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


Submitted May 9, 2008, 10:28 AM

What is your status with the AHA?
member for 11 to 15 years
How many of the last five AHA conventions did you attend?
3
To how many scholarly associations do you pay membership dues?
4
What is your blogging status?
you only lurk on blogs
Have you interviewed (either as interviewer or interviewee) at the AHA convention?
all interviews there happened with AHA knowledge
What is your experience with job search committees?
sat on interviewee side of the table
What is your age?
41-45
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?
0-5
If applicable, how many years did you spend on the job market trying to obtain full-time employment?
5
If applicable, how many years ago did you receive your PhD?
6-10
If applicable, how many years have you spent working in public history?
0-5
What is your experience with history doctoral programs?
currently or formerly a doctoral student but have never taught or advised doctoral students
For whom or what do you work?
Other
What is your field/subject/discipline?
Museum
What is your geographical area of historical specialization?
United States
What is your annual income?
$55,000 to $69,999
The AHA leads the historical profession.
strongly agree
The AHA does more advocacy for the historical profession than any other organization.
strongly 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.
strongly agree
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.
neither agree nor disagree
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 Research Division is doing a good job.
agree
The AHA's Teaching Division is doing a good job.
agree
The AHA's various committees are doing a good job.
agree
The AHA staff are doing a good job.
strongly agree
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.
agree
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.
strongly agree
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.
agree
The AHA superbly supports the National History Day program.
agree
The AHA has put together an incredibly useful web site.
agree
The AHA provides valuable support to the History Cooperative web site.
agree
The AHA provides major support for federally-funded historical programs.
agree
The AHA is a major advocate for part-time and adjunct history instructors at the college level.
agree
The AHA has excellent relationships with affiliates and coalitions.
agree
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.
agree
Historians favor smaller conferences in their specialization over the AHA conventions.
agree
Most historians take the AHA for granted.
strongly agree
The AHA is essentially a provider of information.
strongly disagree
Membership in the AHA is a waste of money for most historians.
strongly 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.
strongly disagree
The AHA has the power to reform the Job Market.
neither agree nor disagree
The AHA has little to no power.
disagree
The AHA should spend more time lobbying Congress.
agree
The AHA cannot change our profession.
strongly 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.
disagree
The AHA does not have enough influence to help historians obtain higher salaries through collective bargaining.
neither agree nor disagree
The AHA would never advocate collective bargaining because the tenured professors in the AHA oppose unions for their graduate students.
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.
agree
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.
disagree
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.
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.
disagree
The AHA should charge history PhDs more than everyone else for membership and conference registration.
disagree
Historians with tenure should pay the most for AHA membership and conference registration.
disagree
Most sessions at the AHA conference are poorly attended.
neither agree nor disagree
The AHA convention should be fully wireless.
agree
The AHA should devote up to a quarter of its conference program to the needs and interests of underrepresented constituencies.
strongly disagree
Research will always be the emphasis of at least 90 percent of the sessions at the annual AHA convention.
disagree
The AHA Job Market reports have lost touch with reality.
disagree
The AHA should prohibit job interviewing at its annual conventions, because this practice is making things worse, not better, for job seekers.
neither agree nor 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.
neither agree nor disagree
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.
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.
disagree
The AHA should help create an academic jobs wiki that cannot be deleted or vandalized.
neither agree nor disagree
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 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.
neither agree nor disagree
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I stopped filling out this survey because it is so poorly constructed, with nearly every question displaying a bias and many of them forcing respondents to respond to false dichotomies or "should the AHA stop beating its wife" scenarios.



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