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


Submitted April 28, 2008, 10:28 AM

What is your status with the AHA?
member for 11 to 15 years
To how many scholarly associations do you pay membership dues?
3
What is your blogging status?
you avoid blogs
Have you interviewed (either as interviewer or interviewee) at the AHA convention?
never interviewed there
What is your experience with job search committees?
never been interviewed
What is your age?
66-70
What is your gender?
female
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?
21-25
If applicable, how many years did you spend on the job market trying to obtain full-time employment?
less than 1
If applicable, how many years ago did you receive your PhD?
11-15
If applicable, how many years have you spent working in public history?
0-5
For whom or what do you work?
Non-Profit
What is your field/subject/discipline?
Education
What is your geographical area of historical specialization?
Latin America
What is your annual income?
$45,000 to $54,999
The AHA leads the historical profession.
strongly agree
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.
agree
The AHA does a good job of disseminating information about best practices in the field of history.
agree
The AHA does enough to preserve primary sources for historical research.
agree
The AHA does a good job of publicizing historical research.
agree
The AHA does a good job of revising its Constitution and Bylaws.
agree
The AHA Council is doing a good job.
agree
The AHA's Professional Division is doing a good job.
agree
The AHA's Teaching Division is doing a good job.
neither agree nor disagree
The AHA staff are doing a good job.
agree
The American Historical Review is the best journal in the field of history.
agree
The Perspectives magazine provides excellent news about the historical profession.
agree
The AHA runs an excellent convention each year.
strongly agree
The AHA does a good job of providing information about the various careers available to historians.
strongly agree
The AHA does a lot of work with other historical organizations to advocate for the rights of historians.
agree
The AHA awards plenty of prizes, fellowships, and awards.
agree
The AHA publishes useful materials for history teachers.
neither agree nor disagree
The AHA superbly supports the National History Day program.
agree
The AHA has become too big.
disagree
The AHA will never succeed in serving all types of historians.
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.
disagree
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.
agree
The AHA has little to no power.
disagree
The AHA should spend more time lobbying Congress.
neither agree nor disagree
The AHA cannot change our profession.
disagree
The AHA cannot change how the historical profession is treated by the government.
disagree
AHA membership has increased over the last decade.
agree
The AHA will never succeed at recruiting large numbers of new members as long as it has no official membership committee.
disagree
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.
neither agree nor 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.
agree
Historians with tenure should pay the most for AHA membership and conference registration.
disagree
The AHA convention should be fully wireless.
neither agree nor disagree
Research will always be the emphasis of at least 90 percent of the sessions at the annual AHA convention.
agree
The AHA should help create an academic jobs wiki that cannot be deleted or vandalized.
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.
agree
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
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 should serve as the "gatekeeper and authority" for digital media in history.
agree
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 web site should become an archive, portal, and search engine for history blogs.
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 tell history doctoral programs how many many students they should admit annually, in order to eliminate the oversupply problem in the job market.
strongly disagree
The AHA should fight harder against elitism in the history profession.
agree
The AHA is doing enough to fight against discrimination in the historical profession.
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.
agree
The Teaching Division of the AHA should do more to promote the scholarship of teaching and learning.
agree
The AHA cannot hope to win over high school history teachers who participate in the OAH.
disagree
The AHA should sponsor regional conferences for teachers.
agree
The AHA should do more to lobby for required history courses in K-12 and college curriculum.
agree
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.
agree
AP history teachers will never buy the argument that they should come to the AHA convention to learn how to teach.
agree
The AHA should spend its money on a new headquarters.
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.
agree
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



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