Annual Meeting Job Center

Job Center General Information

The American Historical Association’s annual meeting Job Center 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 Center and the Exhibit Hall. Information about registration and housing will be posted on the annual meeting web pages in early fall. Registration begins in mid-September.

Location

Job Center interviewing tables and Job Center interview rooms will be in one or more of the meeting hotels or convention center.

Job Center Hours

Normally, the Job Center will operate 12:00–6:00 PM on the Thursday the meeting opens for prearranged interviews only. On Friday and Saturday, it will be open 9:00 AM–6:00 PM, and on Sunday, 9:00 AM–12:00 PM.

Reserving Space at the Job Center

Reservation forms will be available on this web page in mid-October. Interviewing institutions who wish to reserve space through the Job Center should complete the room or table reservation forms. Depending on demand, some requests may be placed on a waiting list for release after the initial deadline of November 15. Job Center rooms and tables are reserved on a first-come/first-served basis.

Room Reservations

Rooms are reserved on a first-come, first-served basis in half-day increments from 8:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. and 1:00 to 5:00 p.m. for a fee. Institutions reserving a full day need not vacate the room during the lunch hour. Job Center rooms have a conference table and chairs, and will not include a bed.

Prepayment is required. Rooms can be cancelled until December 15, and no refunds will be given after that date. There will be a fee assessed for refunds.

We are no longer collecting CVs. If you have open slots and wish to arrange for interviews onsite, we can list your contact information in the meeting app and on the AHA website and interested candidates can communicate directly with you. We strongly urge that all interview slots be prearranged before the meeting, preferably at least 21 days in advance so candidates have time to arrange for travel.

Keys for rooms may be picked up at the annual meeting Information Booth. Do not ask hotel staff for room keys.

Table Reservations

Institutions may reserve tables at no cost for each day of the Job Center. We are no longer collecting CVs. If you have open slots and wish to arrange for interviews onsite, we can list your contact information in the meeting app and on the AHA website and interested candidates can communicate directly with you. We strongly urge that all interview slots be prearranged before the meeting, preferably at least 21 days in advance so candidates have time to arrange for travel.

Noninterviewing Positions and Late Notices

Noninterviewing job announcements can be listed in the meeting app and on the AHA website. If you wish to post an announcement, contact ltownsend@historians.org before the meeting or speak to staff at the annual meeting Information Booth.

Arranging Interviews

Institutions

After advertising their positions in the AHA Career Center, institutions will contact selected candidates to prearrange interviews at the Job Center. Search committees that schedule conference interviews beforehand should provide ample notice to applicants. Ideally, applicants should be notified of a conference interview more than 21 days in advance to allow them to take advantage of less expensive air fares and preregistration rates.

Institutions must prearrange specific times with interviewees. Please do not simply tell interviewees to contact you at the meeting to set up a time. It is less stressful for all concerned if interview times are set up and confirmed before the annual meeting.

Candidates

Candidates with prearranged interviews in a room may proceed directly to the specified room at the assigned time. If the prearranged interview is at a table, candidates will need to sign in at the Candidate Check-In Booth at the Job Center about 10 minutes before their prearranged time.

Interview Locations

Interview locations will be listed in the AHA's annual meeting app. Information will be updated in the app as soon as AHA staff is informed of any changes.

Interviews in Non-Job Center Facilities

The association urges all interviewing institutions to use the Job Center facilities for interviews. It recognizes, however, that this is not always possible. When the Job Center facilities are not used, it is the responsibility of the interviewers to ensure a professional environment. The AHA strongly encourages interviewing institutions to ensure:

  1. that the interviewing committee has both genders represented;
  2. that there is proper seating for job candidates and all interviewers. No one should be seated on a bed. It is the institution’s responsibility to contact the hotel in advance of the meeting to arrange for extra seating; it is the AHA’s responsibility to notify hotels that institutions will request banquet chairs and that they should be provided gratis; and
  3. that candidates and the Job Center staff are advised where the interviews will be held.

The AHA will list all known interview locations in the meeting app. Please fill out the form or contact staff to help all candidates find their interview locations. If you won’t know the specific location until you arrive at the annual meeting, make sure to notify staff at the annual meeting Information Booth as soon as possible after your arrival or e-mail ltownsend@historians.org. (The AHA accepts no responsibility for the misuse of this information by candidates.)

See also the AHA’s hiring guidelines; job advertising policy; statement on spousal hiring; and resources for job candidates and search committees.