Publication Date

September 1, 2007

Perspectives Section

AHA Activities

At its meetings held June 2 and 3, 2007, in Washington, D.C., the AHA’s Council reached the following decisions:

  • Approved the minutes of the January 2007 meeting.
  • Approved a formal policy for adding and deleting categories from the membership taxonomy. To allow for inclusion of new and emerging fields, Council will consider new categories on petition from 10 members in good standing. To ensure that the taxonomy will not become longer and more unwieldy than it currently is, Council will review staff recommendations to delete or consolidate categories that have not been selected by at least five members for two consecutive years.
  • Selected three recipients for the Award for Scholarly Distinction.
  • Approved nominee for the Honorary Foreign Member.
  • Approved nominee for the Roosevelt-Wilson Award.
  • Approved the formation of a Development Advisory Committee.
  • Approved the budget for 2006–07, with commitment to continue subsidizing the History Cooperative for two years.
  • Approved the 2009 Program Committee: Beth Boland (National Park Service), Jane Dailey (Univ. of Chicago), Susan Douglass (Prince Alwaleed bin Talal Center for Muslim Christian Understanding), Anne Hardgrove (Univ. of Texas at San Antonio), R. Stephen Humphreys (Univ. of California at Santa Barbara), David Newbury (Smith Coll.), Dominic Sachsenmaier (Duke Univ.), Helmut Smith (Vanderbilt Univ.), Ben Vinson (Johns Hopkins Univ.), and Keith Wailoo (Rutgers Univ. at New Brunswick). The Council had earlier approved the appointment of Felice Lifshitz (Florida International Univ.) as chair and Jerry Bentley (Univ. of Hawai’i at Manoa) as co-chair.
  • Approved appointment of Daniel Walkowitz (NYU) as the chair and Temma Kaplan (Rutgers Univ. at New Brunswick) as co-chair of the 2009 Local Arrangements Committee.
  • Declined the application for affiliation by Historians Against the War.
  • Suspended affiliate status of four societies that have not responded to staff inquiries for more than five years.
  • Approved proposed constitutional reforms for publication in Perspectives and presentation at the next business meeting.
  • Council received a report from Arnita Jones on the status of INMEX, and decided that the AHA needed more information about the corporate status and services of INMEX to make an informed judgment about joining the organization.
  • Approved the nominee for the Troyer Steele Anderson Prize.
  • Approved the formation of a Task Force on Disability, pending elaboration of specific details regarding mission, membership, and term.
  • Approved the AHA’s participation in a joint AHA-OAH-NCPH task force to propose standards for assessing public history activities in academic tenure and review.
  • Added child care to the potential uses for AHA fellowship funds.
  • Agreed to change the frequency of the award of the Jameson Prize (for editorial achievement) from every five years to biennially.
  • Approved formation of a task force to assess the nature and scope of a new edition of theAHA’s Guide to Historical Literature.
  • Adopted a new guideline for inclusion in the Annual Meeting Guidelines on the criteria for off-site sessions:

    3.4)Offsite Sessions: The Program Committee will consider proposals for offsite sessions that take advantage of historical resources in the meeting city. Organizers of offsite sessions are responsible for making arrangements with the proposed host institution prior to the submission of a proposal. The AHA cannot pay rental or site use fees for offsite sessions.

  • Proposals for offsite sessions require pre-approval by the Program Committee. Organizers of intended offsite sessions should contact the chair and co-chair of the Program Committee by December 15, explaining how the location will enhance the intellectual content of the session and clearly describing the arrangements that have been made for meeting space, transportation (if necessary), etc. Organizers must provide the name, e-mail, phone number, and mailing address of a staff member at the host institution who is aware of plans for the session.
  • Endorsed the National Council for History Education’s Statement on Teacher Qualifications.
  • Approved nominations for three members of the AHR Board of Editors: Mary Joe Maynes (Univ. of Minnesota, modern Europe), Katherine Fleming (NYU, world), and Benjamin Nathans (Univ. of Pennsylvania, Eastern Europe, Russia). Council subsequently approved (by listserve) the appointment of Mrinalini Sinha (Penn State Univ.) as the fourth member of the board.
  • Approved a document on “Equity for Minority Historians in the Academic Workplace: A Guide to Best Practices,” prepared by the Committee on Minority Historians (by listserve).
  • Changed the name of the Committee for Graduate Students to the “Committee for Graduate Students and Early Career Professionals” and extended its mandate accordingly.
  • Approved a new press policy for the annual meeting, clarifying the rules for recording sessions and posting them on the Internet.
  • Approved a statement expressing concern about the detention of American scholars in Iran.

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