AHA Activities

Changes at AHA Headquarters

Elizabeth Elliott, April 2017

Dylan Ruediger The AHA is delighted to announce several organizational changes at its headquarters office, including the addition of three new staff members.

Dylan Ruediger will join us in the newly created position of coordinator for the Career Diversity for Historians initiative. He will graduate in May with a PhD in Native American and early American history from Georgia State University, where he recently served as co-director of both an NEH Next Generation Planning Grant and an AHA Career Diversity for Historians Departmental Grant. Dylan also brings experience in digital humanities from his work as project manager for the Student Innovation Fellowship program at Georgia State, where he supervised several large-scale digital research projects. While at Georgia State, Dylan also helped develop a five-year strategic plan to improve graduate programs in the College of Arts and Sciences and participated in a University System of Georgia committee that oversaw the merger of Georgia State with a local five-campus community college. Dylan will work closely with the manager of academic affairs to launch the next phase of the AHA’s Career Diversity for Historians initiative, including administering an institutional grants program, planning and executing a series of faculty institutes, and maintaining the AHA’s successful Career Contacts program.

Joe GardellaJoe Gardella comes to us as meetings and executive assistant. He graduated in December with a degree in history from the University at Buffalo. This past summer, Joe worked as a curatorial intern at the National Museum of African American History and Culture, where he assisted the Slavery and Freedom exhibition team. Meetings and executive assistant is a brand-new position. Joe will work closely with our meetings coordinator, executive director, and Council members to assist with planning the annual meeting and arranging logistics for other AHA activities.

Zoë Jackson will serve in another new position, publications and academic affairs assistant. Zoë holds a BA in history from Cornell University, where she minored in dance. Previously, she worked as a content analysis intern at Pew Research Center in Washington, DC. Zoë will provide administrative support to the publications department and assist the programs staff with collecting employment data for recent PhDs.

Zoë JacksonAlong with these additions, some current staff members will be moving into new roles. Matthew Keough, previously meetings and office assistant, is now archives and office assistant. Matthew’s new responsibilities focus on organizing and maintaining the AHA’s institutional records and historical materials. Our program assistant, Elizabeth Elliott, is taking on a greater role in Teaching Division activities and special projects, including the next phase of Career Diversity. We anticipate that these transitions will allow the AHA to devote more time to new projects and ideas, and to better serve our members.

Please join us in welcoming Dylan, Joe, and Zoë!

Elizabeth Elliott is program assistant at the AHA.


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