(Left to right) Julia Brookins (AHA), Sinegal-DeCuir (Xavier), and Patrick Goodin (Howard Univ.)

Extending the Reach of Scholarly Society Work to HBCU Faculty

The American Historical Association (AHA) and the American Philosophical Association (APA), supported by a grant from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, have explored how philosophy and history faculty members at historically black colleges and universities can contribute to and improve the work of scholarly societies, and have been working to improve access to the resources and networks the societies provide.

This project was initiated to explore how scholarly societies can offer professional development opportunities that address particular needs of faculty at under-resourced HBCUs. From December 2017 until February 1, 2019, the AHA and APA conducted a national survey for historians and philosophers based at HBCUs, and received over 200 responses. The project convened three focus groups in June, 2018 to investigate the educational and professional implications of these lower participation rates and work towards deeper collaboration between scholarly societies and HBCUs.

The final project report, including lessons learned and goals for the future, can be accessed here.

You can read more about the project work as it was ongoing in, “Reaching Out: The AHA Forges Collaboration with HBCU Faculty,” Perspectives on History, Sept. 28, 2018. 

This project ran from July 2017 until March 2019. Julia Brookins, special projects coordinator at the AHA, served as principal investigator, with assistance from AHA and APA staff. The project steering committee included:

Cassandra Alexander-Newby, Norfolk State Univ. (History)
Reginald Ellis, Florida A&M Univ. (History)
Patrick Goodin, Howard Univ. (Philosophy)
Sharlene Sinegal DeCuir, Xavier Univ. of Louisiana (History)
Shay Welch, Spelman College (Philosophy)
Susan West, Delaware State Univ. (Philosophy)  

The American Historical Association is the largest professional organization serving historians in all fields and all professions. Founded in 1884, the AHA has become a trusted voice for history education, the professional work of historians, and the critical role of historical thinking in public life.

Founded in 1900, the American Philosophical Association promotes the discipline and profession of philosophy, both within the academy and in the public arena. The APA supports the professional development of philosophers at all levels and works to foster greater understanding and appreciation of the value of philosophical inquiry.

For more information on this project, please email Julia Brookins at jbrookins@historians.org.

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