Published Date

December 10, 2019

Resource Type

AHA Policies and Documents, AHA Standards and Guidelines, For Departments

AHA Topics

Academic Departmental Affairs, Professional Life

Approved by AHA Council, December 10, 2019

On December 10, 2019, the AHA adopted a resolution in support of scholars off the higher education tenure track and expressed its commitment to support, encourage, and engage the thousands of history scholars currently working off the higher education tenure track in a variety of settings.

WHEREAS, the American Historical Association aims to embrace intellectual excellence in historical studies;

WHEREAS, thousands of scholars earn doctorates in history, many of whom never step on the tenure track; be it

Resolved, the AHA should support, encourage, and engage the thousands of history scholars of all ages currently working off the higher education tenure track in a variety of settings. These historians should be welcomed into AHA leadership roles and considered in the selection of members of prize and fellowship committees and participants in the review and editorial process of the Association’s premiere publications. The AHA should work at appropriate leverage points to facilitate and enhance access to scholarly resources (such as databases and online journals), in addition to increasing its own efforts to generate specialized training, funding opportunities geared towards their research goals, and programs that promote collaborative research between scholars working inside and outside of higher education settings. The AHA should aspire to make all of its activities transparent and inclusive of historians regardless of employment status.

See also Improving the Status of Non-Tenure-Track Faculty: Recommendations for History Departments.