Perspectives on History Survey Results
In which of the following categories would you like to see more articles? Check all that apply Other (please specify):
1. Two year colleges
2. Nonteaching, nonpublic, nongovernment historians (I’m a journalist, for example).
3. It’s not the subjects, it’s the style. Dull.
4. I do like columns on the work of other historians, and not just those who are well known. What about the average, hard-working scholar/teacher who is stuck in the trenches with a heavy teaching or administrative load? Most of us are trying desperately to balance our scholarly lives with the other professional demands on us. I’d like to see some recognition for the vast majority of historians who are in this situation
5. OK as is
6. Snapshots; how about historical oddities, something that would have us all saying “huh?”
7. Broader covereage of non-US history & pre-modern history.
8. Professional development for graduate students
9. Graduate Student mentoring; minorities, and the profession; women and the profession
10. The web has huge professional implications in many ways, and it will only grow
11. Fellowships and grants
12. Also see no 15- I’m not sure exactly where my suggestion would best fit
14. Graduate student issues
15. Intellectual history and Irish-American history
16. Continuing coverage of issues of race and gender—hiring, pay disparities, graduate student retention, etc.
17. Non-American history, especially premodern history
18. I like the statistical articles on the profession
19. Southern history from a traditional perspective
20. Relevant government policies
21. More on individual historians or departments
22. Grad students!
23. Research issues
24. Graduate Education and Job Market
25. OK as is
26. See above
27. Specific features on various subfields & specialties
29. Technology as it applies to research—new resources, etc.
30. Research methodologies
31. Subjects other than American history.
32. Actual historical content. Example: The Origin of the Civil Rights Movement in Atlanta, 1880-1910 in the Nov. 2006 issue
33. I use Perspectives to learn about new teaching methods
34. I think the balance is just fine.
35. Profession abroad
36. BALANCE IS OK NOW
37. More about ancient, medieval, renaissance
38. Career advice for people at all stages—early, mid and late
39. More articles on the annual conference
40. Balance between teaching/research; navigating grant apps; and dual academic couples
41. Historians outside teaching (in libraries, museums, etc.)
42. I’d like to see better and more comprehensive discussions of the many, many different things historians do as well as a better discussion of the differences within the profession (teaching at a small liberal arts college vs. a large university; teaching and working outside a history department [i.e. in a liberal arts department], publishing outside the academy, how historians work with communities etc. etc.).
43. See comments above
44. Not sure
45. Interdisciplinary Issues: Relation to other fields
46. Non-U.S. related fields and events.
48. Oral History
49. Would like to see more coverage of non US/Europe, esp. Asia
50. The writing of history
51. I believe the magazine covers all aspects thoroughly.
52. History in the federal government
54. Professional news beyond the US. The US focus of AHA is quite tiresome.
55. Melding of the discipline, both across specialties and across age groups
56. Military History
57. Development trends within the field(s) of history
58. Information for students
59. lobbying and advocacy
61. Connections with other disciplines: sociology, economics, political science, cultural studies
62. More about various theoretical and methodological approaches
63. Capsule summaries of state of various specialties
64. Latin America
65. Regular coverage of adjunct-related issues.
66. Any of the above.
67. Resource locations
68. Professional development for students.
69. I love the analyses of numerical trends in the job market and in history programs (both undergrad and grad).
70. International relation between Mexico, United States and Canada
71. Better format for job listings
72. See comment for question #7
73. Latin America, Actually the Americas in general!
74. New Internet Sites and Research Information
76. More non-Western history
77. Integrating western and non-western history into curricula
79. More from affiliated societies, more on racial/gender/sexual politics of the profession
80. I don’t find Film and History helpful at all
81. History substance if well writtten
82. Publishing opportunities
83. Research trends
84. Letters in response to articles, etc.
85. Affiliated societies
87. Articles on research collections
88. There seems to be a good mix.
89. Interdisciplinary work in the above
91. Research opportunities (as above)
92. Non-American history
93. History of states
95. A regular feature on Historians and their craft. In depth profiles of noteworthy historians across different fields. Have them reflect on how their field has changed, what questions dominate their field, how they put together a manuscript. It would be a great way to foster cross-disciplinary studies and cross-fertilization.
96. I would like to see discussions about various subdisciplines—military history, U.S. constitutional history, diplomatic history, etc.
97. Featured AHA historians
98. Scholarship of Teaching and Learning
99. Non-academic history; Academic politics and the politics of academics
100. Strong exchanges between Historians that don’t make the AHA
101. Include more on other regions of the world.
102. I’d like to see more attention on issues such as spousal hiring, salaries, tenure, hiring, etc.
103. Research methods
104. NB: opinions here are weakly founded
105. More discussion on subdisciplines (i.e., Borderland Studies). More dialogue regarding methodolgy & epistemology (i.e. oral history research pro & con).
106. Methodological issue
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