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Staff Changes at the AHA

AHA Staff, May 2013

The past few months have seen a few staff changes at AHA headquarters. We hope you will join us in welcoming our newest staff members and thanking those departing.

After 23 years of service to the AHA, Deputy Director Robert Townsend has accepted a position with the American Academy of Arts and Sciences. Robert started at the AHA in 1989 as an editorial assistant on the Guide to Departments of History (as the Directory was known then), and subsequently served as editor of the Directory and Perspectives on History, IT manager, and assistant director for research and publications. He has written over 150 articles for Perspectives on History, and became well-known for supplying the statistics that sparked and informed discussions and debates about the job market, diversity, and the general health of the discipline. Robert guided the Association through its adoption of a digital publishing program, a process he describes in his last Perspectives article as deputy director, in this issue.

Vernon Horn, who was similarly instrumental in the creation of the AHA's digital footprint, has taken a position with the American Anthropological Association. Vernon was largely responsible for the creation and day-to-day running of the AHA website, along with managing the Association's membership database and local networks. Vernon started in 1991, also as an editorial assistant on the Directory. Both he and Robert will be sorely missed, but we are glad to know that they'll remain in the DC community of scholarly associations.

Joining the AHA as development and programs manager, Dana Schaffer brings a wealth of relevant experience from her previous job as assistant director of the Gilder Lehrman Center for the Study of Slavery, Resistance, and Abolition at Yale University. Since she started with the AHA in February 2013, Dana has been focusing on an AHA initiative to create a departmental membership program for precollegiate social studies departments. She has also been coordinating fundraising campaigns for prizes and other individual donations, and performing other work relating to AHA prizes, fellowships, and grants.

Liz Townsend, who has long supported the AHA in a part-time capacity as coordinator, Job Center and professional data, has joined full-time to take over database management from Vernon. Liz will also continue editing the Directory and job ads, managing the AHA Job Center at the annual meeting, supporting the Committee on Committees, and copyediting for Perspectives on History and AHA Today.

Jennifer Reut introduced herself to AHA members in January 2013, when she covered the annual meeting for the blog and the newsmagazine. Jennifer is associate editor of Perspectives on History, and brings to the job a wide variety of experience in publishing, teaching, preservation, and architectural history. In addition to covering history news around DC and editing the In Memoriam column for Perspectives, Jennifer is serving as staff coordinator of the forthcoming teaching resources website.