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  • Telephone and Video Interviews for Academic Hiring: Some Guidelines Added July 30, 2014

    As recent articles in the Chronicle of Higher Education demonstrate, at least some history departments are beginning to use phone or video interviews in lieu of interviewing at annual meetings and conferences. Phone and video interviews are a cost-effective way (for both departments and candidates) to narrow the pool of those who will be invited for on-campus interviews. The increasing use of phone and video interviews means that both interviewing departments and candidates need to keep cer...

  • Career Fair Adds New Dimension to Annual Meeting Job Center Added July 30, 2014

    The number of interviews at the annual meeting Job Center dipped only slightly this year, with 67 searches conducted at AHA-provided tables or rooms in 2014, compared to 71 last year. In addition to hosting facilities for formal interviews, the Job Center featured a new event: the Career Fair. Giving students and job candidates an opportunity to network and discover the vast possibilities open to those with history training, the fair provided a lively, energizing Saturday afternoon at the meet...

  • Search Committees: Help Your Candidates Added July 30, 2014

    Imagine you are a job candidate, currently researching overseas. You count yourself fortunate to have a prearranged interview scheduled during the AHA annual meeting. You began your journey to the meeting city before the search committee told you the exact location of the interview, and you don't have a means of communicating with the committee. How can you find out the hotel and room number in time? Increasingly nervous as the interview time approaches, you rush to the Job Center Information...

  • Search Committees: Help Your Candidates Added July 30, 2014

    Please Tell Us Your Interview Location Imagine you are a job candidate, currently researching overseas. You count yourself fortunate to have a prearranged interview scheduled during the AHA annual meeting. You began your journey to the meeting city before the search committee told you the exact location of the interview, and you don't have a means of communicating with the committee. How can you find out the hotel and room number in time? Increasingly nervous as the interview time approache...

  • Another Word on Job-Market Etiquette Added July 30, 2014

    I started preparing for the history job market even before I began graduate school. Between seeking out all available information about academic job searches, applying for positions, and working one-on-one with applicants, I have spent the better part of a decade thinking about the many challenges involved in securing a faculty position and distilled many of my experiences and ideas into an AHA pamphlet on the subject. What I perhaps thought and talked about most was job-market etiquette. My re...

  • Time to Dispense with the AHA Conference Interviews? Added July 30, 2014

    Editor’s Note: We print below an adapted version of a recent blog post on AHA Today both because of the interest it generated among readers of the blog and also because the Professional Division of the AHA is itself grappling with the question at present. We also publish below abridged versions of some of the comments received . In a recent blog post at Tenured Radical ( http://tenured-radical.blogspot.com/2009/07/more-annals-of-great-depression-whither.html ), Claire Potter offere...

  • The Job Register: Information for Interviewers Added July 30, 2014

    The American Historical Association's annual Job Register provides institutions and candidates with facilities and administrative support for position interviewing during the AHA annual meeting. You must register for the annual meeting in order to participate in the Job Register, the Exhibit Hall, or any of the sessions. Location Job Register interviewing tables will be located in the Marriott's Exhibit Hall C. Job Register administrative services (Information Booth, c.v. collection, an...

  • Broaden Your Career Horizons: The 2014 Job Center and Career Fair Added July 30, 2014

    T he Job Center at the AHA annual meeting has changed over time—­the process is more streamlined, and drapes between tables provide a sense of privacy. But an even larger change will come in Washington, DC, in 2014: a Career Fair, where students and job candidates can speak with mentors who use their history training in a wide variety of careers. The Career Fair will be held on Saturday, January 4, from 1:00 to 5:00 p.m. in the Marriott Wardman Park, Exhibit Hall C. All meeting a...