.
disagree
The AHA allows history doctoral programs to admit as many students as they want because this adds prestige to history departments and those departments then lend their prestige to the AHA when they sit on its committees.
neither agree nor disagree
The AHA should fight harder against elitism in the history profession.
neither agree nor disagree
The AHA will never seriously combat elitism in the history profession, because it serves the interests of its leading members.
neither agree nor disagree
The AHA is doing enough to fight against discrimination in the historical profession.
neither agree nor disagree
The committees that govern the AHA are representative of the AHA membership.
neither agree nor disagree
The leadership of the AHA will become more representative of history teachers and public historians as the AHA recruits more members in these areas.
neither agree nor disagree
The AHA should make the pursuit of social justice part of its mission statement.
disagree
The AHA does not treat job seekers with enough respect.
neither agree nor disagree
The AHA is doing all that it can to increase the numbers of African American, Hispanic, and Native American students in history doctoral programs.
neither agree nor disagree
The Teaching Division of the AHA should do more to promote the scholarship of teaching and learning.
neither agree nor disagree
The AHA cannot hope to win over high school history teachers who participate in the OAH.
neither agree nor disagree
History instructors at community colleges feel like the AHA does nothing for them.
neither agree nor disagree
The AHA should sponsor regional conferences for teachers.
disagree
The AHA should do more to lobby for required history courses in K-12 and college curriculum.
neither agree nor disagree
The AHA cannot change the number of history majors at the undergraduate level.
neither agree nor disagree
The work of the AHA's Teaching Division will always be a lower priority than the work of the AHA's Professional and Research Divisions.
neither agree nor disagree
The AHA should work with history teachers to produce textbooks for World and European history that are available for free on the Internet.
agree
The devaluation of teaching within the AHA is evident in the fact that almost of the AHA prizes, fellowships, and awards are for research and publication.
disagree
AP history teachers will never buy the argument that they should come to the AHA convention to learn how to teach.
neither agree nor disagree
The AHA will continue to pay lip service to the importance of teaching, but teaching will never become a priority within the AHA because it does not help history faculty to obtain tenure.
neither agree nor disagree
The AHA should spend its money on a new headquarters.
disagree
The AHA can realistically raise $10 million to fund its programs.
neither agree nor disagree
The National History Center should serve the interests of the AHA.
neither agree nor disagree
The AHA should create a major endowment that will secure its financial future.
agree
The AHA could do much more to bring the profession's production of history and the nation's consumption of history into closer alignment.
neither agree nor disagree
Public historians feel the AHA does not speak for them or represent their interests.
neither agree nor disagree
The AHA should create awards and prizes for popular history books and historical museum displays.
disagree
Now that we have entered the digital age, where e-mails have replaced letters and are easily deleted by government officials, the AHA should work more closely with archivists to meet the new challenges of preserving the historical record.
agree
The AHA should partner with public historians and offer a summer institute for academically-trained historians who want to retool and receive training on how to apply their skills outside academia.
agree
The AHA should find and survey history PhDs in the "backlog" so that we will have better a statistical picture of everyone who is competing for tenure track jobs in history.
agree
The AHA should become more proactive in its collection of data about the historical profession.
agree
The AHA Directory lists only members of the AHA.
neither agree nor disagree
The AHA Directory lists only about half of the history departments in this country.
agree
The AHA should try harder to determine what proportion of faculty openings in history departments are being filled by recent PhDs from related fields or foreign universities, rather than by U.S.-trained historians.
agree
The AHA should survey history faculty who earned their PhD 30 or more years ago to obtain estimates of when they expect to retire, as well as the likelihood that their department will hire a replacement once they retire, and then use this information to produce forecasts about the market for job seekers in history.
neither agree nor disagree
The AHA should carry out an annual survey of all the institutions that placed job ads for historians in Perspectives, H-Net, Chronicle of Higher Education, OAH web site, HigherEdJobs.com, Insidehighered.com, and major newspapers--rather than just surveying the 600 to 700 departments listed in the AHA Directory--in order to more accurately analyze the total numbers of jobs and job seekers (supply and demand) in the historical profession each year.
agree
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subkject/field/discipline quesiton should allow someone to choose more than one or should explicitly ask what department someone is in: One can be a historian in a Political Science department whose subject is the history of populist movements. One can be a historian in a Middle Eastern Studies department whose subject is the Arab-Israeli conflict. etc.



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